|South Africa: Shanghai Expo Gives Country Image Make-Over|
18 October 2010
Speaking ahead of the official closing of the South African Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo on Monday, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said these two events showcased
Dlamini Zuma noted that the theme was especially significant for
The government's five priority areas of delivery - education, healthcare, eliminating crime, provision of decent work and sustainable livelihoods and rural development - were closely aligned to the theme of the Expo, she added.
The expo provided
"We believe the fact that the South African and joint African pavilions have received over three million and 10 million visitors respectively indicated the interest that the world has taken in Africa and
The minister described
She added that the private sector had to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the exposure the country had received in order to contribute to the growth of the economy.
A growing economy would help government improve the lives of all people, Dlamini Zuma said.
A total of 72 South African business groups participated in the expo during the past six months.
"It is too early to calculate the impact ... on our economy but I am confident we will begin to see very positive effects. We reiterate however,
The minister thanked
She highlighted the strong bilateral, economic and trade relations between the two countries, adding that
"We also share strong bonds of friendship between our peoples," Dlamini Zuma added.
The South African Pavilion will remain open until 31 October.