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dazzling 10-03-2014 11:56 AM

Crown Princess Mary's Visit to South Africa: November 2-5, 2014
 
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Crown Princess shall together with the Trade and Development Mogens Jensen visit to South Africa on 2-5th november 2014.
Source: www.kongehuset.dk

dazzling 11-01-2014 03:24 PM

Program

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Sunday, November 2

Cape Town

Visiting Stellakaya Winery

Kl. 15:00
HRH Crown Princess visiting winemaker Ntsiki Biyela, a female entrepreneur in the wine industry in South Africa. During his visit, the Crown Princess will be shown around and talk to Ntsiki Biyela.

Dinner with representatives from the LGBTI community in South Africa
Kl. 18:30
Crown Princess participates in dinner with representatives from the LGBTI community in South Africa at the restaurant La Mouette in Cape Town. LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.

Monday, November 3

Visit by Marie Stopes clinic

Kl. 9:00
The Crown Princess visits at a Marie Stopes clinic, which is an international organization working for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). During his visit, the Crown Princess get an introduction to SRHR in South Africa, and topics such as family planning and abortion will be discussed. Crown Princess will also be shown around the clinic.

Visit by Mothers2Mothers clinic
Kl. 14:30
The Crown Princess visits Mothers2Mothers clinic that educates HIV / AIDS-infected mothers to mentors who advise and guide future and new mothers in the same situation. The purpose of the mentoring program is to correct an action against the particular challenges associated with HIV / AIDS infection during pregnancy. During the visit becomes Crown Princess shown around and meet the Centre's staff and young mothers.

Visit by Love Life Youth Centre
Kl. 16:00
Crown Princess visit Love Life Youth Centre, which works with education and information about HIV / AIDS among young people. Love Life is South Africa's national HIV / AIDS prevention initiative aimed at young people. During the visit meetings Crown Princess center's leaders and young users.

Networking Reception in the 'Danish Design Business Mission'
Kl. 19:00
Crown Princess participates in reception with Danish companies involved in design and architecture campaign 'Danish Design Business Mission'.

Tuesday, November 4

Johannesburg

Visit at the Brothers for Life

Kl. 12:30
The Crown Princess visits at the Brothers for Life, which among other things aims to involve men in the fight against gender-based violence. During the visit of Crown Princess attends a round table with a Community Action Team, working to mobilize the community to change their behavior in areas such as gender-based violence and infection of HIV / AIDS. The conversation will focus on topics such as norms, values ​​and gender roles in society.

Visit at the diabetes clinic
Kl. 15:00
Crown Princess visiting a mobile diabetes clinic donated by Novo Nordisk to First Lady Bongi Ngema Zuma's Fund, which aims to combat and prevent diabetes. During the visit becomes Crown Princess toured the clinic and have the opportunity to greet the staff.

Networking Reception in Denmark residence
Kl. 19:30
Crown Princess participates in desk, where there will be the opportunity to meet representatives from the business community, NGOs and civil society representatives working with SRHR agenda.

Wednesday, November 5

Meeting with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Kl. 8:15
The Crown Princess visits UNFPA South Africa, where there will be round table discussion with UNFPA country managers Dr. Esther Muia and members of UNFPA Youth Advisory Panel, focusing on topics such as HIV, contraception and social entrepreneurship.

Visit at Vodacom Gender Based Violence Command Centre
Kl. 10:00
The Crown Princess visits by a 24 hour call center established by the Vodacom Foundation in cooperation with the South African Ministry of Social Development. The call center represents an anonymous services to victims of gender-based violence, where trained social workers provide telephone counseling, support and guidance. During the visit there will be a tour of the call center, and Crown Princess will have the opportunity to meet some phone operators.

Visit by Thuthuzela Clinic, Chris Hani Hospital
Kl. 14:30
The Crown Princess visits Thuthuzela Clinic, an hour one-stop clinic for victims of sexual assault. One-stop clinics are located at local hospitals, where victims receive help to report the matter and treatment of physical and mental injury. During the visit becomes Crown Princess toured the clinic and meet the staff.
Source: www.kongehuset.dk

C4A 11-01-2014 03:37 PM

Thanks, dazzling, for this comprehensive program. It is saddening to think all these organisations and initiatives exist and are operational and still sexual abuse and assault, gender discrimination, domestic violence and related issues continue to impact the lives of millions of vulnerable people, not only in South Africa, but throughout Africa.


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Roskilde 11-01-2014 09:41 PM

Thanks dazzling :flowers: No wonder Mary participating in this visit - it deals with exactly Mary's interests and work areas.

