President Xi Jinping's address at the Opening Ceremony of the 139th IOC Session

4 February 2022

President Xi extended a warm welcome to IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC members who have gathered in Beijing, the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, during the Spring Festival, and held the 139th IOC Session.

President Xi pointed out that the world today, under the combined impact of changes unseen in a hundred years and a once-in-a-century pandemic, is entering a new period of turbulence and transformation and facing multiple challenges to humanity.

Sri Lanka celebrates National Independence Day amidst economic challenges

By Kelum Bandara

4 February 2022

Sri Lanka celebrates its National Independence Day today (February 4) on a grand scale as usual amidst unprecedented economic challenges confronting the nation.

The Indian Ocean island nation gained Independence from colonial rule on February 4, 1948. Beaten by the pandemic, the country is grappling with the worst ever economic challenges in its post –independence era.

The shortage of foreign exchange has compelled the country to reach out to the regional countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China for credit arrangements even to buy food, fuel and pharmaceuticals.

MAAC Building Bridges of Cooperation

3 February 2022

The Military Attaché and Advisory Corps (MAAC) held their Annual Ball in January 2022 after a two year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Brigadier General Mohamed Harb, Egyptian Defence Attaché and Dean of MAAC said that he was honoured to have SANDF leaders, including the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), General Rudzani Maphwanya, as the guest of honour present at the Ball.

Polish-African Economic Forum

3 February 2022

The Polish-African Economic Forum will be held on March 28, 2022 in Dubai and will be another international event organized as part of the Polish economic program for the EXPO 2020 Dubai World Exhibition. The meeting will serve as a platform to strengthen Polish-African ties in order to build a friendly business environment and deepen understanding between countries. The main goal of the Forum will be to promote mutual economic contacts, to present Polish experiences and potential in the field of exporting products and services, and to ensure the possibility of establishing cooperation with economic partners from African countries.

If you would like to attend the event, please fill out the application form


Watch the documentary 'Expensive Poverty' on why aid fails and what can be done to improve its development purpose and role in Africa.


Celebrating the Year of the Tiger in Singapore

Zainal Arif Mantaha, High Commissioner of Singapore to South Africa pictured at BabaHouse@ZA

1 February 2022

Ushering in the Lunar New Year, guests of High Commissioner Zainal Arif Mantaha were fortunate to experience a slice of Singapore in the middle of Pretoria, South Africa. The Annex building of the Singapore High Commission was transformed into the Baba House in South Africa (BabaHouse@ZA) after it was given the façade of a Peranakan Heritage House.The rains in Pretoria, synonymous with the daily rain phenomenon of Singapore, held off long enough for the duration of the celebrations.

South African Royal Princesses take a stand against GBV

by HRH Stella Sigcau

1 February 2022

As part of the South African Royal Princesses Network (SARPN) national campaign to fight and create awareness and educate on GBV as well as empower women and children, the SARPN will host GBV awareness programmes nationwide. The South African Royal Princesses Network founded by Princess Stella Sigcau II of the Mpondo Kingdom in 2019 is a progressive association of Royal Princesses from various parts of South Africa who are committed to contributing productively to the upliftment of their communities and broader South Africa, playing an active role in rural, youth and cultural development, promotion of unity in a diversity of cultures, in the fight against Gender Based Violence and empowerment of women and children.

Expensive Poverty, Expansive Poverty?

1 February 2022

Africa has turned another corner and all indications are that young Africans are setting and driving the agenda. In his latest book ‘Expensive Poverty’ the prolific African writer Greg Mills exposes the business of Aid and its failure to arrest the poverty pandemic on the continent. In his remarks at the book launch which was appropriately held at the Holocaust Centre in Johannesburg, he thanked Bobi Wine for coining the title “Expensive Poverty’, his term for international aid assistance and grant funding.

Nkosikazi Mhlauli elected Chairperson of NHTKL

27 January 2022

At a special sitting of the of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL) convened in terms of section 33(3) of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act, 2019 (Act No 3 of 2019) read with rule 17 of the Rules and Orders of the NHTKL, unanimously elected Nkosikazi Nomandla Dorothy Mhlauli as its Chairperson. Her election, makes her the 6th elected chairperson since the NHTKL establishment and the first woman elected to lead this important house. The election of Nkosikazi Mhlauli has great significance for the institution of traditional leadership and the broader national goal to ensure the recognition of woman rights in our democratic country.

India Emerges as a Global Actor during the Pandemic Crisis

By Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents his national statement as part of the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

26 January 2022

The world had been witnessing a rapid flux in geo-politics and international relations over the past few years. These trends became much more pronounced in 2020 with the advent of the corona virus. At the beginning of 2021 the world was looking at the coming year with some hope and optimism. However, last year witnessed the eruption of the most devastating Delta variant in March 2021. Today the world is staring at the havoc being perpetrated by the new Omicron variant.

Welcome to South Africa

25 January 2021

Heads of Mission-Designate presented their letters of credence to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 January 2022. They arrive in South Africa at a time when the impact of dealing with the Covid-19 global viral pandemic is being experienced. It is also a time of vibrant and robust discourse of South Africa's young democracy and a crucial moment in the changing dynamic of diplomacy and the geo-politic.

The Heads of Mission-Designate from the following countries will serve at missions in South Africa with the aim of advancing diplomatic relations.

Celebrating Australia and India Day

Pictured (l-r) Chanderdeep Singh Bedi, Captain of the Indian Team, Jaideep Sarkar, High Commissioner of India and David Geyer, acting High Commissioner of Australia

25 January 2022

In commemorating Australia and India's national days on 26 January, celebrations kicked off this week with a friendly cricket match between the two countries. Teams from the Australian and Indian High Commissions took on each other in a limited overs cricket game in Pretoria.

Sport unites all and it was a fitting celebration playing a much loved national sport for both countries.

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