Events in celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial

13 September 2021

In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Independence of Mexico, the Embassy of Mexico in South Africa is hosting a number of events.

Showcasing Mexican gastronomy, avid food lovers can participate in an online cooking class and learn how to prepare Chiles en Nogada with Mexican chef Monsserrat Vassallo.

Take a photo of your creation and enter the photo contest.

New COVID-19 cases on the decline in Africa

World Health Organisation’s Regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

10 September 2021

Africa has recorded a 23% decline in new COVID-19 cases over the past week.

This is the according to the World Health Organisation’s Regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

Moeti said the decline is the highest since the peak of the third wave in July.

She warned, however, that the infectious Delta variant of the virus is slowing down the decline.

Corruption a stumbling block to an improved public service

9 September 2021

Public Service Commissioner Michael Seloane says that corruption still remains “widespread” in the public service.

He was speaking at the release of the commission’s Quarterly Bulletin titled: The Pulse of the Public Service for the first quarter of the financial year.

The commissioner said one of the biggest challenges breeding a culture of corruption in the public service is employees who conduct business with the state.

“South Africa continues to face the challenge of widespread corruption within its public service. Corruption scandals are precipitated by shady, widespread public sector patronage, crony capitalism, abuse of power and abuse of authority, corruption and unprofessional behaviour in government. [P]ublic servants who conduct business with the state…in many instances, service delivery is affected negatively because companies that are appointed to render services are not given on the basis of merit but are given to people that have close proximity to power,” he said.

Collaboration key to African-Caribbean prosperity

Heads of States and Government of the African Union and CARICOM Member States participating in the inaugural Africa-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit exploring opportunities of strengthen the linkages between the people of Africa and the Caribbean regions by addressing integration challenges across continents. (image: Siyabulela Duda)

7 September 2021

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged African and Caribbean states to join hands in solidarity as the regions face common challenges.

He was speaking during a virtual gathering of the inaugural Africa-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit where Heads of State from Caribbean nations and Africa discussed various issues including trade, investment and ways to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Safe and Prosperous Viet Nam

Address by H.E. Mr. Hoang Van Loi, Ambassador of Viet Nam to South Africa on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day of Viet Nam

2 September 2021

On the 2nd day of September every year, Vietnamese people at home and abroad celebrate a day of freedom, liberty and independence, a day of history, remembrance, hope and promise. 76 years ago, on September 2nd 1945, President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, now the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. On this year’s 76th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, I would like to convey my warmest greetings to you and best wishes of health, peace and prosperity.

2021 has been an eventful year. The COVID-19 pandemic still rages on around the world, reversing years and even decades of development, affecting the global economy, international relations and people’s livelihoods. In Viet Nam, as I write these words, thousands upon thousands of health workers, medical students, military servicemen, police officers and volunteers from all over the country are marching to COVID-19 hotspots in Southern provinces, risking their own lives for their fellow countrymen’s. The image speaks to Viet Nam’s national solidarity and strength. And in these unprecedented times, we are grateful for the global community’s support and generous donations of vaccines and medical equipment.

Embracing Greening Initiatives in Arbor Month

Deputy Minister Sotyu and her delegation kicked off Arbor Month with activities at Dumisani Makhaye Village where they planted two Waterberry trees that will not only aid in greening the community but will also help in feeding the community

1 September 2021

The Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Ms Makhotso Sotyu has kicked-off the National Arbor Month campaign with planting of trees in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, where she also announced the City of Cape Town as the winner of the Arbor City Competition in the Metropolitan Municipalities category.

Women political activists in conflict areas must be protected

1 September 2021

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has called for the protection of women in countries affected by conflict. Minister Pandor was speaking during a virtual event themed “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spaces”.

“All women must be protected and should enjoy security from any form of harm. In fact, all political activists should be able to exercise their democratic right to protest and exercise all the civil and political rights we enjoy as South Africa by virtue of our Constitution,” she said.

The event was organised by the International Peace Institute and hosted in partnership with the Kenyan, South African, Swedish and the United States governments.

Collaborative conservation continues between South Africa and Mozambique
 
Elephants captured at Kruger National Park (photo credit: instagram.com/diressh_parbhoo)

31 August 2021

In another victory for cross-border conservation, a series of successful wildlife translocations saw 27 Zebra and 62 blue wildebeest safely making the 1 250 km journey from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique. These new arrivals are welcome additions to the more than 2 300 reintroduced animals that are now thriving under the restoration and management programmes being implemented in Zinave.

Since 2018, more than 700 animals have been translocated under a donation from South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to the Ministry of Land and the Environment in Mozambique, as they work together, supported by Peace Parks Foundation, to restock and rebuild key parks within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.

COVID-19 Cooperation from two Super Powers - China and USA: Lessons for Africa

By Sibusiso R Bakana, Ph.D. Candidate in Beihang University, President of SASCA, and Representative of The Diplomatic Society in China

27 August 2021

It is almost two years now since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Covid-19, when the first cases were reported, and since then the number of people infected with the virus has grown all over the world. As these two superpowers were seen to muddle in a blame game and intensified conspiracy theories directed at each other, more was and still can be done to support developing communities. Politics aside, let scientific evidence be the driver for robust win-win cooperation for a desired shared future in the global community.

Perhaps What the World Needs is a Little “Kamlangjai” (Inspiration of the Heart)

By Dr. Phiset Sa-ardyen*
 
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol and UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas at the vocational training centre inside a prison in Thailand. The prison has recently been expanded and improved to help prepare inmates for life outside prison by equipping them with skills to make a living once they leave. Training and certificates are offered in massage and spa treatments, weaving and textiles, cooking, and in garment production and alterations – trades that enable a viable income. (Photo: tijthailand.org)
 

23 August 2021

In today’s increasingly globalised world where news from every corner is reported at a click, we are often inundated by a myriad of issues facing humanity. At times, the plethora of negative headlines may make one question whether our world is becoming increasingly tumultuous, or are we simply better-informed given the advancement of digital information technology. Nonetheless, the thought of the world never having made it ‘past its past’, with issues like gender-inequality, poverty and sexual abuse constantly reported, easily leaves one feeling disheartened and uninspired.

Women, Culture and Tradition - commemorating Women's Month

19 August 2021

The Diplomatic Society and the South African Princess Network in commemoration of Women’s Month hosted a webinar titled ‘Women, Culture and Tradition - National and Global practices, unpacking Gender Based Violence’.

The webinar was expertly facilitated and guided by Princess Lerato Mabalane with Princess Stella Sigcau welcoming guests and Kirtan Bhana concluding the discussion. And In between was an intriguing, enlightening discussion by the panelists about subjects varying from how traditional, cultural practices affect gender, the role of colonialism in oppression, suppression and violence, the role of legislature, the part played by women in oppression especially as regards cultural practices, the importance of language and communication, entitlement, re-education, the similarities of gender issues experienced all around the globe, and a huge array of other thought-provoking issues.

SADC elects new leadership

Outgoing Chairperson President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique hands over the chairship of SADC to President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi at the 41st Head of States and Government Ordinary Summit in Malawi. (Photo:Kopano Tlape GCIS)

18 August 2021

The 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has elected President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, as Chairperson of SADC, and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo as the incoming Chairperson of SADC.

The Summit also elected President Cyril Ramaphosa as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, and President of the Republic Namibia Dr Hage G. Geingob, as incoming Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

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