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Book launch Tom Lanoye

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We are delighted to announce the visit of Flemish author, Tom Lanoye, to Pretoria from 1-4 December. Tom Lanoye is a novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright who lives and works in Antwerp and Cape Town. One of the most widely read and lauded authors in Dutch, his works have been translated into numerous languages.

His bestselling 'Gelukkige Slaven' (Fortunate Slaves) has been translated into Afrikaans by Daniel Hugo and published by Protea Boekhuis. Tom Lanoye will be present at the launch of this translation at the Protea Boekhuis in Hatfield on 3 December.

NEWS

 



Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa

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On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The governments of Flanders and South Africa have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past twenty years. The meeting provided room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of these longstanding bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified, including innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, and culture.

€ 5 million for agricultural projects in Malawi

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On 16 November, the Government of Flanders approved a grant of 5 million Euro for agricultural projects in Malawi. A total of 300,000 families in rural areas will benefit. “The majority of the population consists of smallholder farmers. By increasing their productivity and improving market access for crops, Flanders chooses to contribute towards an efficient agricultural policy in Malawi,” according to Minister-president Geert Bourgeois.

Flemish street art in Cape Town

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Harrington Street in Cape Town has acquired a whole new look, thanks to Flemish street artist Smates. With the support of the Government of Flanders in collaboration with Baz-Art, Smates (Bart Smeets), has created a 400 m2 public art work - the largest mural in Cape Town. Capetonians and visitors were able to watch the artist at work from 5 to 11 November. 

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