Freedom Fighter Kathrada passes on
28 March 2017
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is deeply saddened to announce the passing on of ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada (87) this morning, at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg.
Kathrada passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain.
Neeshan Balton, Executive Director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, confirmed that the anti-apartheid struggle veteran “breathed his last today”.
Photo: Dennis Goldberg, Theophilus Cholo, Ahmed Kathrada and Former French Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier. Photo credit: K Bhana
“This is great loss to the ANC, the broader liberation movement and South Africa as a whole. Internationally, he was staunch in his support for the Palestinian struggle. ‘Kathy’ was an inspiration to millions in different parts of the world,” said Balton.
Kathrada Foundation Chairperson, Derek Hanekom, was overcome with emotion saying he has lost a “revolutionary mentor and dear friend”.
“Comrade Kathy was a gentle, humane and humble soul. He was a determined revolutionary who gave his entire life to the liberation struggle in our country,” he added.
Africanization – beyond decolonization
By Stella Sigcau and Kirtan Bhana
27 March 2017
South Africans are rekindling their love for their land; they are redefining millennia old tradition and culture as it incorporates the modern South African society.
Komjekejeke the land of the Ndebele to the North of Pretoria recently commemorated King Silamba who is regarded as one of the heroic Kings who defied the imposition of colonial policies in the Kingdom whilst fighting for the preservation of the Ndebele way of life, culture and heritage. The event is also aimed at developing the Ndebele culture and traditions and sharing it with the rest of the world.
Reaffirming Africa’s determination to shape its destiny
Port Louis, Mauritius 20 March 2017
African leaders took a bold step towards driving its own integration and development agenda, at the inaugural African Economic Platform (AEP), which is being held from the 20-22 March 2017.
The platform is a response from state and non-state actors to overcome the so-called African paradox, a situation where Africa, a resource rich continent, finds itself at the base of the global development and economic pyramid.
The AEP which will be an annual event, will provide an environment for constructive multi-stakeholder dialogues around common themes for Africa led by Africans and which will ultimately influence continental policy.
While making his welcome address, the Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius noted that the launch of the AEP marked a paradigm shift and the opening of a new chapter in the history of the African Union.
Goût de France
23 March 2017
Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Christophe Farnaud hosted the third annual Goût de France - Good France dinner at the Residence de France in Pretoria in celebration of French gastronomy.
The theme for this year’s dinner was “Making French gastronomy accessible to all” with special guests of honour Wandile Mabaso and Zola Nene.
Photo: Ambassador Christophe Farnaud with guests of honour Zola Nene and Wandile Mabaso (photo credit: Nocebo Bocibo)
Ambassador Farnaud said the event was a great opportunity to share French excellence in gastronomy with South Africans:
“I am delighted to share with our South African friends the French art de vivre and to showcase France as the original culinary destination. France is synonymous with gastronomy and excellence and with a touch of South Africans ingredients it is even better. In 2010, the Gastronomic meal of the French was awarded UNESCO ‘world intangible heritage’ status: more than the way of cooking, this is recognition of the shared meal amongst family and friends. We share with South Africans a common appreciation and enjoyment for good food, good wine and good living. This dinner is the opportunity to experience once more some of the many things that bring our people together.”
49th National Day of Mauritius
15 March 2017
H.E. Mr. P.V. Lutchmun, High Commissioner of Mauritius in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 49th national day of Mauritius. Taking guests on a journey through history to the modern day Mauritius, High Commissioner Lutchman said, "After our independence on 12th March 1968, the political leadership of Mauritius set itself on the path of transforming the island into a global destination for traders, business executives and holiday-makers.
Photo: H.E. Mr. P.V. Lutchmun, High Commissioner of Mauritius and Mr. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister in the Presidency
"A right blend of political stability; appropriate economic and fiscal policies; and a mix of incentives have enabled Mauritius to shift from a mono crop economy to a well-diversified and resilient economy. Tourism, manufacturing industries, ICT, financial services, offshore activities, free-port, an emerging sea food hub and medical tourism serve as crucial pillars to the Mauritian economy.
"Over the last few years, Mauritius has embarked on an ambitious economic reform programme with bold reforms that have made it among the most open competitive and low tax economies in the world. As per our Government Programme 2015 to 2019, Government’s objective is to transform Mauritius into a truly forward looking, environmentally sustainable, economically vibrant and innovative country with modern infrastructure, global connectivity, high skills and technology.
