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South Africa consulate opens kindergarten in southern Vietnam

Do Thi Kim Lien (right), South African consul in Ho Chi Minh City, poses with a local officer in Dong Nai Province as children enjoy a new kindergarten built with the consulate's money Friday

A nursery school built with help of the South African consulate in Ho Chi Minh City opened in neighboring Dong Nai Province Friday.

The five-classroom Lam San kindergarten was built with more than VND300 million (US$14,200) in donations from the consulate, local transport agencies, and other donors.

South African consul Do Thi Kim Lien handed over the school key to the principal Ngo Thi Thao in a ceremony that also celebrated 20 years of Vietnam-South Africa diplomacy.

Since its Ho Chi Minh City opening in late 2009, the South Africa consulate has been helping to build schools and bridges, and providing free books and education grants.

It is receiving visa applications from the central hub of Da Nang southward, and providing trading advice regarding the South African market. It has helped organize several South Africa-Vietnam trade promotion conferences.

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