CUBA, SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

PRETORIA, March 26– The documentary Mandela and Fidel, by US director Estela Bravo, was screened at the University of Free State, as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Cuba and South Africa.

The presentation of the film was attended by Ace Magashule, Prime Minister and coordinator of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in the central province, and the Cuban Ambassador Carlos Fernández de Cossío.

There were also present ministers and officials of the provincial government, University authorities, provincial parliamentarians, members of the major political organizations, as well as students and teachers of the center for advanced studies.

The audience, also including South African graduates in Cuba and Cuban collaborators, received with great enthusiasm the film about the solid friendship between the historical leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, and the iconic anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela.

At the end of the documentary, Ambassador Fernandez de Cossio gave a lecture in which he addressed the main achievements of the Cuban revolution, the process of updating the economic model, and the impact of the economic and commercial blockade of United States to the island.

The official visit of the Cuban Ambassador to the city of Bloemfontein, also included meetings with Tate Makgoe and Benny Malakoa, provincial Ministers of Education and Health, respectively.

SOURCE: PRENSA LATINA