Georgetown, Guyana – (April 29, 2016) Cabinet has granted its approval for the appointment of Ms. Xoliswa Nomathamsanqa Ngwevela as Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Guyana. Ms. Ngwevela will be resident in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The tour of duty for South Africa’s previous High Commissioner to Guyana, Ms. Maureen Isabella Modiselle came to an end in 2015.

The new High Commissioner is a career diplomat, who has represented her country in several capacities including Chief Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. She has served at her country’s overseas Missions in Venezuela and New York.

Guyana and South America established diplomatic relations on November 4, 1994. South Africa is one of the few African countries with which Guyana has enjoyed more active relations in recent years. Guyana established a High Commission in South Africa in August 2013, which is currently headed by Acting High Commissioner, Ms. Barbara Haley. Dr. Kenrick Hunte will soon take up his post as the High Commissioner of Guyana to South Africa.

The appointment of Ms. Ngwevela as Non-resident High Commissioner to Guyana is expected to provide the opportunity for the exploration of further cooperation initiatives including discussions for possible areas of trade and investment between the two states.

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