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14, 2011

Gerard Philippeaux


Vice Chairwoman Edmonson welcomes South African delegation to Miami-Dade

On Tuesday, January 11, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson met with a South African delegation traveling to South Florida to determine the feasibility of establishing a South African mission in Miami-Dade County.  Previously, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson led a trade mission to South Africa in October 2009 and April 2007 to develop economic and governmental ties with the nation. As a result of those trips, the South African delegation toured Miami-Dade County over the course of five days to conduct its feasibility study.

In 2007, Mayor Carlos Alvarez appointed Vice Chairwoman Edmonson as "Honorary Chairperson" to the City of Cape Town, South Africa for the Miami-Dade County Sister Cities Program.

"I have had the privilege of visiting South Africa twice to foster ties between this great nation and our County," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said.  "These trips have been productive because they have yielded interest from that nation to establish a permanent presence in Miami-Dade.  Having a South African mission here will be beneficial to both, strengthening our cultural ties and expanding our economic possibilities."

Vice Chairwoman Edmonson and the South African delegation
Left to Right:  Director, Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Tony Ojeda; Assistant Director, Property Management Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Republic of South Africa, Jacobus Arnoldus Moller; Director, Consular Affairs DIRCO, Albertus Johannes Laubscher; Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson; Chief Director DIRCO and Mission Leader, Fadl Nacerodien; Minister - Administration, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Washington D.C., Tandiwe F. Fadane; OEDIT International Trade Coordinator, Desmond Alufohai; IT Specialist, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Washington D.C., Thabitha F. Rakgolela.