It's truly a busy autumn for Mary. In relation to the flight time of 20+ hours Mary and the delegation must have left for South Africa already today.

Frelinghighness 11-01-2014 09:50 PM

Wow it is twenty hours flying from Denmark

LadyS 11-02-2014 09:20 AM

A picture of Princess Mary's visit to the winery in Cape Town
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daily...=page_internal

sm1939 11-02-2014 09:37 AM

Princess mary is one of the most hard working crown princess around I think... She hardly ever stops...

Muhler 11-02-2014 11:02 AM

Thanks Roskilde & LadyS.

The gentleman with the glasses standing next to Mary is Minister for Trade and Developement, Mogens Jensen.
He is something of an oddity, being a very capable minister and on top of that he even seems to have integrity!

Perhaps our South African friends will keep us informed about any local coverage?

Roskilde 11-02-2014 11:26 AM

:previous: The high popularity and respect the Danes have for her is indeed well deserved!

Mary has landed in South Africa and started her program.

Here at the first event on the program.

Picture:
https://www.billedbladet.dk/sites/bil...?itok=XYKSKD_Z

Article from BB (can see it's Ulrik Ulriken, as always, who is with Mary on the trip)
Mary er landet i Sydafrika: Smagte lokal rødvin | Billed Bladet

Pictures:

princess mary stellekaya winery | Buy Photos | AP Images | Search

And BT gallery from Mary's first event today:

Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary i Sydafrika | www.bt.dk

Which is the only event here on the first day - besides an evening reception tonight.

Muhler 11-02-2014 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Roskilde (Post 1716486)
And BT gallery from Mary's first event today:

Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary i Sydafrika | www.bt.dk

Which is the only event here on the first day - besides an evening reception tonight.

Thanks, Roskilde.

That event was well covered by the TV2 news tonight.
The woman Mary is talking to is a wine-farmer (I guess it's called). She is something of a novelty in South Africa. The wine-producers are predominantly white men.
The woman was born in pretty poor circumstances in Kwazulu-Natal, I guess that makes her a Zulu. Anyway, through talent and hard studying she entered a university on a scholarship and now she makes wine. That makes her a successful trailblazer. Her farm and home is in one of the oldest Afrikaaner-settlements in South Africa.
She admits that she is from time to time facing recentment from other people. (Probably just as much for her succes, gender and race too). But it doesn't appear to be a major concern of hers.

Muhler 11-03-2014 04:57 AM

It is a fact that something always goes wrong on any visit. - Hats flying, car breaking down and so on.
Also on this visit: Kronprinsesse Marys Cape Town-middag ramt af strømsvigt | Billed Bladet
During the dinner in Cape Town last night where Mary met with representaties of sexual minorities there was a power failure lasting a couple of hours.

And an addition to the previous post, the woman mentioned above, Ntsiki Biyela, is South Africa's first female wine producer.

LadyS 11-03-2014 05:11 AM

Yes an unfortunate fact of South Africa (although admittedly has been minimal the last couple of years) - loadshedding by Eskom, South Africa's electricity suppliers.
Power cuts in Joburg, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town | News24
Eskom sends out schedules showing the times when power cuts are likely so most businesses have generators to cover these periods.

Muhler 11-03-2014 07:42 AM

Kronprinsesse Mary imponeret over klinik i Cape Town | Billed Bladet

And Mary continues, this time visiting the Marie Stopes Clinic in Cape Town.
That's a part of her commitment in regards to repreductive health for women.
The clinic offer guidance to women in regards to sexual issues. A number of the women visiting the clinic in order to learn about abortion preferred to remain in the waiting room as they did not wish to draw any attention to themselves, since aborting is apparantly very much a taboo in South Africa.

Thanks, LadyS. :flowers:

I can only speak for myself of course, but I appreciate any trivia and facts about the countries the DRF is visiting. As natives of your countries you have a unique knowledge that is far from always conveyed through the Danish media.
So don't think that whatever you may contribute with is too boring or insignificant. None of us are so clever we can't learn anything new. ;)

Roskilde 11-03-2014 07:48 AM

Australian Woman's Weekly gallery:
https://www.womansday.com.au/celebrit...-tour-image-2/

And BB video from Mary's visit at the winery. As always, good chemistry between Mary and the women, resulting in a warm hug when saying goodbye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX7pxnvLOnI

