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68th Anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces

By Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa

UNMISS in 2012, PKO at South Sudan. Pictured left is Defense Attaché Colonel Furuki currently at the Embassy of Japan in South Africa

1 July 2022

Today, 1 July, marks the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and the JSDF is celebrating its Memorial Day.

Over the years, through the Japan-U.S. Alliance, the JSDF has contributed to regional and domestic peace, stability, and disaster relief. For the implementation of the Japanese fundamental foreign policy of contributing to world peace and stability, the JSDF has joined the UN Peacekeeping operations as well as disaster relief teams to help countries which are affected by damages from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and typhoons.

On the Right Track

One of Kenya’s first female train drivers benefits from the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway and Chinese know-how

By Li Xiaoyu

1 July 2022

Concilia Owire examines the dashboard under the guidance of her Chinese mentor Yang Ming before the train’s departure in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22, 2021. This photo was the first prize winner of the 2021 ChinaAfrica Video and Photo Competition (LI YAN)

Concilia Owire, 28, grew up in a small village in west Kenya. Weighed down by cultural traditions and financial constraints, girls of her generation have often abandoned their career aspirations. But the opening of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), built with Chinese support, has changed all that.

A Market Awakes a City

1 July 2022

City Rejuvenation is alive and growing in the heart of Pretoria. This year marks 8 years that Market@theSheds, the trendy urban market in the CBD of Pretoria, has been operating. This milestone celebrates the change that Market@theSheds, its founders and ever-growing family of designers, fashionistas, art- and food vendors has brought to the CBD of Pretoria. Their story is nothing short of inspirational - and proof of how collective action and persistence can overcome the obstacles of current city challenges.

AELC Co-founder & Chair travels to Saudi Arabia and South Korea

30 June 2022

Travel and tourism is the beating heart of the post-crisis global economic reconstruction. It is people-to-people exchanges and face-to-face meetings that lead to innovation and enterprise. It is with this knowledge and understanding that Percy Koji, Co-founder and Chair of the Africa Economic Leadership Council (AELC) travelled to Saudi Arabia and South Korea to promote Africa’s vast resources and to realise the continent’s untapped, sustainable potential.

Promoting Collaborative Multilateralism

The 14th BRICS summit, hosted virtually by China, calls for strengthening political mutual trust and security cooperation among developing countries

By Kirtan Bhana

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts the 14th BRICS Summit in Beijing via video link on June 23 (XINHUA)

29 June 2022

The just-concluded 14th BRICS Summit, hosted by China virtually due to the measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19, took place amidst the challenges of global conflicts, discriminatory health policies and sanctimonious sanctions, and called on the developing nations to strengthen political mutual trust and security cooperation, have close communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, and maintain solidarity and harmony.

Post crisis building BRICS

24 June 2022

The 14th BRICS Summit kicked off on 23 June 2022 in Beijing under the theme ‘Fostering high-quality BRICS partnership, introducing a new era of global development’. The online summit was chaired by China’s President Xi Jinping and was attended by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa together represent about 41% of the world’s population, 26% of the planet’s land mass across four of the continents, 25% of GDP and 20% of world trade.

Africa Economic Leadership Council Business Conference and Expo coming to Botswana

23 June 2022

Gaborone - Africa Economic Leadership Council (AELC) is excited to bring to Botswana a 4-day program on entrepreneurship conference and expo from 11th -12th July 2022 at Fairgrounds Holdings, Gaborone and 14th -15th July at Cresta Marang Gardens in Francistown respectively.

This inaugural expo will be under the theme “Economic Transformation and Great Reset: Advancing through economic growth challenges, Gender and Youth inclusivity for a better Africa post Covid-19 era”. AELC is an exclusive platform bringing together entrepreneurs, policy makers, and business communities to form linkages and access market creation across the African continent.

King Sigcau was passionate about socio-economic development

21 June 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the late King of amaMpondo, Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau, as an exemplary traditional leader, who was passionate about developing his area. The President said King Sigcau’s name shines in the pantheon of the traditional leaders of the country who fought gallantly against dispossession and exploitation, and fought for a better life for their people. President Ramaphosa was delivering the eulogy at the funeral service of the late King of amaMpondo at Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape Province.

Ownership and Partnership – AUDA, JICA and TICAD

Jennifer Chiriga, Towela Nyirenda Jere, Toshiyuki Nakamura, Ambassador Norio Maruyama, George Kararach and Ayodele Odusola

22 June 2022

A sense of belonging is the human factor central to advancing Africa’s integration was the consensus reached at the launch of the third edition of the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) Sourcebook, a joint work between the African Union Development Agency - AUDA-NEPAD and Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA. The event held in Johannesburg, South Africa focused on Agenda 2063 for Africa’s development and cooperation with JICA, and looked forward to the 8th Tokyo International Conference for Africa’s Development – TICAD that is set to take place in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia on 27-28 August 2022.

The rising of the Matariki stars

Dr Emma Dunlop-Bennett, High Commissioner of New Zealand

21 June 2022

A beautiful, clear Winter Solstice evening in Pretoria provided the perfect setting to celebrate the rising of the Matariki stars at Aotearoa New Zealand house. Dr Emma Dunlop-Bennett, High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa said that Matariki is a time to reflect, remember, reconnect and renew. It is a time to “come together and reflect on the year that has passed, to celebrate the present, and to plan for the future.”

MOWCA: We are keeping busy and building momentum – says Dr Adalikwu

21 June 2022

by Oru Leonard

The Secretary General, Maritime Organisation of West Africa (MOWCA), Dr Paul Adalikwu has said his team is doing all that is necessary to reposition the Organisation.

In a chat with the editorial team of News Dot Africa, Dr Adalikwu stated, “We are keeping busy here and building momentum. I just presented a paper at an event this morning.

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