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Ambassador of Vietnam presents credentials in Botswana

24 November 2017

H.E Vu Van Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa presented his credentials to H.E. Lieutenant General President Seretse Ian Khama of Botswana on 9 November 2017. He also presented President Khama with a painting by a renowned Vietnamese artist.

On 13 November 2017 Nguyen Minh Son, a Vietnamese artist held an exhibition of his paintings at the Embassy of Vietnam in Pretoria.  He was born in 1971 in Bac Ninh Province a famous cultural province in Vietnam. His childhood memories of pagodas, village temples, old houses, lotus ponds, bales of straw, riding buffalo, playing a flute, having a bath in a lotus pond greatly influenced his paintings.


Dr Laknath Jayasinghe: Strengthening India-Australia trade and diplomacy in higher education

22 November 2017

This month in a conversation with the Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society Srimal Fernando spoke to Dr Laknath  Jayasinghe, Vice-Dean (Research) (pictured) at Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) in India. In addition to his role as Associate Professor in Marketing, Dr Jayasinghe is Associate Director for the Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS) located at the prestigious O. P. Jindal Global University in India.  Previously Dr. Jayasinghe taught at renowned Australian universities such as Monash University and Macquarie University. Australian born Dr. Jayasinghe is passionate about bringing together future leaders of India and Australia--across the political, business, cultural, and policy domains. Laknath gained his PhD in consumer anthropology at the University of Melbourne. His cultural research on Australian families, published in the elite Journal of Consumer Research, was acclaimed by the Marketing Science Institute as one of 16 “must read” scholarly marketing research papers published globally in 2013.


Action packed Wolf Warrior II

20 November 2017

The Embassy of China in South Africa hosted a reception for the screening of the Chinese movie Wolf Warrior II in Pretoria.

Welcoming guests Ambassador Lin Songtian spoke widely about the cooperation and friendship between China and Africa.

Photo: Ambassador Lin Songtian of China welcoming guests to the screening

Wolf Warrior II is a 2017 Chinese action film directed by Wu Jing, who also stars in the lead role. The film also stars Frank Grillo as Big Daddy and Celina Jade as a Chinese doctor trying to find a cure for a deadly disease.

The movie was released in China on 27 July 2017 and is a massive commercial success. It has become the highest-grossing Chinese film ever.


Commemorating the 160th anniversary of Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski

20 November 2017

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria organized a special screening of the Polish – British film “Secret Sharer” directed by Peter Fudakowski to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the birth of the great Polish and British author – meritorious for Polish and European culture – Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski.

Photo: Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to RSA Andrzej Kanthak giving guests an insight into Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski (image by: Lukasz Nowak)

Joseph Conrad, born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924), is  regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. 


Zambia Independence Day

25 October, 2017

Zambia says her democratic credentials have remained admirable since the introduction of multi-party democracy.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambia has successfully held six credible and democratic elections in the last 26 years.

He said this admirable record has made Zambia a flourishing democracy both at regional and continental level.

Mr. Mwamba was speaking during the commemoration of Zambia’s 53rd Independence celebration held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria South Africa attended by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Zoe Kota Fredricks among other dignitaries who included Zambia’s football icon Kalusha Bwalya.


Algeria National Day

1 November 2017

Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria hosted a reception to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution. He said that it was the 63rd anniversary of First November 1954, the day of the launch of the armed struggle of liberation of the Algerian people after 124 years of extreme colonial violence.

Photo: Ambassador Belaid and Deputy Minister Inkosi Patekile Holomisa of Labour of the Republic of South Africa raising a toast

Ambassadir Belaid said that the celebration of the First November Revolution coincided, this year, with the celebration of South Africa of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the icon Oliver Reginald Tambo.

Algeria and the Algerian people associate themselves with this event not only to pay tribute to this great anti apartheid militant and proud and committed panafricanist, he said, they do so also because the late Oliver Tambo had revolutionary and personally, strong ties with Algeria.


Cooking Sri Lankan cuisine

7 November 2017

On 27 October Champa Weerasekara, spouse of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pretoria hosted a cooking demonstration and luncheon at her official residence. Members of the International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) attended the event.

Guests were welcomed by Mrs Weerasekara donned in traditional African dress and by Ms Paula Nkwana, Sri Lankan High Commission, who was wearing a traditional Sri Lankan sari.

Mrs Weerasekara demonstrated the making of 'pol roti', a very Sri Lankan dish. This is coconut roti which is a meal in itself with a pat of butter. The hostess explained that it is mainly eaten for breakfast but can also be eaten for dinner. One can therefore enjoy it as is or add jam for sweetness or add chopped onion and chili to the dough if you want your roti to be spicy.


SA boosts trade with Cuba

7 November 2017

The Havana International Fair will further advance relations between South Africa and Cuba, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Mangwanishe.

Photo: Deputy Minister Magwanishe together with the Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Ms Ileana Nunez officially opening the SA Pavilion Cuba (twitter@the_dti)

The Deputy Minister led a South African business delegation that showcased locally made products and services at the Havana International Fair (FIHAV), which commenced on 30 October.


South Africa and Comoros meeting

6 November 2017

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met with Comoros Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef, at her residence in Pretoria, South Africa.

(Photo: Yandisa Monakali, Dirco)


President Jacob Zuma hosts Madagascar President Rajaonarimampianina

1 November 2017

President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC has met with the President of the Republic of Madagascar, His Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, at his Presidential residence Genadendal in Cape Town.

(Photo: Elmond Jiyane)

See also: Madagascar turns to SA for investment



The Age of China

6 November 2017

The resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) firmly placed its confidence in General Secretary Xi Jinping who was overwhelmingly re-elected during the congress and the CPC Central Committee of seven to usher in a modern epoch of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Ambassador Lin Songtian of China to South Africa (pictured left) was comprehensive in his briefing to academia and media gathered at the Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa on October 31. He shared his experience on attending this Congress, considered to be a historic milestone. He elaborated on the two major judgments of the Congress, namely the evolution of the principal contradiction facing the Chinese society and that China’s socialism has entered a new era.



October 2017 Edition





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