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India's 71st Independence Day

15 August 2017

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation on the eve of India's 71st INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2017

Dear Fellow Citizens engaged in the task of nation building

My greetings to you as we complete 70 years of our Independence

Photo: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi congratulates Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India

Our country will be celebrating its 71st Independence Day tomorrow. On the eve of this anniversary I extend my good wishes to all of you.

On August 15, 1947, we became a free nation. Sovereignty and the responsibility for our destiny moved from the British crown to the people of India. Some have called this process a “transfer of power”.

It was much more than that. It was the culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by our forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation anew.

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Peru National Day

15 August 2017

Ambassador of the Republic of Peru H.E. Mr. Nicolas Roncagliolo and Mrs. Antonieta de Roncagliolo hosted a celebration on the occasion of the 196th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Peru. The occasion was a celebration of Peru's diversity which Ambassador Roncagliolo said he wanted to share with the invited guests.

Speaking about Peru's diversity which gives it strength Ambassador Roncagliolo said, "Our diversity is not only about cultures, it is about people, music, kitchens, products,  dances, even with more than 50 native languages spoken in its territory. The five continents gathered in a single country with all the landscapes and all the people."

Photo: Ambassador Nicolas Roncagliolo with Mr Ebrahim Patel, South African Minister of Economic Development

Guests were taken on a trip through Peru's gastronomy and were entertained by Peruvian dancers and musicians.

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From the Core of the Earth to the Sun

Guayaquil, August 2017

Millán Ludeña is chasing after a new personal challenge that gives him the possibility to register the first sports GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for Ecuador, where he will be exposed to extreme conditions in two points of the planet,  starting from the closest point to the center of the earth in South Africa at the Mponeng gold mine, which goes 3240 meters deep, to the closest to the sun in Ecuador at 6240 meters, at the summit of Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador.

Photo: Chimborazo, a dormant volcano in Ecuador

Ludeña is a passionate Ecuadorian young man from the city of Guayaquil who believes that the size of success depends on the size of the sacrifice, a belief that has made him one of the 14 people in the world who has run the most difficult ultra-marathons in the world: The "Marathon Des Sables" in the Sahara Desert and the "Antarctic Ice Marathon" in Antarctica.

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Independence Day of Bolivia

6 August 2017

Bolivia signed its declaration of independence on August 6, 1825 and marked the first Independence Day for Bolivia.

On Sunday, the Bolivian community celebrated 192 years of independence. The country's signing of the Independence Act in 1825, made Bolivia a sovereign and independent country.

Photo: Susana Caputi, Honorary Consul‎ of the State of Bolivia in Johannesburg, South Africa at the celebration of Bolivia's 192nd Independence Day

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous President calls for unity as Pachamama – Mother Earth’s month begins.

Bolivia has undergone a dramatic restructuring of its socio-political agenda which has improved education and health care and has reduced poverty.

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H.E. Ambassador-Designate Lin Songtian arrives in SA

Speaking to the press upon his arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Ambassador–Designate Lin Songtian said he is back in South Africa, recalling his many visits to the country before.

Having served on the African Continent, as Ambassador to Malawi and Liberia and having visited many African countries, he has considerable experience in China – Africa relations.  

“Since the very first time when I set foot on the African continent in 1999, I have fostered a deep commitment to the cause of China-Africa friendship and cooperation and thereafter forged an unbreakable bond with my African friends,” he said.

Dr. Anil Sooklal, Head of Asia relations at the South African Department of International Relations who met Ambassador-Designate Lin on his arrival, referred to the caliber of the representative from China as an indication of the relations between China and South Africa.

Also present to greet the incoming Ambassador were members of the Chinese community of South Africa.

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UAE Embassy Women's Day initiative

The staff at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa visited the Youth for Survival shelter on Women's Day and donated goods. The donation included 50 buckets of food, toys for the children and toiletries for the ladies.

Youth For Survival is a non-profit organisation (NGO) based in the Marabastad community of Pretoria.  It has helped with community-focused development for widows, abandoned women and rape victims for 20 years.

The Mission delegation was lead by First Secretary, Ms. Fatima Al-Suwaidi.

