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The Beijing Axis at the Nelson Mandela Charity Gala
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:04

BEIJING – 21 September 2018 – The Beijing Axis attended the Nelson Mandela Charity Gala Dinner hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the People’s Republic of China on Friday, September 21, at the Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel Beijing Sanlitun.


Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela on the 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and China

2018 is a milestone year for South Africa and South Africa-China relations. This year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and China, as well as the Centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. As such, the South African Embassy in Beijing decided to dedicate South Africa’s Heritage Month (Heritage Day is on September 24, this year occurring on the same day as China’s Mid-Autumn Festival) to honour Madiba’s legacy with the Mandela Centenary Celebrations, which include the Charity Gala Dinner themed ‘Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela on the 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and China’.


Mr Madoda Ntshinga, South African Consul General in Hong Kong, opens the Charity Gala
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The evening was kicked off by the gala’s host, Mr. Madoda Ntshinga, the South African Consul General in Hong Kong, and Her Excellency Ms Dolana Msimang, the South African Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, who gave an inspiring introduction to Nelson Mandela.


Her Excellency Ms Dolana Msimang, the South African Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, introduces Nelson Mandela
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This was followed by a segment introducing the beneficiaries of the evening: the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (South Africa), and the Beijing Chunmiao Children’s Aid Foundation (China).

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was established by Nelson Mandela by donating a third of his salary throughout his term in office. It was officially opened in 1995 and has, since then, successfully mobilized hundreds of projects geared towards improving the conditions and lives of the youth in South Africa, especially in the areas of mitigating the effects of HIV and AIDS on youth, mentoring and skills development, disability, and care for orphaned and vulnerable children, among others.


Director Sun Ying introducing the Beijing Chunmiao Children’s Aid Foundation
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The Beijing Chunmiao Children’s Aid Foundation was established in October 2010 with the focus on providing child welfare programmes, including sponsoring medical treatment for children with congenital heart disease. As it developed, Chunmiao gradually formed three distinct programmes: Little Sprout Medical Services (providing comprehensive professional medical services to orphans and children with congenital diseases), Little Flower Project (providing intensive nursing care for abandoned premature infants and those with complex medical problems), and Little Tree Project (providing rehabilitation, psychological, educational and social integration for orphans, disabled and special needs children).


Ambassador Jinghu Xu, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs
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The gala’s Guests of Honour – Ambassador Jinghu Xu, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs, and Minister Thamsanqa Jeffrey Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Energy – paid tribute to the legacy of Madiba and the importance of South Africa – China relations. The speeches were followed by poet Likhabiso Ramalitse’s performance of ‘Ode to Madiba’.


Mr Thamsanqa Jeffrey Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Energy
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Ms Likhabiso Ramalitse’s performance of ‘Ode to Madiba’
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The rest of the evening saw fashion shows featuring a local Chinese designer Ellen Barron and Wemely, as well as traditional South African clothing; a charity auction showcasing artworks, wine and jewellery; and performances by Talie Monin & the World Jazz Compendium.

The event was attended by senior Chinese and South African government officials; executives of business enterprises in South Africa and China, and their guests; as well as members of the diplomatic corps.


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