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President Ramaphosa congratulates President Xi and President Putin on their re-election

20 March 2018


The President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his warm congratulations to H.E. President Xi Jinping on his re-election as the President of the People’s Republic of China at the 13th National People’s Congress.  President Xi’s re-election is a vote of confidence by the people of China in his sterling leadership as well as his ability to steer China well into the future as a leading country that will positively impact on the global community.

Photo: President Putin congratulates President Xi on his re-election. (twitter:@EmbassyofRussia)

President Ramaphosa said: "South Africa is confident that the strong bilateral relations between our two countries that is built on a historical legacy of friendship and partnership will continue to grow in scope and stature in the coming years."


Young South Africans learn from Japanese businesses

19 March 2018

When considering the infinite development space, skilled youth remains a non-negotiable. With its sole resource being its people, Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with a 20-year footprint on local soil, has a credible appreciation for people, and a noble intention to support South Africa’s human resource development.

Photo: Seated centre is Mr Shigeyuki Hiroki, Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, (on his right) Mr Toshikazu Otani, Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Japan in South Africa (CCIJ) and (on his left) Mr Tomohiro Seki, Chief Representative of the JICA South Africa Office with the returnees

The African Business Education (ABE) Initiative, introduced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013, aims to empower 1,000 African youths through scholarships (master’s degrees) at Japanese universities and internships at Japanese enterprises. The initiative is targeting youth with leadership qualities, aiming to maximise their potential and to enrich them through a cultural journey of note. Returnees are highly employable, with some absorbed by the Japanese private sector.


Celebrating the Life of Ibrahim Mphutlane wa Bofelo

By Kgomotso Kgoale

19 March 2018

Celebrating lives of phenomenal giants while they are still alive is one of Kgwebong Consulting’s essential goals. Joeman Kgomo, Icebound, Percy Maimela and Tipo Tindisa were amongst many poets, musicians, family and friends that participated in celebrating the life of Ibrahim Mphutlane wa Bofelo.

Ibrahim Mphutlane wa Bofelo is an author of six books of poetry, fiction and social commentary as well as literary criticism essays. He was Secretary and Deputy President of the Muslim Youth Movement. He had performed at several international platforms in Iran, Reunion Island and at the Brics Literary Forum 2017 in Zhuhai in the People’s Republic of China to which he was invited by Professor Hui Jiang. He had been an activist of many youth movements in his life.


Barbara Lindop receives the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

14 March 2018

On Monday 12 March 2018, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception at the French Residence in Pretoria in honour of Barbara Lindop, who will receive the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters).

Photo: Ambassador of France to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, with Barbara Lindop

Art consultant Barbara Lindop is best known as artist Gerard Sekoto's greatest international specialist. South African artist Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993) spent 40 years in France in voluntary exile from Apartheid. He was a painter, self-taught pianist, musician and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconic South African artists. Barbara Lindop, a great friend of Sekoto, has written several books about the painter, organised numerous exhibitions and contributed to his worldwide fame.


HE Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli pays a visit to recovering South African Athlete

10 March 2018

On Tuesday, 6 March 2018, news reports emerged of a violent attack on one of South Africa’s budding athletic champions, Mhlengi Gwala. Gwala was attacked by a group of men in the KwaZulu Natal province while training during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Gwala was born in 1991 in the city of Durban. He is a triathlete, who has competed internationally since 2015 and has participated in various events, including:
• The 2015 International Triathlon Union Aquathlon World Championship (Chicago)
• The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (Chicago)
• The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (Rotterdam)


Five new Social Initiatives for Kazakhstan

13 March 2018

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced on March 5 what he called “Five Social Initiatives,” including tax breaks for low-income workers and greater access to education, that are expected to directly positively impact half of the country’s 18 million people. The other initiatives include increased access to low-cost mortgages and expanded business microloans as well as increased personal access to natural gas.

“I’ve been thinking about this step for a long time, but Kazakhstan had to accumulate strengths and resources. Now, I think the time has come. Time to make efforts to strengthen the social unity of our people and to do this through large-scale projects,” the President said addressing the joint session of Parliament.

The first initiative is a “7-20-25” program to provide low-cost, long-term mortgage loans to working Kazakhs under the following conditions:
- the interest rate on the loan will not exceed 7 percent per year instead of the usual 14-16 percent;
- the maximum down payment will not exceed 20percent of the total loan amount, as opposed to the traditional 30-50 percent required by the second tier banks now;
- loan terms will increase from 10-15 years to 25 years to reduce the amount of each monthly payment.



African Diplomacy finding its place in a Dynamic and Changing World

By Stella Sigcau

9 March 2018

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) hosted a Conference of African Academies, Universities and Research Institutions on 28 February to 1 March 2018.

The primary objective of the Conference was to create a platform for a meaningful engagement amongst the African Diplomatic Academies, Universities and Research Institutions on African Diplomacy.

The conference focused on the following theme, “African Diplomacy: Identity, objectives, realities and futures in a dynamic and changing world”.


South Africa and Seychelles commit to increased cooperation

9 March 2018.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Luwellyn Landers, hosted the Secretary of State and Executive Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, Ambassador Barry Faure, for the second session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Seychelles on 9 March 2018.

The meeting reaffirmed the close friendship and common interests and values that are the foundation of the strong relationship between South Africa and Seychelles.

Noting that 2018 will see the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Seychelles both sides agreed to work together to commemorate this important anniversary and to strengthen ties between our two countries.


Goût de France 

8 March 2018

To launch Good France SA, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, hosted a special event on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at the French Residence in Pretoria.

Photo: (l-r) Sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac, Ambassador Christophe Farnaud and Chef Vincent Lucas (Photo by Alet Pretorius)

The exclusive wine tasting of French and South African wines and culinary experience was presented by the world’s best sommelier (1992), Philippe Faure-Brac and French Michelin-star chef Vincent Lucas.

This event paved the way for the fourth edition of Goût de/Good France that will take place globally between 19 and 25 March 2018, with over 2000 restaurants in 150 countries participating to celebrate French gastronomy and French art de vivre.


SA marks International Women’s Day

8 March 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to use International Women’s Day 2018 to decide what they can do in their personal lives, communities, businesses and organisations to advance all aspects of gender equality.

“We must work together to significantly improve the status of women, especially young women in the economy, ensuring that we achieve gender parity.

“Women must be equally represented in the workplace and must receive equal pay,” President Ramaphosa said on Thursday in his International Women’s Day message.

South Africa has joined the international community in observing the day under the theme #PressforProgress.

Observed annually on March 8 since 1911, it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.



March 2018






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