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President Cyril Ramaphosa to Honour Special Olympics Team for World Games Success



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President Cyril Ramaphosa will host a special event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It is for celebrating the achievements of the Special Olympics Team. SANews reports that this event comes in recognition of the team’s outstanding performance at the Special Olympics World Games, which took place in Germany in June 2023.

During a media briefing to provide updates on the President’s public program, Presidential Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya announced this forthcoming event. The Special Olympics Team made the nation proud by bringing home 49 medals, comprising 22 gold, 20 silver, and 7 bronze.

Magwenya emphasised that President Ramaphosa’s engagement with the Special Olympics Team aligns with his ongoing commitment to promote and celebrate excellence among South Africa’s sportsmen and sportswomen. It also underscores the President’s acknowledgement of the unifying role of sports in the nation, fostering social cohesion.

President Ramaphosa and the Special Olympics Team will interact on the morning of October 3, 2023. During the same day in the afternoon, the President will receive Letters of Credence from Heads of Mission-Designate at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House.

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Letters of Credence serve as formal diplomatic documents presented by Heads of Mission-designate to mark the commencement of their ambassadorial roles. This ceremony allows newly appointed diplomats from Africa and other regions to outline the diplomatic relations between their countries and South Africa. It also enables them to present their objectives for strengthening international partnerships.

In another significant event, President Ramaphosa will preside over the Border Management Authority (BMA) launch in Musina, Limpopo, on October 5, 2023. The establishment of the BMA officially took effect on April 1, 2023, as it assumed the status of a schedule 3 (A) public entity.

Establishing the BMA marks a significant development for South Africa, as it now boasts an integrated border management platform that operates under a single command and control structure. This platform is designed to support the country’s efforts in achieving secure borders, safe travel, and efficient trade.

Magwenya noted that the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC) members of the BMA and the Border Technical Committee will join the President during the launch event. Furthermore, President Ramaphosa will tour the Beit Bridge Border Port of Entry and later address attendees during a ceremonial parade at the Musina Showgrounds.

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