From the dinner with the LGBTI community last night:

https://a.bimg.dk/node-images/859/7/1...-sydafrika.jpg

And article and picture from BB
Kronprinsesse Marys Cape Town-middag ramt af strømsvigt | Billed Bladet

BT pictures from today (I see BT has sent their photographer Keld Navntoft with Mary on her trip, so this indicates most likely daily galleries from the trip)

https://a.bimg.dk/node-images/863/7/1...-sydafrika.jpg

https://a.bimg.dk/node-images/863/7/x...-sydafrika.jpg

Muhler 11-03-2014 07:57 AM

Thanks, Roskilde. :flowers:

I plain forgot to add in connection with the Minister for Trade and Developement, Mogens Jensen, that he is gay.
Not that it would influence him IMO, because he has never made an issue out of that and why should he?

Our Africa correspondent, the venerable Ulrik Ulriksen's reports are pouring in: Kronprinsesse Mary talte sex og HIV-smitte med unge i Sydafrika | Billed Bladet

While visiting the clinic, Mary got an enthusiastic reception by some of the young. Including a dance with a young local gentleman.
The article says the typical Danish style about calling a spade a spade and talking directly about the issue was something the young weren't used to, but nevertheless appreciated. (*)

(*) According to a number of foreign comments about living in DK, that is one of our most prevailing traits. I.e being very direct!
That has led to a number of cultural clashes, because foreigners settling and working in DK can expect to be told if there is something that annoys their co-workers. Don't expect any *****-footing. Whether that is good or bad, well, you be the judge.
Our Marie experienced that early on, when being asked directly about a pregnancy. Something she obviously wasn't used to and which embarrassed her a little.

ADDED: Interesting! I see p...y-footing has been censored automatically, I thought it was a common expression.

polyesco 11-03-2014 11:11 AM

Love this picture of Mary giving/receiving a big hug

https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

Roskilde 11-03-2014 11:38 AM

:previous: Thanks polyesco :flowers: It's a lovely picture.

Here's the full gallery from yesterday from Royalista:

https://royalista.com/da/wp-content/i...200_h=1200.jpg

Kronprinsesse Mary nipper til vin i Sydafrika | Royalista

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Mary's trip was again well covered in tonight's TV2 news, don't know if they put the clip online.

Royalista with a new gallery from the evening reception yesterday:
Crown Princess Mary's banquet hit by a power cut | Royalista

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Updated BT gallery with new pics from today:
(At the first picture I see Mary and Minister of Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen are being learned some African rhythms :cool: )
Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary på sexualklinik i Sydafrika | www.bt.dk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF2n1KY8o54

Muhler 11-03-2014 04:38 PM

VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary sang og dansede på en vild dag i Sydafrika | Billed Bladet

A video of the, according to New Idea, pregnant Mary visiting the clinic.
First a boy is down on his knees proposing to Mary, next she's almost dancing with a long-legged dancer.

Another video from BT: https://www.bt.dk/royale/royale-rytme...ik-i-sydafrika
Perhaps our South African friends can tell us more about what we are seeing and hearing?

gerry 11-03-2014 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Muhler (Post 1716672)
Thanks, Roskilde. :flowers:

I plain forgot to add in connection with the Minister for Trade and Developement, Mogens Jensen, that he is gay.
Not that it would influence him IMO, because he has never made an issue out of that and why should he?

Our Africa correspondent, the venerable Ulrik Ulriksen's reports are pouring in: Kronprinsesse Mary talte sex og HIV-smitte med unge i Sydafrika | Billed Bladet

While visiting the clinic, Mary got an enthusiastic reception by some of the young. Including a dance with a young local gentleman.
The article says the typical Danish style about calling a spade a spade and talking directly about the issue was something the young weren't used to, but nevertheless appreciated. (*)

(*) According to a number of foreign comments about living in DK, that is one of our most prevailing traits. I.e being very direct!
That has led to a number of cultural clashes, because foreigners settling and working in DK can expect to be told if there is something that annoys their co-workers. Don't expect any *****-footing. Whether that is good or bad, well, you be the judge.
Our Marie experienced that early on, when being asked directly about a pregnancy. Something she obviously wasn't used to and which embarrassed her a little.

ADDED: Interesting! I see p...y-footing has been censored automatically, I thought it was a common expression.

***** footing of course refers to a cat walking carefully; any other connotation is in the minds of the moderator who removed this word:lol:

polyesco 11-03-2014 07:06 PM

a nice positive attitude from Mary

another pic from Day 2
https://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/h...00201782_n.jpg

Roskilde 11-04-2014 03:27 AM

:previous: It's from last night's reception with 'Danish Design Business Mission'.

