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The Indaba Show: A conversation with the French Consul General in Cape Town

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On the Indaba Show this week, host Steven Taylor speaks to Laurent Alberti who is the French Consul General in Cape Town.

Alberti has spent close to four years in the Mother City and while he will be packing his bags to leave for the next venture, he holds fond memories of the city and surrounds.

“It’s part of our job to leave after three, four years. So my time in Cape Town is almost coming to an end before going to Switzerland. I will keep wonderful memories from Cape Town. The nature is amazing, the food is wonderful, the South African wines are, oh I love them so much. And I’ve made very good friends here.”

Working in the French Consulate, Alberti deals with the visa department for South Africans applying for a Schengen Visa to travel to France. He also assists the French community to renew their passports, IDs or when they get married in the country.

“We are here to connect. To connect people, to connect our governments and to connect our businesses,” he said.

Bobby Brown from the Magic 828 Breakfast Show has an amazing prize to give away as part of his “The most Capetonian Capetonian” competition. The prize is a trip to Paris for a week during the month of February in association with Ethiopian Airlines.

Alberti said while February is a winter month, it’s a time to get in all the cultural experiences, such as visiting museums, going to theatres, to the opera and visiting the cultural heritage sites.

An almost unavoidable topic when one discusses France this year is the Rugby World Cup set to kick off in the country next month.

He said they expect around 15 000-20 000 South Africans will be travelling to support the Bokke based on the visas.

Written by: Kelly-Jane Turner

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