Qatar Congratulates South Africa on Human Rights Day

by Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of South Africa
Ambassador Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari of Qatar (left) with Minister Naledi Pandor (right) on a visit to Makupula Secondary School in Stellenbosch, Western Cape as part of Dirco's “Back to School” campaign on 5 March 2021. (Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO)

23 March 2021

By all means, the Human Rights Day in the friendly Republic of South Africa that is annually observed on 21 March is cherished with fond memories by all citizens of the Republic of South Africa, as well as all peace-loving people in the world who wanted humankind to live in dignity and freedom, safe from all kinds of injustice, abuse and oppression. Undoubtedly, human rights issues became global in scope, indeed. The famously Sharpeville massacre where 69 were killed during the protest against the rule of Apartheid, triggered the UN General Assembly to decide on a global motion in 1966 by adopting International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as an international day with significant connotations.

The Per Anger Prize awarded to human rights defender for South Africa’s shack settlements
Sibusiso (S'bu) Innocent Zikode (Photo: Michael Webb)

25 March 2021

Human rights activist S’bu Innocent Zikode has been awarded the Per Anger Prize for 2021. His work centres on the right to home, land, and survival for the most impoverished inhabitants of the country’s shack settlements. The prize from the Swedish Government will be awarded by The Living History Forum on 21 April 2021.

This year’s Per Anger Prize winner Sibusiso (S'bu) Innocent Zikode works for the rights of the poor in South Africa, one of the world’s most unequal countries. He fights for the right to home and land for society’s most marginalised members, highlighting the difficult living conditions for shack dwellers.

Japan hands over water training centre
Ambassador Norio Maruyama and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the handover ceremony (Photo: DWS)

24 March 2021

On 22 March, in celebration of World Water Day, Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa handed over the multi-million rand Roodeplaat Training Centre to Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. The Centre aims to train artisans to deal with water losses in communities.

Maruyama said that at this year’s SONA, President Ramaphosa called for economic recovery and economic reform and that higher rates of growth and employment will not be achieved without implementing structural economic reform. The objective of the Japanese assistance in the sector of water supply, said Maruyama, is to give support for the skills development of officials of local municipalities, who are facing challenges from non-revenue water.

Effects of severe weather can be prevented, says Creecy

24 March 2021

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy says while the occurrence of severe weather cannot be prevented, its effects can be prevented by empowering the public to act on time and take the necessary precautions.

Creecy was speaking during a virtual seminar to mark World Meteorological Day (WMD) 2021 on Tuesday.

World Meteorological Day is celebrated annually by countries forming part of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.

Creecy said climate change is now part of everyone's lived reality and that across the world, extreme weather events, including heatwaves, droughts, floods and severe storms, threaten communities and ecosystems.

South Africa to host 1st international edition of the Blue Ocean Awards

24 March 2021

The first international edition of the Blue Ocean Awards is set to take place in South Africa on the 11th of May 2021.

The Awards recognises companies that have followed a strategy known as the Blue Ocean Strategy, which aims to create a new market away from the competition.

Created in 2014 by Alban Eral with the French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Recovery and HEC Paris - the awards are going international this year.

SA pledges support to Yemen

23 March 2021

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor held a virtual meeting with her Yemeni counterpart, Dr Ahmed bin Mubarak, this morning, 16 March 2021.

The meeting was a positive engagement that sought to advance bilateral relations between South Africa and Yemen, as well as entering into frank discussions on the political situation in Yemen and ways in which South Africa may offer its support.

Minister Pandor conveyed the sympathies of the people of South Africa regarding the deepening humanitarian crises in Yemen as a consequence of the ongoing conflict. In this regard, the Minister offered South Africa’s support to the Yemeni Government and proposed to share the country’s expertise in conflict resolution and negotiation.

Inaugural meeting of South African Students in China Association during the year of the Ox

By Sibusiso Bakana

23 March 2021

While South Africa is in the Autumn and facing Winter. Around the country and in the international theatre the pandemic known as COVID-19 is predicated to hit with a third wave. As the current South Africans studying in China, both still trapped back home and those experiencing the Spring in China are following the Chinese Zodiac.