Horst Kriete nominated for the “German Football Ambassador”
17th March 2017
Football and development aid are parts of Horst Kriete’s life for over 35 years now. In 1979 he started his international career in Nigeria and was responsible for the training program of the national football federation. Since then, Mr. Kriete experienced a lot and influenced football in dozens of countries.
Photo: (l-r) Roland Bischof, Christina Phafana (SAFA), Horst Kriete, Klaus D. Streicher (Vertreter der Deutschen Botschaft Pretoria) (Photo: Thomas Klein - GIC Africa)
After three years in Nigeria, Kriete worked in African, Asian and Central American regions. It was always of the highest importance for Mr. Kriete to drive the sporting success as well as the development of the local society. On behalf of FIFA and DFB, he directed training courses for coaches and assisted in different circumstances as a technical advisor.
The Smurfs and the United Nations: Teaming up for a happier, more peaceful and more equitable world
20 March 2017
The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation today, the International Day of Happiness.
The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. A Public Service Announcement video will be used to inspire viewers around the world to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.
Coschem Creativity Award presented to Surinamese diplomat
The Society of Cosmetic Chemists in South Africa, known by the name Coschem, annually honours those students who excel overall or in certain disciplines, with Special Awards (Top Module 1 and 2 students Awards and the Creativity Award). This annual event takes place in close collaboration with the Cosmetic Industry.
Coschem is the professional society for scientists in the Cosmetic Industry in South Africa, based in Johannesburg. The society is affiliated with the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). Its main goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology in the cosmetic and toiletries industry as well as to promote high ethical standards of cosmetic science.
This year’s Prize giving Dinner was held on 08 February 2017.
The Surinamese diplomat, Ms. Stephanie Gompel, is amongst the graduates who successfully completed the 2016 DIPLOMA IN COSMETIC SCIENCE. She was also extremely honoured to be presented with the CREATIVITY AWARD 2016, which is awarded to students for the most creative Module 2 Presentation. This presentation includes, but is not limited to, a clear conception of the subject at hand as well as exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication skills, supported by high quality visual aids, which will therefor result in a presentation of very high standards according to its requirements.
The SADC We Want
19 March 2017
President Jacob Zuma was among the regional leaders who participated in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Mbabane, Swaziland.
The summit was scheduled to discuss the industrialisation report of the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration.
The summit further discussed food security following the Fall Army Worm outbreak currently affecting crop production and food security in the region.
President Zuma participated in the SADC Double Troika Summit, which was convened to receive and discuss a progress report on the implementation of SADC decisions in relation to the political situation in Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Freedom Park pays tribute to Sweden
21 March 2017
Human Rights Day is a significant day to South Africans for remembering not only the 69 people, who were killed during the Sharpeville Massacre, but all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for South Africa’s freedom, says Freedom Park Chief Executive Officer Jane Mufamadi.
Photo: Swedish Ambassador Cecilia Julin laying a wreath at Isivivine, Freedom Park (www.facebook.com/SwedeninSA)
“Our struggle was waged under the four arms, one being international solidarity, and therefore, in honouring those who sacrificed, we also pay tribute to the international communities that made the sacrifices and supported us,” Mufamadi said.
Speaking at a ceremony to memorialize the Swedish International Solidarity to people of South Africa during the liberation struggle, Mufamadi said it is an open secret that the Swedish people contributed greatly for the attainment of freedom and that they also continued to support South Africa even in preparing the country for the first democratic elections.
Marrying of two iconic World Heritage Sites: South Africa’s Robben Island and Mauritius’ Le Morne Cultural Landscape
20 March 2017
Robben Island World Heritage Site (RIWHS) and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, (situated in the Republic of Mauritius), signed a Twinning Agreement at the Atlantic Imbizo, Clock Tower House at the V&A Waterfront. The prestigious event was attended by both South African and Mauritian delegates, where the agreement was sealed by Robben Island Museum’s (RIM) Council Chairperson, Mr. Sibusiso Buthelezi and Mauritius’ Minister of Sports and Culture, Honourable Prithvirajsing Roopun. Through this agreement, RIWHS will be able to solidify its connection to similar sites of social memory on the African continent. Pictured signing the agreement, is Buthelezi (left) and Mr J. Balnock, Chairperson of the Le Morne Board.
It was a celebratory event as guests witnessed this historic moment of two iconic World Heritage Sites joining hands. Both these sites are a symbol of cultural diplomacy.