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Message from the Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. I hope it will assist you in understanding more about Australia and about the role the High Commission plays.
As the Australian High Commissioner, I am accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. I am also accredited to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an important regional organisation based in Botswana. Together with the team at the High Commission, we seek to advance Australia’s political, economic and security interests in all of those countries.
It is a particular privilege to serve as Australia’s High Commissioner at a time when we are significantly enhancing our engagement with Africa and taking up a position on the UN Security Council for the period 2013-14. 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. I am confident that our joint efforts to enhance engagement will benefit both our continents.
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.
For Australian citizens and permanent residents in southern Africa, I would like to encourage you 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.
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson is Australia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland, and Ambassador to Angola.
HE Mr Graeme Wilson took part in a hand-over ceremony of protective fire-fighting clothing to the Botswana Minister of Wildlife and Tourism, the Hon Minister Tshekedi Khama
Hon Minister Tshekedi Khama ,HE Graeme Wilson and Superintendent Brian Graham of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service
HE Graeme Wilson presenting the Hon Minister Tshekedi Khama with the protective fire-fighting clothing.
HE Mr Graeme Wilson presented his credentials to His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama on 13 May 2013 in Gaborone, Botswana
Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Graeme Wilson and New Zealand High Commissioner HE Mr Richard Mann hosted the 2013 Anzac Day Commemoration Service on 25 April
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson Australian High Commissioner
From left to right; HE Mr Kaan Eselen (Turkish Ambassador), HE Mr Richard Mann (New Zealand High Commissioner) and HE Mr Graeme Wilson
Concurrent Commemoration Services were held in Namibia, hosted by Australian Honorary Consul to Namibia, Mr Ed Humphrey and in Mozambique, hosted by Australian Honorary Consul to Mozambique, Ms Michelle Smith.
Australian Honorary Consul to Namibia, Mr Ed Humphrey addressing attendees
Attendees at the Anzac Day Dawn Service held in Windhoek, Namibia
HE Mr Graeme Wilson hosted a breakfast function to announce the launch of the Australia Awards Alumni Ambassadors Program
His Excellency Graeme Wilson, the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, with Her Excellency Lois Brutus, the Liberian Ambassador to South Africa, with the recently appointed Australian Awards Alumni Ambassadors
HE Mr Graeme Wilson presented his credentials to His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho, on 11 April 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho
Groundbreaking international production of Verdi's Otello premieres in Cape Town on 6 April 2013, a collaboration between six opera companies from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Acclaimed Australian band Dubmarine performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on 5 April 2013