The Embassy was warmly welcomed by the shelter director Mandisa Moshy Mathe and staff members. A choir, which sang beautifully, was assembled to thank the UAE delegation. One of the songs delivered was a song in IsiZulu called "avulekile amasango" which translates to "the windows of heaven are open." The Centre director explained that the song was chosen to express how the shelter inhabitants felt upon hearing news of the Mission's donation.

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The United Nations stands with South Africa’s women

9 August 2017

Pretoria, South Africa: The United Nations in South Africa extends its warm wishes to the women of South Africa on the commemoration and celebration today of National Women’s Day. This year marks the 61 st anniversary of the Women’s March that took place on 9 August 1956 – a day in which almost 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to present a petition against the carrying of passes to the then Prime Minister J.G. Strijdom.

The famous freedom song: Wathint` abafazi, Strijdom! was sang following the handing over of the petition and this led to the phrase “wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo”  (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock) being adopted by many women, to represent the courage and strength of South African women. That slogan remains relevant in present day South Africa.

While women in South Africa have indeed made great strides in achieving gender equality –South Africa has one of the highest proportions of female parliamentarians in the world – challenges still remain including systemic barriers that hinder women from attaining equality.

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The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole

The story of Diamond Lakes and the legendary Pienaar’s Pothole is what intrigued Dr Navin Naidoo to go into the world of Diamonds and Diamond Mining.

After having practised Medicine for many years, he completed an LLB degree and successfully did his pupillage at the Pretoria Bar in 2003, passing the National Bar Exam later that year. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2003, and began practice as a barrister/advocate that year, in addition to being a doctor.

The company Staten Island Trading Pty Ltd (SIT) was created in 2006 by Dr Naidoo and was created to exercise an option that existed at the time in 3 dormant alluvial diamond mines in the North West Province of South Africa.

The mines had been shut down by the then Department of Minerals and Energy following the change in Legislation of Mining Law in 2004, and although there was huge risk associated with the projects at that time, Dr Naidoo steered Staten Island Trading into acquiring an equity stake in all three mines from the Roux Family.

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Vietnam Cuisine Week

Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam in South Africa hosted the opening of the Vietnam Cuisine Week at Saigon Restaurant in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

The Embassy of Vietnam is hosting the Vietnamese Cuisine week in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Photo: (l-r) Terence Hong - First Secretary - Singapore High Commission, Pinky Jacinto, Chad Jacinto - Consul at Philippines Embassy, Ambassador Suprapto Martosetomo of  Indonesia, Mrs Trinh Minh Hang (spouse of Ambassador Dzung), Ambassador Vu Van Dzung of Vietnam, Ambassdor Pornchai Danvivathana of Thailand and Mrs Danvivathana.

Guests were treated to authentic Vietnamese cuisine in an authentic eastern-style setting. Dishes included dumplings, spring rolls, noodles, Pho and pangasius in lemon butter.

The Vietnam Cuisine week takes place form 3 - 10 August 2017.

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65th National Day of the Arab Republic of Egypt

4 August 2017

H.E. Ambassador Sherif Issa and Madame Dina Zeidan hosted a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Addressing guests Ambassador Sherif Issa said that both Egypt and South Africa share a common commitment towards attaining prosperity, dignity and welfare, not only for their citizens but also for all African people. Accordingly, Egypt perceives its relationship with South Africa as a key element of its African policy, and seeks to reinforce bilateral relations between both countries through joint integrated efforts to benefit the whole African continent.

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Daesh defeated

Daesh, the extremist group that occupied the city of Mosul in Iraq has been defeated, said Ambassador Dr Saad Jawad Kindeel of Iraq to South Africa at a press conference held at the Embassy in Pretoria.

He briefed journalists on the situation after Iraqi ground forces recaptured the city of Mosul and surrounding areas from the extremist group after a 3 year battle. The challenge, he pointed out, is the 4 million internally displaced Iraqis and restoring a sense of normality.

He called for the support of the people of Mosul in their rebuilding efforts. There is need for infrastructure and utility development in the city and surrounding regions. Rehabilitation of the people affected by the extremism will also need urgent attention if a lasting peace and normalisation is to be achieved.

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