13 Sep High Commission of South Africa meets Student Leadership Safari Delegates for Lunch
To prepare for their impending leadership trip to South Africa, a group of Hwa Chong International School students called on the High Commission Office of South Africa here in Singapore to tap on his first-hand knowledge of the country. Head of Delegation, Mr. Delane Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Agape Group Holdings hosted the students for a luncheon on Friday, 5 April 2013 with His Excellency, Political Counselor Andre van Straten of the South Africa High Commission, Singapore. The meeting was a mini send-off ceremony for the students who will be taking part in a 7-day leadership training journey in South Africa.
The light-hearted affair saw students eagerly asking Counselor van Straten about various aspects of South Africa and in exchange they received invaluable insights to the country that they are about to visit from 4 May to 10 May 2013. To send them off safely, Counselor van Straten presented the delegation of students with Inter-State Collar Pins and the delegation exchanged flags with the Counselor as a sign of goodwill and warm relations between South Africa and Singapore. The logo of the SIN-SA Youth Leadership SAFARI was also unveiled during the luncheon.
The idea of a leadership journey in South Africa was mooted by Mr. Delane Lim, Academy Founder & Chief Executive for Agape Group Holdings. On using this unique once-in-a-lifetime journey to imbue leadership qualities in students, Mr. Lim said, “I think true leadership comes in unexpected times. So the best way to impart knowledge and skills of leadership is to take the students out of their comfort zones and place them in an unfamiliar but controlled environment. What better place than in a South African Safari? The challenges presented to them on this journey will let them develop their leadership qualities with minimal hand-holding.”
Mr. Lim also added that, “the choice of South Africa also came on the back of a recent signing of an Agreement and four MOUs by five Singapore entities in January 2013 with its private and public-sector counterparts in South Africa. As we see Singapore increasing its economic ties with South Africa, I think it is only right that we start exposing our youths to economies beyond our traditional trading partners. This would better prepare them and let them get an earlier exposure to the cultures and practices of our newer partners.
The High Commissioner of Singapore to South Africa, His Excellency Bernard Baker will also be joining the delegates for lunch on 7th May, 2013 at Radley College in South Africa.