One Country, Two Systems, 25 Years On

19 July 2022

Hong Kong’s return to China has brought enormous benefits to the city’s development in all aspects

On July 1, 1997, the Chinese Government resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was established. The concept of One Country, Two Systems was applied to its governance. This year, Hong Kong is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its return to the motherland. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the HKSAR to commemorate this milestone and inaugurate the sixth-term government of the HKSAR. One Country, Two Systems is a unique Chinese innovation which sets out to integrate the capitalist market system of Hong Kong with the ideals of socialism with Chinese characteristics of the Chinese mainland.

Mandela - Making the Impossible, Possible

18 July 2022

"We will not be able to achieve our noble objectives without peace in the world. Nelson Mandela would have urged the international community during this period to invest more in diplomacy, mediation, and peaceful resolution of all conflicts. He would have abhorred any attempts to prolong instead of stopping conflicts. It is disheartening to note that, as the UN Secretary-General has reminded us, the world today faces more violent conflicts than at any period in the past seven decades, and two billion people live in conflict-ridden areas," said Mr Mondli Gungunbele addressing the UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela International Day.

Making a difference on Mandela Day

18 July 2022

In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the birthday of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela International Day. The 18th of July is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them. It is a day when everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and change the world for the better.

This year South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, joined by several Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to Pretoria celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day at Leratong Hospice in Atteridgeville. Also present was Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Integration and Diaspora of the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire Kandia Kamissoko Camara.

Toward a Stronger Union

China’s partnership with the AU is crucial 
to the realization of the Agenda 2063

By Charles Onunaiju

18 July 2022

AfCFTA is officially launched during the AU Extraordinary Summit in Niamey, Niger, on July 7, 2019 (XINHUA)

The transition from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to the African Union (AU) in 2002 was a historic starting point for the African continent. The OAU was the crystallization of the Pan-African sentiments that swept through the continent against the backdrop of the popular anti-colonial struggle, and was its foremost institutional expression. Born amidst fanfare, the OAU was also a compromise between different ideologies and political temperaments - a significant and huge achievement in finding a common ground. Despite all this, the organization was affected and even constrained by the then paralyzing Cold War international system.

Jessie Duarte: A revolutionary dynamite

18 July 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the late struggle stalwart, ambassador and ANC Deputy Secretary General, Yasmin “Jessie” Duarte, as a faithful, dedicated and fiercely loyal leader – a revolutionary dynamite. Although Duarte has been gravely ill for several months, the President said that it is difficult to comprehend that someone with such vitality and such spirit has departed this earth.

Simplifying Peacemaking in a Complex World

Three former heads of state of Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia reflect on what it takes to end conflict in a meaningful way.

by Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Republic of Nigeria; Chairman, The Brenthurst Foundation, Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President, South Africa and Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethopia

18 July 2022

In the wake of the Cold War, the disintegration of an ideologically bipolar world provided an opportunity for peace agreements across the globe. This was even the case in seemingly intractable conflicts like Nicaragua, El Salvador, Namibia, and South Africa.

From that era, three key ingredients for successful peacemaking and mediation stand out.

Rossiya Segodnya Hosts Virtual Conference Discussing Africa’s Food Security

Sputnik / Vladimir Trefilov

by Ilya Tsukanov

18 July 2022

The US and EU sanctions war against Russia targeting food and fertilizer exports, and constraints on Ukraine’s grains exports caused by the ongoing military crisis in that country have sparked fears of global food shortages and even the risk of famines in the developing world, especially in Africa.

Sputnik parent company Rossiya Segodnya held a virtual round table discussion on Tuesday between Russian and African diplomats, analysts, and officials to discuss the subject of "Global Challenges to Food Security."

President mourns passing of Former President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos

11 July 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa offers his deepest condolences to the people and Government of the Republic of Angola on the passing of Former President José Eduardo dos Santos. President Ramaphosa’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of the late President Dos Santos, who was an Esteemed Member of the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo – an honour bestowed on him by South Africa on Freedom Day 2010.

South Africa remembers Abe's legacy

8 July 2022

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the passing of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

I have learned with sadness and shock of the passing of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Abe’s family, friends and colleagues, as well as the Government and people of Japan as a close and special partner to our nation.

South Africa’s Travel & Tourism’s growth to outpace the national economy for the next 10 years

Travel & Tourism to create more than 800,000 jobs over the next decade

The coastal town of Hermanus in the Western Cape renowned as the best place for land-based whale watching in the world (photo: TDS)

6 July 2022

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed the South African Travel & Tourism’s GDP will drive the national economic recovery over the next decade. The forecast from WTTC’s Economic Impact Report (EIR) shows the South African Travel & Tourism sector is forecasted to grow at an average rate of 7.6% annually over the next decade, significantly outstripping the 1.8% growth rate of the country’s overall economy.

By 2032, the sector’s contribution to GDP could reach more than ZAR 554.6 billion (7.4% of the total economy), injecting nearly ZAR 287 billion into the national economy.

Opening the Yuendumu Doors

5 July 2022

To connect children to their culture, four decades ago, five Warlpiri elders in Yuendumu, a Central Australian Indigenous community on the edge of the Tanami Desert, watching children struggle to engage with Western schooling, wrapped the school in Warlpiri culture by painting the Yuendumu Doors. The 30 painted doors tell the Warlpiri Dreaming stories, the Aboriginal belief system about the creation of the world. They display the linguistic, moral, ecological and spiritual essence of Warlpiri life. These artworks that encompass thousands of years of Indigenous culture are currently in South Africa as a graphic panel exhibition at the Keyes Art Mile Atrium in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Migration is a Catalyst for Development - Dabiri-Erewa

By Oru Leonard

4 July 2022

Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chair/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), says more African countries joining the Diaspora bandwagon, to establish and properly engage their respective Diasporas will catapult continental development and growth.

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