The South African Honorary Consulate on Tuesday awarded scholarships to students of Nguyen Dinh Chieu Special School for the Blind in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the event, which celebrated the 21st Freedom Day of South Africa (April 27), the consulate and VASS Assurance Corp. granted VND50 million (US$2,300) worth of scholarships and two electronic organs to the students and the school’s music class.
Honorary Consul Do Thi Kim Lien expressed her positive outlook on expanding the cooperation and relationship in various aspects between Vietnam and South Africa, as well as between Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg. This year marks 21 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“I admired the teachers and students at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Special School. They have overcome the adversity and difficulties with strong wills, patience, extraordinary bravery and energy,” Lien said.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on April 27 annually to commemorate the day in 1994 when the first non-racial democratic election was held in the country. This day offers an opportunity for South African people to remember the hardships and challenges they had to go through to gain independence from the hands of dictatorships and colonial Apartheid government.
Vietnam is a South Africa's leading strategic partner in Southeast Asia. The country's exports to South Africa reached $794 million last year with major items including rice, coffee, pepper, cashew nuts, footwear, garment, plastic products, electronic products, and handicrafts.