ASEAN Golf Day forges closer cooperation between ASEAN and South Africa
(l-r) Mr Chua Thai Keong, High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of Dirco, Mr Salman Al Farisi, Ambassador of Indonesia, Justice Steven Majiedt, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Mr Hoang Van Loi, Ambassador of Vietnam

6 April 2021

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria, South Africa, as chair of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC) 2021 organized the ASEAN Golf Day 2021 which was held on 30 March at Blue Valley Golf Estate in Midrand. Strict Covid-19 protocols were observed.

The ASEAN Golf Day was attended by 40 participants consisting of Ambassadors and representatives of ASEAN countries as well as diplomats from other countries based in Pretoria, representatives from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Department of Defence and the Department of Human Settlements of South Africa.

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, opened the tournament with an early morning tee-off.

In his remarks Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Salman Al Farisi stated that South Africa's accession to the 2020 ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation marked South Africa's desire to have closer cooperation with ASEAN. Farisi, as Chairperson of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee, said that he hopes the 2021 ASEAN Golf Day will further strengthen relations and cooperation between ASEAN and South Africa. Deputy Minister Botes said that South Africa views ASEAN as an important partner and its strategy is to achieve mutually beneficial cooperation in various sectors including in education. Botes also emphasized Indonesia's important role in building South-South solidarity, among others through the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Indonesian Embassy took this opportunity to promote Indonesian products which are available in the South African market, such as instant noodle products, beverages, biscuits, sweets, medicines, and coconut products. During the event, participants were invited to partake in Indonesian coffee tasting and were also served Indonesian culinary delights, including fried rice, beef satay, lamb satay, and prawn crackers.

Prizes sponsored by the Indonesian Defense Attache’s office, the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center, BMW South Africa and Indomie were awarded to the participants.

The ASEAN Pretoria Committee is an association of ASEAN countries that has representatives at the Ambassador level in Pretoria, South Africa. Currently there are seven ASEAN member countries in Pretoria, namely the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In the first quarter of 2021, Indonesia served as chair of the APC. The APC always endeavours and to raise the image of ASEAN to ensure that it is better known to South Africans. The APC also encourages closer cooperation between ASEAN countries and South Africa in various fields which are of strategic interest to both parties.

Embassy of Indonesia in South Africa