JAMAICA PRIME MINISTER MEETS SOUTH AFRICAN GROUP AT ANC’s 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN KINGSTON


JAMAICA PRIME MINISTER MEETS SOUTH AFRICAN GROUP AT ANC’s 100TH ANNIVERSARY IN KINGSTON

The South African High Commission in the Caribbean and the University of the West Indies hosted a celebration to recognize the ANC’s Centenary, Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and the 125th Birthday of Jamaican hero, Marcus Garvey.

 

The celebrations were held at the University of West Indies campus in Kingston, Jamaica and were attended by Jamaica’s newly inaugurated Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, The Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Honourable A.J. Nicholson and other dignatories.

 

The special event was opened by Professor Verene Shepherd, University Director, Institute for Gender and Development Studies of the University of the West Indies. Speakers included Lorna Green, President of the Jamaica South African Friendship Association and Chantal DaCosta of Liberty Hall, The Legacy of Marcus Garvey.

 

South Africa’s High Commissioner to the Caribbean, Mathu Joyini, welcomed the invited guests which included a group of South African Tourism specialists from CCTNSA (Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, South Africa) which was visiting Jamaica to learn about Community Tourism and Community Development practices. Also specially invited were CCTN Founder and President, Diana McIntyre-Pike, Dr. Joan Dove and Alison Massa from Jamaica.

 

Mathu Joyini received huge applause when discussing the strong ties between Jamaica and South Africa dating back to the support the ANC received from Jamaica and the Caribbean in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

 

CCTNSA’s Nikki De Pina says “the South African High Commissioner flew South Africa’s flag proudly and with humility and showed special appreciation for the strong ties between Jamaica and South Africa”.

 

South Africa’s Louw Allan says “Mathu Joyini is a real credit to South Africa. She showed her charm and photographic talent when she snapped a picture of us with Jamaica’s Prime Minister”.

 

The SA High Commission in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, arranged the celebration with its “unity in diversity” theme to celebrate the ANC Centenary, Jamaica’s 50th anniversary since independence and the 125th Birthday of Jamaica’s Marcus Garvey.

 

For further information on CCTNSA view website at www.cctnsa.co.za or email donleffler@lantic.net or Nikki at info@dixiebay.co.za

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