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208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico

17 September 2018

Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer of Mexico hosted a celebration to mark the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and to launch the festivities to commemorate the “Silver Anniversary” of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa.

Photo: Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer of Mexico and Ms. Susan Shabangu, Minister of Social Development

Having completed her Masters degree thesis about the nature of the South African state, and the liberation struggle and then to have met Nelson Mandela on his visit to Mexico, Ambassador Fajer said that her posting to South Africa is a dream come true. She is also the first female ambassador to represent Mexico in South Africa and to 11 countries in the Southern African region.


Seychelles: A gateway to East Africa for security and economic interests of India and Sri Lanka


By Srimal Fernando and Siksha Singh

When Danny Faure took over as the President of Seychelles, one of his first visits was to India. For India, Seychelles, though a small island nation, holds significant importance. The reasons for this are manifold, due to its geographical setting it serves as a crucial maritime gateway connecting the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka with East Africa through the Indian Ocean and thereby helps in expanding the diplomatic and security policy of these countries beyond their immediate neighborhood.

During the June visit in 2018 between the two countries in Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Seychelles President Danny Faure signed an agreement to collaborate on a project to develop a naval base at the Assumption Island.


ITU Telecom World 2019 heads to Budapest

18 September 2018
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​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the government of Hungary confirmed the hosting of the next ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Hungary. The announcement followed a high-level meeting during ITU Telecom World 2018 being held 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa between ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao and the Government of Hungary, represented by Péter Sztáray, State Secretary for Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

The leading technology event for governments, corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), ITU Telecom World 2019 will focus on the smart digital innovations that can enhance lives, and the key role that SMEs can play within the information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem.


Morocco: lessons in political will

19 September 2018

By Greg Mills, Director of the Brenthurst Foundation

When Ridley Scott was looking for a location for his 2001 film Black Hawk Down, which depicts the disastrous 1993 US mission to capture a Somali warlord, the original site of the event, Mogadishu, was deemed to be far too dangerous. Instead they shot the film in Morocco, with the Sidi Moussa district of Salé being transformed into the Somali capital, and the 17th century medina of neighbouring Rabat becoming Mogadishu’s ‘Bakara Market’.

Photo: Dilapidated housing in Salé

Today they would have to go elsewhere. Combined with an aggressive industrialisation and job creation strategy, the 2001 launch of Morocco’s slum removal initiative, Program National d’Action pour l’Urbaine Fabric, and the subsequent Villes Sans Bidonvilles programme in 2004 have dramatically changed the face of cities across the country; all underpinned by strong growth in the economy averaging 4.3 percent since 1999.


Celebration of the 27th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine and the 100th anniversary of the revival of Ukrainian statehood

13 September 2018

At the celebraton of Ukraine's Independence, Liubov Abravitova, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine spoke about Ukrainians and how they changed history. These are Oscar-winning animator of the Disney Studio Volodymyr Titla; a talented geneticist who developed the theory of Darwin, Theodosius Dobzhansky; scientist-mathematician, whose developments formed the basis of the world's first computer, Mikhail Kravchuk; the daughter of a Lviv banker who invented the principle of Wi-Fi, Gedi Lamar; North American legendary goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk; Kharkiv resident, who successfully decoded ancient Mayan writing, Yuriy Knorozov.


President Ramaphosa interacts with diplomatic corps

14 September 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa met with members of the diplomatic community accredited to South Africa where he briefed the diplomats about "South Africa's efforts to play an active and constructive role in the pursuit of its foreign policy vision of an "African continent which is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which aspires to a world that is just and equitable."

The meeting took place ahead of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to begin on 18 September 2018.

The President also spoke about some of the priorities and programmes of the South African government, including the upcoming Investment Summit and land redistribution.  


Diplomacy in Defence

18 September 2018

The distinction between conscription and national service was pointed out by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Hon Mapisa-Nqakula when she addressed members of the media at a briefing  ahead of the 10th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) taking place at the Waterkloof Air Base in Tshwane, South Africa.

Photo: Leon Dillman, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Association of SA, Florence Musengi, Chairperson of South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Sam Gulube, Secretary for Defence, Kholisile Khumalo, Youth Development program manager and Kevin Wakeford, Chief Executive Armscor


South Asian and South Pacific Diplomacy: New Zealand’s growing trade ties with India and Sri Lanka

20 September 2018

By Srimal Fernando and Pooja Singh

New Zealand continues to be on India and Sri Lanka’s foreign policy priorities. Perhaps, the most significant foreign policy agenda focusing on South Pacific for India and Sri Lanka will be this geopolitically important region of 17,000 flourishing islands which is dominated by the two large developed nations; Australia and New Zealand playing an important role in APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation).

To strengthen the Indo-Pacific foreign policy, New Zealand is one of the most important bilateral partners for these countries to work around. For New Zealand, India is the tenth largest trading partner and Sri Lanka is the fifth largest buyer of milk powder.


ULEMASA meets with Dirco

14 September 2018

The Union for the Local Employees in Missions Accredited to South Africa (ULEMASA) met with Mr. AJ Laubscher, Director of Immunities and Privileges at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). The aim of the meeting was to seek an introduction to the diplomatic missions as well as to highlight the rights of all workers in the country.

Ulemasa says that Section 23 of the South African Constitution details the rights of employees as well as employers. This section also sets out a number of labour rights, including the right to collective bargaining and to join a trade union.


Increasing tourism between Palestine and South Africa

17 September 2018

South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom together with his Palestinian counterpart, HE Rula Ma’Ayah Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the State of Palestine signed a landmark tourism cooperation agreement between the countries at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.

The cooperation agreement was preceded by a bilateral discussion between the two countries on the occasion of Minister Ma’ Ayah's official visit to South Africa.

“We encourage South Africans to visit Palestine. We know that there are obstacles, but we are confident that just like us [SA], the people of Palestine will find peace soon. We stand in solidarity with the world in finding lasting solutions on the Palestinian question,” said Minister Hanekom in his welcoming remarks to the State of Palestine delegation.




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