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Farewell Ambassador Dumisani Khumalo

21 January 2019

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has extended her condolences and those of the department to the family and friends of Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo.

Kumalo, 71, was a former Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations. He reportedly died peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday.

(Photo: twitter)

Sisulu said Kumalo has left a rich legacy as a multilateralist.

“South Africans must celebrate the contribution Ambassador Kumalo made in the fight against apartheid during his years in exile in the United States, which culminated in the UN Security Council recognising apartheid as a crime against humanity.


SA congratulates DRC's President-elect

21 January 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President-elect of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, following the ruling of the Constitutional Court which confirmed his victory.

On Sunday, the DRC Constitutional Court confirmed Tshisekedi as the winner of the December elections after rejecting a legal appeal by the runner-up.

According to the court, Tshisekedi, a candidate of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), won the elections with more than 38.5% of the vote, while his close rival Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, garnered around 28% of the vote.


Sri Lanka-South Africa diplomacy at 25: Forging a new pathway towards SAARC-SADC cooperation

By Srimal Fernando and Mizly Nizar (First published in the Daily Financial Times Sri Lanka)  
17 January 2019
From the inception Sri Lanka and South Africa have made enormous strides in diplomatic cooperation. 2019 is a special milestone for both nations when they celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations while looking to strengthen bilateral and economic ties based on common aspirations for a sustainable future. In the past, Sri Lanka’s foreign policy towards Southern African nations was shaped by specificities of South Africa’s history and experiences.

The political ties between the two nations in the past were strengthened by several high-level visits from South Africa to Sri Lanka. Former South African President Jacob Zuma visited Sri Lanka in 2013 while the incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the island nation in 2014 during his tenure as Deputy President. Taking these relations further, a statue of the late South African President Nelson Mandela considered as a symbol of peace in the world, will be erected in Jaffna, in Northern Sri Lanka where the war with the LTTE rebels was fought for 30 years until it ended in 2009.


Team SA ready to present improved investment proposition at 2019 World Economic Forum

16 January 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading South Africa’s delegation to the world’s most important meeting of global CEOs at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland next week. The primary objective of the South African delegation will be to strengthen partnerships and collaboration for inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa, with particular emphasis on increasing international investment into the country.

“We are going to Davos to interact with potential investors”. We are competing with other emerging markets where there is an oasis of investment opportunities for global investors and it’s where we want to be seen to be investing. We have a place of pride at Davos.


SA, Mozambique cement bilateral relations

15 January 2019

South Africa and Mozambique have committed to maximising areas of cooperation that are beneficial for the neighbouring countries’ bilateral relations.

At the invitation of Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday paid a working visit to the Republic of Mozambique.

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with his counterpart President Filipe Nyusi of the Republic of Mozambique (Elmond Jiyane, GCIS)

The visit was aimed at consolidating bilateral, political, economic and social cooperation between the two countries.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied by a ministerial delegation and government officials.


President Ramaphosa commits to push development agenda in 2019

8 January 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised his forebears that he and his party, the African National Congress (ANC), will make every effort to deliver the promises of a progressive South Africa.

Photo: President Ramaphosa unveiling the ANC election manifesto at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. (Elmond Jiyane: GCIS)

“We shall not rest until the sunshine that Langalibalele Dube spoke about, the sunshine of the new civilization rises and shines upon our people.

“We shall not rest until we have built the national democratic society that the people of South Africa yearn for,” said President Ramaphosa.


Victory for SA space science

14 January 2019

South Africa has been recognised as a leading player in the space science sector.

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to become the designated regional provider of space weather information to the entire aviation sector using African airspace.

(Photo credit: Pixabay)

This means that every aircraft flying in the continent's airspace will rely on SANSA for the space weather information as part of its flight plan, Department of Science and Technology said on Sunday.

SANSA, an entity of the department, underwent an extensive assessment to earn the distinction, becoming one of two ICAO-designated regional space weather centres. The other is the joint Russia-China centre.


Brand SA views World Bank 2018 report as call to action

14 January 2019

Brand South Africa says it has noted the areas of concern expressed in the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report, which indicates that South Africa’s real GDP growth will expand by 1.3% in 2019.

“While the South African GDP outlook has seen a downward revision, this happens in a global context where the World Bank indicates that international trade and investment are moderating. Additionally, the global economy and trading system is being challenged by trade tensions that remain elevated.


Russia honoured for liberation struggle

3 January 2019

The names of 67 Soviet/Russian soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for the liberation movements in Southern Africa, were inscribed into the Wall of Names at Freedom Park, a remembrance museum of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. A ceremony was held on 13 December 2018 where Ambassador Petrakov of the Russian Federation to South Africa and Minister Nathi Mthethwa of Arts and Culture unveiled the Soviet section of the Wall of Names.

The inscription of the 67 names is a symbolic significant gesture that shows that South Africa cares said Ambassador Petrakov. "It is an honour for me to be here at Freedom Park. It is a truly unique place where history and memories become palpable as they are preserved with great care and attention," said Ambassador Petrakov.


SWRD Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka: Commemorating the 120th birth anniversary of SLFP founder

11 January 2019

By Srimal Fernando  

The year 1951 was a turning point in Sri Lanka’s political history when a split happened within the United National Party (UNP).  In a stunning political move SWRD Bandaranaike resigned from his cabinet post and crossed the floor in the Parliament to the Opposition.   At the same time his popularity began to rise within the Sinhalese rural masses as Bandaranaike launched a centre-left political party called Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

This  is hardly the whole story however, since the political change, a slow but increasing tide of  blue wave  began  when the SLFP membership  increased compared  to  the centre right  United National Party (UNP) . This background paved the way for Sinhala nationalists such as S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, D.A. Rajapaksa and Philip Gunewardena to form an alliance in order to topple the UNP government that was ruling the nation from the time of independence.


Mhaule attends Raisina Dialogue in India

9 January 2019

South African International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule is on an official visit to India from 6 - 10 January 2019.

Mhaule is attending the Raisina Dialogue taking place in New Delhi from 8-10 January 2019.

Photo: President of the Observer Research Foundation Mr Samir Saran (middel) and Foreign Secretary Ministry of External Affairs Mr Vijay Gokhale greeting Deputy Minister (Jacoline Schoonees/DNS)
The Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics and annually attracts high-level participants from all over the world.

The theme for the 2019 edition of the Conference will be: “A World Reorder: New Geometries, Fluid Partnerships, Uncertain Outcomes".

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