A Welcome Ceremony for the South African team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games was hosted by the SA Embassy’s Official Residence, on July 22. The theme was: "Bringing Back Ubuntu: Sport has the power to change the world—Nelson Mandela."
South African Ambassador to Japan Lulama Smuts Ngonyama (centre) is flanked by members of the South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan's Board of Directors. From left: vice-chair Simon Farrell, Harrison “Chain” Hlabane, Lungile Christopher Siphambili, and ex officio Rakgwale R. Kubjane, who is also First Secretary, Political at the Embassy.
Guests enjoyed a traditional SA braai prepared by Embassy chefs after the Welcome Ceremony.
SA expats were beamed live on national TV by NHK as they watched Japan beat South Africa 1-0 in the Olympic Games football tournament on July 22.