Israel in South Africa Newsletter | April 2017

Ambassador Lenk meets with Swazi King Mswati III

During his week-long visit to Swaziland Ambassador Lenk held a bilateral meeting with His Majesty King Mswati III. The two discussed deepening cooperation between the two nations. Ambassador Lenk also visited the University of Swaziland where he engaged with a large group of students and held a dialogue about how young people in small countries can move their communities and countries forward and even change the world. 

Embassy donates children's wheelchair to Nelson Mandela Children's hospital

Earlier in April Ambassador Lenk visited the newly built Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital accompanied by Pablo Kaplan from Israel's Wheelchairs of Hope. They donated the first light, inexpensive and child focused wheelchair in the country. This is a first of many wheelchairs that are going to be donated across the African continent. The Embassy of Israel and Wheelchairs of Hope will continue to donate wheelchairs to children across the African continent  to enable them to gain independence and receive further education with the help of mobility.

Israel celebrates independence day and a trade seminar in Swaziland

The Embassy of Israel celebrated its independence day early in Swaziland. The wonderful event was attended by King Mswati's brother, 10 ministers and diplomats. The relationship between the two countries has strengthened since the Prime Minister's visit to Swaziland in December 2016. The following day Israel and Swaziland co hosted a trade seminar for the first time in Mbabane. The event was attended by 8 Israeli companies that specialize in food security, cyber security and health. One of the key note speakers at the event was Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini. Prime minister Dlamini spoke warmly about his visit to Israel and strongly encouraged deepening ties between the two countries.

Israel in SA team plants vegetables in Embassy garden

The team inaugurated a new "Israel in South Africa" greenhouse in the garden of the embassy. All of the supplies are innovated from Israel produced here in South Africa. For example, the seedlings - tomatoes, pepper cabbage lettuce were provided by Hishtil SA , they are lovingly watered by a Netafim drip irrigation system in a greenhouse provided by  Palram greenhouses. Truly another great example of great things where Israel and South Africa combine efforts.


Israel in the media

This month in the media we have interviews from Ambassador Lenk in Swazi TV watch an also read Ambassador Lenk's interview with The Swazi observer.
We also have Gideon Bechar, our special envoy to Africa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He spoke to Chai fm listen. We also featured Emmanuel Nachshon, the spokesperson for Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs listen to the interview. 


MASHAV COURSE: “Clean Technologies – Environmental technology, innovation and management systems as a means for regional and local economic development”

Clean Technology is commonly defined as a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes. This course aims to provide participants with knowledge, tools and strategies related to clean technologies and also to Inspire and energize participants to be agents for positive change in their countries read more.

The course is being run from 27 August to 20 September 2017
Application closes on 30 June 2017

The participation costs of Mashav programs are sponsored by the Israeli government. To apply or find out more about this or other Mashav courses please call the Embassy on 012-470-3504 or send us an email.

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