Johannesburg, South Africa: The President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived in Johannesburg on 5 February for his maiden Africa visit. This is the first ever official visit of a Tibetan political leader to the African continent since His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit in 1996.
Representative Ngodup Dorjee of OOT South Africa and Neil, Trustee of Lamrim Buddhist Centre received President Dr Sangay at the airport. In Johannesburg, Dr Sangay visited the Lamrim Buddhist Centre and also interacted with the press.
At the invitation extended by Inkatha Freedom Party, Dr Sangay was originally scheduled to attend the South African President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation address at the inaugural session of the South African Parliament on 8 February. However, the address was postponed owing to domestic political tensions in South Africa.
Dr Sangay flew to Cape Town on the evening of 6 February and was warmly received by Tibet support group members.
- Report filed by Sikyong’s Communication Officer Tenzin Lhakmon and edited by Jamphel Shonu