Here is one more picture:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1i-8uiCUAAIkHA.jpg

Mary looks really lovely, it's like Mary has found the African inspired dresses to this visit. I like it.

dazzling 11-04-2014 04:28 AM

Danish Crown Princess Mary (C) and Danish Foreign Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen (C-R) visit the Love Life Youth Center in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa, 03 November 2014. Love Life is a national HIV / AIDS prevention initiative aimed at young people. The Crown Princess is visiting the country until 05 November.

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Roskilde 11-04-2014 08:11 AM

A large gallery from Royalista with some very nice pictures from yesterdays visits :flowers:

VIDEO: See what made Mary blush in South Africa | Royalista

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Mary is getting proposed to - maybe we want get our Crown Princess home again..
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

Is our Mary blushing here?
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

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Pics and article from yesterday:
Kronprinsessen i Sydafrika: Danser for Mary - Her og Nu


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ADDED:

Pictures from The Networking Reception in the 'Danish Design Business Mission':

Mary participated in reception with Danish companies involved in the design and architecture campaign 'Danish Design Business Mission'.

https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

Full gallery and article:
South Africa visit: Mary in show-stopper earrings | Royalista

BT pictures from today:

Visit at the diabetes clinic
https://b.bimg.dk/node-images/868/7/1...uth-africa.jpg (this is a nice picture :smile: )

And visiting 'Brothers for Life'
https://a.bimg.dk/node-images/868/7/1...-sydafrika.jpg
https://b.bimg.dk/node-images/868/7/1...-sydafrika.jpg

Full BT gallery:
Se billederne: Kronprinsesse Mary besøgte børn med sukkersyge i Sydafrika | www.bt.dk

Muhler 11-04-2014 11:08 AM

The daily reports from the worshippable Ulrik Ulriksen is coming in: Kronprinsesse Mary hørte voldsramte kvinders historie i Soshanguve | Billed Bladet

Today Mary went to Johannesburg where she met with women who have been victimes of domestic abuse and also reformed wifebeaters, so to speak. They have formed a brotherhood supporting each other in regards to stop beating their wives/girlfriends.
Domestic violence appears to be a very big problem in South Africa.

polyesco 11-04-2014 11:16 AM

Love the pics of her dancing
this one is just great
https://royalista.com/wp-content/imag...200_h=1200.jpg

Visit at the diabetes clinic
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1mqXqcCMAE_6Mu.jpg:large
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1m2YCvCIAAt6Jm.jpg:large



another gallery from day 3
BILLEDER Mogens og Mary på velgørende eventyr i Afrika | Nyheder | DR

marfre 11-04-2014 04:58 PM

:previous:

Thanks polyesco, what a delightful photo of Mary dancing, love it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roskilde (Post 1716998)
A large gallery from Royalista with some very nice pictures from yesterdays visits :flowers:

VIDEO: See what made Mary blush in South Africa | Royalista...


Thanks Roskilde for the many links and photos.

So many lovely, happy photos. Just saw a clip of Mary's visit to the
Love Life Youth Centre on the national morning breakfast show Today .

When were the photos of Mary in the beautiful red skirt taken?

Muhler 11-05-2014 04:01 AM

More on Mary's visit from BB: Kronprinsesse Mary til fornem aftenreception hos ambassadøren | Billed Bladet
Last night she attended a reception at the Danish embassy.

And a video of Mary playing with Thandeka at the Novo Nordisk mobile diabetis clinic: VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary legede med lille Thandeka fra Sydafrika | Billed Bladet
The girl is two years old.

Roskilde 11-05-2014 04:15 AM

New video from the BB from Mary's visit to the diabetes clinic yesterday - she just can something with the children/people, Mary. She is good to go right down on the knees and at eye level with them. And as BB also noticed - she has good reflexes our Crown Princess, look at 0:04 :cool:

Today will be the last day for Mary in South Africa.

Kronprinsesse Mary besøger diabetesklinik i Sydafrika - YouTube

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Originally Posted by marfre (Post 1717161)
:previous:

Thanks polyesco, what a delightful photo of Mary dancing, love it.

Thanks Roskilde for the many links and photos.

So many lovely, happy photos. Just saw a clip of Mary's visit to the
Love Life Youth Centre on the national morning breakfast show Today .

When were the photos of Mary in the beautiful red skirt taken?

My pleasure :flowers: They are from the evening reception on the second day visiting 'Danish Design Business Mission’.

