Mandela-Dlamini takes top envoy post

2012-07-03 08:09
In this 1994 photo, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini accepts flowers from then Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his wife, Naina, at a ceremony at the Kremlin. (AFP)

In this 1994 photo, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini accepts flowers from then Russian president Boris Yeltsin and his wife, Naina, at a ceremony at the Kremlin. (AFP)

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Buenos Aires - Argentina has handed Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, credentials as South Africa's ambassador to Buenos Aires, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

"The Argentine government has given diplomatic credentials to Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, as new ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Argentina," a ministry statement said.

Mandela-Dlamini, 53, is a businesswoman and the first of anti-apartheid hero Mandela's surviving children to go into public life.

She is a daughter of Mandela, 93, and his second wife Winnie Mandela.
Bilateral trade between South Africa and Argentina is worth about $1.3bn.

Mandela-Dlamini will replace Tony Leon who, according to the Sunday Independent, requested to return home ahead of his scheduled 2013 return.

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