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Clairwood Secondary School makes history

6 December 2019

Clairwood Secondary School has been very fortunate in that it received a tremendous boost in its recent relationship with the Chinese Government through the perseverance and ongoing liaisons of Mr. Y Naidoo the principal, Mr Lin Songtian, Ambassador of China to South Africa and Professor Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General for Asia and Middle East at the Department of International relations and Cooperation.

Photo: Mr Yugan Naidoo (Principal) and Mr Frank Lin WU, Co – Dean, Confucius Institute Durban University of Technology Signing of Memorandum of understanding (l-r) Mr R G Moodley - Deputy Principal, Mr A Maharaj – Deputy Principal, Professor A Sooklal – Deputy Director General Asia and Middle East Dirco,  Mr Lin Songtian, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa, Mr D N Mthetwa – Chief Education Specialist Umlazi District, Mr Fei Mingxing – Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Durban, Mr S Naicker – Superintendent of Education Management Umlazi District, and Mr T Pillay – Representive Directors Office Umlazi District


Chancellor of Germany visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp

On Friday, 6 December, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will pay a historic visit to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It will be Angela Merkel’s first visit to the Memorial Site after her 14 years in office and the third visit of an incumbent head of government. German chancellor will be accompanied by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The visit will mark the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, established in 2009 to take care of the Memorial Site, that is the area and the remains of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, currently under the care of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim.

The German concentration camp Auschwitz set up in 1940 was intended for Polish political prisoners. Over time, along with the Auschwitz II – Birkenau which was built later and included into the facility, the camp became one of the main sites of extermination of European Jews and a symbol of Holocaust. Inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp, Germans murdered around one million Jews. Largest groups of victims also included Poles, Sinti and Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war.


Riedel wine glasses, Schlumberger and Cape Wines

On November 19 Dr Johann Brieger, Ambassador of Austria and Roswitha Brieger hosted a wine tasting and food pairing event to showcase Austrian heritage. Schlumberger, the world renowned Austrian sparkling wine was served as a welcome drink.

It is produced from carefully selected Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grapes and hand riddled as the production follows a traditional method and is left to rest on the lees for 18 months. The food pairings were delectably put together by Chef Leanne Roberts to delicately enhance each of the wines served from Constantia Glen. The farm is owned by Horst Prader of Austria.

Their flagship wine ‘Constantia Glen Five’ was recently voted best red blend at the IWSC in London.


The innovative modernization of Kazakhstan

3 December 2019

The course towards the innovative modernization of Kazakhstan and the noble initiatives of the country’s leadership in world politics aimed at ensuring global and regional security and stability were highlighted at a reception to celebrate two significant holidays of Kazakhstan – the Day of the First President and the 28th Anniversary of Independence.

Pictured cutting the celebratory cake are (l-r) Mr Kanat Tumysh, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Mr Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, Ambassador of Philippines and Dean of the Asian Group, Mr Bene M’Poko, Ambassador of the DRC and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and  Dr Monde Tom, Director-General of the Department of Trade and Investment of South Africa

In his welcoming address Mr Kanat Tumysh, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to South Africa noted: “Today's successes in Kazakhstan have been achieved thanks to H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, our First and Founding President, who has transformed our country into a stable and reputable state with a growing economy.


Rest in peace

2 December 2019

Mr. Radhi-Sghaiar Bachir, Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic to SA passed away following a short illness on 27 November 2019 whilst in hospital in Spain. A memorial service was held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation where friends and colleagues paid tribute to Ambassador Bachir. Delivering her eulogy Minister Naledi Pandor noted that Ambassador Bachir actively engaged with all political parties, civil society, academia and friends of Western Sahara in his attempt to bring about the total emancipation of the people of Western Sahara and he will sorely be missed.


Solidarity with the Palestine

28 November 2019

This year marks 42 years since the United Nations (UN) General Assembly established the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The commemoration of this day seeks to galvanise global action towards ending the occupation of Palestine.

Photo: (L-R) Ms Patricia de Lille, SA Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Mr Hashem Dajani, Ambassador of Palestine and Ms Zhuldyz Akisheva, Acting UN Resident Coordinator (UNIC)

The Embassy of the State of Palestine in South Africa commemorated this United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) with friends of Palestine.


