It takes a global village to raise a global child
Pictured (l-r) with Certificates of Appreciation are Ms Ruth Koko-Public Affairs Section-U.S Embassy, Ms Rita Van Jurec-Public Affairs and Media Relations Officer-Canadian High Commission, Mr Djaka Widyatmadja- Economic Section - Embassy of Indonesia, Mr Gunarmand Nainggolan Second Secretary - Embassy of Indonesia, Mr Kirtan Bhana-Director-The Diplomatic Society, Mr Sello Motsei-Director-Kgwebong Pictures, Mr Amir Bidar Moghadam-Cultural Attaché- Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Ms Josefina Tilman - Charge d'Affaires-Embassy of Timor Leste
On the 2nd of February Kgwebong Pictures hosted a certificate award ceremony at Bodibeng library, in Shoshanguve, North of Pretoria. The theme of the event was 'It takes a whole village to raise a child', and by the number of stakeholders and teachers who were present, the theme fitted very well.
The event was about acknowledgement and to show appreciation to the embassies, organizations and schools that supported the career pathing programs for students.
This program was run by showing the learners videos that were donated by different embassies.
Celebrating Reggae Month 2016
H.E. Cheryl Spencer, High Commissioner of Jamaica
It is here again, Reggae Month, the month during which the impact of Reggae music on Jamaica’s social, cultural and economic development is celebrated.
Therefore, on the occasion of Reggae Month, the Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria welcomes the opportunity to join Reggae fans in South and Southern Africa in celebrating Reggae and its influence worldwide.
In fact, it is still very difficult to quantify the impact of that small Caribbean Island and its music on global culture. These days Jamaican music is everywhere, securing the country’s influence for many years to come. With lyrics that still balance the central themes of peace, love, justice and equality, Reggae is still the conscience of socio-political activities and policies.
It is no wonder that some say that Reggae is a way of life.
The theme for this year's celebrations is “Reggae Mekyah”, Jamaican patois translated “Reggae was made here”, which serves to highlight the country as the creator of Reggae.
It will be recalled that February was chosen as Reggae month not only because it is Black History month, but its suitability is reinforced by the fact that during this month, the birthday of the most internationally recognized artist from Jamaica, Bob Marley and that of the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown are celebrated.
Working for climate is working for peace
5 February 2016
The historic Paris (COP21) agreement to combat climate change was celebrated by the Embassy of France in South Africa by installing a 170 panel photo voltaic solar energy system on the roof of the French Embassy in Pretoria. It will create a cost saving of about 20% and serve as a proactive investment towards reducing their carbon footprint.
“Working for climate is working for peace,” said Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier of France to South Africa at the reception, acknowledging the agreement of 195 nations to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Barbier explained that the current favourable exchange rate allowed for a cost effective installation of the 350sqm solar panels.
An Interview with Dr Sapna Naik at the University of Mysore
3 February 2016
On the last day of the 11th International Global Communication Association (GCA) Conference hosted by the University of Mysore in India, The Diplomatic Society Global Editor Srimal Fernando sat down with Dr Sapna Naik, well-known academic from the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mysore to find out more about her background. In an exclusive interview with Dr Sapna Naik she answered in-depth questions and spoke about her experience as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Mysore and her experience, views and changes in the discipline.
Romanian pianist participates in the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition
5 February 2016
Unisa has been presenting international music competitions since 1982, including piano, strings, voice, flute, clarinet and organ.
Daniel Petrica Ciobanu, the Romanian pianist was a finalist at the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition 2016, which took place from 25 January – 6 February 2016 at the ZK Matthews Great Hall.
Daniel Petrica Ciobanu is enrolled for his final Masters year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Aaron Shorr. He has won a Yamaha Europe Scholarship, as well as prizes at the Piano Campus Competition (Paris), the Andre Dumortier International Competition (Belgium), the Montrond les Bains International Competition (France) and First Prize at the Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Concerto Competition.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Marks 68th Independence Day in New Delhi
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society.
Sri Lankan High Commissions and diplomatic missions abroad have continued celebrations to mark the Sri Lankan Independence Day which falls on February 4th every year. The High Commission of Sri Lanka in India celebrated the 68th Anniversary of Freedom Day with an elegant ceremony in the elegant garden at the official residence of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi, India on 4th February 2016. On the occasion of the 68th Anniversary of Sri Lankas National day, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka His Excellency Esala Weerakoon and Mrs Krishanti Weerakoon, together with the high commission staff welcomed guests to a grand outdoor luncheon.
