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India’s Golden Age
India's High Commissioner Jaideep Sarkar addressing guests with Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Mrs Minako Sarkar looking on

19 August 2022

“….the Golden age of Indian sport has just begun!” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Indian Contingent of athletes who had participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. India finished fourth on the medals table. As India concludes its 75th year of Independence from almost 200 years of British colonial rule, it has made remarkable strides and is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Celebrating India’s Independence in Pretoria, High Commissioner Jaideep Sarkar quipped at chief guest South African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, “we promise to share some of the secrets of the IPL and how to defeat England in upcoming test matches if you promise to teach us Rugby!”

SADC elects new leadership at 42nd Ordinary Summit

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in a family photo at SADC’s 42nd Ordinary Summit held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (photo: Elmond Jiyane)

18 August 2022

The 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has elected the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, as chairperson of SADC.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, has been elected as the incoming chairperson of SADC.

A Green and Sustainable Gabon

By Ambassador Andre William Anguile of Gabon to South Africa

Gabon is committed to the preservation of its biodiversity and the struggle against climate change

17 August 2022

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Gabon’s Independence.

Gabon and South Africa have been enjoying excellent and ever increasing relations since Presidents Nelson Mandela and Omar Bongo Ondimba decided to make of this fraternal bilateral link an example for the rest of the continent. Today, South Africa is a reliable partner for the Gabonese Republic, but of course more needs to be accomplished in the near future, most notably in the quest for green energy solutions, climate change, ecotourism and sustainable mining.

Ruto elected Kenya's new President

South Africa’s Message on the Kenyan General Elections held on 9 August 2022

17 August 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa, has conveyed his congratulations to Dr William Samoei Ruto for his victory in the elections of 9 August 2022 to become the next President of Kenya.

These elections marked the third General and the fourth Presidential election held in Kenya since the 2010 constitutional referendum.

Ecuador marks 200 Years of Independence

Minister Blade Nzimande and Ambassador Juan Larrea raising a toast at the celebration

17 August 2022

On August 10th 1809 a rebellion against Spanish rule began in Quito, Ecuador and was the first step towards independence, which only occurred after the Battle of Pichincha on 24 May 1822. Education is one of the key priorities of the government of President Guillermo Lasso of the Republic of Ecuador, and to which he has dedicated great effort since the beginning of his administration in May 2021 when he was elected, said Ambassador Juan Larrea of the Republic of Ecuador to South Africa. He was speaking at the celebration of Ecuador’s Independence in Pretoria on 10 August 2022.

Singapore at 57, A call for more rules based multilateralism

Pictured (l-r) Alex Ho, Director of Enterprise Singapore’s Overseas Centre in Johannesburg, Jennifer Cheng, Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini and High Commissioner Zainal Mantaha

16 August 2022

The city nation of Singapore draws its strength, charm, charisma and inspiration from the diversity of its people. On August 9th Singaporeans celebrated their 57th national day. It marks the establishment of an independent sovereign state as it separated from Malaysia in 1965.

Singapore High Commissioner Zainal Arif Mantaha and spouse Jennifer Cheng hosted a reception to celebrate this special occasion at Baba House at the High Commission in Pretoria, City of Tshwane, South Africa on August 11th, as August 9th is celebrated as Women’s Day in South Africa. Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini of International Relations for South Africa (DIRCO) was chief guest at the event.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Blind to China’s Positive Influence in Africa

African leaders no longer have an appetite for lectures on democratic and human rights ideals that the U.S. itself has consistently failed to live by

By David Monyae

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pays a courtesy call to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during his recent visit. Also pictured is Minister Naledi Pandor (photo: GCIS)

16 August 2022

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the so-called U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa while giving a lecture in Pretoria on August 8. He claimed that the strategy seeks to enhance U.S.-Africa relations through creating open societies, promoting democracy, advancing economic cooperation and fighting climate change.

'Centrality of international diplomacy as an instrument of progress, world peace and mutual prosperity' - Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa with newly accredited Heads of Mission and their partners/colleagues in Pretoria, Tshwane (photo: GCIS)

15 August 2022

On Thursday, 11 August 2022, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received credentials from 14 Heads of Mission to South Africa. He said that South Africa aims to maintain friendly relations with all countries and that he was pleased that all the continents were represented at the ceremony. “We share a belief in the indivisible unity of humankind and in the centrality of international diplomacy as an instrument of progress, world peace and mutual prosperity.”

NiDCOM boss assures Oru Media & Associates of further collaborations

by Oru Leonard

Oru Leonard with Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa

15 August 2022

The The Chairperson/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has lauded the efforts of Oru media and Associates in making sure that the world is aware of the Commission's activities and programmes, assuring the team of continuous collaboration.

Commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of Côte d'Ivoire

Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire Sakaria Koné and Mariam Koné pictured with Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu

12 August 2022

Bringing the people of Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa closer, in less than eight hours, is the introduction of direct flights by Air Côte d'Ivoire between Joburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Abidjan's Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport. Trade between the two countries is on an ascending trajectory, said Ambassador Sakaria Koné of Côte d'Ivoire to South Africa at the celebration of the 62nd Anniversary of Independence of Côte d'Ivoire.

Obasanjo calls for Diaspora Voting

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erew, Chairperson/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) 

11 August 2022

by Oru Leonard

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind diaspora voting in Nigeria, stressing that he sees no reason why the National Assembly cannot amend the relevant laws to make it possible for Nigerians in the Diaspora to Vote.

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