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Russian heroes honoured

12 October 2017

At a ceremony to hand over names of Russians who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for South Africa, Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhael Ivanovich Petrakov said that he was impressed by Freedom Park. It is here that the lives of people who fought for non racialism, peace and justice are celebrated.

Photo: Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhail Ivanovich Petrakov and Freedom Park CEO Jane Mufamadi

Ambassador Petrakov handed over 67 names which will be inscribed into the Wall of Names at Freedom Park as part of the 120,000 people honoured for their sacrifice.

Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park said that the contributions of Russia assisted South Africa in its liberation and in the emancipation of the African voice.

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Building Bridges between Europe and Asia: Dr Kiril Avramov  

2017-10-12

The New Bulgarian University (NBU) is one of Bulgaria’s top-ranked universities at the heart of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. This month Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society, Srimal Fernando was pleased to interview Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University.

Photo: Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University 

Previously Dr Avramov was the Director of the international consultancy and research institute “Political Capital” in Bulgaria and later at their headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. He was a former Fulbright Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at the University of Austin in Texas (U.S.). Dr Avramov’s main research interests are concentrated in the areas of political elites, political economy, political extremism, electoral systems and political communication. During the interview Dr Avramov shared his insights on a variety of topics.

 

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AU needs active participation to advance Africa

10 October 2017

The African Union (AU) needs solid support from its member states and organs to help the continent achieve political and economic integration.

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Monday said the commitment and enthusiasm shown by members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) was encouraging, and a sure sign that Africa would meet its development targets.

The Minister was addressing the fifth ordinary session of the PAP, which is attended by member states of the AU. The session opened in Midrand, Gauteng, on Monday under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments with the youth’.

 

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Tango Spectacular Rodolfo Mederos Trio in South Africa

10 October 2017

Tango legend Rodolfo Mederos from Argentina will be delighting South African music lovers with his trio this month.

Mederos is a bandoneonist, composer and arranger. As a young man he was captivated by fellow bandoneonist and composer Ástor Piazzolla. He played with Piazzolla for several years before joining the Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra, alongside other young musicians.

In 1976 he put together a new group, Generación Cero, which was part of the modern current of tango, inaugurated in 1970.

The group attracted a cult following and made Mederos a tango icon. From then on his works reached a widespread recognition, and Mederos artistic personality grew and achieved public acclaim, especially abroad.

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South Africa and Turkey commit to grow trade and investment

6 October 2017

South Africa and Turkey have committed to strengthening trade and economic relations to increase two-way bilateral trade and investment.

The commitment was made on the last day of the third session of South Africa-Turkey Joint Economic Commission (JSE) that was addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the Turkish Minister of National Education, Dr Ishmet Yilmaz.

Minister Rob Davies and Turkish Minister of Education Ismet Yilmaz are attending closing session of the SA-Turkey Joint Economic Committee (twitter:@the_dti)

“We have noticed and welcomed the fact that in recent years, Turkey has been reaching out into the African continent. As a country, we are in a situation where we are growing far too slowly. What we need to do as the South Africa economy and also as part of the African continent is to diversify, move up the value-chain and industrialise,” Minister Davies said..

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African Union and Germany agree on further cooperation

Addis Ababa, 5 October 2017

The annual bilateral consultations on the development Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have been successfully concluded. The focus of this year’s agreement is on further cooperation in job creation through enhancement of technical and vocational skills and entrepreneurship, which is in line with the AU theme of the year, “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the youth”.

Concretely Germany committed itself to further support the Skills Initiative for Africa, a funding facility implemented by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for innovative programmes in the area of technical and vocational training. Those eligible for the application of funding via this facility are private companies, technical, vocational, education and training institutions and government institutions in the selected pilot countries namely; South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia, Cameroon and Nigeria.

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Baz-Art graffiti exhibition at the French Residence in Pretoria

On Wednesday 4 October 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, and NGO BAZ-ART hosted an exhibition of 45 graffiti artworks from local and international artists who took part in the International Public Art Festival in Cape Town and the Kaslam Street Art Jam in Soweto recently.

Photo: (l-r) Olivier Laouchez of Trace TV, Ambassador Farnaud and Thabo Molefe aka Tbo Touch

Thanks to exchange of culture and artist talents, guests discovered among many others Sowetan artist Senzart911, Johannesburg artist Mars, and Cape Town illustrator Ruth Frances, showcased alongside the French Clement Mougel, the Australian Cheeky Observer and the Ukranian Ana Kuni.

The Embassy of France in South Africa supports urban culture and art in the framework of our cultural diplomacy policy.

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South Africa and Algeria strengthen foundation for trade links

6 October 2017

South Africa and Algeria are working towards building lasting economic partnerships.

Addressing a business forum that was held in Algiers in the North African country, South Africa’s Ambassador to Algeria, Dennis Dlomo, said the two countries are working methodically to translate political partnerships into tangible actions in various areas of economic cooperation.

Photo: Ambassador Dlomo and the SA business delegation were hosted by Chairman of Sopi Mama, Mr Reda Salem Hechelaf. (twitter:@the_dti)

“Today is a manifestation of aspirations that we have had for a long time. The past three years have seen an increase in visits and engagements by South African business delegations to Algeria.

“This year, we have had several engagements, a sign that all interactions are positive, increasing in frequency and number, and the quality has also improved,” said Dlomo.

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SA welcomes German companies’ continued investment

4 October 2017

South Africa has welcomed the vote of confidence shown by Germany’s continued investment in the South African economy.
Speaking at the German National Day celebrations in Waterkloof, Tshwane, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said South Africa enjoys a robust and growing trade relationship with the European powerhouse.

Photo: SA Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and German Acting Ambassador Bernhard Kampmann (GCIS)

In 2016, Germany moved up to second place as the largest global export market for South African goods and remained South Africa’s second largest import market, cementing Germany’s position as South Africa’s second largest global trading partner overall.

“Clearly we are doing things right, as total merchandised trade between our countries increased by 20.3% last year, with South Africa having managed to narrow its trade deficit with Germany by almost 8%,” Minister Dlodlo told those at the celebrations.

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2nd Free Palestine Boxing Tournament

4 October 2017

The Embassy of the State of Palestine in cooperation with the Ahmed Kathrada foundation, BDS South Africa, the Johannesburg Boxing Organization and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation organized the 2nd Free Palestine Boxing Tournament at Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto on Saturday, 16 September 2017. Various boxing clubs participated in the tournament.  

The tournament took place in Soweto for the second year in a row because Soweto is a symbol of resistance to apartheid and a symbol of inspiration for the Palestinian people to continue their just struggle against the Israeli occupation for freedom and independence.  

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Pass on your indigenous knowledge to the next generation

1 October 2017

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has urged the older generation to pass on their indigenous knowledge to the youth to advance indigenous knowledge systems through technology and innovation.

"Elders have been vanguards of indigenous knowledge but if that knowledge is not transferred to the youth, it is certainly not sustainable and is likely to be lost forever," said Minister Pandor.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of the indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) 2017 IKS Expo that took place at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga. Minister Pandor called on communities to protect and preserve indigenous knowledge.

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