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South Africa celebrates National Pavilion Day at Shanghai Expo

2010/08/10´╝îShanghai World Expo website

South Africa celebrates its National Pavilion Day today with an evening gala dedicated to South African women and their contributions to freedom.

The pavilion adopts a simple design to create a peaceful and quiet atmosphere. The arched door looks like a huge canopy, while the interior is decorated with textures in various colors. It signifies the diversity of South African culture and the nation's confidence in building a better life for its people.

Inside the pavilion is an open area with round pads made of ostrich leather. Around the area are timbers representing traditional villages and fences, with humanity at its center.

The pavilion theme is "Rise of a Modern Economy - Ke Nako!"

Baleka Mbete, chairperson of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), who is also the former Deputy President of South Africa, speaks during celebration. Meng Xiaosi, Vice President of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), addresses the ceremony.

Artists from South Africa perform to celebrate the National Pavilion Day.

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