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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, serving on the UN Security Council for the period 2013-14 and chairing the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the next two years. 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.
ANZAC DAY SERVICE 2014
H.E. Mr Richard Mann, High Commissioner of New Zealand and H.E. Mr Graeme Wilson, High Commissioner of Australia will be hosting the 2014 ANZAC DAY Commemoration Service in Pretoria on Friday, 25 April 2014. The service will commence at 06:00am and will be followed by a breakfast at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s Residence.
Please contact the New Zealand High Commission on: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen wishing to attend the commemoration so that you can be sent an official invitation.
HE Mr Graeme Wilson presented his credentials to His Royal Highness of the Kingdom of Swaziland, King Mswati III, on 27 March 2014, in Ludzidzini, Swaziland
HE Mr Graeme Wilson met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze
HE Mr Graeme Wilson observing the Guard of Honor
The New South Wales government has released a new guide to living and working in Sydney. The guide and its accompanying video can be downloaded for the NSW Trade and Investment website at www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw
HE Mr Graeme Wilson opened the "Big Aussie Science Showoff" at the Scibono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg on 24 March 2014
From the left to right: HE Mr Graeme Wilson opening the "B.A.S.S". Mr Wilson with the CEO, Mr David Kramer; and COO, Mr Michael Peter of the Scibono Discovery Centre
Dr Graham Walker performing mind-bending science experiments for an excited audience of school children
TROPFEST SOUTH AFRICA TOUR
From left to right: Tropfest Managing Director, Mr Michael Laverty; Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Graeme Wilson and Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey at a private screening of Tropfest in Pretoria on 19 March.
Breathtaking cricket rolled into 20th anniversary of democracy celebrations in South Africa
From left to right: Australian National Cricket team at play in Cape Town during 3rd Test. HE Mr Graeme Wilson with the coach of the Australian Cricket Team, Darren Lehmann, in Pretoria, South Africa
2014 Western Australian Senate election
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday 5 April 2014.
You can if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST(Australian Western Standard Time) Friday 7 March 2014.
In person voting will not be available at the High Commission for this election. You can apply online for a postal vote to be sent to you from Australia at www.aec.gov.au/overseas