Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Province to 'benefit' from China

By Anele Siwa
31 October 2007

A delegation of the Western Cape Provincial Government, headed by Premier Ebrahim Rasool together with five Ministers ,is in the Shandong Province of the People’s Republic of China this week to strengthen ties between the Western Cape and Shandong.

“The visit stems (as) a direct result of relations established in March 1998 when a memorandum was signed between the respective governments,” says education spokesperson Gert Witbooi.

Witbooi says that the focus areas include cultural affairs, sport, education, health, tourism, transport and public works.

“The Cultural Affairs and Sport assignment will include a study of sport schools, sailing, disability sports and a visit to a centre of excellence (academy) dealing specifically with disability sport,” says Witbooi.

He added that the education study will include developing teacher exchange programmes for maths and science, FET colleges and Mari- and Aquaculture.

“The health study will include collaboration with regards to Tuberculosis and Chinese Traditional Medicine, a visit to a Jinan Hospital and the Shandong Provincial Hospital, as this facility seems to have synergies with our central and provincial hospitals,” says Witbooi.


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