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Finland at 100

15 December 2017

Ambassador Kari Alanko of Finland hosted a reception to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday.

Photo: Ambassador Alanko (bottom right) pictured with embassy staff ant the national day celebration

Starting out as a poor country, Ambassador Alanko said, Finland is now, according to different indicators, the most stable country on earth; the safest country in the world, and the least amount of organized crime among nations; the third least corrupt country in the world;  number two in terms of social development; the second best country in the world for children and mothers; the best primary education system in the world; number three in terms of equality, amongst many others.


Everyone is getting served!

Born out of writer Mike White’s itch to respond to a number of socio-political events, Beatriz at Dinner is the collaborative effort between writer, White, and Director Miguel Arteta.

The killing of Cecil the lion in 2015 had enraged White so much that he began to imagine the conversation he would have were he faced with someone who told him they were on their way to Africa to hunt an exotic and endangered animal. Setting this imagined conversation against the relatable backdrop of a dinner party provided the perfect frame for White and Arteta to expose and explore the polarities of the current social discourse.


SA Agulhas II sets sail for the 57th Antarctica expedition

15 December 2017

Not long after the SA Agulhas II set off on the International Indian Ocean Expedition, the vessel has once again left the shores of Cape Town and will sail for two weeks on a scientific research expedition to Antarctica.

Will Jelbert from the Department of Environmental Affairs, who is heading the expedition, is leading a team of 10 people with different skill sets on a voyage that will see the vessel replenishing supplies to the SANAE IV, which is one of South Africa’s three research bases in Antarctica.

(Photo credit: GCIS)

Jelbert is also the expedition’s team doctor.


26th Independence Anniversary of Kazakhstan

15 December 2017

21 journalists from 15 countries were invited for an eight day whirlwind tour of three major cities of Kazakhstan, in the heart of Eurasia over eight days. The tour included Astana the new Capital, Almaty – The City of a thousand colours and the old Capital, and Shymkent the Capital of the South Kazakhstan region and the third major city on the tour.

Photo: (l-r) Ambassador Bene M'Poko, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the DRC, Ambassador Talgat Kaliyev of Kazakhstan and Ms. Pamela Tshwete, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa at the celebration of the 26th Independence Anniversary of Kazakhstan

It takes a full day’s travel to get to Astana from South Africa. A direct route from Pretoria is 9.500 km and it is probably the furthest I’ve been away from home. I landed at the Astana Nursultan Nazerbayev International Airport in the early hours of the morning, awakened by the pilot’s announcement of the first winter snow falls in Astana and a temperature of minus five degrees. I looked out of the aeroplane window and saw the snowflakes clearly visible against the darkness of a pre-dawn horizon.


SA eyes World Science Forum

14 December 2017

South Africa has thrown its hat into the ring to host the World Science Forum in 2021.

Initially held only in Hungary, central Europe, this biennial forum decided to increase its global footprint and so is held outside of Hungary every second year.

Hosting of such an international event would further raise the profile of African science and enhance the continent’s science prowess on the global stage, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said.

To initiate the process, the minister said her department would begin talks with the Hungarian Academy of Science and other organisers of the forum.


54th Jamhuri Day Celebrations

15 December 2017

HE Jean N. Kamau, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa, hosted the 54th Jamhuri day Celebrations in Pretoria on 7 December 2017.

The celebrations were graced by Dr. Monde Tom, Director General of Economic Development of the Republic of South Africa. The event was attended by Hon. Minister Mr. Dumisani Christopher Ndlangamandia, Minister of Information Communication and Technology of the Kingdom of Swaziland, South African Government Officials, members of diplomatic corps based in Pretoria, representatives from South African companies doing business in Kenya and Kenyan Diaspora in South Africa.

Photo: Ambassador Jean Kamau and Director General Dr. Monde Tom raising a toast to Kenya - South Africa relations


United Arab Emirates National Day

15 December 2017

The National Day of the United Arab Emirates, Al Yawm Al Watani, is celebrated on 2 December each year. It marks the UAE's Union Day between the seven emirates which was followed by the joining of the seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, in 1972.

A reception to mark the occasion was hosted by HE Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Pretoria, South Africa.

Two lucky winners each won two return airline tickets from Emirates and Etihad.

Photo: Ambassador Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli and SA State Security Minister Bongani Bongo cutting the celebratory cake (Embassy of UAE in Pretoria, SA)


Modest Prosperity

12 December 2017

A book review by K Bhana

A seminar was hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Embassy of the PRC in South Africa to launch the second Volume of the book, The Governance of China which is a collection of speeches, remarks and thoughts of President Xi Jinping on the coming of age of China, once again.

History provides much evidence of China’s splendid ingenuity and a profound understanding of the wonders of nature. Its warriors, inventors, artist and crafters and healers were open to obtaining and sharing knowledge.  They understood that by sharing true knowledge it could be improved and preserved. China’s distinct impact and influence is visible and present the world over. Many nations garnered many skills and expertise, many centuries ago, along the routes to China, as they traded goods and services, exchanged inventive ideas, and invested in the beauty of diversity as they increased the gene pool.



11 December 2017

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev participated in the Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable.

Representatives of more than 100 international companies, financial organizations, embassies, non-governmental organizations and foreign media participated in the forum. The roundtable was devoted to the issues of investing into the country’s economy.


Bilateral maritime Exercise Oxide 2017 in La Reunion

10 December 2017

This year was the fifth edition of the joint bilateral Franco-South-African OXIDE exercise. It was hosted by France in La Réunion Island between the 24th of November and the 9th of December. The exercise is scenario-based and this year’s theme was “fight against narco-trafficking”.

Exercise Oxide is currently the only joint bilateral exercise that South Africa is involved in. The aim of this exercise, made possible through a defense cooperation agreement of 2004, is to reinforce co-operation and to strengthen the interoperability between the French Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean (FAZSOI) and the Joint Operations Division of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF), in order to respond more effectively to regional security issues.


Serbia and South Africa to advance defense cooperation

5 December 2017

South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula visited Belgrade where she met separately with her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin, as well as Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

In the talks, both sides noted a high level of bilateral relations, dating back to the times of anti-colonial struggle and the Non-Aligned Movement, expressing readiness for their further solidification.

Ministers Ivica Dacic of Serbia and Nosivive Mapisa-Nqakula of South Africa

Vulin told Mapisa-Nqakula that the two countries have a lot of opportunities to cooperate in the area of defense. Vulin said South Africa has one of the biggest defense industries in the world and that the cooperation can be expanded in this area so that Serbian products can reach the markets of the African continent.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the meeting confirmed the good cooperation between the two countries despite their distance.



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