From nothing to magnificence – Ningxia a Green Great Wall of China

By Sibusiso R Bakana

Delegates on a tour of Ningxia Province (photos by Mohammad Saiyedul Islam)

2 October 2021

From 25 to 29 September 2021, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), led by President Lin Songtian, former Ambassador of China to South Africa, together with the officials of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, hosted an expo, seminars, and tours that were attended by multinational senior executives, youth representatives and media.

Special India Edition - Celebrating 75 Years of Independence of India

India has installed 100 GW renewable energy capacity, inching closer to target

By Simrin Sirur

2 October 2021

India crossed the 100-gigawatt (GW) mark of installed renewable energy capacity, according to a statement by the Government of India, bringing it one step closer to its renewable energy targets.

“The total installed renewable energy capacity in India, excluding large hydro, has crossed the mile-stone of 100 GW. Today India stands at 4th position in the world in terms of installed RE capacity, 5th in solar and 4th in wind in terms of installed capacity,” the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement.

Register for the Webinar: Expensive Poverty - Why Aid Fails and How it Can Work

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Sri Lanka’s Diplomacy with West Asia: United Arab Emirates and its Geo- Economic significance

2 October 2021

The power matrix in the 21st century between large and small nations like Sri Lanka will be determined by the shifts in the global order. In a nutshell, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and other nations in West Asia have long sustained sturdy diplomatic and business ties. In framing its foreign policy, Sri Lanka’s main aim should be to promote its national objectives with other key nations in West Asia.

Turkey empowers South African Women Entrepreneurs

1 October 2021

Dynamic and enterprising women gathered in Pretoria to receive awards after completing a week-long training course. The course was designed and driven by Jayshree Padayatchey from Shakti Empowerment in partnership with TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) and SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency).

Godumodumo Dinosaur Centre to attract tourists

27 September 2021

As a world class and state-of-the art interpretive centre, the Godumodumo Dinosaur Centre will serve as an iconic tourist attraction modelled on the narrative interpretation of the paleontological, archaeological and geological evidence found at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, in the Free State.

Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela on Sunday visited the Golden Gate Highlands National Park as part of the National Department of Tourism’s activities to commemorate Tourism Month across the country.

Sweden ranked one of the world’s most innovative countries!

Melker Dahlstrand imagebank.sweden.se

27 September 2021

Sweden continues to hold the second-place spot in the global ranking of the world's most innovative countries, the Global Innovation Index, a ranking Sweden has held since 2019.

“It is the incredibly strong innovation environment in Sweden that we now connect with South Africa in our joint projects such as Cape Town/Stockholm Connect and the South Africa Sweden University Forum," says Sweden’s Ambassador to South Africa Mr Håkan Juholt.

Josina Machel's quest to fight GBV working with Traditional Leaders

by HRH Stella Sigcau

Princess ZamaFaku Sigcau, Princess Stella Sigcau II, Ms Josina Machel and Cllr Maphetshana from Mbizana Municipality

21 September 2021

Kuhluka Movement founder, gender activist and Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivor Ms Josina Machel held meetings and introductory sessions in the Eastern Cape working with the South African Royal Princess Network to create awareness on GBV whilst trying to seek solutions to this pandemic. This to also establish working relations and forge partnerships with the institution of Traditional Leaders to address GBV.

European Film Festival 2021: virtual and free of charge

20 September 2021

Following the success of last year’s virtual European Film Festival, the 2021 edition will take place predominantly online from 14 to 24 October.

A selection of 18 films from Europe, 13 of which have been directed by women, will be screened free of charge, providing a window onto what is fresh and new in the film industries of the respective countries. Four new participants – the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland and Ukraine – will complement those from last year: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, along with the return of Portugal.

Fortress of War

By Dilon Bhana

Mr Ilya Rogachev, Ambassador of Russia to South Africa welcoming guests

20 September 2021

The 22nd of June is the day of Remembrance and Sorrow for Russian Soldiers. It marks the first day of the Russian Patriotic war which commenced on the 22nd of June 1941 at the Fortress of Brest. The Russian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa organised a photo-exhibition to commemorate the day in June of this year. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 lockdown regulations, the event was postponed until the 14th of September, and took place at Apogee hotel.

The photo-exhibition was titled “Symbols of Victory” and it showcased and honoured Russian Soldiers who gave their lives defending their country. In addition to the photo-exhibition, a Russian movie titled “The Fortress of War” was screened. The film shows the defense of the Brest Fortress in Soviet Belarus. It is a beautifully sorrowful film which portrays the lives and the stories of the very same soldiers who are celebrated as Russian Heroes on this day and every day.

Indonesia’s flagship products reaches one of the largest malls in South Africa

20 September 2021

Indonesian superior products are increasingly being recognized in South Africa. ITPC Johannesburg supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria is aggressively promoting Indonesian products in South Africa. An In-Store promotion was held from September 14-20 at one of the largest malls in South Africa, Sandton City.

ITPC Johannesburg and the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria showcased Indonesian products already in the South African market, including instant noodle products, biscuits, coconut drinks, medicines/pharmaceuticals, beauty and hair care products, tyres and motor vehicle accessories, furniture, and several other superior products.

Solidarity’s Appeal—the Power of “Unarmed Prophets”

by Andrzej DUDA, President of the Republic of Poland

20 September 2021

In his book The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli mentions a certain rule of history. He writes, not without a touch of irony, that “all armed prophets have conquered, and the unarmed ones have been destroyed.” But to every rule there is an exception, and unarmed prophets have been vindicated by history more than once. Even though the vindication usually comes late, it is no less emphatic. A perfect example of that is the historic victory of the Polish Solidarity movement and its extraordinary “Appeal to the Working People of Eastern Europe” proclaimed 40 years ago.

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