Comments by Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Sue van der Merwe and Mrs Gertrude Mongella,
President of the Pan African Parliament ahead of Preparatory
Meeting for Inauguration of the Pan African Parliament,
10 August 2004
First Floor, East Wing, Union Buildings, Pretoria
Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Introductory remarks by Deputy Minister van der
- We are very honoured as the South African government
to host the Pan-African Parliament.
- We are here today to welcome Ambassador Mongella
as the President of the Pan-African Parliament.
- We will today discuss with Ambassador Mongella the
opening session of the Pan-African Parliament and
the details of the first sitting.
Introductory remarks by Ambassador Gertrude Mongella,
President of the Pan-African Parliament
- I am very pleased to be here.
- It is time to settle down to working on the details
of the Pan African Parliament being hosted in South
- South Africa deserves to host the Pan African Parliament
- this serves as another step on its road to democracy.
- There is much work ahead of us - the inauguration
has been scheduled for 16 September 2004.
- Everyone one the continent is awaiting this opening
with great excitement and happiness.
- We have been very pleased with the co-operation
shown by South Africa following the announcement of
its successful bid to host the Pan African Parliament.
- The 16 September 2004 will see the President of
the Republic of South Africa welcoming the Pan African
Parliament to South Africa and will be a great day
for the Continent.
Concluding remarks by Deputy Minister van der Merwe
- As has been announced the Pan African Parliament
will be opened on the 16 September 2004 - in this
interim phase the Parliament will be hosted at Gallagher
Estate which is currently being refurbished.
- In the long term the Pan-African Parliament will
be hosted in Gauteng at an undecided location.
- This building will be the result of a continent-wide
competition that will be a truly African building.
- Again, welcome Ambassador Mongella.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
10 August 2004