BT has created one more gallery with pictures of Mary meeting the village's young children yesterday at the diabetes clinic:

https://www.bt.dk/royale/se-billedet-...g-marys-hjerte

Gallery (and article) from Royalista with some more lovely pictures of Mary and the children:

VIDEO: Crown Princess Mary plays with South African toddler | Royalista

polyesco 11-05-2014 11:09 AM

this one is beautiful
https://b.bimg.dk/node-images/870/7/x...uth-africa.jpg

thanks to all for the links

From Day 4
visiting the Vodacom Gender Based Violence Command Centre and Thuthuzela Clinic
https://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/h...87378531_n.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1qrgatIMAEpb6v.jpg

marfre 11-05-2014 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Roskilde (Post 1717277)
New video from the BB from Mary's visit to the diabetes clinic yesterday - she just can something with the children/people, Mary. She is good to go right down on the knees and at eye level with them. And as BB also noticed - she has good reflexes our Crown Princess, look at 0:04 :cool:

Today will be the last day for Mary in South Africa.

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My pleasure :flowers: They are from the evening reception on the second day visiting 'Danish Design Business Mission’.

BT has created one more gallery with pictures of Mary meeting the village's young children yesterday at the diabetes clinic:

Se billedet: Her stjæler lille dreng Marys hjerte | www.bt.dk

Mary has been so busy and with the posts being combined I could not decide when they were taken. Thanks for your reply.

The photos with the children are lovely and the children so sweet. With the long plane flight and the busy days you would think Mary should be looking a little tired but she thrives and looks fresh and happy always.

Roskilde 11-05-2014 03:30 PM

:previous: Yes, this woman can impossible suffer from jet lag. If, she is eminently to hide it.

Today was the last day for Mary in South Africa and she has spent the day in the socially deprived district of Soweto outside Johannesburg. Here she visited a 24-hour call center where they help women victims and children who are or were in imminent danger of becoming victims of violence from men.

Mary had privately the opportunity to talk with and probably comforting a woman who had been hospitalized after being raped. An experience that must have made ​​a huge impression on Mary,and that certainly will make her to work even harder to focus on the fight to stop violence against women and children.

BB article from today: VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Marys barske oplevelse i Soweto | Billed Bladet

Mary has now left South Africa and is right now sitting on a plane to Europe. Here she will have a stops over in Geneva, Switzerland, where she tomorrow participating in a summit in which women's rights and gender equality on the agenda. And then she tomorrow afternoon will turns home to Frederik and the children. She certainly deserves to have some relaxing days, doesn't she.

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Here you can read the program for the summit in Geneva tomorrow:
https://kongehuset.dk/Menu/nyheder/pr...-besog-i-genve

Muhler 11-05-2014 04:21 PM

:previous: Thanks, Roskilde.

Yes, it appears that Mary is among those fortunate people who are not too affected by jetlag. However the time in South Africa must only be a couple of hours different from DK.

It is an unfortunate fact that for a very large percentage of women and girls in South Africa the risk of rape is a very real probabillity rather than a possibillity.

Roskilde 11-05-2014 04:57 PM

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:previous: Yes it helps a lot. Once you are 9+ hours ahead or behind... phew it would completely knock me out :coffee:

I don't often watch the DR news because I see the TV2 news instead, but I saw them tonight and it seems like DR also have covered Mary's visit to South Africa.
Here are the feature from the news tonight about Marys visits here on her last day:
TV AVISEN | TV | DR

One last thing I'd like to share here before going to bed is this:

As we know and see on this trip Mary working intensely against domestic violence. The Mary Foundation's 'Stop Domestic Violence' is one of their biggest projects. And it works. A Facebook group working against violence against women wrote this on Facebook a couple of hours ago:

How big it is to have such a well known and highly respected person as Crown Princess Mary to put a lot of focus on and participate in the 'Stop Violence Against Women.' She is fantastic.
(...)
When battered women and children coming into our shelters the first thing the children receiving are the Mary Foundation's backpack. The backpacks includes toothbrush, teddy bear, diary, sleepwear and a greeting from Crown Princess Mary. After the stay it's often the Mary Foundation backpack the children describe as some of the best things they have get and they are so proud that it comes from Crown Princess Mary. They feel they're seen and heard. Thank you Mary, you make a difference.

Muhler 11-05-2014 05:12 PM

Thanks again, Roskilde :flowers:

A somewhat depressing segment! South Africa has the world record in HIV infected, some six million, which IIRC must amount to about one in six or one in seven of the population.
Mary said something about two million being on RT, I presume that is HIV medication?

