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The Art of Collaboration

23 August 2017

Sello Motsei of Kgwebong Consulting and Kirtan Bhana of The Diplomatic Society spoke of the creative process of the art of collaboration. They were guests on Tali Munzhedzi's morning show on The Department of International Relations' (DIRCO) Ubuntu Radio station which is available online on and on channel 888 on DSTV.

Motsei explaining the concept of the Art of Collaboration said, "In this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world that we are living in, individuals and organisations are faced with the same challenges. Organisations are expected to deliver on their key performances, despite challenges such as terrorism, unemployment, poverty and famine. Collaboration is an art and science that can be used by organisations, individuals and government institutions in order to address some of the identified challenges faced by communities at large.

Photo: Sello Motsei of Kgwebong Consulting, Tali Munzhedzi of Ubuntu Radio and Kirtan Bhana of The Diplomatic Society at the Ubuntu Radio studio at DIRCO


South Africa and Maldives sign fisheries agreement

23 August 2017

South Africa and the Maldives will work together to improve the livelihood of their fishing communities and the management of tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean.  

The commitment was made during a high level meeting of Fisheries Ministers held recently at the Bandos Island Resort, Malé.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana attended a high level meeting of the G16 Group of like-minded Indian Ocean Coastal States' Fisheries Ministers, hosted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Maldives.

During the high level meeting, South Africa formalised its relationship with the Government of the Republic of Maldives by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).


Pakistan 70th Independence Day celebrated at Crawford Pretoria Preparatory

22 August 2017

The High Commission of Pakistan celebrated their Independence Day on 14 August by presenting a programme at the Preparatory assembly.

Photo: Mr. Ian McLeod, Principal of Crawford Preparatory (left) and Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan – Dr Manzoor A Chaudhry (right)

The programme included a traditional dance performance and prayer recital.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Sohail Khan, addressed the pupils and teachers by highlighting the achievements of Pakistan since independence.He also welcomed Crawford Pretoria as a member of the South African Pakistan family, as several of our pupils are from Pakistan.


Thai Festival 2017

20 August 2017

The Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, hosted the Thai Festival 2017 on 18-19 August 2017, in Central Square Menlyn Maine in Tshwane. The Festival will move to Cape Town on 26 August at the V&A Waterfront, and thereafter to Maseru, Lesotho for the first time.

Photo: Ambassador of Thailand to South Africa, Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana  and Mrs Danvivathana

Welcoming dignataries and guests to the Festival Ambassador of Thailand to South Africa, Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana said that the theme of the event this year is the prelude of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between South Africa and Thailand and that both countries have long shared and enjoyed cordial political and economic ties.

The Festival showcased Thai cultural dance and music, umbrella and Batik painting workshops, a Thai silk fashion show, Muay Thai demonstrations, fruit and food tasting.


New Development Bank a milestone for Africa

17 August 2017

President Jacob Zuma has launched the New Development Bank’s Africa Regional Centre (ARC).

The President described the launch as a major milestone for Africa as a whole. It marks the strengthening of the BRICS formation and also underlines the BRICS commitment to the development of the African continent and emerging markets.

“This is a critical milestone not only for South Africa, but for the African continent as a whole. We are thus celebrating it as a shared achievement,” said the President.

Photo: President of the NDB, Mr Kundapur Vaman Kamath and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the signed agreements. President Jacob Zuma and Minister Malusi Gigaba are also pictured. (GCIS)

The idea of establishing a new bank with a new mission and orientation was first discussed in Durban in 2013, when South Africa hosted the BRICS forum, after which it was agreed to establish a centre in Africa to take care of developmental needs of the continent.


SADC introspects on its 25th anniversary

17 August 2017

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) celebrates its 25th anniversary today and the bloc has used the occasion to reflect on the progress made in its regional integration agenda.

SADC was formed on 17 August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia, with its precursor known as the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC), which was established in 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia.

Its founding member states are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  The main aim was to coordinate development projects in order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa.

Today, the regional bloc boasts 15 members -- Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- who have a vison of a common future.


India's 71st Independence Day

15 August 2017

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation on the eve of India's 71st INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2017

Dear Fellow Citizens engaged in the task of nation building

My greetings to you as we complete 70 years of our Independence

Photo: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi congratulates Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India

Our country will be celebrating its 71st Independence Day tomorrow. On the eve of this anniversary I extend my good wishes to all of you.

On August 15, 1947, we became a free nation. Sovereignty and the responsibility for our destiny moved from the British crown to the people of India. Some have called this process a “transfer of power”.

It was much more than that. It was the culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by our forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation anew.


Peru National Day

15 August 2017

Ambassador of the Republic of Peru H.E. Mr. Nicolas Roncagliolo and Mrs. Antonieta de Roncagliolo hosted a celebration on the occasion of the 196th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Peru. The occasion was a celebration of Peru's diversity which Ambassador Roncagliolo said he wanted to share with the invited guests.

Speaking about Peru's diversity which gives it strength Ambassador Roncagliolo said, "Our diversity is not only about cultures, it is about people, music, kitchens, products,  dances, even with more than 50 native languages spoken in its territory. The five continents gathered in a single country with all the landscapes and all the people."

Photo: Ambassador Nicolas Roncagliolo with Mr Ebrahim Patel, South African Minister of Economic Development

Guests were taken on a trip through Peru's gastronomy and were entertained by Peruvian dancers and musicians.


From the Core of the Earth to the Sun

Guayaquil, August 2017

Millán Ludeña is chasing after a new personal challenge that gives him the possibility to register the first sports GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for Ecuador, where he will be exposed to extreme conditions in two points of the planet,  starting from the closest point to the center of the earth in South Africa at the Mponeng gold mine, which goes 3240 meters deep, to the closest to the sun in Ecuador at 6240 meters, at the summit of Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador.

Photo: Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador

Ludeña is a passionate Ecuadorian young man from the city of Guayaquil who believes that the size of success depends on the size of the sacrifice, a belief that has made him one of the 14 people in the world who has run the most difficult ultra-marathons in the world: The "Marathon Des Sables" in the Sahara Desert and the "Antarctic Ice Marathon" in Antarctica.


Independence Day of Bolivia

6 August 2017

Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia.

On Sunday, the Bolivian community celebrated 192 years of independence. The country's signing of the Independence Act in 1825, made Bolivia a sovereign and independent country.

Photo: Susana Caputi, Honorary Consul‎ of the State of Bolivia in Johannesburg, South Africa at the celebration of Bolivia's 192nd Independence Day

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous President calls for unity as Pachamama – Mother Earth’s month begins.

Bolivia has undergone a dramatic restructuring of its socio-political agenda which has improved education and health care and has reduced poverty.


H.E. Ambassador-Designate Lin Songtian arrives in SA

Speaking to the press upon his arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Ambassador–Designate Lin Songtian said he is back in South Africa, recalling his many visits to the country before.

Having served on the African Continent, as Ambassador to Malawi and Liberia and having visited many African countries, he has considerable experience in China – Africa relations.  

“Since the very first time when I set foot on the African continent in 1999, I have fostered a deep commitment to the cause of China-Africa friendship and cooperation and thereafter forged an unbreakable bond with my African friends,” he said.

Dr. Anil Sooklal, Head of Asia relations at the South African Department of International Relations who met Ambassador-Designate Lin on his arrival, referred to the caliber of the representative from China as an indication of the relations between China and South Africa.

Also present to greet the incoming Ambassador were members of the Chinese community of South Africa.



July 2017 Edition




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