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IDSA Organizes Successful Charity Bazaar

22 May 2017

The International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) organized a successful Charity Bazaar and Family Fun Day at the St. Mary’s DSG in Pretoria on 20 May 2017.

The Chair of the Bazaar Committee was Shanti Roseval, the Spouse of the Ambassador of Suriname and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Photo: Shanti Roseval and MC of the event, Mr Adam McCarthy, High Commissioner of Australia

About sixty countries, together with vendors and charities participated in the Bazaar and traditional foods, snacks, crafts, jewelry, textile and other typical products of the different countries were on offer.

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Paint the World

21 May 2017

Ms Lika Torikashvili, a Georgian teenager and five of her friends took some balloons and a guitar to a hospital in Tbilisi to cheer up patients with colour and music. This small but powerful and beautiful gesture inspired a global movement. ‘Paint the World’ is a cross cultural community across religions, race and gender which invites mutual support, solidarity and seeks to brighten the lives of people the world over through entertaining activities, music, art and dance.

Paint the world is gathering momentum having found associations in Europe, Asia and now in Swaziland, Africa. Ambassador Beka Dvali, Georgia’s Ambassador to South Africa hosted Paint The World founder Ms Lika Torikashvili and her Malaysian collaborator Ms. Aziza Aznizan at his residence in Pretoria to share information.

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Dato Badruddin AB Rahman was also present at the event to lend support to a unique project which was started by 14 year old Lika, a Jewish girl from a middle class family from Tbilisi, the Georgian capital.

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SKA SA bags yet another milestone

17 May 2017

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA team has presented the first Array Release (AR) 1.5 images taken with MeerKAT 32, to Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Minister Pandor on Tuesday toured an exhibition at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town, where SKA SA joined other exhibitors for a showcase. The Minister visited the exhibition prior to delivering her department’s 2017 Budget Vote Speech in Parliament.

Photo: Minister Pandor talks to Grassroots Innovators at the exhibition (@ScienceForumSA)

During the Minister's visit to the exhibition, SKA SA Chief Scientist Dr Fernando Camilo and SKA SA Head of Science Commissioning Dr Sharmila Goedhart released to the Minister the recent AR1.5 results, images achieved by using various configurations of the 32 antennas currently operational in the Karoo, where the SKA is situated.

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Ambassador Christophe Farnaud awards Alan Mabin

On Monday 15 May 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honor of Professor Alan Mabin to award him with the National Order of Merit (Ordre National du Mérite), rank of Knight (Chevalier).

Photo: Ambassador of France to South Africa Christophe Farnaud with Professor Alan Mabin, his wife Cynthia Kros and their children.

Professor Mabin is an Emeritus Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand. For over thirty years, he has been a key figure in the fields of urbanism, development and town planning. He is the co-founder of Planact, in 1985, a NGO working with townships’ communities and has been involved, as a consultant and board member, in town planning in several municipalities.

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South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations

16 May 2017

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted the Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, in Pretoria on Monday, 15 May 2017.

South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations at the bilateral and multilateral levels. At the bilateral level, the strategic partnership between the two countries finds expression in a Joint Ministerial Commission and, at the interregional level, it finds its expression in the form of IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

Photo: SA Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meeting with her Brazilian counterpart, His Excellency Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. Jacoline Schoonees

The visit is a reaffirmation of the strong bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries.

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South Africa and Tanzania to work on Intra-Africa trade

12 May 2017

There is a need for South Africa and Tanzania to work together in establishing linkages that will allow effective and efficient intra-Africa trade, says President Jacob Zuma.
“In fact, our visit to Tanzania seeks to actualise the same sentiments that the two countries should work together more than ever.

Photo: President Zuma beating the traditional drum as President Magafuli looks on. Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

“Similarly, as we fought the scourge of apartheid, with the same resolve South Africa and Tanzania should use their national resources strategically to combat the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that are facing our people.

“We must utilise the Binational Commission (BNC) mechanism to consolidate and deepen our bilateral relations,” the President said.