It is of course not helped by certain South African politicians having a, shall we say, alternative view on contracting HIV...

Muhler 11-06-2014 05:16 AM

A very nice gallery of Mary at a dinner at the home of the Danish ambassador: Mary with beautiful lilies on her dress | Royalista

A very good pic of Mary: https://royalista.com/54015/crown-pri...ow/image/54160

The visit to South Africa is being covered by Daily Mail as well: Princess Mary visits South African hospital that cares for sex attack victims | Daily Mail Online


First summary of a number of articles in Billed Bladet #45, 2014.
Written by our man in Africa, Ulrik Ulriksen.
(BB's deadline is Tuesday noon, so the rest will follow next week).

Mary visited Khayelitsha, a township an hours drive from Cape Town. There officially lives a million people in Khayelitsha, but some claim it may be twice as much.
The crime rate is high here! So assault and rape is a very real possibillity.

Here Mary visited a clinic run by Mothers2Mothers and the purpose is to help fight HIV.
One in every three pregnant women in South Africa is believed to be HIV positive.
The Minister for Developement and Trade, Mogens Jensen, who accompanied Mary explains: "By involving HIV-infected mothers as menotrs for other HIV-infected pregnant women and new mothers it has suceeded in breaking the curve, so that today a lot fewer infants are tested positive.
The mentors, who live with HIV themselves, are far better at offering advice and councelling about the vital anti-retrovirale treatment which prevents the infection from being transmitted. That makes a huge difference for poor women in South Africa - and it's a principle we can transfer to other developing countries in Africa, where we work in order to fight HIV/AIDS.
In 2008 8% of all newborn children were tested positive for HIV six weeks after the birth, in 2011 that figure had dropped to less than 3%".

Mary met with three such mentors, one of them being the 29 year old Nopinsky Matinse. She told her story.
She was tested positive for HIV when she became pregnant at nineteen. To her that was a death sentence for her and her unborn child. Her life broke down. On top of that she was rejected by her family and she became an oucast as well as a homeless.
When she was introduced to Mothers2Mothers she realised that there was a life with HIV and that a treatment was there.
On top of that her child, a daughter was tested negative for HIV: "I was told I would live for a maximum of five years and that my child would probably be infected.
I feared for her life and didn't think so much about myself. Only my child. But my child is alive and well and (she) wasn't infected by me.
She is nine years old and on top of that very beautiful and (she) is doing fine at school".
Nopinsky Matinse is now one of 1.000 HIV infected mentors helping pregnant women and girls all over South Africa.

Afterwards Mary and the Minister went for a brief stroll, despite a pouring rain, where they talked a little. Presumably to breathe and work on their impressions.

But while in the township Mary also visited a LoveLife youth centre. The purpose here is to address the issues of sex, prevention and how to avoid HIV.
Mary was quickly surrounded by the young and a local costum is to show respect by snapping your fingers, so a lot of snapping was heard.
At one point a twelve year old, somewhat cheeky boy went up to Mary, went down on his knees and proposed to her, surprising Mary: "You are proposing to me. But I am married. Look at my ring". The boy wasn't more devastated by the rejection that he went out to play with his mates right after.

But it was time to get down to business. The Danish approach to discussing sex is direct and that's what both Mary and the Minister did. The young were somewhat taken aback but quickly warmed up and took part in the debate. Mary asked: "Do you talk with your parents about sex and prevention"? Naaah. (*)
"Those of you who have a friend and aqquiantance who is HIV positive put up your finger". - Quite a number of fingers went up.

Then it was time to say goodbye with alot of hugs and on her way out a little girl asked whether she was queen of Denmark. Mary replied: "No, I'm not queen. I'm a princess".

The hug here is heartwarming, eh? https://app.box.com/s/y0hayvuxa1jscuge32zk

(*) You can tell Mary is mother of pre-puberty children. I'd claim the last people children worldwide discuss sex with are their parents.

Roskilde 11-06-2014 11:54 AM

:previous: Thanks Muhler :flowers:

More pictures from Mary's last day, yesterday.

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More pictures and the article: Mary's rough encounter with victim in South Africa | Royalista

Roskilde 11-10-2014 12:23 PM

"Deeply grateful for the wonderful opportunity to have met Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark earlier this week at the Danish Design Exhibition in Cape Town, for being given the opportunity to share our SmilingOne Journey here in South Africa with her and to gift her with our book and responsibility manual 'The Responsible Individual' which we use in all our Guidance Processes. Karina.

