The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates National Day

Photo: Cake Cutting Ceremony (L-R) H.E. Ambassador Salih Omar Abdul of Eritrea to South Africa, Hon. Minister General Bheki Cele, South Africa Police Minister, H.E. Ambassador Sultan Al Angari of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Minister of Tourism, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, and H.E. Ambassador Tariq Al-Ansari of the Embassy of the State of Qatar to South Africa and back their Excellencies Heads of Mission accredited to the Republic of South Africa

Photo: (L-R) Honourable Minister of Tourism, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Honourable Minister General Bheki Cele, South Africa Police Minister attended the event as guest of honour representing the South African Government, and His Excellency Ambassador Sultan Al Angari of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Photo’s Credit: Pieter Uys

By Susan Novela

24 September 2022

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates the occasion of the 92nd Saudi National Day under the slogan “It’s our home” on 23 September.

The day marks the anniversary of the historical announcement by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud of the unification of Saudi Arabia.

The annual celebration is a glorious reminder of Saudi history of when the founder His Majesty King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud unified

the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudis proudly appreciatively recall the efforts and sacrifices made by their ancestors to build, develop and serve the Kingdom.

In celebration of the 92nd Saudi National Day, His Excellency Ambassador Sultan Al Angari, of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to South with the Embassy hosted Representatives of the South African Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Pretoria, business, civil society and Saudi’s living in South Africa at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria.

Minister General Bheki Cele, South Africa Police Minister attended the event as the guest of honour representing the South African Government

and Hon. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa Minister of Tourism.

The kingdom is proud of its conduct of bilateral relations such as the one with the Republic of South Africa, which dates back to 1994. It is

equally proud of the continued development it is witnessing in politics, economy, education and culture, information technology and health, among


The Kingdom has enhanced bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the opening of the Saudi Commercial Attaché in May 2022 in Johannesburg.

This has expanded the scope of cooperation between the two

countries, thereby contributing to Saudi export growth, as well as attracting foreign investment to the Kingdom.

The Commercial Attaché is

Africa’s gateway for trade between the Kingdom and Southern and Eastern

African States. The volume of trade between the Kingdom and South Africa already exceeded USD4, 5bn for the year 2021.

Work is now underway to open a Maaden Company office, which is affiliated with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, during 2022.

Saudi Arabia is proud of the $1.5 billion investment by Saudi ACWA Power in the giant CSP plant in the Northern Cape. On completion, the facility will be the largest thermal storage in the world. This exemplifies the

fruits of Economic diplomacy dating back to President Ramaphosa’s July 2018 visit.

The two countries established a Political Consultation Committee in 2016 that held its first meeting on 29 March 2021 headed by the two countries’ foreign ministers in Riyadh; they will hold their second meeting in Pretoria in 2022 together with the Joint Economic Committee’s 9th session 3 and 4 October.

This anniversary is an opportunity to highlight the national achievements driven by the Saudi Vision 2030, despite the challenges the

Covid19 pandemic posed.

Saudis accepted an ambitious vision as they aspire to achieve the highest standards of prosperity, security, peace and development at both national and international levels through cooperation with regional and

global neighbours.

The Kingdom values efforts aimed at securing the future using resources unleashed in all productive sectors in partnership with the rest of the

world. His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister announced the Kingdom’s official candidature to host the city of Riyadh Expo 2030 under the slogan – The era of change: moving our planet towards the future on 29 October 2021.

This will coincide with the celebration of the achievement of its ambitious vision 2030 goals in the various economic, social, cultural and tourism sectors, and intends to attract 100 million visitors annually.

The Middle East faces major environmental challenges associated with climate change, and that have affected the natural life of trees and forests, leading to fires in some countries. The Kingdom believes that deleterious effects of climate change extend also to the economy and security. Last October, the Kingdom hosted the Green Middle East Summit and the Green Saudi Initiative Forum, during which major regional initiatives for a new green era were announced.

These will close the gaps in the climate action system in the region and coordinate regional

efforts by sharing expertise and technology. The two initiatives will cost USD11bn, and the Kingdom will contribute 15% of the total cost.

As a responsible partner, Saudi Arabia has contributed to the African continent through initiatives in education, health, transportation, infrastructure, confronting hunger, poverty and epidemics. The most recent was the fight against the Covid19 pandemic, and international initiatives through the G20 to ease the burden on health and economic systems.

The Kingdom provided USD500mn for international relief efforts to combat Covid19, USD150mn for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), USD150mn for the Global Alliance for Vaccination and immunization (GAVI), and USD200mn for other international and regional

health organizations and programmes.

It also urged the international community to finance the combat against Covid19 with an amount of USD8bn, through its presidency of the Group of

20 in 2020 and supported the World Health Organization plan with an amount of USD100mn.

In addition, it donated medicines and equipment to

more than 23 countries, including African countries to the tune of USD44mn.

The Kingdom recognizes that is part of a world whose prosperity and responsibility it shares. The Kingdom will drive solutions to the world’s pressing issues, including environmental issues and promote sustainable development and will work with international organizations

and partners to achieve this.

The Kingdom wishes the two friendly peoples of Saudi Arabia and South Africa prosperity, security and stability on this happy occasion.






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