Remarks by Consul General Fei Mingxing at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala2020
(Jan 22, 2020, Durban City Hall)
2020/01/23
 

Coucillor Sibongseni Mkhize, Chief Whip of the eThekwini Municipality,

Hon Velenkosini Hlabisa, Leader of the Opposition of KZN Legislature,

Mr Lin Defei, Chairman of Chinese Industrial and Commercial Federation KZN,夸纳省华人工商会林德斐会长,

中资机构同志们,侨胞们,

Diplomatic colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

 

Good evening.

Welcome to the Spring Festival Gala 2020 in KwaZulu Natal Province (KZN). In two days, the Year of the Rat will usher in a new cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Taking this auspicious occasion, I would like to offer my congratulations to KZN 2019 Class for their outstanding performance, and Ms Kim Mathews, Principal of Durban Music School who recently won the 2nd prize in the Writing Competition "CHINA IN MY EYES" of the Chinese Embassy.

And warm welcome to performers of Sichuan Song and Dance Theatre. Thank you for choosing Durban for your last stop of Africa tour.

And many thanks to the eThekwini Municipality for the venue, to the police and security officers, and volunteers who made tonight possible.

The year 2019 is an extraordinary one for China. We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic with pride. China's GDP exceeded US$14 trillion in total andUS$10,000 per capita.

China achieved great progress in space technology, commercial 5G services, regional coordinated development and people's livelihood.

China has by now signed over 170 cooperation documents with Belt and Road Initiative partners and its effort in advancing the building a community of shared future for the mankind received wider global support.

The year 2019 witnessed amazing advancement of China and South Africa Cooperation in KZN. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Durban, both agreeing that our bilateral relation is an exemplar of South-South Cooperation.

l  Delegations of over 10 Chinese cities attended the UCLG World Congress and World Council in Durban in November.

l  For the first time ever, Chinese artists performed at Reed Dance Festival and received overwhelming welcome of  50,000 Zulu people.

l  The first Luban Workshop in South Africa was launched at Durban University of Technology to offer vocational training for young people.

l  Chinese company ZPMC, partnering with Eduworks, invested over R3 million in developing facilities in 20 schools and 9 TVETS (most in KZN), benefiting 20,000 learners.

l  Brothers care about brothers. In April, when floods caused heartbreaking casualties and heavy damages to public and private property, Chinese community acted promptly and donated biscuits, blankets, boots and others at total value of R 1.4 million.

And the list goes on.

Looking ahead, the year 2020 will see China realize its first centenary goal, which is to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. And China will achieve the goal of eliminating poverty.

As comprehensive strategic partner of South Africa, China feels South Africa's challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality and is ready to help. Premier Sihle Zikalala once said, "When China wins, South Africa and our continent win". I could assure you: when South Africa and Africa win, China wins too.

To conclude, I wish you all a pleasant evening and a happy Chinese new year.

恭祝大家鼠年新春快乐,平安吉祥!
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