updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

May 8, 2015 was marked with a gala reception in Pretoria on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945., jointly hosted by the Embassies of the Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Diplomats, military officers, prominent representatives of political, social, cultural and business elite, Russian compatriots and other guests were welcomed by ambassadors M.I.Petrakov, A.L.Molchan and T.G.Kaliev. The celebration of the anniversary of Victory was attended by the Minister of Small Business Development H.E. Ms. L.D.Zulu, Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration H.E. Ms. A.Dlodlo.

Many visitors came to the reception with St. George ribbons used in Russia as patriotic symbols. The guests observed a minute of silence in memory of all who gave their lives for the Victory. Pupils of the Russian Ballet Academy in  South Africa, headed by  S.Akimgereeva, staged a performance, WWII documentaries shown on the screens  were accompanied by the songs the war years.