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The World is One Family: India’s Developmental partnership with Africa

14 August 2020
File photo: President Ramaphosa visited India as Chief Guest at the 70th Republic Day celebrations on 26 January 2019 in New Delhi

In the 21st century, India and Africa both face the challenges of meeting the goal of Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) 2030. Considering the similarities in our socio-economic circumstances, we share similar developmental priorities with focus on developing social and physical infrastructure; building human capacity and resources; creating conditions for inclusive growth that will reduce inequality in our societies.

India’s developmental partnership with Africa has been guided by developmental priorities of host countries. Under developmental partnership, focus is on building local potential and  improving on local opportunities to its people. India’s developmental partnership does not impose any conditionality and is demand driven.

One of the mechanisms of project financing adopted under India’s developmental partnership in Africa is Lines of Credits (LoCs) for projects aligned with the national development priorities of the recipient countries. The projects under the LoCs range from critical infrastructure sectors such as transport connectivity; power generation and distribution; agriculture and irrigation; manufacturing industries; healthcare; education and capacity building. Some of these iconic projects completed in Africa include the Parliament Building of Gambia, the Presidential Palace in Ghana, the Kosti Power project in Sudan which provides 1/3rd of the country’s power, the Nyaborongo Power Project in Rwanda which provides 1/4th of the country’s power, the Upper Ruvu Water Treatment Plant in Tanzania which provides clean drinking water to more than 2 million people in the Dar es Salaam area. India has assisted in developing new industries in a number of countries by establishing the first Cement Plant of Djibouti, the first Milk Processing Plant of Mauritania and the first Sugar Factory of Ghana.


Thank You, Fidel Castro, the Voice of Rebellion and Hope

By Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Ambassador of Cuba to South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho

13 August, 2020

August 13th is a special day for Cubans and many revolutionaries around the world. Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, or just Fidel, as the Cuban people call him, turns 94 years old today in eternity. Instead of mourning his physical loss, we celebrate his legacy.

61 years ago, under the leadership of Fidel, Cuba embarked on a quest to achieve its true and definitive independence. The undertaking implied the daring challenge of demonstrating if a small nation could overcome a history of foreign intervention and neocolonial domination, against the interests of our closest neighbor, the United States, the most powerful military and economic nation on the planet.

To evaluate the results of the Cuban Revolution so far and the role of Fidel Castro, it is important to understand that Cubans have had to survive and develop for more than 60 years in absolutely unjust and unjustifiable conditions, under a criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.


Fixing Zimbabwe Requires South African Honesty About Itself

The imposition of a curfew and massive deployment of the military have amplified the Harare regime’s paranoia and insecurity. Will South Africa finally act?

by Tendai Biti, Former Minister of Finance, Zimbabwe and Greg Mills, Director, The Brenthurst Foundation

13 August 2020

Three years after the departure of Robert Mugabe as President, Zimbabwe finds itself in familiar territory: A vortex of repression as a consequence of interwoven crises of leadership, legitimacy and socio-economic decline. The last month has seen the indiscriminate arrest, abductions and torture of activists, lawyers and journalists. The imposition of a curfew and massive deployment of the military have amplified the Harare regime’s paranoia and insecurity. And yet it may be a defining moment for a country that has remained in a permanent state of crises for much of the last 40 years.

Into this environment step South Africa’s special envoys, Sydney Mufamadi and Baleka Mbete. Can they help to put Zimbabwe at last onto a different path to stability and prosperity?

Three scenarios are currently imaginable in Zimbabwe: that the current situation continues, in which only continued decline is foreseeable; that there is a change of leadership within ZANU-PF, which on current form is unlikely to improve matters; and lastly, of a MDC-ZANU transitional government, which enables an arrangement to a different future.

Only the last offers any hope for an economic recovery.

In the absence of internal champions, and a ZANU regime that observes no restraints in preserving its grip on power, achieving this more positive scenario requires external facilitation.

