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Vosloo to discuss South Africa’s economic revitalization

Ivan Vosloo, the Consul at the South African Consulate General’s Office in New York, will talk about South African economic vitality at 6:15 p.m. on April 25 in Lehigh’s University Center (Room 303).

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Global Union and the Lehigh University/United Nations partnership.

“We are excited to have Consul Volsoo on campus to share his unique perspectives on many pressing issues,” says Bill Hunter, director of Lehigh’s Global Union. “South Africa has undergone a tremendous economic revitalization, in large part due to its economic policies relating to minority empowerment. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, there are certainly lessons to be learned regarding racial harmony and economic equality.”

Vosloo was born and raised in the Pretoria, the Kwa Ndebele regions of South Africa. After completing high school in Pretoria, he was selected as a Rotary International Exchange Student and went to Brisbane, Australia in 1985. He was awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Award while in Australia.

In 1986, he returned to South Africa and received a scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs to study law and political science at the University of Pretoria.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs after he completed his studies, and went on to serve in various capacities before he was sent to serve at the South African Pavilion in Seville, Spain during the 1992 World Expo. He later became an assistant director responsible for Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique in the Africa Branch, and was later posted as the First Secretary to the South African Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 1993-1997.

He also served in the United Kingdom, and the Ireland Directorate before being named deputy chairperson of the Sector Education and Training Authority from 1992-2002. In March 2002, he took up his current post as Consul at the South African Consulate General’s office in New York.

--Liz Danzig

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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