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Kwibuka23: remember-unite-renew

11 May 2017

The High Commission of Rwanda in Pretoria in partnership with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre hosted a commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide targeting the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The programme included remarks by High Commissioner Vincent Karega of Rwanda, Tali Nates, Director of the JHGC, as well as survivor testimonies and lighting of candles.

Photo: High Commissioner Vincent Karega and Mr Jock Boyer

High Commissioner Karega's speech focused on remembering for never again, not retaliation, and for also valuing progress in unity and reconciliation and socio economic transformation in Rwanda.

A strong call was made to Rwandans to better understand the importance of unity and resilience with patriotism to sustain the positive trends.

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Public meeting with Palestinian and Israeli activists

15 May 2017
 
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will host Palestinian scholar Dr Adam Hanieh and activist Tali Shapiro on Monday the 22nd May (18h:30 at Constitution Hill, Women’s Jail/ Atrium). This public meeting will highlight issues of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle today including the plight of 1 600 political prisoners on hunger strike.

The prisoners are demanding basic rights such as proper medical care, an end to solitary confinement and ‘administrative detention’ - imprisonment without charge or trial, and an end to the denial of family visits.

Close to a month into their hunger strike the prisoners are facing severe health problems and harsh repression. The latter includes repeated and abusive transfers to other cells and prisons, solitary confinement and isolation, denial of access to appropriate water, confiscation of salt, frequent night-time raids involving confiscation of personal belongings including clothing and blankets and denial of legal and family visits.

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Shift from charity to sustainability - UNICEF

10 May 2017

Priyanka Chopra Global Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and famed film actor visited Zimbabwe and South Africa recently.

Using her megastar platform Chopra visited Childline Zimbabwe which provides a 24 hour free, multilingual service to children 18 and under.

Photo: Priyanka Chopra with Herve Ludovic De Lys, Unicef Representative in South Africa. (image: Jayde Bhana)

It’s the stories of the children that must be told and heard said Chopra, recounting her conversation with children who have been abused.

Her stardom serves as inspiration and motivation for children to believe in themselves and also assures them that there are people who care and will support them.

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King’s Day at the Netherlands Embassy

On 22 April, five days before King Willem-Alexander’s fiftieth birthday, the grounds of the Netherlands Embassy turned bright orange. Some 1000 guests, both Dutch and non-Dutch, were dressed in the Netherlands’ national colour for the day to join the festivities in honour of the King’s birthday on 27 April.

Photo: Ambassador Marisa Gerards shows Minister Lindiwe Zulu around the Embassy grounds

Instead of celebrating a national holiday to commemorate a historical event, such as Independence Day in the United States, France’s Quatorze Juillet or South Africa’s Freedom Day, the quintessential Dutch national holiday is Koningsdag, King’s Day (or Koninginnedag should we have a queen). On this day, the Netherlands throw a nationwide party for the birthday of the reigning monarch. How did this come to be and what are our most well-known traditions?

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Yom Ha'atzmaut 2017

4 MAY 2017

Remarks by Ambassador Arthur Lenk of Israel in South Africa

Please join me in thanking the beautiful choir from the King David Linksfield Primary School. These children who sang our two anthems so beautifully are a wonderful human bridge and personify the deep connection between Israel and South Africa. It is exactly right that we continue our tradition, with you here with us again this afternoon.

This is the fourth Yom Ha’atzmaut that Ruth and I have been so fortunate to celebrate here in South Africa. We are starting to get ready to return home to Israel towards the end of July. So please forgive me if I get just a bit nostalgic in my comments today. We have been so lucky to be here with so many wonderful colleagues at the Israel Embassy, a small dedicated team that is so focused on telling Israel’s story here in South Africa.We have worked together sharing Israel’s experience in water management and innovation. You might remember that last year we did not host a national day reception, instead hosting a “Israel Water Week”, events in three cities meant to share how Israel defeated drought and how South Africa can, too. The events were part of an agreed work agenda signed by Directors General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and South Africa’s DIRCO in March 2016.

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