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S. Africa pavilion makes debut

THE South Africa Pavilion at World Expo Shanghai was opened yesterday by the nation's International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

"We are very proud to be opening the pavilion because it truly showcases the vibrancy of South African cities, our diversified urban culture and how far we have progressed since the birth of the New Democratic South Africa," Nkoana-Mashabane added.

"Shanghai Expo's theme of 'Better City, Better Life' resonates deeply with our people, and the pavilion will showcase our stories and commitment to improving urban living through innovative solutions."

The pavilion, located in Zone C, has a simple design inspired by a traditional Southern African Rondavel round house, interpreted in a modern way that fuses tradition with modern materials.

Nkoana-Mashabane said at the opening the pavilion's designers also were involved in design and construction of the 2010 FIFA World Cup venue in South Africa. Games will be telecast in the pavilion.

He said trade was not the only aspect South Africa hoped to highlight during Shanghai Expo. Continuing to attract direct investment from China and other countries was also important.

During July and August, the South Africa Pavilion will focus on profiling its modern economy by introducing pillar industries, including agro-processing, metals and mining technology, bio-fuels and alternative energy.

The pavilion will also host themed exhibitions with traditional artifacts and wines.


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