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HE Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli pays a visit to recovering South African Athlete

10 March 2018

On Tuesday, 6 March 2018, news reports emerged of a violent attack on one of South Africa’s budding athletic champions, Mhlengi Gwala. Gwala was attacked by a group of men in the KwaZulu Natal province while training during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Gwala was born in 1991 in the city of Durban. He is a triathlete, who has competed internationally since 2015 and has participated in various events, including:
• The 2015 International Triathlon Union Aquathlon World Championship (Chicago)
• The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (Chicago)
• The 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (Rotterdam)


Five new Social Initiatives for Kazakhstan

13 March 2018

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced on March 5 what he called “Five Social Initiatives,” including tax breaks for low-income workers and greater access to education, that are expected to directly positively impact half of the country’s 18 million people. The other initiatives include increased access to low-cost mortgages and expanded business microloans as well as increased personal access to natural gas.

“I’ve been thinking about this step for a long time, but Kazakhstan had to accumulate strengths and resources. Now, I think the time has come. Time to make efforts to strengthen the social unity of our people and to do this through large-scale projects,” the President said addressing the joint session of Parliament.

The first initiative is a “7-20-25” program to provide low-cost, long-term mortgage loans to working Kazakhs under the following conditions:
- the interest rate on the loan will not exceed 7 percent per year instead of the usual 14-16 percent;
- the maximum down payment will not exceed 20percent of the total loan amount, as opposed to the traditional 30-50 percent required by the second tier banks now;
- loan terms will increase from 10-15 years to 25 years to reduce the amount of each monthly payment.



African Diplomacy finding its place in a Dynamic and Changing World

By Stella Sigcau

9 March 2018

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) hosted a Conference of African Academies, Universities and Research Institutions on 28 February to 1 March 2018.

The primary objective of the Conference was to create a platform for a meaningful engagement amongst the African Diplomatic Academies, Universities and Research Institutions on African Diplomacy.

The conference focused on the following theme, “African Diplomacy: Identity, objectives, realities and futures in a dynamic and changing world”.


South Africa and Seychelles commit to increased cooperation

9 March 2018.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Luwellyn Landers, hosted the Secretary of State and Executive Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, Ambassador Barry Faure, for the second session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Seychelles on 9 March 2018.

The meeting reaffirmed the close friendship and common interests and values that are the foundation of the strong relationship between South Africa and Seychelles.

Noting that 2018 will see the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Seychelles both sides agreed to work together to commemorate this important anniversary and to strengthen ties between our two countries.


Goût de France 

8 March 2018

To launch Good France SA, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, hosted a special event on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at the French Residence in Pretoria.

Photo: (l-r) Sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac, Ambassador Christophe Farnaud and Chef Vincent Lucas (Photo by Alet Pretorius)

The exclusive wine tasting of French and South African wines and culinary experience was presented by the world’s best sommelier (1992), Philippe Faure-Brac and French Michelin-star chef Vincent Lucas.

This event paved the way for the fourth edition of Goût de/Good France that will take place globally between 19 and 25 March 2018, with over 2000 restaurants in 150 countries participating to celebrate French gastronomy and French art de vivre.


SA marks International Women’s Day

8 March 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to use International Women’s Day 2018 to decide what they can do in their personal lives, communities, businesses and organisations to advance all aspects of gender equality.

“We must work together to significantly improve the status of women, especially young women in the economy, ensuring that we achieve gender parity.

“Women must be equally represented in the workplace and must receive equal pay,” President Ramaphosa said on Thursday in his International Women’s Day message.

South Africa has joined the international community in observing the day under the theme #PressforProgress.

Observed annually on March 8 since 1911, it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


DIRCO is the face and mirror of our country

7 March 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to use its diplomatic presence in the world to attract investment and facilitate greater volumes of trade.

President Ramaphosa also underscored the significance of DIRCO “as the face and mirror of our country”.

The President said this on Tuesday when he visited DIRCO head offices at Oliver Tambo House, in Tshwane, accompanied by Director-General Cassius Lubisi.

He was received by DIRCO Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Deputy Ministers Llewellyn Landers and Reginah Mhaule.


Indonesian Authority extends Uninterrupted South African Horticultural Exports

7 March 2018

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, (MP) applied for an extension of the recognition of South Africa’ Food Safety Control Systems on the 27th July 2017 and his counterpart in Indonesia, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Amran Sulaiman; decreed the extension. The initial recognition was granted by the Indonesian Authority on the 11th April 2016 and is due to expire on the 10th April 2018. The Indonesian Authority granted South Africa an additional three-year period on its recognition status. The recognition status will enable South Africa to export horticultural products through Jakarta Port of entry until 11 April 2021.


Indo-Vietnam-US foreign policy agenda: Towards strengthening the ASEAN bloc

By Srimal Fernando, Megha Gupta and Sharon Jose

6 March 2018

The pathway for India’s foreign policy transformation has commenced with Vietnam acting as a key player for India to geopolitically position itself with the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN).

Photo: Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and Indian President Narendra Modi

2018 has been a turning point in the Indo-Vietnam foreign relations with the visit of the Vietnam President, Tran Dai Quang to India. Delivering a lecture at The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi, Vietnam President Quang commented on the bilateral relations between the two countries by stating that India is a traditional and faithful friend of Vietnam.


Chinese Carnival raises R200 000 for wildlife preservation

4 March 2018

On 3-4 March, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, the Chinese community in South Africa, including Taiwan compatriots, and the Chinese businesses and institutions in South Africa jointly held the Chinese Lantern Festival Carnival in China Mall Johannesburg in celebration of the 20th anniversary of China-South Africa diplomatic relations.

Photo:  Robin Xu, owner of China Mall, Ambassador Lin Songtian and Mr. Michael Sun, MMC for Public Safety in the City of Johannesburg

During the two-day event, a large scale charity sale was held to support wildlife protection in South Africa. Over 20,000 people participated in the event, including South African government officials, former government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, South African public, staff members of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg, Chengdu cultural and arts delegations, the Chinese community in South Africa including Taiwan compatriots, Chinese businesses and institutions, and mainstream Chinese and South African press.



March 2018






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