Visit of the Ambassador to Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown [fr]
On April 3rd and 4th 2014, H.E. Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa, officially visited Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown for the first time.
During her stay, she was accompanied by M. Gerald Henderson, Vice honorary Consul, M. Michel Beauvais and M. Aurélien de Chappotin, President and Director of the Alliance of PE respectively, and by M. Patrick Parrot, French language attaché.
Francophonie and academic cooperation
The Ambassador participated in the graduation ceremony of the DELF junior diploma in secondary schools of Woodridge (Port Elizabeth) and DSG-St Andrews (Grahamstown), where she congratulated the young pupils for their efforts studying French.
In Port Elizabeth, she also attended the welcome party organized by the Alliance Française for French-speaking athletes participating in the Ironman race. This reception was part of the project led by students learning French and media to cover, in French, the race. Find out more on their blog (in French).
Read the Ambassador’s speech
Moreover, the Ambassador donated a fine selection of books to the St George’s primary school new multimedia centre.
In Grahamstown, Mrs Barbier was invited to the screening of videos specially made for the Francophonie Festival 2014, in the framework of a joint project between the universities NMMU and Rhodes, the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth and the schools DSG et Kingswood (see the videos on Youtube), and presented the prizes for the poem competition organized by the French section.
She took the opportunity to visit the University of Rhodes, where she met with the vice-chancellor, the international relations director, the humanities dean and the faculty of languages. To thank her for her visit, the university organized a cocktail where all the French people working on the premises, in faculties as various as music, mathematics or in the humanities research center Uhuru, were invited to attend.
She also met with the officials of the Rhodes University Law Clinic, a project supported by the Embassy through theCivil Society Development Fund in 2010.
Business and development
Willing to develop economic relations between Port Elizabeth area and French companies, the Ambassador met with the Mandela Bay Development Agency, which presented her current and up-coming renovation projects.
She also visited the infrastructures of the Ngqura port and of the Coega Industrial Development Zone.
The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth plays a core and leading role for the development of the learning of French language, while offering a rich and varied cultural agenda for the French-speaking and Francophile local community.
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