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Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival 2019 aiming to boost rural economy, cultural tourism and promote unity in a diversity of cultures

26 June 2019

By Stella Sigcau

Ntabankulu which is the Mountainous part of the Mpondo Kingdom surrounded by the mighty Mzimvumbu River will once again become colourful and a centre of attraction during the second weekend (13th -15th) of September 2019 receiving guests from various walks of life attending the famous and historic Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival. Over 20 000 people are expected to attend this event which will be held at Lwandlolubomvu Great Place, Matshona Village, Ntabankulu. September month called Umphanda in the Mpondo language is of significance in the Mpondo history as it was apparently the first month of the New Year in ancient times.


Strengthening collaboration within IORA

24 June 2019

The Republic of South Africa, the current Chair of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), convened the Ninth Bi-annual CSO Meeting on 19 – 20 June in Durban, with the support of the IORA Secretariat. This Meeting brought together 18 IORA Member States, the Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT), and the Chair in Indian Ocean Studies (CIOS) to take stock of IORA’s progress in each Priority Area, identify priorities during the remaining term of the Action Plan 2017-2021, and consider next steps in preparing the new IORA Action Plan post-2021.

Photo:  Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) hosting the Ninth Bi-annual Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. (Katlholo Maifadi/DIRCO)


Canada supports Women’s Voice and Leadership in SA

20 June 2019

The Women’s prison at Constitution Hill in Joburg was the venue at which the Canadian High Commission launched the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project together with Gender Links.

Photo: (l-r) Sumaya Moosa, Writer and Poet, Nsovo Nyeleti Mayimele, Women Deliver Young Leader, Colleen Lowe Morna, CEO Gender Links, Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Cooper, Head of Cooperation, High Commission of Canada and Busisiwe Veronica Mahlangu, Writer and Poet

This project is part of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and supports the capacity and activities of local women’s organisations in developing countries around the world.

Speaking at the launch on 28 May 2019 High Commissioner Sandra McCardell said that Canadians are proud to have a feminist Prime Minister who champions Feminist Foreign and International Assistance policies.



Liberating Language an Expression of Freedom

20 June 2019

Minister Mozammel Huq, Minister of Liberation War Affairs of Bangladesh paid a short fact finding trip to South Africa recently. It was the life and struggle hero and freedom icon Nelson Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa that motivated the minister’s visit. The minister is himself a veteran soldier who fought for the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971.

Photo: (l-r) Mr Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Member of the National Parliament of Bangladesh, High Commissioner Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Minister Mozammel Huq, Minister of Liberation War Affairs of Bangladesh, Anisha Pemjee, The Diplomatic Society, Kirtan Bhana, The Diplomatic Society and Mr Motahar Hossain, Member of the National Parliament of Bangladesh

That conflict is similar to the June 16th uprising in Soweto, South Africa, which rejected the imposition of Afrikaans as a language medium in schools. This uprising is commemorated on June 16th known as Youth Day in South Africa.  


Celebrating Matariki

20 June 2019

Mr Mike Burrell, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa celebrated Matariki among friends at his official residence.

Photo: High Commissioner Mike Burrell, Mr Nzuza, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and members of Ngāti Rānana

"Aotearoa/ New Zealand is a bicultural and increasingly multi-cultural country, built upon a partnership between the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori, and the many different peoples who have come to New Zealand since. South Africa is also a country of many peoples – the Rainbow Nation – and so it is right that we should celebrate that shared diversity through Matariki tonight."


BATIK - Colours of the Island

24 June 2019

The Indonesian Pavilion at the Apparel, Textile and Footwear Exhibition (ATF) 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa was a showcase of the rich colours, patterns and textures of the archipelago.

"Batik has long been recognized by the people of South Africa. We admit that our presence here is still limited, but we do believe that our high-quality fabric and batik products have  great potential to be marketed further. A good synergy between the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town and ITPC Johannesburg should continue to popularize batik in Africa”, said the Indonesian Consul General in Cape Town, Krishna Adi Poetranto, at the opening of ATF.


SARB commemorative coins celebrate Constitution

6 June 2019

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has lauded the South African Constitution for enhancing the country’s basic human rights since 1996.

SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the central bank this year, while considering the most significant way to mark 25 years of democracy, opted to celebrate the Constitution.

He was speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the SA25 commemorative circulation and collectable coins at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

“The enhancement in basic human rights – the rights to housing, health care, basic services such as water and electricity, the rights of workers, the rights of civil organisations, the accountability of the executive to Parliament, the transformation of public finance management, the independence and competence of the judiciary, the independence and mandate of the SARB – all come from the Constitution,” said Kganyago.


Pandor's plan to give SA youth international exposure

7 June 2019

As South Africa marks Youth Month this June, newly-appointed International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor says she will use her appointment to leverage international opportunities for the youth of South Africa.

Photo: Newly appointed Minister Naledi Pandor, Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini of DIRCO. (Photo credit: DIRCO)

“We should use the international opportunity far more than we are doing for young people to enjoy skills training.

“We should have thousands of young South Africans all over the world and I know there are countries that are interested in providing these opportunities but we have not always taken them up on it more robustly,” said the Minister in an interview with SAnews.


SA observes World Oceans Day

9 June 2019

South Africa has joined the global community in celebrating the annual World Oceans Day on Saturday - which raised awareness of the role of the oceans and the importance of conserving and protecting the country’s marine environment.

The day in South Africa also coincided with the declaration of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – which is an important step in the protection of the ocean environment.

(Image: Pixabay)

The network of 20 new MPAs increases the spatial protection of South Africa’s ocean environment from the current 0.4% to 5.4%.


A contradiction of the rise and set of the sun-based Eastern and Western Education experience

By Sibusiso R Bakana

On Tuesday 11th of June 2019, around lunch time in China, we realised that the breakfast news in South Africa was about the amaBhungane writing about a Malawian experience in a Chinese university as an ordeal.

This came to attention and the article went viral as several WeChat messages were popping as an exchange of opinions amongst South African students, some questioning the authenticity of the articles, others in defence of the Chinese educational system. While others are agreeing with the Malawian experience as a similar case. Amidst all the different opinions and while I was following the comments, I opted for writing this short experience that can be an addition to the current discussion between the eastern and western power struggle.

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