Après les footballeurs Ronaldo (Brésil) et Zinedine Zidane (France), l’attaquant international ivoirien de Chelsea, Didier Drogba, agée de 28 ans, est nommé ambassadeur itinérant du Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD - ONU).
In a message of support to Acting President Raul Castro, President Mbeki said, "Please accept the sincerest condolences on the passing of your wife and partner Vilma Espin following a lengthy illness."
"Your late wife will always be remembered as a heroine of the struggle for liberation and an outstanding combatant of the Rebel Army who worked tirelessly for Cuba’s freedom."
"Her contribution and outstanding commitment to the fight against social injustices including the emancipation of women and the defence of the rights of children will be greatly missed."
"The thoughts and prayers of the South African government and people are with the government and people of Cuba, friends, family and loved ones of Vilma."
"Our hearts pour out to you, the government and people of Cuba during this time of national mourning," concluded President Mbeki. Source : SAGI - Pretoria, 21 juin 2007.