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'Centrality of international diplomacy as an instrument of progress, world peace and mutual prosperity' - Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa with newly accredited Heads of Mission and their partners/colleagues in Pretoria, Tshwane (photo: GCIS)

15 August 2022

On Thursday, 11 August 2022, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received credentials from 14 Heads of Mission to South Africa. He said that South Africa aims to maintain friendly relations with all countries and that he was pleased that all the continents were represented at the ceremony. “We share a belief in the indivisible unity of humankind and in the centrality of international diplomacy as an instrument of progress, world peace and mutual prosperity.”

NiDCOM boss assures Oru Media & Associates of further collaborations

by Oru Leonard

Oru Leonard with Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa

15 August 2022

The The Chairperson/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has lauded the efforts of Oru media and Associates in making sure that the world is aware of the Commission's activities and programmes, assuring the team of continuous collaboration.

Commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of Côte d'Ivoire

Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire Sakaria Koné and Mariam Koné pictured with Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu

12 August 2022

Bringing the people of Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa closer, in less than eight hours, is the introduction of direct flights by Air Côte d'Ivoire between Joburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Abidjan's Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport. Trade between the two countries is on an ascending trajectory, said Ambassador Sakaria Koné of Côte d'Ivoire to South Africa at the celebration of the 62nd Anniversary of Independence of Côte d'Ivoire.

Obasanjo calls for Diaspora Voting

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erew, Chairperson/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) 

11 August 2022

by Oru Leonard

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind diaspora voting in Nigeria, stressing that he sees no reason why the National Assembly cannot amend the relevant laws to make it possible for Nigerians in the Diaspora to Vote.

Japan's Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize to be awarded to Profs Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim (photo:twitter.com)

10 August 2022

Professors Salim Abdool Karim and his wife, Quarraisha, will receive the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in the medical research category from Japan for their work on HIV/Aids and Covid-19 in Africa. The Carter Center in the US will receive recognition in the medical services category for its work in the guinea worm eradication programme.

Peru celebrates 201st Anniversary of Independence

Ambassador Jorge Félix Rubio Correa and Lt. General Peter Anthony Jacobs, Divisional Commissioner Inspectorate raising a toast

10 August 2022

Peru and South Africa have much in common said Ambassador Jorge Félix Rubio Correa of Peru at the celebration of the 201st anniversary of the independence of Peru which took place in Pretoria, South Africa on 28 July.

Peru and South Africa are both multicultural, multiracial, multilingual, mega-diverse countries affected by climate change. They are mining countries which have great potential for agricultural exports. They also share cold sea currents from Antarctica such as the Humboldt and Benguela currents, which make their oceans rich in fish. Taking all of this into account Rubio Correa said, “We have to develop our affinities, share our knowledge and enrich ourselves with our experiences to apply what is adaptable to our development and the well-being of our populations.”

An Incubator of Talent

A study program launched under China-Africa agricultural cooperation 
helps Africa bolster food security

By Li Xiaoyu

10 August 2022 

Zigani Saturnin (left) checks crop growth in an experimental field in Quzhou County, Hebei Province, on July 23, 2020

Saturnin Zigani, 36, grew up in a small village in Burkina Faso and has seen the hardships people face in obtaining sufficient food. “Despite cultivating enormous areas of land, farmers, including my parents, struggle to attain a good output,” he lamented. He believes that increasing grain yield per unit of land area rather than expansion of agricultural land is the most effective approach to move agriculture toward sustainable intensification in Africa.

South African Consul General in Mumbai commemorates Women at Model UN

Andrea Kühn, South African Consul General

9 August 2022

The Hiranandani Foundation School in Mumbai held the 11th edition of the HFS Model United Nations 2022 program. South African Consul General Andrea Kühn was a guest speaker and she was honoured to engage the students and share thoughts on global challenges.

The Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. It offers students an opportunity to research and debate international topics together, and learn how the United Nations and other international and regional bodies function.

Women’s day 2022: Changing the Lives of Women and Celebrating their contribution to South Africa’s Liberation

9 August 2022

Message by Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to South Africa on the celebration of Women's Day

As South Africa marks Women’s month and Women’s Day, the country pays tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on the 9th of August 1956 in protest against the extension of laws of racial discrimination against women.

Who is Behind Africa’s Debt Trap?

A large share of Africa’s debt comes from Western lenders, while a false narrative has been created to blame China for it

By Donatien Niyonzima

5 August 2022

A swing bridge over the Suez Canal renovated by Chinese companies completes a docking test in Ismailia, Egypt, on June 5 (XINHUA)

China has emerged as a global leader in international development financing in the 21st century, and the Bank for International Settlements now ranks China as the sixth-largest international creditor globally. The Western countries have expressed concern over the emergence of the so-called “new colonialism” as a result of the growing ties between China and Africa. Chinese lending practices toward developing countries have generally been portrayed in recent years as “debt-trap diplomacy.” But a factual analysis of lending by China and other creditors to Africa paints a different picture.

Empowering the youth is to empower the future

Princess Stella Sigcau with learners

by HRH Stella Sigcau

5 August 2022

On 27- 28 July 2022 Imbumba Foundation donated a year’s supply of sanitary towels to 6 schools in the Mpondo Kingdom namely, Mncwati SSS and Mount Zion JSS, Thandabantu JSS in Mbizana and Dumezweni SSS and Ntsikayezwe SSS Ntabankulu. In Mbizana they were welcomed by Mr Clive Noconjo from the Winnie Mandela Municipality, Principals of the recipient schools, members of the governing body amongst others.

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