Effective government relations in South and Southern Africa

11 February 2013


President Zuma has sent his wishes and that of South Africa to the Chinese Community on the occasion of the Chinese New Year  - the Year of the Snake - which commenced on 10 February 2013.

Below,  the text:


I would like to join the people of South Africa to wish all members of the Chinese Community in our country and around the world, a happy and successful New Year – the Year of the Snake!

For these communities, the Year of the Snake heralds a New Year which allows an ability to read a challenging situation in a deliberate and controlled manner, it thus inspires a renewed sense of aspiration to reach for a future filled with plenty of potential. Balancing these ideals and motivation, the Year of the Snake also calls on all to understand that with this aspiration and potential, comes added responsibility.

South African and Chinese relations are indeed the product of many years of cooperation and with the renewed energy and dedication they will no doubt be propelled to new heights in this Chinese New Year.   

I am confident that our countries’ mutual engagement will grow significantly in this Year of the Snake as our people work together for the improvement of the lives and circumstances of all our communities.

This year in particular, must see us redouble our efforts for the long term benefit of our future generations.   It is our confident expectation that the renewed vigour encouraged by the Year of the Snake, will see a year ahead characterised by bold and creative ideas across all fields, between South Africa and .

With celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Snake with the Chinese Community in South Africa and across the world commencing on 10 February this year, and in that spirit, we extend to you, your families and loved ones, our warmest wishes for a prosperous year and we hope that this New Year we will be more ambitious than ever in our mutual and collective undertakings

Mr J G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.