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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

The upcoming seminar on "The Art of Collaboration" is aimed at helping all stakeholders to achieve the National Development Plan of positioning humanity at another level, as well as give them an opportunity to learn from each other on how collaboration has contributed to the success of their respective institutions. Furthermore, it will help in establishing new networks to overcome other environmental challenges."

Kirtan Bhana of The Diplomatic Society said that the media platform that is Foreign Exchange, The Diplomatic Society publication will reach a milestone of 20 years of operation. In 1997 when the publication was launched, Minister Alfred Nzo ushered in a new era in international relations for South Africa. This year also commemorates the 100 Years of Oliver Reginald Tambo who as a struggle icon managed to establish more missions around the world than the South African apartheid regime at that time.

Creating awareness of South Africa's international interactions and engagements through a seminar like the Art of Collaboration being held at the National Library of South Africa on 7 September seeks to reach relevant stakeholders to inspire all South Africans to be enthusiastic and energetic when presented with opportunities. South Africa will be in the Chair of 3 global groupings, SADC, BRICS and IORA come 2018. Staying focussed on the myriad of opportunities in tourism, trade, investment, education among others will lead to innovation and employment.

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) is a key facilitator for this kind of collaboration. As a store of knowledge, this state of the art facility in the centre of Pretoria is worth a visit. As host, the NLSA experience lends to the Art of Collaboration. The national librarian, Prof Rocky M.D Ralebipi-Simela, will be one of the speakers at the seminar.

The Capital City Business Chamber (CCBC) that represents businesses in the Greater Tshwane area provides valuable information and support. It is a vital cog in the ecosystem of the Capital City. The city hosts one of the largest diplomatic representations in the world, making Tshwane a centre of dynamic and diverse international relations. The Chamber is actively working to position itself to realize the business potential of this global circumstance and the value it can create.

Speakers at the seminar
National Library - Prof Rocky M.D Ralebipi-Simela
Department of Basic Education -Mr Louis Taylor - Director Partnerships in education
Gift of the Givers- Dr. Imtius Sooliman
Dirco - Ambassordor M.Nkosi
CCBC - Fanie Due Plessis - CEO




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