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Celebrating Freedom Day

Batya Shmukler (Telfed Chairman), Ambassador Sisa Ngombane, Dorron Kline (Telfed CEO) and Ambassador Meron Reuben (Chief of State Protocol, MFA)

Freedom Day is a South African public holiday that was celebrated on 27 April. Freedom Day became a day of celebration in recognition of the first democratic elections that were held on 27 April 1994. It was a momentous event in South Africa's history, and one that inspired people around the world. In honour of this milestone, Telfed representatives were invited to join in the festivities at the Ambassador's Residence, hosted by South African Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Sisa Ngombane.

Telfed was represented by Chairman Batya Shmukler, CEO Dorron Kline, as well as former Chairmen Hertzel Katz and David Kaplan. Speakers included Ambassador Sisa Ngombane and Ambassador Meron Reuben (Chief of State Protocol from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a former Capetonian). Visitors were invited to enjoy a taste of South Africa, with pap, biltong and Cape wines served.  

While there has been talk of the uncertainty of future relations between the two countries, it is important to note that the decision to downgrade the embassy was one that was made by the ANC National Executive Committee. Continued diplomatic relations are of mutual benefit to both Israel and South Africa. In our capacity, we hope to continue the cordial relations we have established over the past five years with Ambassador Sisa Ngombane.

Mrs Ngombane with Batya Shmukler 

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