The Guyana High Commission in South Africa celebrated the 51st Independence Anniversary

The Guyana High Commission in South Africa

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The Guyana High Commission in South Africa celebrated our 51st Independence Anniversary on May 26, 2017.

This is the first time that South Africa has formally acknowledged Guyana’s contribution in the struggle to end Apartheid in South Africa.

Read the details at these links:

Best regards

Dr. Cyril Kenrick Hunte

High Commissioner
High Commission of the Republic of Guyana
Suite H, Third Floor, Grosvenor Place
235 Grosvenor Street
Hatfield 0081 . PO Box 12238, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 941 1694 (O)


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  • Constance Brathwaite  On 06/15/2017 at 11:23 am

    At last some recognition has been given to the role that Guyana paid in the liberation of countries of Southern Africa.

    As someone who has had close contacts with the Liberation Movements (confirm with Oscar CLARKE) for a number of years, this is a first step. What about Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola. Many Angolans do not know the role Guyana played in their fight against the South Africans alongside the Cubans culminating in the bombing of the plane that was taking students to Cuba. The Namibians still need Visas for Guyanese, at least the South Africans resolved this soon after their independence.

    Suggest that the our High Commission in South Africa should cover Namibia and Angola.

    Constance Brathwaite (Connie/Gem) 48 years in Southern Africa


  • Constance Brathwaite  On 06/15/2017 at 5:44 pm

    I am a Guyanese presently residing in Angola (30 years) having lived in Zambia previously (18).

    Better late than never that South Africa has at last acknowledged our role during their independence struggle. It would he hugely appreciated if Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia did the same.

    The Angolans up to few years ago questioned whether my passport was false as they never heard of such a country, and I was often obliged to give the immigration officers geography lessons and tell them of our involvement in their struggle with the South Africans. They were always astounded as their generation not only did not know there was a country called Guyana, let alone about being granted fueling rights to the Cubana flights that were ferrying the Cuban troops to their country to assist in fighting the apartheid forces. They were even more openmouthed when I mentioned the downing of the flight taking students to Cuba because of our offering transit rights to the Cubana flights.

    Guyana needs to take its place as one of the countries that participated in the fight for independence in the various Southern African countries.

    Ambassador Oscar CLARKE in the 80s had just started these contacts from the High Commission in Zambia, when it was closed. Guyana needs to continue this by extending coverage by the Pretoria embassy to Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola. South Africa shortly after independence extended visa free travel to Guyanese. What about Namibia and Zimbabwe. Angola is a different case, but at least bureaucracy can be eased. Guyana is a small country, but we batted above our size.

    Constance Brathwaite. (Connie/Gem)


  • Mary Figueira  On 08/25/2017 at 1:46 am

    I enjoyed reading your Newsletter..very interesting articles…thank you

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