|Consul General Fei Mingxing Attends the SA Regional Final of the18th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students|
On 4th May 2019, the South Africa Regional Final of the 18th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was held in Durban. Consul General Fei Mingxing, Cultural Counsellor Zhou Yong of Chinese Embassy in South Africa, Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-chancellor of Durban University of Technology, Ms Mokgadi Tena, Director of the International Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa, and Mr. Chen Jun, Managing Director of COSCO Shipping Durban Branch, attended and addressed the event. More than 150 people witnessed the competition, including teachers and students from South African universities and colleges, and representatives from local Chinese companies and Chinese communities.
Consul General Fei congratulated the finalists and encouraged them to persist in learning the Chinese language. He briefed about the spirit of the May 4th Movement, hoped that South African youth would share the glory and sense of historic mission with their Chinese peers and dedicate themselves to the nation-building and development of South Africa.
He noted, China-South Africa relations had ushered in the golden time of harvest with economic and trade cooperation getting closer, educational and cultural exchanges deepening and personnel exchanges increasing. The role of Mandarin as a bridge between the two countries is becoming increasingly important. He shared his personal experience of learning English, urged the young South African friends to take advantage of local Confucius Institutes and Confucius classrooms and make ambassadors of friendship between China and South Africa and proactive participants and promoters of Sino-South Africa cooperation.
The Competition comprising of written test, speech on selected topic and talent show was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarter, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and hosted by the Confucius Institute of Durban University of Technology. Twenty contestants competed in the Final. Iise Smit from the Confucius Institute of Johannesburg University and Kyle Matthew Nash from the Confucius Institute of Cape Town University won the first prize and will represent South Africa in the 18th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Competition Final in China.