Srimal Fernando (l) with H.E. Esala Weerakoon (r) High Commissioner, of Sri Lanka in India.
After the arrival of the chief guest, the Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar the Sri Lankan Indepence Day celebration commenced followed by the singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem “Sri Lanka Matha (Mother Lanka We Salute Thee)and the Indian anthem “Jana Gana Mana ” (Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, dispenser of India's destiny).
Vietnam delivers a better life for all its people
An interview with Mrs Kgomotso Ruth Magau, South African Ambassador to Vietnam on the occasion of the 12th National congress of Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).
Journalist: What was your take on this country and its people back in those days when you just took the job here? Have things changed since and in what way?
Ambassador: Having just taken the job here, the first thing I observed about Hanoi was its humidity levels which for me was very high. I found the people very friendly and welcoming even though the majority of them could not speak with me directly, their facial expressions were warm.
Journalist: It’s been almost 3 years since you first came to Vietnam. Have you seen any achievements at all? Or in other words, what have you seen living here in Vietnam?
Ambassador: Having been here for three years the achievement of Vietnam in meeting the Millennium development goals is worth noting. It shows the government’s commitment to making the lives of all the country’s citizens better.
Minara Chamber of Commerce calls on High Commissioner
2 February 2016
A six member delegation led by Ebrahim Patel, President Minara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Durban, called on H.E. Najm us Saqib, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to South Africa in Pretoria to discuss ways and means to increase collaboration in commerce and devise a plan of action for activities in 2016. Vice President Ebrahim Vawda, Board Secretary Razak Jooma and CEO of Johannesburg Chapter M Sheraz were in attendance. Commercial Secretary Qamar Zaman also attended the meeting which was followed by a lunch hosted by the High Commissioner.
A Piano Recital by Ferhan & Ferzan Önder
30 January 2016
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Kaan Esener hosted Piano Duo Ferhan & Ferzan Önder for a recital at his official residence in Pretoria. He is pictured with the pianists and Nazlı Başak Esener (r). While in South Africa they performed at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival.
There is always a special bond between twins – and Ferhan & Ferzan Önder bring that bond onto the concert platform. They are two individual artists but together they create a new musical identity. Though this might at first seem no more than a cliché, with these sisters it is the key to their activity and the essential characteristic of their expressive intensity, which becomes fully apparent in the way they play, completing each other’s artistic personality.
Born in Tokat (Turkey), they moved to Ankara at the age of seven, following their brother who was already studying at the Conservatory. When they were still only ten, Ferhan & Ferzan Önder began playing the piano. Just four years later, they won the ‘Jury Special Award’ at the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Alessandro Casagrande in Terni (Italy). After a series of further prizes, Ferhan & Ferzan Önder won First Prize at the International Piano Duo Competition in Hamburg.
The great diversity of Africa is its biggest strength
Addis Ababa, 30 January 2015
26th African Union Assembly meeting opened with calls for human rights, particularly women’s rights under Agenda 2063, peace, and development.
African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for consideration of proposals for free movement of people in Africa, for leaders to place people at the center of Agenda 2063, to advance the human rights of all peoples, to put an end to the culture that limits the participation of women and girls. Dr Dlamini Zuma also called for an end to indifference to the needs of others, and that of the people of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Speaking at the opening session of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa today, the AUC Chairperson also congratulated a group of Zimbabweans who sang a song dedicated to Agenda 2063, and encouraged artists everywhere to embrace the Agenda “as it is our individual and collective aspirations that are captured in it”. The song was introduced to the Heads of State and government, their delegations and other summit delegates at the beginning of the opening ceremony proceedings.
Thailand Armed Forces Day 2016
28 January 2016
To celebrate the Anniversary of the Armed Forces Day of Thailand the Defence Attaché of Thailand Colonel Pannawat and Mrs. Saristha Boonchai hosted a reception in Pretoria. They are pictured with members of the Embassy of Thailand and members of the Thai community in South Africa.
The Royal Thai Armed Forces Day can be traced back to the year 1592. On this day almost 500 years ago, the glorious battles in old traditional wars took place on elephant back between two great warriors, the Thai King and the Burmese crown prince. Since then Armed Forces Day is celebrated to honor them, and also to recognize the brave men and women who sacrifice their lives to safeguard country and freedom.