Young Africans Leading

Percy Morapedi Koji

6 June 2022

Percy Morapedi Koji, Africa Economic Leadership Council’s (AELC’s) co-founder and vice-president, is an astute South African businessman. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the tourism industry. While his education and professional accolades are quite extensive, Percy has also shown his commitment and passion for uplifting the community and youth. His commitment to this cause speaks for itself as he is also the Founder of an NGO (Friends of Morokweng) who’s focus it is to develop young leaders across society. He has supported over 10 000 school going children since the inception of the NGO. University students have also benefitted through funding and exchange programs around the world.

#OnlyOneEarth#: Global actions on World Environment Day underscore urgent need to protect the planet

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Oru Leonard

5 June 2022

Individuals, communities, civil society, businesses and governments around the world today marked World Environment Day under the theme #OnlyOneEarth, with official celebrations held in Stockholm and host country Sweden announcing a ban on issuing new licenses for the extraction of coal, oil, and natural gas from 1 July this year to protect people and planet.

Beyond Fear – Ebrahim Ebrahim

2 June 2022

A book review by Kirtan Bhana

What lies beyond fear? Ebrahim Ebrahim’s autobiography, Beyond Fear – Reflections of a Freedom Fighter, certainly provides answers. Love is the central emotion of all true revolutionaries; it is a composition of unwavering commitment, resolute loyalty, unflinching courage and determination to triumph. For those South Africans that actively resisted the brutal onslaught of the apartheid crime against humanity and those that succumbed to the cowardly and manipulative actions of the regime, this book will fill many gaps that were lost in the misinformation, disinformation and character assassination campaigns that sought to demoralise the fight for freedom.

Mayor Mpho Phalatse: It's Time to Make Better Choices

3 June 2022

Speaking at the launch of The Brenthurst Foundation's book 'Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa's Future', Joburg Mayor, Mpho Phalatse said it was time to refresh government with better corporate governance and choosing policies that would deal with unemployment, poverty and inequality

So excited to see so many people interested in the future of our country. I am a medical doctor and it was a very difficult decision for me to leave my job and join politics. It was informed by what I saw happening around me and the deficiencies I saw in government being and I decided to jump ship.

Japan Embassy hands over Judo Centre in Alexandra

3 June 2022

On 30 May 2022, Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa handed over the Judo for Hope Centre in Alexandra to Judo South Africa. The Japanese Government funded this project through the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects.

Judo South Africa, in partnership with the International Judo Federation, has organized Judo activities in Alexandra since 2018. These activities led to the establishment of a permanent Judo centre in Alexandra.

South Africa and Uruguay share numerous strategic priorities

1 June 2022

Ambassador Jose Luis Rivas of Uruguay hosted a reception for the Inaugural South African – Uruguay Political Consultation Mechanism. Pictured (l-r) Jose Luis Rivas, Ambassador of Uruguay to SA, Carolina Ache Batlle, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and Ambassador Mzolisa Bona of Dirco (photo:TDS)

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Mr Alvin Botes, and his counterpart, Ms Carolina Ache Batlle, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, co-chaired the inaugural South African – Uruguay Political Consultations on 31 May 2022, in Pretoria. South Africa took note of the impressive achievement of Uruguay in energy security in the last 10 years with 97% of the country’s electricity coming from renewable energy. The Parties agreed to facilitate investment and technical cooperation in renewable energy and the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Women in agriculture symposium at the Embassy of Japan

Ambassador Norio Maruyama of Japan (centre) and Dr Debbie Raphuti (3rd from left) with delegates at the symposium

1 June 2022

At a recent dinner hosted by Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa at his residence in Waterkloof, Pretoria, the value of the culinary arts was experienced.  His chef Jun Suzuki conjured up Japanese style dishes using South African produce and ingredients. The indulgence in eating begins with the farmer. The rearing of livestock, the growing of herbs, spices, grains, fruit and vegetables, the knowledge of the ideal timing of the season to plant and the time to harvest lends to the quality of the end product, as does the processing of the raw produce.

Remember, Unite, Renew

Rwandan community in China commemorates the 28th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, reaffirming commitment to national unity

By Li Xiaoyu

31 May 2022

Rwanda’s Ambassador to China James Kimonyo (middle), African Union’s Permanent Representative in China Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman (left) and UN Resident Coordinator in China Siddharth Chatterjee light candles in memory of the victims during the 28th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda on April 7 in Beijing (Supplied)

Candles are lit in memory of the victims; a minute of silence is observed as a tribute; a survivor testifies; a poem is recited by children who carry hope ... Under the theme “Remember - Unite – Renew,” the 28th annual commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was organized by the Rwandan embassy in China on April 7 in Beijing. The purpose, according to the organizer, is to remind the international community of its duty to remember, and to maintain its unity while renewing its strength to build a better future.

South Africa welcomes humanitarian aid from Qatar

Ambassador of Qatar, Tariq Al-Ansari (centre) pictured with Minister Naledi Pandor and Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as well as the Qatar technical team and Kwazulu-Natal officials (GCIS)

30 May 2022

The South African government has welcomed much-needed humanitarian aid from the State of Qatar, as it is expected to bolster efforts in response to the devastating floods that recently hit KwaZulu-Natal.

The humanitarian aid delivered by the State of Qatar comprised of, among other things, foodstuff, clothing, generators, water purifiers, ventilators, tents and medical supplies.

Addressing a media briefing on interventions and the much-needed humanitarian aid from the State of Qatar following the devastating floods, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said government has prioritised finding shelter for people who have been displaced.

Sri Lankan and Thai Buddhists in South Africa Celebrate Vesak on a Religious Harmony Theme

Seated front row (l-r) Prof. Gamini Gunawardane, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and Paisit Boonparlit, Chargé d’affaires of Thailand

30 May 2022

The staff of the Sri Lanka Mission in Pretoria, South Africa together with Sri Lankans in Johannesburg participated in the 2022 Vesak celebrations, by special invitation of the Thai Buddhist Temple - Johannesburg Meditation Center (JMC) in Midrand, South Africa on May 15, 2022. The theme of the event was 'religious harmony among multiple faiths'. They commemorated the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Lord Buddha who taught the vision of internal reconciliation of being human.

Mabuza pushes for land restitution and transformation

Deputy President David Mabuza addressing delegates at the Communal Land Administration and Tenure Summit. (GCIS/Jairus Mmutle)

27 May 2022

South African Deputy President David Mabuza says the nation is at a watershed moment where the land question must be tackled head-on through all constitutionally compliant instruments in order to effect the necessary changes.

“We are at a crossroads, one possibly leading to anarchy and destruction, and the other, leading to a carefully guided land reform programme that ensures strategic land acquisition, land redistribution, and restitution of land to its rightful owners and those who need it for development,” Mabuza.

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