Event Details


  • L to R – Padma Shri Vikramjit S. Sahney, Honorary Consul of South Africa; Dr Joe Phaahla , South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Art & Culture; Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister – HRD, GOI; H.E., Malose W. Mogale, acting High Commissioner of South Africa & Mr. Malefane Counsellor General of South Africa
  • Vikramjit S. Sahney addressing the august gathering after being decorated as Honorary Consul of South Africa
  • Invigorate performance by troops from South Africa

It was indeed a proud and momentous evening of 19th Freedom day of South Africa when Padma Shri Vikramjit S. Sahney was decorated with the Honour of ‘Honorary Consul’ of The Republic of South Africa in India. The ceremony and the freedom day celebrations were hosted by Mr. Malose W. Mogale , the acting High Commissioner and held on Saturday 27th April 2013 at 1900 hrs at the official residence of the High Commissioner of South Africa in New Delhi.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, graced this occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr Joe Phaahla , South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Art & Culture had especially flown in from South Africa along with a large delegation to join the celebration. There were congratulatory hugs and lots more as the diplomatic fraternity from several missions mingled in with bureaucrats, industrialists, entrepreneurs and socialites in great numbers showering their best wishes on this occasion.

While thanking the South African government for the honour, Mr. Vikramjit Sahney stated, “ South Africa struggled hard, treading the path from bondage to freedom, of trials and tribulations, courage and sacrifices. But, today, We see a Nation that is noble, great and strong which stood fast to the ideals, even in the dark cold solitude of the colonial cells. He added,”India also has vital part to play in its freedom and, in its continued support to South – South cooperation, through BRICS, IBSA and other bilateral agreements, pledges to build greater friendship, new partnerships and pursue joint business interests with passage of time.”

In the true spirit of celebration, there was rollicking performances by the South African Artists flown in for the occasion. The evening sizzled with wine, cheese and cheer! There was also a lavish spread of gastronomic fiesta to add to the appeasement..