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The Emergence of a Maturing South African Democracy

Pictured planting trees at Liliesleaf are (l-r) Liaqat Azam, Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini Mandela, Sylvester Mashilo, Zuki Mxoli, Ntsiki Sisulu and Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse.

7 December 2021

"Ubuntu is a simple, Big Idea...
Though we differ across cultures and faiths, and
though history has divided rich from poor, free from unfree,
powerful from powerless and race from race,
We are still all branches on the same tree of Humanity" Nelson Mandela
 

Leading like Mandela requires a vison tempered by will and courage to realize that vision. Ma Winnie Madikizela Mandela epitomized that courage and will in the realization of the South Africa that we live in today. She shared the vision of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and was resolute in her determination to overcome the dehumanizing, brutal and cowardly apartheid regime.

How Africa’s Digital Economies Can Deliver Inclusive Development

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African governments and policymakers have a key role to play in facilitating the growth of digital economies through digital governance.

by Gugu Resha, Machel-Mandela Fellow

7 December 2021

For many people across the world, services like e-hailing, online and mobile banking, social media, web streaming, cloud storage and online shopping are now indispensable to daily life. These services have formed the building blocks of the networks of digital products, services, and techniques that we now know as the digital economy.

Imbumba Foundation donates sanitary towels to schools in the Mpondo Kingdom

by HRH Stella Sigcau

3 December 2021

Imbumba Foundation donated sanitary towels to 6 schools in the Mpondo Kingdom. As part of the 16 days of activism programme Princess Stella Sigcau II who is the founder of the Khuthaza Ukufunda Initiative which promotes and encourages the culture of reading at schools, promotes education, creates awareness on GBV at schools and donations of sanitary towels requested Imbumba Foundation through its caring for girls programme to donate sanitary towels to the schools in the Mpondo Kingdom.

Managing an election for 937 million voters

1 December 2021

With gratitude to the icons of freedom and the heroes of democracy, High Commissioner Jaideep Sarkar of India to South Africa opened a discussion on the “Story of World’s Largest Democracy’s Election”. At the hybrid event hosted by the Indian High Commission and the Indian Consulate in Johannesburg, the presentations by Shri Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner of India (ECI) and Shri Umesh Sinha, Secretary General, ECI, would have left many in awe of the extraordinary efforts of the ECI in delivering an election for its 937 million registered voters.

President Rajapaksa welcomes new Heads of Mission

1 December 2021

Heads of Mission for South Africa, Japan and Thailand recently presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The new envoys, Mr Sandile Edwin Schalk, High Commissioner of South Africa; Mr. Hideaki Mizukoshi, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Poj Harnpol, Ambassador of Thailand informed the President that they are committed to developing long-term relations between Sri Lanka and their countries in new spheres.

Max Sisulu receives Hungarian Honour

Ambassador Attila György Horváth of Hungary presenting the Hungarian States Merit Award to Max Sisulu

29 November 2021

Ambassador Attila György Horváth of Hungary to South Africa presented the Hungarian States Merit Award to Max Sisulu. The former speaker of the South African Parliament was the African National Congress (ANC) representative in Budapest during the Liberation war of Freedom from the abhorrent apartheid regime in South Africa.

Sisulu, an activist and struggle veteran, bore the brunt of the brutal regime at the age of 17 when he was arrested and detained. He is the son of Walter Sisulu, an ANC stalwart who was unjustly incarcerated on the notorious Robben Island Prison off the coast of Cape Town with iconic freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg and Andrew Mlangeni amongst others.

The Diplomacy of Korean Culture

25 November 2021

Ancient Korean culture, art and tradition may be the inspiration for its phenomenal development and success after a devastating war over ideology between 1950 and 1953. Efforts to resolve the separation to unite the North and South under one Korean nation are continuing. The Republic of Korea (ROK), South Korea as it is, with Seoul as its capital, is now ranked in the Top 10 most developed countries in the world.

The opening of the 33rd Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) right here in the city of Tshwane in South Africa is a clear indication of the strengthening of relations between the countries. “It is a place of happiness where different cultures can melt into each other,’” said Ambassador Chull-joo Park of Korea in his welcoming address at the opening of the KCC. This Centre is the largest and the most high end facility in Africa, he said. The other two are hosted in Egypt and Nigeria on the continent.

Planting trees to mitigate climate change

24 November 2021

The IFRC Southern Africa Cluster Delegation has officially launched the Pan African Tree Planting #IFRC10Million Initiative in the region. The Tree Planting Initiative aims to contribute to the protection, management, and restoration of forests while at the same time addressing the drivers of food insecurity in southern African Communities.

'We Are One Humanity'

His Beatitude, Theodoros ll, Pope and Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All of Africa welcomed by Mr Antonis Mandritis, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to South Africa

25 November 2021

“It is a great honor to welcome you today, since the Throne of Saint Marcus represents the Orthodox Christian faith in Africa. Furthermore, it is well known that you support every effort to promote the peaceful coexistence of religions and cultures in the Middle East and Africa. Your Beatitude has always been a beacon of reconciliation and peace for the faithful in the Orthodox world and beyond.” It is with these words that Mr Antonis Mandritis, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to South Africa welcomed His Beatitude, Theodoros ll, Pope and Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All of Africa to a luncheon held in his honour in Sandton, Johannesburg. This is the first event hosted by the newly accredited High Commissioner of Cyprus since his arrival in South Africa.

To see Egypt driving Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want is an inspiration to all of us: Dlamini Zuma

25 November 2021

Egypt's Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Ahmed El Fadly, chaired a session during the Egyptian Day component the Intra-African Trade Fair IATF2021 that took place from the 15th to the 21st of this month in Durban, entitled “Egypt’s Role in Achieving Integration in Africa: The Africa We Want”, during which Egypt’s vision of how to achieve integration on the African continent through industry and trade was showcased. That vision put forth how African countries can move from a stage of poverty management to one wealth creation.

Stenin Photo Contest Winners Exhibited

Grand Prix winner - Sebnem Coskun from Turkey titled New danger to life below water: COVID-19 waste

24 November 2021

Every year young photojournalists around the globe have the opportunity to uncover their potential and showcase their skill by entering the Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The Contest was started by Rossiya Segodnya news agency in 2014 in honour of Andrei Stenin, a Russian photographer who was killed covering the civil war in Ukraine.

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