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The Climate Agenda is our Development Agenda, says AU Commissioner Abou-Zeid
African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr Amani Abou-Zeid (2nd from right) at the Consultation Meeting

23 May 2024    

ParisCOP29 Presidency has convened the first high-level consultation meeting on energy transition. The Dialogue – which was co-chaired by COP29 President-Designate Mukhtar Babayev and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol – gathered over 70 energy and climate leaders from across the world at the IEA’s headquarters in Paris. 


African Integration Day - Togo

23 May 2024

Togo - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Togolese Abroad celebrated on May 8, 2024, African integration, in anticipation of African Union Day usually celebrated on May 25, 2024.


South Africa Highest Ranked African Country in 2024 Travel and Tourism Development Index 

(photo: TDS)


23 May 2024

As South Africa’s tourism sector makes headwinds with rapid recovery and efforts to enhance tourism growth, the Department of Tourism is pleased to report that South Africa has ranked the highest in the African region in the 2024 Travel and Tourism Development Index (TTDI) by the World Economic Forum. 


Listen to the Land

23 May 2024

Africa pledges to triple fertilizer production and distribution to empower smallholder farmers.

African Heads of State and Government united to bolster agricultural sustainability and enhance smallholder farmer livelihoods by endorsing the Nairobi Declaration articulating the outcomes of the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 7th to 9th May 2024. The Declaration signified a transformative step towards improving access and affordability of certified quality organic and inorganic fertilizers across the continent.


First-ever nuclear medicine research facility opened in Pretoria

22 May 2024

The Nuclear Medicine Research Infrastructure (NuMeRI) facility - the continent’s first nuclear medicine research facility, which features a cyclotron for producing isotopes used in radiation therapy – was officially opened on Tuesday, in Pretoria. The NuMeRI will provide consolidated expertise in nuclear technologies in medicine and biosciences, creating significant research, development and innovation capacity in South Africa and will assist in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

International Day for Biodiversity calls for collective action to protect biological resources


22 May 2024

As the world celebrates International Day for Biodiversity (IDB), South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy, has called on all South Africans to participate in restoring and protecting South Africa’s biological resources.

President Lula Da Silva bestows on Minister Pandor honorific award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco

Minister Naledi Pandor with Ambassador Ligia Scherer, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil (photo: Katlholo Maifadi/Dirco)

22 May 2024

The President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, President Lula Da Silva has bestowed on Minister Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, an honorific award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco. 

The Order was bestowed on Minister Pandor at a ceremony in Pretoria at the Brazilian Official Residence by Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Ambassador Ligia Maria Scherer,

Iran's President, Foreign Minister die in helicopter crash

We mourn the epitome of human compassion in President Ebrahim Raisi 

by Seyed Mostafa Daryabari, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pretoria, South Africa

 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2024 (photo: GCIS)

21 May 2024

When most world leaders chose to remain indifferent to the atrocities experienced on a daily by the Palestinians and cemented their complicity by remaining silent, President Ebrahim Raisi spoke openly against injustice. When the living environment of the Palestinian children whose quality of life diminished as a result of military offenses could only be described as broken and vulnerable, he took a stand next to them and embraced them. 


The fallacious, dangerous logic of "Chinese overcapacity" rhetoric

21 May 2024

* The rhetoric of "Chinese overcapacity" contradicts factual evidence and fundamental economic principles.
* At a time when the world is grappling with climate change and economic stagnation, the burgeoning new energy sector in the world's second-largest economy holds profound significance for global development.
* Trade protectionism disrupts the stable operation of the global NEV industry chain and could impede the progress of sustainable development worldwide.

Overseas special votes conclude

South African Ambassador Nathi Mthethwa with embassy staff on voting day at the South African mission in Paris (photo: Facebook)

20 May 2024

The South African Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that overall, special voting abroad proceeded smoothly with no major incidents. “This is a testament to the meticulous logistics, planning, and execution of those plans across all missions. The Commission expresses gratitude to South Africans who cast special votes in missions around the world,” the IEC said on Sunday.

South Africans in China voted – Enhancing voter participation is paramount

By Sibusiso R Bakana
Ambassador Siyabonga Cwele with embassy staff during voting

20 May 2024

We recently celebrated Freedom Day in Beijing as guests of Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Ambassador of South Africa to China, and there was an increase in participation from South African students, workers, and businesses based in China, where such gatherings are typically considered as diplomats' cocktail nights. The South African Ambassador undoubtedly adhered to this year's Freedom Day theme, "30 Years of Democracy, Partnership, and Growth," as the embassy collaborated with students, workers, and business during the inaugural session prior to the celebration, and much was discussed to ensure that all sectors felt at home away from home. 

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