South Africa, as the regional hegemon, seems to have realised this responsibility with the appointment of its two envoys. But for this intervention to be successful in stabilising Zimbabwe, this will have to occur in a manner not unlike South Africa’s own transition, and like Pretoria managed with Harare after the abortive election in 2008, though preferably in a more even-handed fashion. And it will in so doing have to admit the very essence of the systematic governance failure of liberation movements across the southern African region in the tendencies of impunity, entitlement and a zero-sum economic mentality.


Successful Electoral Process in CAR imperative

Statement by H.E. Mr André Nzapayeke, Ambassador of the Central African Republic on the occasion of the celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of the Central African Republic

13 August 2020

Dear Honourable Representatives of the South African Government and Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Photo: Ambassador André Nzapayeke pictured at a previous National Day celebration

Allow me to extend my remote but warm greetings to you as the Central African Republic is celebrating its 60th Independence Anniversary on this day.

As we are still confronting the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is my hope that you and your families are well and in good health. I would also like to salute all the frontliners of this pandemic, especially the doctors, nurses and health workers who are working around the clock to save the lives of COVID-19 patients.

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Inaugurated on 30 March 2016, President Touadera is approaching the end of his first term in office and CAR will organise this year presidential and legislative elections. President Touadera launched, on July 1, the registration process for the 2020-2021 general elections and the first round is scheduled to take place on 27 December 2020.

The Government is committed to organise timely elections but the challenges are still huge, from government capacity to security and finances. This is a crucial period for the Central African Republic and we count on all our partners to assist in ensuring a successful electoral process because the future of the country and the region is at stake.


Mandela Day celebrated in the Union of Comoros

12 August 2020

South African Embassy Mandela Day Celebration – 18 July 2020 Inané, Mbadjini – Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Union of the Comoros

Everyone in the world should dedicate 67 minutes of service to humanity that commemorates this great African Patriot and Global Icon. The 67 minutes derives from the 67 years of his life that Tata Mandela devoted to the service of humanity - South African Embassy, Moroni

Photo: Picture at the school are the Governor of the Island of Ngazidja Ms Farouata Mhoudine and the Director of Cabinet of the President of the Union of Comoros in charge of Defense, Mr Youssoufa Mohamed Ali with school and embassy staff

This year the South African Embassy to the Union of Comoros commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day under the challenging circumstances of a global pandemic that has seriously constrained the freedom and movement of people, the Covid-19.

The Embassy identified an event that would encompass the spirit of the day, honour the legacy of Madiba and also recognize his tireless work to improve the lives of children all around the world.  We also made a conscious decision to take into account the need for social awareness around the COVID-19 pandemic and support efforts at fighting its spread in vulnerable communities.


Russia Becomes First Country in the World to Register COVID-19 Vaccine

11 August 2020

Russia's first vaccine against the coronavirus was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute. Clinical trials of the vaccine were launched on 18 June and all 38 volunteers developed immunity.

Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting.

The vaccine was named 'Sputnik V' in reference to the 1957 launch of a Soviet satellite, which opened space to exploration by humans.

The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows "it works quite effectively" and "forms a stable immunity".


Canada’s 153rd Birthday

6 August 2020

by Mr. Kim P. Butler, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa

Just like millions of people around the world, this year Canada celebrated a #StayAtHome birthday!

For all of us at the High Commission of Canada in South Africa, Canada Day is an opportunity to celebrate a country that is close to our hearts and a place that many of our colleagues and friends call home. It is a time for us to recall our history and diversity, our identity and our culture, shaped by the Indigenous peoples of Canada, our francophone culture, and by the many immigrant communities who have settled in Canada over the decades and who represent more than 50% of the population of Canada’s largest urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver.  

Although we could not get together in person this year, we still celebrated this special day together through our virtual Canada Day celebrations on our social media platforms. As with previous celebrations, we displayed different facets of Canada and shared inspiring, touching and captivating moments from Canadians across the globe.

This year has been challenging for people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a serious impact on health systems, economies and our lives—particularly for the most vulnerable, including women and girls, the elderly, and many who are marginalized and living in difficult conditions.