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Muhler 11-13-2014 02:45 AM

A daily mail article: Casual chic! Crown Princess Mary looks effortlessly beautiful as she visits mobile diabetes clinic in South Africa* | Daily Mail Online
A somewhat meager text, - that's sure going to commented on by the readers!

Second part of the BB coverage.

Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #46, 2014.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.

One of the places Mary visited was Soweto, the well-known part of Johannesburg. The Thuthuzela clinic for rape victims. Being part of the Chris-Hani Hospital the clinic each month recieve and care for some 120 children and 100 women who have been subjected to particularly severe rape.
The clinic offer medical, psycological treatment and legal councel. During the visit Mary and the Minister Mogens Jensen met with a rape victim who had recently been committed to the clinic. The very traumatized victim were alone with Mary and the Minister.

Mary also visited a mobile diabetis clinic, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Diabetis is very wide spread in South Africa. That took place in Winterfield on northern Pretoria.
It was here she met and was photographed with a couple of small local chidlren. In the shape of the shy two year old Thandeka and three year old Siyabonga, who warmed up to the strange lady and he eventually gave Mary a high five.
While there Mary started charity bicycle race from Johannesburg to Cape Town, also for the benefit of diabetis.

While in Pretoria Mary went to the township, Soshanguve. Here she visited the Brothers For Life house. Here she met with and talked with a number of women who have suffered from domestic abuse. Wife-beating is a major problem in South Africa.
She also met a number of former wife-beaters, Brothers for Life, who have formed a support group to help them deal with what they have done and prevent them form repeating the mistake.
One of them, an actor named Patrick Shai, said: "Today I have finally understood that violence can never lead to anything good, even though it was an integreted part of the upbringing I had myself. I hit my wife, but today I have understood that it was very wrong, that violence doesn't solve problems.
Violence only magnify the problems and now I have committed myself to Brothers for Life's programme, aiming to put an end to violence against women in this country".
Mary was very attentive of the stories told by both men and women and the visit was prolonged because of that.
Afterwards Mary said: "It's important to focus on and strenghten the values of the nuclear family. And it's important to choose the good solutions rather than the violent ones".

But it wasn't all about women's rights, or rather plight in South Africa. Trade between DK and South Africa was also on the agenda and in that capacity Mary attended a reception at the private home of the Danish ambassador. Present were a number of people from the business community, local dignitaries as well as people Mary had already met or who were associated with the issues Mary had dealt with during the visit.

Towards the end of the visit, Mary and the Minister for Trade and Developement, Mogens Jensen were interviewed.

Mary said about her meeting with mothers who have contracted HIV: "I got goosebumps all over from listening to their way of expressing themselves about difficult subjects. They are happy young and children with big dreams and they will do anything to have a good future.
Two of the young women I met, will break through the social barrier and educate themselves to chemical engineer and computer technician respectively. They have big dreams and that's how it should be. Many of the young from socially challenged environments kan reach their targets, if they get the right support".

Mogens Jensen said about travelling with Mary: "It's an advantage that you are two, because that means you can share the tasks between you and manage/cover more in relation to representing Denmark and the Danish interests. And then it's just a fact that the Crown Princess create more attention".
Mary added: "As minister you can talk about political issues and things I can't venture into, but which is also very important. Then I can instead deal with the more soft (issues).
One of the unique things with this trip has for me been that aide for developement and trade has been on the agenda at the same time for the first time on a trip with me.
Combining those two areas is a smart strategy".

Mary goes on to talk about how much significance an initiative like Mothers2Mothers has been in helping and councelling mother with HIV but also in spreading information and preventing even more from contracting HIV.

How do you deal with the impressions on a personal basis?
The Minister explained that he a Mary talk about it during their travels and that he seeks inspiration in Mary. (She's more experienced than he is).
Mary: "On the personal level you talk it out of your system and you tell and explain others what you have experienced and of course you remember the stories that have made the greatest impact. You can then use those stories to make your presentation of a complex issue more alive and present. That at least is how I do it.
It's important that when we get home we can talk to the society as a whole and the public sector (authorities) about the problems and the possibillities to do something about them".

