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On the Day of the Restoration of Independence, two Lithuanian honorary consuls in South Africa were decorated the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania
On 11 March, on the Day of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, the Embassy in Pretoria hosted a reception for representatives of the South African government, organizations and businesses, as well as members of the Lithuanian and diplomatic community.
Two Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr Raymond Joffe and Mr Ivor Geoffrey Feinberg were decorated with the Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania during the reception. The State decorations of the Republic of Lithuania were awarded to Mr Raymond Joffe and Mr Ivor Geoffrey Feinberg for their distinguished services promoting name of Lithuania as well as assisting Lithuanian citizens and the Lithuanian diplomatic service by the decree of the President of Lithuania Mr Gitanas Nausėda.
"I express my sincere gratitude for your long-term work and efforts in strengthening Lithuanian-South African relations, for helping Lithuanian citizens, mobilizing the community, developing bilateral business relations and representing our country's interests in the Republic of South Africa," said ambassador Dainius Junevičius. "As a result of your efforts and outstanding work, today we can be proud of the friendly and strong relations between Lithuania and South Africa," he noted.
A Lithuanian and South Africa citizen Mr Raymond Joffe was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania on 30 May, 1994. He is the first and longest-serving honorary consul of the restored Republic of Lithuania in South Africa. As early as November 1988, R. Joffe addressed the Lithuanian Consul General in New York Mr Anicetas Simutis, offering his assistance to strengthen the relations of Lithuanian emigrants living in South Africa with Lithuania. Having taken up the position of Honorary Consul at a time when Lithuania did not yet have its own diplomatic mission in South Africa, Mr Joffe was the most important representative of Lithuania in this country until 1998. After the accreditation of the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel to the Republic of South Africa in 1998, he continued to take care of Lithuanian citizens in distress and assisted the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel in carrying out diplomatic and consular functions in the Republic of South Africa.
A Lithuanian and South Africa citizen Mr Ivor Geoffrey Feinberg was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania on 22 July 2005. During sixteen years of his service for Lithuania, Mr Feinberg provided assistance to Lithuanian citizens, business and the Lithuanian diplomatic service, as well as mobilized the South African Jewish community of Lithuanian descent in South Africa.
Both honorary consuls made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in South Africa in 2015 and to providing assistance in the first years of the Embassy's activities in South Africa.