GER­MAN HON­OUR FOR MMINELE

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - SHAN­NON EBRAHIM GROUP FOR­EIGN EDITOR

THE high­est trib­ute Ger­many can pay to in­di­vid­u­als for ser­vices to the na­tion was be­stowed on a prom­i­nent South African this week.

Ger­man Pres­i­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier be­stowed the Ger­man Or­der of Merit on Daniel Mminele, Deputy Gover­nor of the South African Re­serve Bank.

It was to hon­our him for his work in fur­ther­ing Ger­man-South African re­la­tions.

The dec­o­ra­tion is given to both Ger­mans and for­eign­ers alike.

Ger­man Am­bas­sador Martin Schae­fer hosted the pres­ti­gious cer­e­mony at his res­i­dence in Pre­to­ria, which was also at­tended by Ger­man Bun­des­bank Ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber Dr An­dreas Dom­bret and mem­bers of the Mminele fam­ily who flew in from Ger­many for the oc­ca­sion.

Dom­bret, who spoke at the cer­e­mony, said Mminele was in the truest sense a globe trot­ter, and hailed him as an “out­stand­ing pa­tron of co-op­er­a­tion be­tween South Africa and Ger­many”.

“I am ex­tremely hum­bled by this great hon­our and wish to ex­press my ex­treme grat­i­tude to the Ger­man Pres­i­dent,” Mminele said upon re­ceiv­ing the Or­der of Merit.

Mminele, who is from Pha­l­aborwa, ar­rived in Ger­many as a child and com­pleted his stud­ies and train­ing there.

“He has had a dis­tin­guished ca­reer based in Ger­many, Bri­tain, and in South Africa.”

Col­leagues of Mminele at the Re­serve Banks re­fer to him as “the Ger­man” par­tic­u­larly due to his punc­tu­al­ity and pre­ci­sion.

Ger­man Am­bas­sador Schae­fer char­ac­terised Mminele as a true pub­lic ser­vant in the best terms of the word, “some­one who in his life and his heart is half Ger­man”.

Mminele spoke at great length about the strong re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, and noted that there are 600 Ger­man com­pa­nies based in South Africa, em­ploy­ing 90 000 work­ers.

He also made ref­er­ence to the fact that a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing was signed in 2016 be­tween the South African Re­serve Bank and the Bun­des­bank.

Both banks will be co-host­ing a con­fer­ence in March.

PIC­TURE: JAC­QUES NAUDE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Ger­man Am­bas­sador Martin Schae­fer, SA Re­serve Bank Deputy Gover­nor Daniel Mminele and Ger­man Bun­des­bank ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber Dr An­dreas Dom­bret.

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