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Ecuador – The Republic of Opportunities

24 May 2017

Ambassador Maria Soledad Cordova Montero of Ecuador to South Africa hosted an Expo showcasing products of Ecuador.  These included textiles, hats and chocolates made in Ecuador.

Ecuador is on South America’s west coast. The Galapagos Islands with its rich wildlife, the Amazon Jungle and the Andean Mountains make Ecuador one of the most bio diverse places on Earth.

The unique equatorial climate provides the perfect environment for growing cocoa. The cocoa is considered to be the finest in the world, being sought after by renowned chocolatiers the world over.

The famous ‘Panama Hat’ is made from the toquilla straw and has deep ancestral roots in Ecuador.


Hungary and South Africa Water cooperation

24 May 2017

Mr Szilverszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Hungary was in South Africa. A cooperation agreement on water was signed in Pretoria with Ms. Nomvula Mokonyama, Minister for Water and Sanitation for South Africa.

The respective governments acknowledge water as a vital natural resource and also as an adaptable energy source. Innovation in water management, a framework for exchange, finance amongst others was included for further detailed discussions.

Photo:  Mr. Szilverszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and Mr. Andras Kiraly, Ambassador of Hungary in South Africa

Hungary is a country sitting on one of the largest fresh water reserves in Europe. They have several techniques, know-how and technologies to manage water, efficiently recycle waste water and to build systems that can handle access water during heavy rain seasons and store and dispatch it during drought. It is with these technologies and know-how in mind that the South African Department of Water and Sanitation and the relevant Hungarian Ministry have drafted an interministerial agreement to cooperate in the field of water management.


Travel across Africa

19 May 2017

Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015.

The African Development Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum has launched the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index.

The Index analyses the visa regime in Africa and how open countries are in terms of relaxation or elimination of visa requirements for citizens from other African countries traveling to their countries. The report examines which countries are facilitating travel for citizens of other countries and whether they allow people to travel to their country without a visa, with the provision of visa-on-arrival or whether  visitors need to get a visa before travel.


IDSA Organizes Successful Charity Bazaar

22 May 2017

The International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) organized a successful Charity Bazaar and Family Fun Day at the St. Mary’s DSG in Pretoria on 20 May 2017.

The Chair of the Bazaar Committee was Shanti Roseval, the Spouse of the Ambassador of Suriname and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Photo: Shanti Roseval and MC of the event, Mr Adam McCarthy, High Commissioner of Australia

About sixty countries, together with vendors and charities participated in the Bazaar and traditional foods, snacks, crafts, jewelry, textile and other typical products of the different countries were on offer.


SA participates in National Urban Policy conference

21 May 2017

South African Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel has participated in the Second International Conference on National Urban Policy, in France.

During the four-day conference, which kicked off earlier this week at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris, France, the Deputy Minister participated in the Ministers and Mayors dialogue session.

“The purpose of the urban policy conference was to consider in a global forum the role of national urban policies in the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA),” said the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) on Friday.

The Deputy Minister said the conference that began with a plenary looked at managing global urbanisation, offered a platform for shared experience and shared learning between countries.

Preliminary talks, led by Deputy Minister Nel and members of OECD Directorates, focused on urban development and the urban economy. This initiated further conversations on South African and OECD knowledge exchange and cooperation.


Paint the World

21 May 2017

Ms Lika Torikashvili, a Georgian teenager and five of her friends took some balloons and a guitar to a hospital in Tbilisi to cheer up patients with colour and music. This small but powerful and beautiful gesture inspired a global movement. ‘Paint the World’ is a cross cultural community across religions, race and gender which invites mutual support, solidarity and seeks to brighten the lives of people the world over through entertaining activities, music, art and dance.

Paint the world is gathering momentum having found associations in Europe, Asia and now in Swaziland, Africa. Ambassador Beka Dvali, Georgia’s Ambassador to South Africa hosted Paint The World founder Ms Lika Torikashvili and her Malaysian collaborator Ms. Aziza Aznizan at his residence in Pretoria to share information.

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Dato Badruddin AB Rahman was also present at the event to lend support to a unique project which was started by 14 year old Lika, a Jewish girl from a middle class family from Tbilisi, the Georgian capital.


SKA SA bags yet another milestone

17 May 2017

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA team has presented the first Array Release (AR) 1.5 images taken with MeerKAT 32, to Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Minister Pandor on Tuesday toured an exhibition at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town, where SKA SA joined other exhibitors for a showcase. The Minister visited the exhibition prior to delivering her department’s 2017 Budget Vote Speech in Parliament.

Photo: Minister Pandor talks to Grassroots Innovators at the exhibition (@ScienceForumSA)

During the Minister's visit to the exhibition, SKA SA Chief Scientist Dr Fernando Camilo and SKA SA Head of Science Commissioning Dr Sharmila Goedhart released to the Minister the recent AR1.5 results, images achieved by using various configurations of the 32 antennas currently operational in the Karoo, where the SKA is situated.


Ambassador Christophe Farnaud awards Alan Mabin

On Monday 15 May 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honor of Professor Alan Mabin to award him with the National Order of Merit (Ordre National du Mérite), rank of Knight (Chevalier).

Photo: Ambassador of France to South Africa Christophe Farnaud with Professor Alan Mabin, his wife Cynthia Kros and their children.

Professor Mabin is an Emeritus Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand. For over thirty years, he has been a key figure in the fields of urbanism, development and town planning. He is the co-founder of Planact, in 1985, a NGO working with townships’ communities and has been involved, as a consultant and board member, in town planning in several municipalities.


South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations

16 May 2017

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted the Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, in Pretoria on Monday, 15 May 2017.

South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations at the bilateral and multilateral levels. At the bilateral level, the strategic partnership between the two countries finds expression in a Joint Ministerial Commission and, at the interregional level, it finds its expression in the form of IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

Photo: SA Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meeting with her Brazilian counterpart, His Excellency Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. Jacoline Schoonees

The visit is a reaffirmation of the strong bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries.


South Africa and Tanzania to work on Intra-Africa trade

12 May 2017

There is a need for South Africa and Tanzania to work together in establishing linkages that will allow effective and efficient intra-Africa trade, says President Jacob Zuma.
“In fact, our visit to Tanzania seeks to actualise the same sentiments that the two countries should work together more than ever.

Photo: President Zuma beating the traditional drum as President Magafuli looks on. Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

“Similarly, as we fought the scourge of apartheid, with the same resolve South Africa and Tanzania should use their national resources strategically to combat the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that are facing our people.

“We must utilise the Binational Commission (BNC) mechanism to consolidate and deepen our bilateral relations,” the President said.


Kwibuka23: remember-unite-renew

11 May 2017

The High Commission of Rwanda in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre hosted a commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide targeting the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The programme included remarks by High Commissioner Vincent Karega of Rwanda, Tali Nates, Director of the JHGC, as well as survivor testimonies and lighting of candles.

Photo: High Commissioner Vincent Karega and Mr Jock Boyer

High Commissioner Karega's speech focused on remembering for never again, not retaliation, and for also valuing progress in unity and reconciliation and socio economic transformation in Rwanda.

A strong call was made to Rwandans to better understand the importance of unity and resilience with patriotism to sustain the positive trends.



April 2017 Edition




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