On South Africa’s Freedom Day, 27 April 2022, I had the honour of presenting my Letters of Credence to The Right Honourable Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada. In Her Excellency’s remarks she implored those of us present to get to know Canada beyond the confines of the capital city, Ottawa, and to do more to promote the good bilateral and multilateral relations between our countries and all of our peoples. I certainly intend to do so. I am excited to serve in this capacity and will seek to deepen existing relationships between our countries and peoples, paying particular attention to the promotion of bilateral trade and investments.

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Africa’s first regional centre for biosecurity now open

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, on Friday officially opened Africa’s first Regional Diagnostic Demonstration Centre (RDDC). The centre, which has its headquarters in Johannesburg, Gauteng, will boost laboratory capabilities all over Africa, advancing the objective of a safe and secure Africa. He also recognised the Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa, Christopher Cooler, who announced funding for the establishment of the RDDC as a regional centre of excellence.

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