For its 8th year of freedom, South Africa raises a glass

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For its 8th year of freedom, South Africa raises a glass

"This wine is good!" guests at the South Africa Freedom Day reception repeatedly blurted out, while sipping ruby-colored cabernet sauvignon from Lonneblom Cellors. Terry Bloomer, general manager of Johnson Controls Korea, gushed: "It's South African! You don't know how great our wines taste? And they're so inexpensive!"

Emily Bean, a teacher at Seoul American High School, showed off a traditional beaded xhosa dress and declared, "I may come from America, but I was born in Lesotho, so I'm South African."

A drove of colorfully clad guests took to the stage and began singing a capella, South African style.

Some 200 guests turned up Tuesday night at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom to celebrate South Africa's eighth national day, Freedom Day. Revelers fell into one of two camps: those who displayed a South African heritage through clothing, and those who simply admired the South African spirit.

Ambassador Sydney Kubheka (pictured right), went along with the cheerful crowd and wished for a successful World Cup.

December will mark the 10th anniversary of relations between Korea and South Africa.

by Inēs Cho

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