The keynote speech was delivered by Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu. He welcomed over 300 guests to the event. In his speech, he gave an account of South Africa’s achievements in the 21 years of democracy and outlined the steps that are being taken to move South Africa forward. Furthermore, he highlighted the South African government and peoples’ strong condemnation of the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
Ambassador David H. Thorn, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the State delivered a response on behalf of the government and people of the United States, and highlighted the strong partnership between the two countries
“The year 2015 ushers the beginning of the third decade of democracy and freedom. On 27 April this year South Africans are called to take the opportunity to celebrate the fruits of our democracy. It is time to reflect on the progress we have made as country in moving South Africa forward”.