Honourary Consul receives French nationality
Honourary Consul in Port Elizabeth, Gérald Henderson, on 19 April 2016 received French nationality for his commitment to his duties. The ceremony took place on board French Navy Ship Le Floréal during a cocktail function hosted by Ambassador Barbier for the French community in Port Elizabeth.
Mr Henderson has been Honourary Consul since 1993 and has a long history with France and French activities in South Africa.
Ambassador Barbier said in her speech: “I appreciate your sense of duty, your dedication, your competence and professionalism. France now officially welcomes you as one of its own but we know you have been French in your heart for a long time”.
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Mr Henderson has also previously received two awards from the French government – the Chevalier des arts et des lettres (award of Knight in the Arts and Letters) and the Mérite National.
He joined the Alliance Française in Port Elizabeth in 1975, first for lessons, and later (in 1989) as Vice President and in 1991 he was named President. He also graduated with a Diplome de langue Française in 1987.
Ambassador Barbier said: “I know how much you contributed to establishing the successful and vibrant organisation the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth is today, working closely with the different directors and board members and promoting with passion our beloved French language”.