NHK meeting with Ambassador

Meeting between Ambassador Ngonyama and Mr Kobayashi Yu who will shortly be taking up the post of NHK correspondent in South Africa.
NHK is a Japanese public broadcaster that also provides an international broadcasting service, known as NHK World-Japan.



Mandela Day 2022

Ambassador LS Ngonyama met with high school students from the Soka Gakkai Future Division.
He spoke of the friendship between former President Mandela & Dr Ikeda and of the importance of education as a tool to shape and design a better future for all mankind.


Tribute to former PM Shinzo Abe

“H.E. Ambassador LS Ngonyama pays tribute to former PM ABE Shinzo for his efforts to deepen the relationship between Japan and South Africa; and indeed Japan and the African Continent during his lifetime.”

“H.E. Ambassador LS Ngonyama pays tribute to former PM ABE Shinzo for his efforts to deepen the relationship between Japan and South Africa; and indeed Japan and the African Continent during his lifetime.”

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa


I have learned with sadness and shock of the passing of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Abe’s family, friends and colleagues, as well as the Government and people of Japan as a close and special partner to our nation.

The violence that claimed Prime Minister Abe’s life is a call on all of us to work for non-violence, peace and tolerance in all parts of the globe.

I have been privileged to have a close association with Prime Minister Abe during my term as Deputy President and President of the Republic.

I recall my warm and productive interactions with Prime Minister Abe during my August 2015 visit to Japan as where we made significant progress in strengthening our bilateral relations, especially in the economic sphere, as well as South Africa’s cooperation with Japan in addressing issues on the global agenda.

I reflect similarly on my participation as President of the Republic in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama in August 2019.

Prime Minister Abe convened this platform under the theme “Advancing Africa’s development through Technology, Innovation and People”, which sought to further deepen trade and investment, capacity and skills development, networking and people’s exchange between African nations and Japan. 

Soon after TICAD, I had the pleasure to return to Japan to experience Prime Minister Abe and the government and nation of Japan hosting people from all over the world for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with characteristic efficiency and hospitality.

For the championship final on Saturday, 2 November 2019, I had the honour of sharing a Yokohama International Stadium stand with Prime Minister Abe as we witnessed the Springboks triumph as world champions. His warm embrace and handshake at the final whistle embodied the relationship between our two countries.

It is my wish that the people of Japan and South Africa will find solace in the legacy Prime Minister Abe established in Japan, globally and in the depth of relations between our two countries.

May his soul rest in peace.


Media enquiries:

Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315



Citrus launch event for 2022

The South African Embassy in Japan, in collaboration with the restaurant GARDEN HOUSE-Kamakura, will co-host the citrus launch event for 2022 citrus export season to Japan.

Venue: GARDEN HOUSE-Kamakura (Onari-cho 15-46, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa, JAPAN)

Date: 9-10 June 2022

                                                                                                                       (GARDEN HOUSE-Kamakura’s INSTAGRAM

“CAJYUTTA” grapefruit juice will be offered free of charge to all the customers ordering a meal on the day.
GARDEN HOUSE-Kamakura will also elaborate to offer the original menu below by using South African grapefruit on the event day.

・Gin and Tonic using SA’s grapefruit                                                  

・Carpaccio using SA’s grapefruit and local fishes                                                                  

The fresh SA`s citrus fruits are offered by the Citrus Growers Association in South Africa and by the importer ROYAL in Japan.

The venue is offered by GARDEN HOUSE-Kamakura, and the CAJYUTTA machine is leased from CAJYUTTA Co.Ltd in Japan.
The South African Embassy in Japan leads the process, links-up them and coordinates the overall arrangement. 

Enjoy a juicy SA grapefruit with us!

Please feel safe as closed, crowded and close-contact settings will be avoided due to covid-19 measures and that the venue will be hosted on an open terrace.