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The idea of socialism aims to benefit all - Two Sessions
John Milligan-Whyte

4 March 2024
“It is, as I said, one of the most responsible and effective governments that I'm aware of,” said John Milligan-Whyte, Chairman of the America-China Partnership Foundation who shed light on Chinese modernization and China's whole-process democracy in an exclusive interview with SFC journalist.


Vietnam, South Africa enhance cooperation in law enforcement

A high-level delegation of the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) led by its Deputy Minister Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung holds a working session with South African Ministry of Police (Photo: VNA)

5 March 2024

A high-level delegation of the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) led by its Deputy Minister Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung paid a working trip to South Africa from February 24 to March 1 to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of law protection and enforcement.


Indian Ocean Rim Association Day celebration 2024


4 March 2024

The Secretariat of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) celebrated its 27th year of establishment with the IORA Open Fair, held at the Tribeca Mall in Mauritius on 2nd March 2024. This grand celebration, commemorating IORA Day, brought together 10 IORA Member States and 5 IORA Dialogue Partners in a vibrant showcase of cultural heritage.

Honouring the Russian people


Nikolay Tsybulia, Defence Attaché of the Russian Embassy with Defense Attachés accredited to South Africa at the celebration of the Defender of the Fatherland Day (photo: TDS)

4 March 2024

“They miscalculated, this is absolutely obvious today, their plans have collided with the firm position and determination of our people,” said Russia President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation address to State Duma and the Federation Council, the two chambers that make up the Russian parliamentary system. He said the irrational actions of the western ‘so called’ developed nations against Russia has unified their nation and has instilled a sense of belief in Russian culture, language, industry, products, sport and economics amongst others.

Japan and South Africa
by Kirtan Bhana

Thulani Gcabashe (Chairman Hive Hydrogen SA) and Shinya Ishizuka (CEO ITOCHU Africa Bloc) sign the Memorandum of Cooperation witnessed by Ambassador of Japan Ushio Shigeru (top right) and Baphelele Mhlaba (Chief Of Staff at the Office of the Premier – Eastern Cape) - Hive

4 March 2024

His Majesty Naruhito the Emperor of Japan celebrates his 64th Birthday this year. He was born on February 23rd. This day is also commemorated as Japan’s National Day. In Pretoria, South Africa, Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa Ushio Shigeru hosted a reception at the Embassy of Japan to mark this event.


Saudi Arabia bids for 2034 World Cup

by Kirtan Bhana - TDS

Pictured (l-r) at the celebration of Saudi Arabia's Founding Day in Pretoria are Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Colonel Abdulaziz Al Turaifi, Defence Attache of Saudi Arabia, Sultan Al Harbi, Second Secretary of Saudi Arabia, Ali bin Yahya Najmi, Charge D’Affaires of Saudi Arabia and Salih Omar Abdu, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Eritrea (photo supplied)

4 March 2024

The Asian Football Confederation has backed Saudi Arabia as it formally launched a bid to host the 2034 Football World Cup. This bid for football's greatest showcase, with a 3.5 billion fan base, is a clear indication that the modernization of the Gulf country has picked up momentum and the vision of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – MBS the Head of Saudi Arabia’s government is being realised.


A Tale of Two Visits

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Africa focuses on addressing practical issues, while US adapts to a changing reality

By Charles Onunaiju

29 February 2024

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Cairo, Egypt, on 14 January (MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CHINA)

From 13 to 18 January, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited four African countries in keeping with the more than three decades of tradition where Chinese foreign ministers start their yearly overseas visits with a trip to Africa. However, while these visits have become a routine for China’s diplomatic practice, they are not an empty ritual. They represent a tradition of China-Africa pragmatic cooperation defined by mutual consultations and tangible outcomes.

Sri Lanka Participates in UNESCO International Mother Language Day Celebrations in South Africa
(l-r) Dan Bahadur Tamang. Ambassador of Nepal, Nelson Muffuh, UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Suminda Mendis, Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and Prabhat Kumar, High Commissioner of India

28 February 2024

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria participated in the UNESCO International Mother Language Day Celebrations organized by the South Asian High Commissions and the United Nations Office in South Africa on 24 February 2024.

National Day of Kuwait

Ambassador Salem Rashed Al-Shebli
28 February 2024

The National Day of Kuwait, observed on February 25th, commemorates an important moment in the nation's history - the declaration of independence and the coronation of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah as the first Emir of the State of Kuwait. Emerging from humble beginnings as a modest fishing village in the 18th century, Kuwait has burgeoned into a prominent commercial center with a per capita GDP of USD 24,000. The discovery of oil reserves in 1938 catapulted the nation into prosperity, securing its status as custodian of approximately 7% of the world's oil resources.

Democracy for Better Development
Chinese and South African scholars discuss China’s democracy before the opening of lianghui

(l-r) Moderator Liao Ping, Ni Yanshuo, Mondi Hlatshwayo, Kirtan Bhana and Qin Xiaoshun at the forum (WANG XI)
26 February 2024

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, and thus, this year’s national sessions of the NPC and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which are commonly known in Chinese as lianghui, have aroused more attention in the world. The two sessions will open in Beijing on 5 March and 4 March respectively.

Global South
Navigating the Seas of Global Diplomacy - A Glimpse into IORA, BRICS, and the Rise of the Global South

Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Indian Naval Staff, held bilateral discussions with Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, Chief of the South African Navy, on the sidelines of MILAN2024. They discussed issues of mutual interest, including Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region and avenues to further strengthen bilateral #maritime cooperation (photo supplied)

25 February 2024

The Indian Ocean, with its rich history and vital importance in global trade, has long been a nexus of cultural exchange and economic activity. Recognizing its significance, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is central to international cooperation and collaboration among the nations bordering this vast expanse of water. Led by President Ranil Wickramasinghe of Sri Lanka, the current presidency of IORA, the organization aims to harness the potential of the Indian Ocean for the benefit of its member states.

February 2014 in Ukraine: point of no return

by Ambassador of Russia to South Africa Ilya Rogachev
 Independence Square in Kiev, 2014 (RIA Novosti/Andrei Stenin)

22 February 2024

10 years ago, far-right radical forces seized power in Kiev, finalizing what became known as ‘Euromaidan’ – 3-month-long public protests, supported from outside of Ukraine, against the decision by President Yanukovich to postpone signing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

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