Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing
20 April 2017
China will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing from 14 to 15 May 2017, which aims to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes. The Forum will also explore ways to address problems facing global and regional economy, create fresh energy for pursuing interconnected development and make the Belt and Road Initiative deliver greater benefits to the people of all countries.
More than two millennia ago the diligent and courageous people of Eurasia explored and opened up several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe and Africa, collectively called the Silk Road by later generations.
For thousands of years, the Silk Road Spirit - "peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit" - has been passed from generation to generation, promoted the progress of human civilization, and contributed greatly to the prosperity and development of the countries along the Silk Road. Symbolizing communication and cooperation between the East and the West, the Silk Road Spirit is a historic and cultural heritage shared by all countries around the world.
South Africa and Qatar explore investment opportunities
12 April 2017
Pretoria - The President of the Black Business Council, Dr Danisa Baloyi, says South Africa should take advantage of the economic opportunities presented by the State of Qatar, especially in agriculture and the ocean economy.
Speaking to SAnews at the South Africa-Qatar Business Forum held in Pretoria, Baloyi said because South Africa has been faced with the challenge of unemployment for years, it should take advantage of opportunities that will help to create more jobs.
She said some of the skills that Qatar will give to South Africa include ship building, ship maintenance and overall ship engineering.
UN Designates Malala Yousafzai as Messenger of Peace
11 April 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres designated Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education, at a special ceremony at UN headquarters.
The designation was followed by a conversation between the Secretary-General, Ms. Yousafzai and youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls’ education.
Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
Following the official presentation, Secretary-General Guterres and Ms. Yousafzai conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls’ education.
Sri Lanka and South Africa pursue enhanced cooperation
18 April 2017
The Sixth Session of the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Partnership Forum between Sri Lanka and South Africa was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 7 April 2017. The Forum was co-chaired by Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, Asia and Middle East of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa.
Pictured (l-r) Ambassador Dr. Manelisi Genge, Chief Director, Asia & Middle East, DIRCO, Ms Robina P. Marks, High Commissioner of South Africa to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, Asia and Middle East of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Mr. Sunil de Silva, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa.
Deputy Minister Landers concludes successful working visit to Central America
7 April 2017
International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded his Working Visit to Central America, where he visited the Republic of El Salvador from 30 March to 01 April and the Republic of Honduras from 02 to 04 April 2017.
During his visit to El Salvador, the Deputy Minister met with his counterpart, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion, HE Mr Carlos Castaneda. The two countries emphasized the need for continuous strengthening of bilateral relations in various fields and to focus on new investment opportunities. At the conclusion of the meeting, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations.
Transnet launches first ever train
4 April 2017
Transnet has officially launched it’s the first ever train which it designed, engineered and manufactured.
The locomotive, which will serve the African continent, is specifically customised to African conditions and is suitable for use on branch lines and in shunting yards.
Speaking on Tuesday in Pretoria during the launch of the Trans Africa Locomotive, President Zuma said the completion of the locomotive is a significant technological achievement by Transnet and the country.
“We appreciate Transnet’s drive to become the leading provider of logistics services in sub-Saharan Africa. We must continue working hard to develop infrastructure that promotes trade among African countries and which make it easier for us to visit one another and also boost economic growth and development.
Commemorating 20 years of Signing the Red Fort Declaration and bidding farewell
10 April 2017
20 Years ago late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Mr HD Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India signed The Red Fort Declaration, a Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and South Africa. The High Commission of India in South Africa hosted a Music and Dance Cultural Extravaganza to commemorate this special friendship.
It is a unique and everlasting bond; a common cause that ties us together and makes us inseparable, said outgoing Indian High Commissioner (HC) Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam to South Africa. The HC said that she will forever have fond personal and professional memories of her time in South Africa as she bids farewell to take up a new position in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India.
Transforming ballet in South Africa
10 April 2017
Transformation in ballet has a long way to go. In order to make the most of talent that is available in South Africa, talented dancers from all communities need to have access to the best training available. The reason is that it takes years of specialised coaching to prepare a dancer to meet the demands of the professional arena and at this stage there are just not enough sustainable programmes in townships that can prepare talented children from the townships to become professional dancers.
Photo: The South African International Ballet Competition hosted the diploma ceremony of the first teachers and students to graduate from the Training Teachers in the Townships Program. His Excellency Mr Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Ambassador of Cuba (pictured left) was the guest of honour and he handed over of the Diplomas.
Programmes for this purpose need to be set up in townships as past experience has shown that outreach programs that bus children in from townships to be taught at ballet schools elsewhere is not the answer.
High Court on Dagga
6 April 2017
The Hemp, Dagga, Weed, Herb, Marijuana and a plant by any other name, Industrialisation report back presentation was full of positive excitement. Medicines, clothing, paper among the thousands of uses, its dubious illegality and its economics were discussed at a workshop in Pretoria.
The moot point of, benefits of hemp was examined to point out its socio/eco impact. Who would benefit from legal hemp?
South Africa is a stable country, largest economy in Africa, first world financial system perfectly engineered. Contrary to popular belief it is very easy to do business with South Africa, note the number of multinational corporations and conglomerates that are hosted here in South Africa. They have the legal and financial clout in a country that is constitutional democracy and conducts business as an open market.
Science, Technology and Environment Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina
6 April 2017
The Scientific and Technological Cooperation between South Africa and Argentina was further enhanced by the visit of Dr. Lino Baranao, Argentine Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation to South Africa.
The high level delegation visit from the 1st to the 5th of April had fruitful deliberations on several issues on bilateral collaboration.
These include joint activities in nanotechnologies and biotechnology, space and nuclear technology and marine scientific research.
The Vice President of INVAP Hugo Albani was part of the delegation.
Kgwebong Consulting Celebrates Partnerships for the Creation of Communities of Excellence
By Kgomotso Kgoale
7 April 2017
Kgwebong Consulting, whose vision it is to Create Communities of Excellence, partners with different Embassies in providing Organisational Development interventions to schools, NGO’s and other institutions.
On 31st March 2017, a certificate ceremony was held at the Bodibeng library in Soshanguve. The purpose of the event was to 1) acknowledge and give certificates to 35 Principals who attended a Leadership Development workshop; and 2) to recognize the contribution and support from stakeholders such as the embassies of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Department of Education Mr. Robertson, in helping to grow and develop the schools and communities.
In attendance were the outgoing first secretary of Timor-Leste, Ms. Josefina Tilman, the Cultural Counselor of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Shahronz Falahat Pisheh and Mr. Robertson from the Department of Basic Education. Ms. Josefina Tilman introduced her new replacement, Mr Joao Camilo Da Costa Oliveira who promised to continue with the library project at the Babinaphuti school.