The frank discussion with young people in the LoveLife center:
Mary was delighted that the young opened up and talked about subjects that in South Africa is somewhat taboo. That it eveolved into spontaneous song and dance was fantastic. - Including the proposal: "That was a bit special. I have never before experienced that a little boy proposed to me. I tried to tell him that I was married. That was fun and courageous of him"

Mary and Mogens Jensen will again work together at a huge women's conference that will take place in Copenhagen in 2016. The largest women's conference in the world with some 5.000 participants. About that Mary said: "It will be fantastic with the women's conference Women Deliver. And it's a busy period we will go into with these subjects. There will be many good things from us.
In the future we will continue to fight in our different ways, but with the same subjects - reproductive health very much so and women's rights. The Minister and I will meet along the way to ensure that this agenda will become a central part of our global goals for developement". (*)

After the visit to South Africa Mary went to Geneva, while Mogens Jensen stayed in Africa.

(*) It's interesting, when Mary has a message she wish to put across she speaks very advanced Danish, almost written Danish.

Roskilde 11-15-2014 08:42 AM

Thanks to Muhler for the interview with Mary and the Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen :flowers:

In another magazine they also have an interview with Mary and the Minister, and a rather charming one about how they work together. There are certainly good chemistry and it's good because they work closely and often together.

Minister: - From the first time I met the Crown Princess there was a good chemistry, and I'm tremendously impressed with her knowledge and commitment which you feel so intensely. I've got a very strong partner in the Crown Princess.

- I had barely been appointed Minister when I was going to the annual court ball where I got to sit next to the Crown Princess. You can feel if people has their heart into their work and there is no doubt that she has. My ministerial colleagues in the Nordic Region are also very pleased the Crown Princess efforts. They feel she is working on behalf of the entire Nordic region. There is really a huge respect for the Crown Princess' work.

The Minister also working closely with Frederik. Since his appointment as minister he has been on official business visits with Frederik and Mary in Poland, Canada and New York. And in the midst of the serious issues there is also time to fun and friendships.

About Canada (back in Septmeber) the Minister tells:
- We were all three standing and received the reception guests at the Ambassador's residence. Then comes one of the guests and says "Your Royal Highness" to the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess, and then move on to me and say the same. There was Mary quick and said "God, how wonderful to have got two men." That we joked a lot about on the trip.

With a big smile he continues:
- When we were in New York the Crown Princess and I had a longer program than the Crown Prince the last day, so while the Crown Princess and I did the rest of the business in the afternoon the Crown Prince bought children clothes for him and Marys children.

Mary fully agree about the good chemistry: - We have it really good together. We are working for the same cause and towards the same goal. I think we work for something very important, to ensure that... (And here my summary will end, as I unfortunately forgot to take a scan of the next page, sorry.)

gerry 11-15-2014 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Roskilde (Post 1720302)
Thanks to Muhler for the interview with Mary and the Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen :flowers:

In another magazine they also have an interview with Mary and the Minister, and a rather charming one about how they work together. There are certainly good chemistry and it's good because they work closely and often together.

Minister: - From the first time I met the Crown Princess there was a good chemistry, and I'm tremendously impressed with her knowledge and commitment which you feel so intensely. I've got a very strong partner in the Crown Princess.

- I had barely been appointed Minister when I was going to the annual court ball where I got to sit next to the Crown Princess. You can feel if people has their heart into their work and there is no doubt that she has. My ministerial colleagues in the Nordic Region are also very pleased the Crown Princess efforts. They feel she is working on behalf of the entire Nordic region. There is really a huge respect for the Crown Princess' work.

The Minister also working closely with Frederik. Since his appointment as minister he has been on official business visits with Frederik and Mary in Poland, Canada and New York. And in the midst of the serious issues there is also time to fun and friendships.

About Canada (back in Septmeber) the Minister tells:
- We were all three standing and received the reception guests at the Ambassador's residence. Then comes one of the guests and says "Your Royal Highness" to the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess, and then move on to me and say the same. There was Mary quick and said "God, how wonderful to have got two men." That we joked a lot about on the trip.

With a big smile he continues:
- When we were in New York the Crown Princess and I had a longer program than the Crown Prince the last day, so while the Crown Princess and I did the rest of the business in the afternoon the Crown Prince bought children clothes for him and Marys children.

Mary fully agree about the good chemistry: - We have it really good together. We are working for the same cause and towards the same goal. I think we work for something very important, to ensure that... (And here my summary will end, as I unfortunately forgot to take a scan of the next page, sorry.)

I am pretty sure that your followers can fill in the blanks, we are kept so well informed of the Crown Princess' interests and activities through your thoughtful translations. Mange tak:flowers: I enjoyed the personal detail about the Crown Prince's shopping trip; I can imagine it must be frustrating to have so little personal time in one of the world's shopping paradises-New York City:bang:


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