Message from Head of Mission on Africa Day




Since 2015 South Africa has hosted Africa Month celebrations in May. This year South Africa will once again host it under the theme: ¡§A year of Nelson Mandela - Building a Better Africa and a Better World¡¨.

South African Mission in Taipei will be celebrating Africa Day at Mayfull Hotel Taipei on the 25th of May in form of a reception from 18h30 to 21h00.

This year Africa Month celebrations coincide with the centenary of the birth of our first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela. The Mission therefore wishes all Africans and friends of Africa a happy Africa Day, a happy Africa Month and a happy Nelson Mandela Centenary Year. As we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Madiba,  we must do so by continuing to work to build greater social cohesion and nation building and continental integration for a better Africa and a better world.

The month is an opportunity to promote African unity, ensure deeper regional integration and recommit Africa to a common destiny.

The annual commemoration of Africa Day marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. Today, known as the Africa Union (AU), the organisation promotes greater unity and solidarity between African countries. The AU is at the forefront of peace, security and stability on the continent.

¡P        South Africa plays an active role in the organisation as an integral part of the African continent which is the Cradle of humankind.

¡P        The country¡¦s national interest is intrinsically linked to continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.


Together we can build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.


¡P        Africa Month brings us together with fellow brothers and sisters from across the continent to forge greater unity.

¡P        It helps us better understand each other as Africans both on the continent and in the diaspora.

¡P        Africa Month is an opportunity for us to join hands with one another towards developing our continent.

¡P        It is time to unite as one Africa and build a better continent and a better, safer and a  prosperous world for all.


Let¡¦s join the Africa Month celebrations.


¡P        In South Africa, a number of events will also be held to commemorate Africa Month. These include:

o   The SADC Ministerial Round Table Discussion on the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route.

o   The Africa Unity Conference and Africa Day Expo.

o   A Symposium on Trade and Investment in Africa, focusing on strengthening intra-Africa trade.

o   The Department of Basic Education will also host a SADC initiative where schools across SADC will debate on the topic ¡§Harnessing Energy for Sustainable Development¡¨.

o   There will also be a public lecture on Youth Empowerment by the Department of Public Service and Administration.

¡P        We invite all those living in South Africa to join in the celebrations.

This is our continent; let us celebrate the unique flavour of Africa.


 When Africa prospers we all benefit.


¡P        Regional integration will help the continent to overcome economic developmental challenges and achieve sustainable growth.

¡P        Through our integration we will enable the free movement of goods, services, people and capital between national markets.

¡P        Through regional integration, Africa can realise its growth potential, participate effectively in the global economy and share the benefits of globalisation.

¡P        South Africa supports the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) that brings together 54 African countries with a combined gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion.

¡P        The CFTA will create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments.


Agenda 2063 is the continental blueprint for an integrated and prosperous Africa.

 Africa month responds to the aspirations of Agenda 2063, which envisages an Africa with strong cultural identity, values, and ethics.

¡P        Together we can foster unity amongst all Africans across the continent in support of Agenda 2063.

¡P        Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework and roadmap to achieve continental development goals.

¡P        It is underpinned by the AU¡¦s vision to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is a dynamic force in the international arena.

¡P        Agenda 2063 is Africa¡¦s strategic roadmap to move us to a free, safe and fully developed continent.

Future growth will be spurred by the continent¡¦s commitment to Agenda 2063 to drive the social, economic and political rejuvenation of Africa.


 Peace is central to a prosperous Africa.


¡P        South Africa¡¦s foreign policy is based on the fact that we cannot achieve a sustainable, developed and economically integrated Africa without peace and security.

¡P        South Africa condemns all forms of terrorism and will support all regional and international efforts to address this scourge.

¡P        We are proud of the role we play through SADC and the AU to ensure peace and stability on the continent.

Once the African Standby Force becomes operational it will provide the AU with a multi-disciplinary, continental peacekeeping force which can be swiftly deployed to build peace and stability for a more safer and prosperous Africa.

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (the first being Asia in both categories).Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. African nations cooperate through the establishment of the African Union, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.'

'The culture of Africa is varied and manifold, consisting of a mixture of countries with various tribes that each have their own unique characteristics from the continent of Africa. It is a product of the diverse populations that today inhabit the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora. African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages. Expressions of culture are abundant within Africa, with large amounts of cultural diversity. The economy of Africa consists of the trade, industry, agriculture, and human resources of the continent.'

Africa is a resource-rich Continent, and most economies in Africa are still growing.

Africa's cultures, religions, arts, foods and rich communal living style are very unique to us. The natural warmth and serenity in our forest reserves are the hallmarks of our continent. Greenery surrounds us naturally, fresh vegetables are served on our tables, grandparents guide and teach our values and history to young ones. These experiences are the soul with which every child is born in Africa. No matter where we go, Africa will still be home. Home is where that African 'soul' is served with every tale, every dish, every walk because Africa is the cradle of mankind and home of humanity.


Join us as we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Madiba.


¡P        The 100 year anniversary of the life of former President Nelson Mandela is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to living the legacy of Madiba.

¡P        Throughout his life Madiba inspired people, and his legacy continues to guide us on our path to move our country forward.

¡P        The centenary celebration reminds us of his unwavering commitment to justice, equality and a non-racial South Africa.

We must continue to strive for a better nation built on our values of democracy, freedom, equality and the hope for a better future for all members of the human race.

Let us all continue to strive for a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.


Nkosi sikilel iAfrika

God bless Africa



Mr RS Matsebe
Representative: Liaison Office of South Africa