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Message from Australian High Commission
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. We hope it will assist you in understanding more about Australia and about the role the High Commission plays.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. We are also accredited to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an important regional organisation based in Botswana. Together with the team at the High Commission, the Australian High Commission seeks to advance Australia’s political, economic and security interests in all of those countries.
Australia is an innovative and dynamic country with a strong economy, a diverse and multicultural society, a wealth of natural wonders and a commitment to forging positive partnership with countries around the globe.
Australia’s ties with Africa continue to expand through regular high-level visits; growing trade and investment with the continent; and close people-to-people links, in areas such as sport, education, culture, tourism and business. Australia is committed to working with the countries of southern Africa as a friend and partner, not only to address some of the continent’s development challenges, but also to help those countries reach their full potential.
For Australian citizens and permanent residents in southern Africa, all are encouraged to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Registering with the High Commission is beneficial and easy. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, notice of elections, and important information relevant to travellers and expatriates.
Call for Direct Aid Program Applications
The Direct Aid Program has recently undergone changes; these include:
1. Projects can be implemented over two financial years; eg. 2014-15/2015-2016 (note: the Australian financial year runs 1 July - 30 June).
2. The funding limit has been increased to A$ 60 000 (approximately R 570 000) per project. Funding for activities over A$ 30 000 maybe provided for in more than one tranche.
Full proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, 8 December 2014 at 16h00 to the following email address: email@example.com . Applications can also be sent via fax: +27 (0) 12 342 4202; or mail: Direct Aid Program Coordinator, Australian High Commission, Private Bag, X150, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Email submissions are preferred. Any applications submitted late will not be considered.
The updated application form can be downloaded here.
Moletsane High School Students attend G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
The Australian High Commission had the honour of facilitating the travel of two students (Hlengiwe Moletsane and Ofentse Mahasha) from Moletsane High School, Soweto to attend the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia 11-17 November. The students were selected to attend the Summit following an essay competition on why the G20 matters for South Africa. The girls had a full program which included meeting President Zuma and several Ministers from countries, visiting the G20 Summit venue, and participating in educational exchange with a Brisbane high school.
The initiative was designed to encourage youth engagement with important global economic issues and support the development of leadership skills.
Meeting with President Jacob Zuma
Left to right: Ms Ofentse Mahasha, President Jacob Zuma, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane and Mr Elliot Mashinini (teacher)
Meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Hon Julie Bishop and Hon Maite Nkoana Mashabne, South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation,
Left to right: Hon Julie Bishop, Ms Ofentse Mahasha, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane, Hon Maite Nkoana Mashabane and Mr Elliot Mashinini
Meeting with Australian Treasuer Joe Hockey and South African Minister of Finance Hon Nhlanhla Nene
Left to right: Mr Elliot Mashinini, Hon Joe Hockey, Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane, Hon Nhlanhla Nene and Ms Ofentse Mahasha
Visit to Stretton State College (High School)
Ms Ofentse Mahasha, Mr Elliot Mashinini and Ms Hlengiwe Moletsane with students from Stretton State College
Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Australia’s Contribution to the New South Africa
On 15 October 2014, the Australian High Commission, in partnership with the University of Pretoria, had the honour of launching a new photographic exhibition titled; "Celebrating Twenty Years of Democracy: Australia's contribution to the New South Africa". The launch was dedicated to Australia's late High Commissioner to South Africa, HE Mr Graeme Wilson.
The exhibition highlighted Australia's strong support for the anti-apartheid movement, as well as the breadth and depth of bilateral relations in the post-1994 democratic era.
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, the Hon Susan Shabangu, spoke warmly of the relations South Africa and Australia at the launch. Talk 702 Radio Talk Show Host John Robbie also paid tribute to the late Graeme Wilson.
The exhibition was on show at the University of Pretoria's Edoardo Villa Museum until 14 November. The exhibition will be on display at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town from 28 November to early February 2015.
Edoardo Villa Museum, University of Pretoria
The Pre-1994 section of the Photographic Exhibition at Edoardo Villa Museum, University of Pretoria
Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, the Hon Susan Shabangu speaking at the Photographic Exhibition Launch
Mr John Robbie, 702 Radio Talk Show Host paying tribute to the late Graeme Wilson
Mr John Robbie (Talk 702 Radio Talk Show Host), Professor Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria), the Hon Susan Shabangu (Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women), Mr Chris Munn (then Australian Chargé d'Affaires to South Africa.)