South African High Commissioner in Singapore hosted a reception to celebrate Freedom Day, honoring those who fought for freedom and emphasizing the need to consolidate and safeguard democratic gains.

On the evening of April 27th, 2023, Her Excellency Madiepetsane Charlotte Lobe, the South African High Commissioner in Singapore, hosted a reception to celebrate Freedom Day of the Republic of South Africa. The event was held to commemorate the 29th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, which took place on April 27th, 1994.

Freedom Day is an annual event that honors those who fought for freedom and equality, paving the way for a non-racial, representative society. The 2023 theme, “Consolidating and Safeguarding Democratic Gains,” calls on South Africans to unite and contribute to the ongoing process of social change aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

During the reception, the High Commissioner highlighted the importance of uniting in diversity, as South Africa is a rainbow nation with a diverse cultural heritage. She also emphasized the need to consolidate and safeguard democratic gains, reflecting on the progress made in transforming South African society while also examining the challenges that lie ahead.

The event served as a reminder that South Africa’s freedom was not free and that many people lost their lives fighting for it. The words of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who fought against white and black domination, were quoted: “During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

The reception was attended by dignitaries, members of the South African community in Singapore, and friends of South Africa. It was a joyous occasion as people came together to celebrate the progress made in South Africa and to recommit themselves to the ongoing struggle for a better future.

Sourced from South Africa High Commission in Singapore