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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.
CURRENT AND RECENT NEWS/EVENTS
For more information on funeral arrangements and services for the late former President Nelson Mandela, please visit the official Nelson Mandela Memorial website or the the South African Travel Advice on Smartraveller.gov.au.
Today His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson paid tribute to Nelson Mandela
The Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce with the late former President Nelson Mandela at his Johannesburg residence in 2009
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson met with the Chief of the South African Navy , Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu , also in attendance was Colonel James Davey, Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union - 21 November 2013
Former Australian Minister for Health and Attorney General Ms Nicola Roxon presented the keynote address at the University Of Cape Town Faculty Of Law to discuss the advent of the plain packaging legislation - 20 November 2013
Left to right : Ms Patricia Lambert [Director -International Legal Consortium , Campaign for Tobacco - Free Kids - USA], Ms Nicola Roxon, Mr Todd Harper [CEO - Cancer Council Victoria], Mr Chris Munn [Deputy High Commissioner ], University of Pretoria Representative , Mr Yussuf Saloojee [Executive Director - National Council Against Smoking]
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson spoke on Australia's upcoming presidency of the G20 at the South African Institute of International Affairs' Conference on "G20 and Africa's Economic Growth and Development" - 11 November
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson addressed the Mining and Gender Forum attendees - 25 October
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson hosted a function for Australian Scholarship Awardees - 23 October
His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson spoke at a seminar on Peacekeeping in Africa and the Pacific while highlighting Perspectives on the role of the UN Security Council and Small Arms at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria - 27 September
Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) dinner at the University of Pretoria - 5 September 2013
Above: High Commissioner Wilson delivering his keynote address at the AAUN dinner on 5 September
Left: High Commissioner Wilson with Prof Cheryl de la Rey, the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria
Visit to South Africa and Botswana by delegation led by the Hon Jeff Seeney MLA, Deputy Premier of Queensland and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning - 30 August to 4 September
Members of the Queensland Government delegation, led by Deputy Premier Seeney (fourth from left), with High Commissioner Wilson, at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal
AFRICA DOWN UNDER 2013
HE Mr Graeme Wilson attended Africa Down Under (28 to 30 August) in Perth, a Mining Conference that brings together African Mining Ministers and Australian business leaders to engage on issues affecting the African Mining Industry. ADU is hosted by Paydirt Media (www.paydirt.com.au).
Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon Gary Gray and South African Minister for Mineral Resources, the Hon Susan Shabangu
African Mining Ministers with Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
HE Mr Graeme Wilson presented his credentials to His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba, on 31 July 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia
While in Nambia, HE Mr Graeme Wilson visited two organisations; Red Cross Namibia and the Alliance of Mayors Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level (AMICAALL) where Australian Volunteers are involved, on 1 August 2013 in Windoek, Namibia
NELSON MANDELA DAY
In recognition of Nelson Mandela's 67 years of service to society and in celebration of his 95th birthday, HE Mr Graeme Wilson visited the Tshwane Place of Safety where he presented the caregivers with much-needed goods donated by Australian High Commission staff.
On 2 July 2013, HE Mr Graeme Wilson met with four young South African Australian Football League players who will be travelling to Australia as part of the World XVIII team participating in the AFL National U16 Championships
HE Mr Graeme Wilson hosted a vibrant group of Australian students visiting South Africa as part of the National Youth Science Forum
HE Mr Graeme Wilson had the honour of meeting Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to discuss the Australian government's partnership with the TutuDesk Campaign and his role as Patron of Australia Awards.
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