Twenty-two years of freedom celebrated
The Republic of South Africa rolled out the red carped to welcome well wishers at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday night, to celebrate their National Day (Freedom Day).
Twenty two years ago, on April 27, the republic held their first post-apartheid democratic elections won by Nelson Mandela.
This year, the day was celebrated under the theme: "Together Building Better Communities Local Government is everybody's Business."
Charge d'Affaires Philip Riley noted that his country still has work to do, however, they have made some significant strides in the past 22 years. He also thanked Jamaica for their support even before the apartheid period had ended.
Riley also commended Jamaica's political maturity based on the smooth process of the last general elections which included a change of leadership.
Jamaica and South Africa share a bond, one that Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck recognised in his brief speech. From the similarities in the flags that shows our kinship to the unity which is shown through the agreements between both countries.
These includes the Scientific and Technological Co-operation Agreement and the Agreement on the Establishment of Political Consultations among others.
This night was not all business and formalities however, it was a night to celebrate. Thus guests enjoyed great South African wine, Amarula (the South African rum cream) among other smooth and sweet and fine cocktail treats.
It was a light hearted night to celebrate a milestone.