Indeed, the South African community in China during this time is motivated by such a year as declared Ox year, which is interpreted by the Chinese as hardworking and methodical. A new fruit since the diplomatic ties between Sino-South Africa has been spotted from a long-planted tree, such fruit is constituted by the future thinking tank of South Africa and a genuine bridge to keep strengthening the two countries relations, as President Xi once said it depends on young people such a shared future.

Saint Patrick's Day - Reflecting on Ireland’s historical and contemporary relationship with South Africa

by Fionnuala Gilsenan, Ambassador of Ireland to South Africa
26th January 1979. Dublin, Ireland. First major conference on links between the European Economic Community and South Africa organised by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement in Liberty Hall in Dublin. Oliver Tambo, then President of the African National Congress, pictured shaking hands with Fr. Austin Flannery. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

17 March 2021

Typically, Saint Patrick’s Day is marked worldwide with effusive celebrations of Irish culture. In 2021, Ireland’s National Day will be a slightly different affair. In South Africa, we are celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by looking back on the shared history between our two countries, and reminding ourselves that our lasting solidarity and friendship bring great hope for the future.

The first Irish Society was founded in Cape Town in 1829 and St Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in South Africa ever since. When we cancelled the annual St Patrick’s Day festivities in 2020, we were acutely aware of the historical break the pandemic demanded. St Patrick’s Day is quintessentially a social occasion, a time for enjoying music, “craic” and conversation with friends old and new. A global pandemic is perhaps the only thing that could have stopped us in our tracks!

Diplomatic World brand celebrates its 20th anniversary

Message by Barbara Dietrich, President and CEO

Since its inception, it has been a magazine devoted to political and diplomatic matters and with time it has become well established in Brussels, the capital of the European Union.

Over the years, Diplomatic World has expanded its thematic coverage to include culture, arts, business & health. We have undertaken cultural projects (e.g. Women for Peace) and have dedicated ourselves to addressing the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, such as climate change and women’s rights. Throughout the years, more and more subscribers started appreciating the quality of our content, leading to us counting all the embassies in Brussels, presidential offices and heads of states globally, as well as government constituents and royal families to our dedicated Diplomatic World magazine readership.

South African Royal Princesses Network dedicate hike against GBV in honour of His Majesty King Zwelithini Zulu

By HRH Stella Sigcau
Princess Gaboilelwe Moroka (Barolong Boo Seleka - Thaba Nchu, Free State), a member of the South African Princess Network, also serving in the Executive of the National House of Traditional Leaders pictured with the late King Zwelithini.

15 March 2021

The South African Royal Princess Network will dedicate their hike against GBV scheduled to take place in various parts of South Africa on 20 March 2021 on human rights weekend to honour His Majesty the late King Zwelithini Zulu of the Zulu Kingdom who advocated strongly against GBV. They will also wear black to mourn the passing of His Majesty and observe a moment of silence prior to commencing their hike.

The hike is one of the campaigns the Princesses have embarked on to create awareness of GBV and to empower women through donation of groceries to GBV victims and women led families in need as well as through planned workshops and seminars on GBV.

10 years after the Tsunami in Japan
(File photo)

Message by Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa

11 March 2021

Today marks 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Once again I would like to express our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. The Great East Japan Earthquake was a complex disaster of unprecedented scale, but thanks to the efforts of people in the affected areas and the efforts of various people, in Japan and from abroad, the reconstruction of the affected areas is making steady progress.

Immediately after the earthquake, a rescue team from South Africa, the first emergency rescue team ever dispatched to Japan from Africa, arrived at Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture.

The rescue team from South Africa risked their own lives to lend a hand of support to save the lives of people and give them hope.

Fun at the Fiesta Filipinas!
Hosts Paolo Abrera and Chal Rosario

8 March 2021

The Fiesta Filipinas virtual experience is an innovative way of displaying the brilliant Filipino culture and a fantastic way of sharing that culture with the rest of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines in conjunction with the Department of Tourism and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts made it possible to experience and celebrate the Fiesta Filipinas across the globe. A virtual multi-sensory experience in six parts, which started in December of 2020 and ends in May of 2021, was created to celebrate the various festivals.

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