Hard Hitting Message Movies at European Film Festival

2 December 2019

It’s the last week of the European Film Festival with issue-driven possible Oscar contending films from France, (Les Misérables), Italy, (Vice of Hope),  Ireland (Rosie) and the latest Spanish film from Pedro Almodóvar, Pain and Glory with the luminous Penelope Cruz and the glorious Antonio Banderas at their best. From Gavin Hood’s Official Secret, and the brilliant Swedish documentary Push, it’s a rich offering.









Lesotho at the crossroads: New engines are needed to drive growth

By Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Emily van der Merwe and Greg Mills•

26 November 2019

Lesotho is a garment manufacturing hub in southern Africa, and has attracted manufacturing firms from SA on account of cheaper labour and a more business-friendly environment. However, the textile business is tough, and its competitive advantages are fragile. One firm shows the imperative for finding an alternative growth path. The question is, will Lesotho follow?

Times are tough in Lesotho. Austerity measures are in place as economic growth remains stuck at 1.4%, while the population has increased by one-quarter this century to more than 2.2 million. “We ideally need 10% economic growth,” says Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro. “Five percent will only just be enough.” The kingdom’s challenges have been complicated by low growth in South Africa, notes the minister, who previously served as a southern African representative at the International Monetary Fund.

The question is: What are the likely sources of Lesotho’s growth imperative?


South China Sea Dialogue 2019

November 29th, India International Centre, New Delhi

Centre for Security Studies, O P Jindal Global University organized an international conference on the topic ‘The South China Sea: Current Challenges and Future Perspective’ at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. During the conference presentations were made by 14 eminent scholars from different think tanks and universities of India and attended by more than 50 scholars, academics, media persons, and students.

While giving the introductory remarks Dr. Pankaj Jha, coordinator of the conference and Centre for Security Studies said that the purpose is to highlight the evolving dynamics in the South China / East Vietnam sea, and how it would have an impact on great power politics as well as the faith on the international maritime order. He clearly said that the time has come for the international community to take note of the developments in SCS and work out a feasible solution protecting interest of smaller nations.


From Marabastad to Mogadishu - The Journey of an ANC Soldier

2 December 2019

The Pretoria book launch is taking place on Sunday 8 December at the Al Ghazali Hall, 421 Van Leenhof Street, Erasmia, Pretoria, from 14:30. Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan will give the keynote address.

Hassen Ebrahim

After working closely with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in shaping and writing his memoir, author Hassen Ebrahim and Jacana Media are proud to publish this important record of a life that was spent in service to South Africa.

Writes Mac Maharaj in his foreword in the book: “Hassen Ebrahim is one of those many seldom heard of foot soldiers of the 1976 generation who joined the underground and was linked to the ANC structures operating from Botswana. He has been at the
coalface of so many facets of South Africa’s march to freedom.

He was there during the times when involvement in the struggle against apartheid carried the risk of death; he was involved in our negotiated transition to democracy; he was the chief executive of the elected Constitutional Assembly which wrote and adopted our Constitution; thereafter and until 2007 he served in the Department of Justice.”


Ecuadorian gastronomy and culture

2 December 2019

Ecuador is known for its beautiful tapestry and hand woven designs. It is a country filled with artists of every genre and food that makes foodies want to stay just a bit longer.

When traveling to Ecuador, one can visit different regions that will offer one different types of cuisine as well as culture. It is a country filled with variety and each region is proud of its own creations. Ecuador is known for their variety of soups and each region will feed you. Some of the most famous dishes that Ecuador could offer you are its many arrays of soups, of which Ecuadorians are very proud. Some soups like Chupe de pescado, Locro, Sopa de bolas de verde and Yaguarlocro are well-known around the country.


King’s passing a reminder to use time wisely

29 November 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the passing of His Majesty King Zwelonke Siqcawu is a reminder to people to use time wisely in performing good deeds and being of service to others.

“His Majesty’s passing is a reminder of the shortness of our life on this earth,” President Ramaphosa said.

Speaking at the funeral service of the late AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Siqcawu, held in Willovale, Ngadu, in the Eastern Cape, President Ramaphosa said as a nation, the country has lost a leader who was a pillar of the community and a solid partner of government.

“We are saddened, but we know that no matter how much we wish to, we cannot hold back the hand of fate. It was His Majesty’s time to leave us,” President Ramaphosa said.

He said the late King has left behind a legacy of visionary leadership that lives on.

“He may have passed on to the next life, but the example he set on the meaning of leadership, on advancing social cohesion, and on service to one’s fellow man and women, will be imparted beyond his brief time on earth,” he said.

President Ramaphosa described the late King as a leader whose impact and influence extended beyond the country’s borders.


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