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Diski Dancers Off to Vietnam
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 28, 2010

The 12 girls and two boys, aged between 15 and 20 years of age, will perform at the national celebration in Ho Chi Minh City today and on 27 April in the capital, Hanoi

 

This initiative is part of a programme of cultural exchanges between Johannesburg and the economic capital of Vietnam, reports Joburg.org.

 

This follows a twinning memorandum signed by Executive Mayor Amos Masondo and Le Hoang Quan, the chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, on 10 November 2009.

 

The objective of the visit is to showcase South Africa's rich and vibrant culture and the talents of the country's youth.

 

They will also be promoting Johannesburg as an important host city of the World Cup. Johannesburg and Ho Chi Minh are the "economic hubs" of their respective countries.

 

In November 2009, Masondo led a delegation from Johannesburg to Vietnam, India and Russia to promote trade and investment and facilitate cultural exchanges.

 

Following his visit, South Africa also opened an honorary consulate in the Vietnamese city.

 

These new relationships have helped to expand bilateral relations on the diplomatic, economic and cultural fronts.

 

The City expects to see increased economic and trade promotion and co-operation in the future; it also wants to expand its focus on other areas of bilateral co-operation increased tourism; cultural and eco-tourism.

 

The appointment of Do Thi Kim Lien as the South African honorary consul in Ho Chi Minh City will, in her words, provide "a spiritual home for all South Africans residing there".

 

In turn, consular services such as visa applications, information about South Africa and other activities aimed at attracting more interest from Vietnamese citizens and corporates to do business in South Africa, will be available Vietnamese people in the city. - BuaNews

 

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