The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Role and Responsibilities
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 

South Africa

THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct State visits to the Republic of Ghana, from May 13 to 16; the Republic of Botswana, from May 16 to 19; and the Republic of South Africa, from May 20 to 22, 2013.

For more information on the announcement of these visits, please see the news release.

All timings indicated are in local time zone (Republic of South Africa - South Africa Standard Time  - UTC/GMT +6 hours)

PRE-STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town
Sunday, May 19
 

2:15 p.m.
Arrival in South Africa

Upon their arrival in Cape Town, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by officials from the Government of South Africa and Mr. Gaston Baran, High Commissioner of Canada to the Republic of South Africa.
Cape Town International Airport
PHOTO OP­Official photographers only

Cape Town 
Monday, May 20
 

South Africa

10 a.m.
Visit to Iziko Slave Lodge 
Joined by Ms. Rookshana Omar, CEO of Iziko Museums South Africa, Their Excellencies will visit the Lodge, which provides insight into how the slave trade influenced the history of Cape Town. The tour offered by Ms. Omar will explain what life was like for the slaves living in the lodge and illustrate the cramped living conditions that existed on board slave ships travelling the Indian Ocean slave trade route. This route brought slaves to the Cape from Indonesia, India-Ceylon, Mozambique and Madagascar. For more information, visit www.iziko.org.za/museums/slave-lodge.
Iziko Slave Lodge
PHOTO OP­Official photographers only

12:15 p.m.
Discussion on Growth and Opportunities in African Countries
Their Excellencies will meet with local fishermen and officials from National Treasury and the City of Cape Town to learn about how the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is working with the South African Department of Treasury to further the development of this local fishing port.

With CIDA’s support, the South African Department of Treasury is fostering better management of the port by coordinating economic development, resource management and improved governance between three levels of authority: the City of Cape Town, the province of Western Cape, and the national government.

Canada has also assisted the port through work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to manage and conserve fish stocks in the area. 
Port of Hout Bay
PHOTO OPWalkabout in the Port of Hout Bay

2:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion on International Education and Science Collaboration
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address on the future co-operation between Canada and South Africa in physics and space exploration, as well as on education exchanges between universities and the private sector.

His speech will be followed by a discussion with Canadian and South African panellists on science and technology exchanges, science policy development, and business-university co-operation in science and technology. The Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA)will be highlighted asan example of a project thatcould pave the way for co-operation between Canada and South Africa in such fields as education, research, economy and technological development.

The SKA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope.Thousands of linked radio wave receptors will be located in Australia and in southern Africa. Combining the signals from the antennas in each region will create a telescope with a collecting area equivalent to a dish with an area of about one square kilometre. The SKA aims to address fundamental unanswered questions about our universe. Its construction is scheduled to start in 2016. For more information, visit www.skatelescope.org.
Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town
OPEN TO MEDIA

STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town 
Tuesday, May 21

Courtesy Call with the President of the Republic of South Africa

9 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. During the ceremony, the Governor General will inspect the guard of honour and receive a 21-gun salute.
Parliamentary Precinct, Tuynhuys
OPEN TO MEDIA 

9:35 a.m.
Courtesy Call with the President of the Republic of South Africa

The Governor General will meet with the President of the Republic of South Africa. An expanded meeting with the official and accompanying delegations will follow at 10 a.m.
Parliamentary Precinct, Tuynhuys
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of both meetings
MEDIA AVAILABILITY—The Governor General and the President will deliver a joint statement and answer questions from members of the media following their meeting, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

10 a.m.
Visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

Her Excellency will visit this amazing botanical garden, which is dedicated to preserving the fynbos genus of plants. The genus is unique to the Western Cape, yet contains one of the greatest number of plant species in the world. During Her Excellency’s tour, she will hear about the work that Canada has supported through the South African Department of Treasury and the National Biodiversity Institute, in such areas as leadership development and change management. For more information, visit www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
Kirstenbosch Gardens
OPEN TO MEDIA 

12 p.m.
State Luncheon Hosted by the President of the Republic of South Africa
On the occasion of Their Excellencies’ visit to the country, the President of the Republic of South Africa will host a State luncheon. The Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this special occasion.
Banquet Hall, Tuynhuys
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speeches only 

2:05 p.m
Courtesy Call from the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa
The Governor General will meet with His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.
Table Bay Hotel
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only

Johannesburg
Tuesday, May 21

6:45 p.m.
Governor General's Address at the University of Witwatersrand
His Excellency will deliver a speech on Canada and South Africa relations to students, faculty staff and academics. A discussion with the audience will follow. This event is organized in conjunction with the University and the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Jan Smuts House, East Campus
OPEN TO MEDIA 

Pretoria 
Wednesday, May 22 

Visit to the Apartheid Museum

9:24 a.m.
Journey on the Gautrain
His Excellency and Canadian delegates will travel on the Gautrain, Africa’s first rapid-rail public-transport project. Bombardier, as part of the Bombela Consortium, is the builder of this high-speed commuter rail service that travels between the central business districts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. For more information, visit www.gautrain.co.za
Hatfield Station
OPEN TO MEDIA 

Johannesburg
Wednesday, May 22

10:30 a.m.
Visit to the Apartheid Museum
His Excellency willvisit an exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela, who was central to every stage of South Africa’s epic struggle against apartheid, from formulating a new approach in the 1940s and leading the mass struggles of the 1950s to the formation of Umkhonto we Siswe in the early 1960s and his 27-year imprisonment. This great African leader initiated and led negotiations in the 1990s, and served as the first president of a democratic South Africa, building a new nation from the fragments of conflict. For more information, visit www.apartheidmuseum.org
Apartheid Museum
OPEN TO MEDIA 

12 p.m.
Canada—South Africa Business Networking Luncheon
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address to over 120 South African and Canadian business leaders at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the largest exchange on the African continent. The Governor General’s address will focus on the strong South Africa-Canada trade relationship, as well as the advantages of having Canadian companies as partners in such areas as research, academic exchanges and innovation. 
Atrium, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speeches only 

Pretoria 
Wednesday, May 22
 

7 p.m.
Official Farewell Ceremony
Their Excellencies will be bid farewell during an official ceremony that will include a guard of honour.
Waterkloof Airbase
PHOTO OP—Official photographers only