Africa benefits from net positive remittances flows
International remittances has become a major source of foreign currencies for most African countries and have been found to be more stable and dependable than other forms of foreign currency inflows such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Overseas Development Aid (ODA). In 2015, African economies received - both from overseas and Intra-African corridors – officially recorded remittances amounting to US$ 66 billion.
The five top sending countries to Africa are United States (US$ 8,87 billion), Saudi Arabia (US$ 8,36 billion), France (US$ 6,72 billion), United Kingdom (US$ 5,51 billion) and Italy (US$ 3,36 billion).
Intra-Africa Remittances represent 20 percent (US$ 12,8 billion). Cameroon (US$ 2,15 billion), Cote d’Ivoire(US$ 1,66 billion), South Africa(US$ 1,06 billion), Ghana (US$ 1 billion) and Nigeria (US$ 0.9 billion) are also the five top African sending countries to other countries within Africa.
The top ten African remittances receiving countries are Nigeria (US$ 20,66 billion), Egypt (US$ 19,71 billion), Tunisia(US$ 2,35 billion), Algeria (US$ 2,0 billion), Ghana (US$ 2,0 billion), Senegal (US$ 1,61 billion), Kenya (US$ 1,56 billion), Uganda (US$ 1,07 billion), Mali (US$ 0,89 billion) and South Africa (US$ 0,87 billion).
XVI GRULAC Soccer Championship
The 2016 GRULAC Soccer Championship took place at the University of Pretoria LC de Villiers sport terrain on the 20 August 2016.
The Latin American and the Caribbean Countries represent 13% of the Diplomatic Corps in South Africa comprising of 18 Embassies and High Commissions, composed of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Since 2000, GRULAC countries have been organizing the Latin American and the Caribbean Football Championship that aims to promote sports and education among the underprivileged South African primary schools in the Gauteng area and surrounds.
This year several South African primary schools represented the GRULAC countries of Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico and the special guests from Italy, Spain and the junior team of the University of Pretoria.
The event consisted of a one-day nine-a-side under-13 football tournament. The winner of the Cup was Spain, the second place was Venezuela and the third place was Argentina.
Italian exhibition on urban regeneration and design
Within the context of the annual architecture AZA Conference 2016, which will take place from 1-3 September at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, there will be an array of exhibitions hosted in the various venues where the Conference is held. These exhibitions consider new work at various scales from the design of new universities and urban design schemes to small-scale objects.
Photo: Matilde Cassani, Italian Architect
The ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in Pretoria will proudly put on display a panel exhibition on Italian architecture and urban regeneration which will be opened on Thursday 1st September starting from 5.00pm on the First floor in Oppenheimer Life Sciences building, University of the Witwatersrand.
This exhibition offers a sample of Italian urban design rehabilitation projects in progress. Though operating at different levels and scales, they all have in common the theme of the relationship between pre-existing architecture and the urban environment. The different opportunities presented by the projects and the choices made by the architects all share the common goals of urban renewal, architectural quality and professional dignity. Responding to the problems of our contemporary economic climate, and in a context that no longer tolerates costing errors and the wasting of public or private land or resources, a whole generation of architects and urban planners have had to apply a synergy of interdisciplinary methodologies in elaborating their projects. The result of this process has hopefully been ‘beneficial architecture for everybody’, and a better-informed, more civic-minded and more participatory citizenry.
The ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in Pretoria is proud to bring the Italian Architect Matilde Cassani as the keynote speaker who will open the AZA Conference 2016 on September the 1st, at 9:15am with a talk on ‘Architecture as context’.
Vincenzo Schioppa Narrante, 1956-2016 (RIP), Secretary-General of the European University Institute
It is with profound shock and sadness that we must communicate the passing of Vincenzo Schioppa Narrante on the morning of August 24th in the San Leonardo Hospital of Salerno, where he had been treated for the last two weeks after a traffic accident.
Ambassador Schioppa Narrante was a person of profound culture and wide interests. He was an alumnus of the French École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and had a distinguished career in the Italian Foreign Ministry. His last posting was as Ambassador to South Africa. Earlier he served, inter alia, as Ambassador in Libya during the dramatic events of the 2011 revolution and previously as Permanent Representative of Italy to the OECD in Paris.
Vincenzo Schioppa Narrante joined the EUI as Secretary-General on March 2nd 2016. In a very short time he managed to leave a distinctive mark on both the internal and external life of the EUI, initiating a series of initiatives of great importance.
Rev Stofile laid to rest
Pretoria - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to former Sport and Recreation Minister Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, who was laid to rest at a funeral service in his home town of Alice in the Eastern Cape.
Delivering the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral Service, Deputy President Ramaphosa said Reverend Stofile was a rare leader, who was prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.
“He was a revolutionary reverend and a revolutionary politician. He was unwavering in his faith and firm in his political convictions.
“We can say with conviction that Makhenkesi Stofile’s life was not given to regret, for he was an architect of hope and a combatant for social justice,” said the Deputy President.
National Treasury visits Japan
In South Africa, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is dependent on National Treasury (NT), representing the Government of South Africa, to make informed decisions on how best to utilise technical assistance from the Government of Japan by appraising multisectoral project proposals. As greater emphasis is being placed on service delivery at especially municipal level, it’s vital for NT to have a thorough understanding of Public Finance Management (PFM). Hence, JICA is supporting NT in capacitating its own officers to better understand PFM for maximising resources.
