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COMMUNITY COMPASS: South Africa office welcomes public to mark National Day

FOR THE FAMILY The all-day event will include something for everyone, from a jumping castle for children to a beer hall and South African barbecue

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

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The Liaison Office of South Africa is inviting the public to its first South Africa Day on Saturday to celebrate the country? National Day on Monday and learn about the country? culture, South Africa Representative Petrus Meyer said.

?e invite all Taiwanese people to come to the event,?said Meyer, who has been in his post for more than three years.

The day will include activities for the entire family, the office said.

It will also be an opportunity for South African expats to meet people and for Taiwanese to learn about South African culture, food and music.

Etienne Mar? a native of Pretoria and one of the event? organizers, said the festivities would include live bands, a South African comedian and a South African must ?barbecue.

?arbecue is absolutely crucial to the event. Just about every family in South Africa has barbecue on Saturdays and Sundays,?he said.

The all-day event will also feature a beer hall, a jumping castle for children, a soccer-ball kicking competition to promote the 2010 World Cup, which will be hosted by South Africa, African drumming lessons, face painting, a lucky draw and a variety of authentic South African cuisine, including miele pap with traditional tomato and onion sauce.

Although South Africa and the Republic of China severed ties in November 1996, the countries have continued to enjoy a good relationship, Meyer said.

Last Wednesday, 88 South Africans voted for the first time in general elections by overseas ballot through the Liaison Office.

An estimated 8,000 to 12,000 South Africans live in Taiwan, Meyer said.

Eighty South African athletes are expected to compete in the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei and the year-end World Games in Kaohsiung.

The Liaison Office is also scheduled to hold a South Africa Day at the Taipei Zoo in June, he said.

South Africa Day will be held at Wendel? Restaurant in Tianmu.

Tickets cost NT$450 for adults and NT$200 for children under the age of 12.

More information is available online at southafrica.com.tw.

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