Celebrating the National Women’s Day of South Africa with Qatari Spirit

by Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to South Africa

7 August 2020

I would like to congratulate all women and girls in the Republic of South Africa on their National Women’s Day, August 9th, which is historical in making the change that they well-deserved. 74 years ago, exactly on 9 August 1956, more than 20,000 South African brave women marched in order to fight for their freedom and for attaining their inalienable right to freely move and protect their livelihood in their own country.

Today, we can witness the achievements of the Republic of South Africa in the field of women empowerment and advancement, where capable women are leading departments and state agencies. As a diplomat, I have the privilege to salute the role of H. E. Dr. Naledi Pandor – South Africa’s Foreign Minister, in leading the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of her country. Prominently, on 17 July 2020, Dr. Pandor strongly stated her country’s position on the role of women in peace and security in a message addressed to the UN Security Council. In her statement, Dr. Pandor presented the vision and achievements of South Africa in fulfilling the objectives of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, important agenda item at the UN. She also considered the right of women as key for the true meaning of freedom when she quoted a phrase of President Nelson Mandela stating, “Freedom can’t be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression”.


ASEAN and Viet Nam's membership

by H.E Mr. HOANG VAN LOI, Ambassador-designate of the S.R of Viet Nam to the Republic of South Africa

7 August 2020

August 8th is celebrated among Southeast Asian countries as ASEAN Day, a time to reflect on how far the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come since its inception on August 8th, 1967 as well as its future prospects. To regional countries, including Viet Nam, ASEAN plays a central role in ensuring peace, security and prosperity in an increasingly uncertain regional and global situation.

 ASEAN was established on August 8th 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by its founding members, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The inclusion of Brunei (1984), Viet Nam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999) expanded ASEAN’s scope to the whole of Southeast Asia, effectively transforming the region from the one clouded by the Cold War era’s enmity and division to the one of dialogue, trust and unity.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing

6 August 2020

Japan marked 75 years since the world's first and only atomic bomb attack carried out by United States Air Force bombers, which is estimated to have killed 140,000 people just in the months following the explosion. Survivors, their relatives and a small number of dignitaries commemorated the anniversary with prayers, songs and calls for world peace.

The ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial offered a minute of silence at exactly 8:15 a.m. local time, the time the first nuclear weapon was detonated over the city.

Address by the Prime Minister ABE Shinzo at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Today, at the opening of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing, I reverently express my sincere condolences to the souls of the great number of atomic bomb victims.
I also extend my heartfelt sympathy to those still suffering even now from the aftereffects of the atomic bomb.
This year, as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) grips the world, people all around the globe continue to make resolute efforts at this very moment to overcome this trial.


Celebrating Swiss National Day virtually

1 August 2020

Dear fellow Swiss, dear friends of Switzerland

Please click on the picture to watch the 1st of August address by Ambassador Dr. Nicolas Brühl.

As 2020 is a special year and we will not have the opportunity to gather as usual for the Swiss National Day we are pleased to invite you to the virtual celebration on Let’s celebrate and share pictures of your 1st of August moments on this website.

Happy #SwissNationalDay!


Foster Home and street in Kavala named after Nelson Mandela



Kavala, 17 July 2020

The foster Home of the "Smile of the Child" and the adjacent street in Kavala get named after the great political leader on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day Ambassador Beryl Rose Sisulu with a delegation of the South African Embassy travelled to Kavala to officially name the Home of the Organization "The Smile of the Child" in Nea Iraklitsa, Kavala, and  the adjacent “Socratous Street”, after the world icon Nelson Mandela. This initiative was taken to honour the great political leader and philanthropist who devoted his life to the fight for equality and justice, and to fulfil the wish of the late Greek – South African Ioannis Symeonidis, who donated the two houses, to the Organisation.  

The event was officiated by the Ambassador of South Africa to Greece, H.E. Ms. Beryl Rose Sisulu, the President of the Organization "The Smile of the Child", Mr. Costas Yannopoulos, the Honorary Consul of South Africa in Thessaloniki, Mr. Vassilios Takas, the Mayor of Paggaio, Mr. Filippos Anastasiadis, and the Mayor of Kavala, Mr. Theodoros Mouriadis.


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