Photo: Whilst passing through Tokyo, participants paid a courtesy call to the Embassy of South Africa in Japan. Pictured here are participants with Ambassador Beryl Sisulu and colleagues.
At first, locally, JICA implemented a project with customised training based on an in-depth needs assessment, covering topics such as public sector budgeting, financial statement analysis, policy analysis, and soft skills, followed by a seminar on Japan’s PFM.
Unstoppable Olympians, more harmony less security
As the Olympic flame is passed on from Rio 2016 to Tokyo 2020, it seems that a shift in paradigm has taken place. This celebration of human achievement in which 11 thousand athletes competed in 42 sporting disciplines in over 300 events in 19 days has ushered in a renewed energy and faith.
The sporting talent is obvious only because of the dedication, commitment and perseverance of the athletes. Bureaucrats and administrators also received accolades for creating a platform for athletes to perform at their best, with many setting new personal best and world records.
The emotional investment in the Olympic Games is beyond material measure, gracious yet disappointed in defeat, joy and humility in victory and the euphoric reward in setting a new benchmark.
The personalities and characters on and off the field, the fans and ordinary people able join in and express their feelings as social media platforms are awash with posts make the games a true reflection of human competitiveness.
It is the clearest indication that a realisation that harmony creates greater prosperity is taking hold as the world grows weary of suicide bombers, military drones, laser guided bombs and a convoluted notion of security.
37 SA students receive Chinese Government Scholarships
A sendoff reception was held at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria for the 37 South African students who received Chinese Government Scholarships. Ambassador Tian of China and South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Mduduzi Manana attended the farewell reception.
The Chinese Government offers scholarships for South African students wishing to study at Chinese institutions. The scholarships are awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors), postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies. However, preference is given for postgraduate studies.
The eligible students must have demonstrated interest in China and be committed to the development of South Africa.
The scholarships received were in the fields of science, engineering, administration among others.
56th Independence of the Central African Republic
Speech by H.E. Mr André Nzapayeke, Ambassador of the Central African Republic on the occasion of the celebration of the 56th Independence Anniversary of the Central African Republic
15 August 2016
I am really moved, every year, when I take the floor on this solemn occasion to express the joy that the Central African people feel on the occasion of the celebration of the 56th Independence Anniversary of our country, Central African Republic.
Photo: Ambassador Andre Nzapayeke of the Central African Republic (r) and Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant of Mineral Resources of SA pictured at the national day celebration hosted in Pretoria, South Africa.
Also, I would like first of all to thank you all for responding positively to my invitation and for coming in your numbers to share with the Central African community in South Africa these moments of celebration. I wish everyone a warm welcome to the chancery of the Central African Republic.
CAR, a former French colony once called Oubangui-Chari named after the two rivers that separate us from the DRC in the South and the Chad in the North, gained national sovereignty on 13 August 1960, as part of the political process that led the independence of the Central African State members of the former French Equatorial Africa whose capital was Brazzaville.
Barthélémy BOGANDA, the founding father of the CAR, friend of Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba, then President of the AEF, wanted in 1958 the creation of what he called the United States of Africa that would include, besides the 6 current Member States of CEMAC, the DRC and Angola. The Central African flag remained the symbol of the union of which BOGANDA dreamed, a convinced panafricanist, whose death in March 1959 brought an end to the realization of this ideal.
70th Independence Day of India
Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India. She is pictured with Minister Van Rooyen of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa.
In his address to the nation on the eve of India's 70th Independence Day, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, "It is true, as was pointed out in a famous speech made on this very day 69 years ago by Pandit Nehru that in a nation’s history, moments come when we step out from the old to the new, when the soul of a nation finds utterance. But it is also important to realize that such moments are not strokes of luck that come upon us by surprise. A nation can and must strive to create such a moment. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams. Backed by strong political will, we have to create a future which will economically empower six hundred million youth, build a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India. As we build an Indiaof hundreds of smart cities, towns and villages, we must ensure that they are humane, hi-tech and happy places leading to the creation of a technology-driven but compassionate society. We should promote and reinforce a scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking. We must learn to challenge the status quo and refuse to accept inefficiency and slipshod work. In a competitive environment, a sense of immediacy and some impatience is a necessary virtue."
54th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence
Statement by H.E. Cheryl Spencer, High Commissioner of Jamaica in South Africa
54th Independence Reception
17th August 2016
It is with great pleasure that I extend to you, on behalf of the staff of the High Commission of Jamaica, a very warm welcome to this reception. While our invitation was to celebrate with us Jamaica’s 54th anniversary as an independent nation, we determined that this year we would have a triple celebration in order to bring more awareness to our history and our mettle as a people. Thus we are tonight celebrating:
1. Emancipation Day which we celebrate on 1 August every year
2. Independence Day which we celebrate on 6 August every year
3. Special celebration of Jamaica as a sprinting superpower while the Olympic games are underway in Rio (there, I have said the word “superpower’)
Photo: High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer of Jamaica and Minister Susan Shabangu toasting to Jamaica's Independence. Photo: Shaun Earl Harris, Afrika Moves
Emancipation Day may be less known by non-Jamaicans and others outside of the Caribbean, but it is an integral part of our culture. Emancipation Day marks the end of slavery and our association with a system which existed in the Caribbean throughout the sixteenth century until full emancipation was achieved in 1838.