SA determined to build stronger trade relations with Botswana

President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Mokgweetsi Masisi leading High-Level Talks at the South Africa - Botswana Business Roundtable at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana (photo: Kopano Tlape)

4 August 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government would like to see “far greater levels of trade and investment” between South Africa and Botswana. He was giving his closing remarks at the High Level South Africa-Botswana Business Roundtable held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana on Thursday.

Tribute to Don Mattera

By Mongane Wally Serote

4 August 2022

Dr. Don Mattera passed away on the 18th of July 2022. He was eighty -seven years old. An internationalist, a Pan African and African Renaissance activist, an outstanding poet, writer and journalist, Mattera lived a full life.

Bra Don, as Mattera was known in the streets of his birthplace, Western Native Township and other townships like Sophiatown and Alexandra Township where he socialized, rebelled, as did many young people in those poverty- stricken environments of squalor and crime which were created by the Apartheid system.

Cuba and South Africa sweep the medal board at 9th SA International Ballet Competition

3 August 2022

The 9th South African Ballet International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) came to a spectacular close at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday 30 July 2022. The festive event was a joyous celebration of outstanding ballet and contemporary dance that showcased the 2022 Winners and featured guest appearances by professionals and vocational students from Mzansi Ballet. Every SAIBC participant also took part in a fun finale that was choreographed by Angela Revie.

Eskom partners with Netherlands to repurpose Grootvlei Power Station

Han Peters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with Andre de Ruyter, CEO of Eskom (photo supplied)

1 August 2022

Power utility Eskom and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa signed a letter of intent which will pave the way for a pre-feasibility study for a “climate-smart, labour intensive agriculture/horticulture development” at the site of the Grootvlei Power Station in Mpumalanga.

As Russian FM Lavrov Concludes Africa Trip, What Was on the Agenda?

Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen hosts Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

29 July 2022

by Denis Bolotsky

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa was the fourth destination on the schedule of Russia’s top diplomat, who also visited Egypt, the Republic of Congo and Uganda earlier this week.

The talks in all four countries were dedicated to bilateral relations as well as international issues, such as food and energy security and Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and Donbass.

25 Years of JET

Kelebogile Moruane addressing JET participants

28 July 2022

Ambassador Norio Maruyama of Japan to South Africa had encouraging and inspirational words to share with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program –JET participants from South Africa at a pre-departure reception. The JET program, established in South Africa 1997, marks a 25 year milestone since its inception and an accolade for South Africans as it remains the only African country to participate in this program. The JET resumes after two years as the Covid-19 global viral pandemic is being brought under control.

Pandor calls on global political leaders to support Palestine

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor and Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Riad Malki pictured with Ambassadors at the Palestinian African Heads of Mission Conference in Pretoria

27 July 2022

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has once again used her public platform on Tuesday to urge the global political leaders to work together to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“South Africa calls upon the international community to work tirelessly for the attainment of peace and to provide strong humanitarian, economic and political support. Advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people must be accompanied by material and practical support,” she said.

Women in Innovation

Cameroon paves way for young girls to showcase innovative skills

19 July 2022

The winners of the program pose for a group photo with Jean Jacques Massima, ITU’s representative to Cameroon

Women and girls are 25 percent less likely to know how to use information and communication technologies (ICT), according to a report published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This clearly reflects the gender gap in access to digital tools.

Reinforcing Indonesia – South Africa Relations – A Book Launch

Victor J. Sambuaga, Charge D’Affaires of the Indonesian Embassy addressing guests

26 July 2022

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria, South Africa, in collaboration with Awqaf SA, organized a book launch titled “Evaluating Shaykh Yusuf Al - Makassari and Imam 'Abdullah Tidore's Ideational Teachings: Reinforcing Indonesia – South Africa Relations”. The event was held in hybrid format in three different cities, namely Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, and was also witnessed by virtual viewers both from South Africa and Indonesia.

SA, Côte d'Ivoire strengthen trade relations

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire at the Union Buildings during a Welcome ceremony on the occasion of a State Visit to South Africa by President Ouattara (photo: Kopano Tlape)

26 July 2022

South Africa is open for business and ready to forge beneficial bilateral relations with its partners in Côte d'Ivoire.

These sentiments were shared by delegates at the South Africa-Côte d'Ivoire Trade and Investment Business Forum hosted by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC).

70th Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of the 23rd of July 1952

Pictured cutting the celebratory cake are (l-r) Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Eritrea Salih Omar Abdu, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Ambassador Elfadly and Habiba Abdelrazek

25 July 2022

On the 23rd of July this year Egypt celebrated the 70th anniversary of the 1952 Revolution. At a reception in Pretoria to mark this occasion, Ambassador Ahmed Elfadly of Egypt welcomed guests and said that the day also coincides with the centennial of Egypt’s modern diplomacy that began when Egypt became a newly independent state in 1922. It also coincides with 80 years since the establishment of the first South African Mission in Egypt in 1942.

Fashion Film “Stories of Hope” Displays Unique Collaboration Between Indonesian Batik and South African Shweshwe

20 July 2022

The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria launched a fashion film titled "Stories of Hope: Bolstering Indonesia-South Africa Relationships Through Fashion" on its YouTube channel: KBRI Pretoria. The film features clothes designed and produced collaboratively by Indonesian and South African fashion designers.

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