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Two Flemish bands at Oppikoppi Festival

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Oppikoppi is one of the biggest multiple day music festivals in South Africa, held in the mining town of Northam in the Limpopo province. The festival this year takes place from 5 to 7 October. It attracts more than 20.000 people each year, who come to enjoy rock or one of the many other music genres on stage. Recently, the festival started a cooperation with the Pukkelpop festival in Flanders. As a result of this cooperation, two Flemish bands are on the line up this year: Sleepers’ Reign and Intergalactic Lovers. You can come and watch both bands on Saturday 7 October: Sleepers’ Reign at 15:00 on the main stage and Intergalactic Lovers at 21:00 on the bruilof stage. For more info, please see: https://www.oppikoppi.co.za/. Tickets are availaible through https://www.festicket.com/festivals/oppikoppi/2017.

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Rule of Three premieres at The Market Theatre on 16 March

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In Rule of Three, Flemish choreographer Jan Martens blends storytelling with live music to create a night-club vibe combined with the feeling of getting lost in the pages of a book. The result is a stunning dance piece that is loud, bright and brilliant. Rule of Three is the first performance of the Flemish dance season that hits South African stages from March to June 2019. GRIP, les ballets C de la B, and Siamese Cie, three of Flanders’ leading dance companies, showcase their work at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, KKNK Oudtshoorn and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

National Consultation Conference on Social Economy

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On 27 and 28 February the Economic Development Department, with support of the International Labour Organization, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Government of Flanders, organised the first Social Economy National Consultation Conference. The conference served as a launching pad for a broad consultation process to obtain input for the Social Economy Policy Green Paper which will be taken to the provinces during the course of the year. The conference was well attended with over 200 social economy practitioners, supporters, academia and government officials participating in discussions on topics such as definition, measuring the social economy, financing, regulatory frameworks and the future of work. The conference was hosted by Minister Ebrahim Patel, and attended by Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin and the Director General of the ILO, Guy Ryder.

Third Country Strategy Paper with Malawi launched in Lilongwe

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On the 25th of February 2019, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in South Africa launched the third Country Strategy Paper (2019 – 2023) for Development Cooperation between Flanders and Malawi in Lilongwe. More than 60 participants joined for this successful event, amongst whom government officials, local partners and international donors. Guest of honour was Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.

Flanders' Pretoria office blows out 20 candles

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On the 14th of February, our office celebrates 20 years in South Africa!

A trade office for Flanders had already been established in Johannesburg and Cape Town as early as 1 January 1994. It would however take another 5 years before the first General Representative of the Government of Flanders (known as the Counsellor for the Flemish Community), Mr. Yves Wantens, took up the post in Pretoria. was succeeded by Mr. David Maenaut, whose mandate ran from September 2008 to July 2014. His successor, since July 2014, is Dr. Geraldine Reymenants.

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