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It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the passing away of Nelson Mandela, the father of the Nation. The world has lost a statesman of epochal magnitude. For decades he was a political prisoner of the apartheid regime, the face of the fight against the oppression of black people in South Africa, only to become - after his release from decades in prison - the face of the peaceful transition of South Africa from apartheid state to the free democratic "rainbow nation". The deceased has orchestrated the miracle of a peaceful transition. The fact that Mandela after his long journey to freedom has promoted active reconciliation between all sections of the population, deserves every ones special admiration, as well as his tireless advocacy of human rights as the first freely elected president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela will live on as shining star for South Africa, Africa and the whole world.
We express our deep condolences to the Mandela family and the entire nation of South Africa.
The Federal President auf the Republic of Austria, Heinz FISCHER, reacted with sadness to the passing away of former president Nelson Mandela. “The life of a shining star of humanity, wisdom and tolerance has come to an end”, he said, “South Africa owes her peaceful transition into the 21st century to this farsighted and credible man. Already me first meeting with Nelson Mandela in the late summer of 1991 – shortly after his release from prison and house arrest and year before his election to the President of South Africa – has deeply impressed me. I do express the deeply felt condolences of the Austrian people to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa”, the Austrian president said.
The Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Michael Spindelegger, reacted with deep sorrow to the new of the passing away of nelson Mandela. He said “The world has lost a statesman of epochal greatness, the face of the struggle against apartheid and the icon of the transformation of South Africa from an apartheid state to the “rainbow nation”. He hailed Nelson Mandelas support for human rights and reconciliation between the different population groups”. He said “in this moment of profound sadness we feel with the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa”.
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Book Donation to the University of Pretoria
The Library of the University of Pretoria receives a book donation from the Embassy, mainly modern Austrian literature and secondary literature. On the photo from left to right: Prof. Stephan Mühr, German Studies; Elsa Coertze, Librarian; Martin Gärtner, Embassy
Ambassador Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer (third from the left) cuts the ribbon at the opening of the first „Bauma Africa" in South Africa
The world's largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles has expanded its network for the construction machinery sector to South Africa. The "Bauma Africa" was held from 18 to 21 September at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand.
Homepage "Bauma Africa 2013"
Austria in the rainbow nation
The Embassy proudly announces that a book about Austrians in South Africa has been published:
Red-White-Red in the rainbow nation / History and Stories of Austrian Immigrants in South Africa (edited by Andrea Heuberger)
For more information click here (in German).