The Odds are in Africa's Favour

Pictured (l-r) Heinrich Hafeni, Premiere David Makhura, Percy Koji and High Commissioner Veiccoh Nghiwete

13 April 2022

“Namibia used to be the 5th province of South Africa,” said Heinrich Hafeni at the launch of the South African chapter of the African Economic Leadership Council (AELC) in Johannesburg. He was referring to the shared history and close ties between these neighbouring countries.

Heinrich Hafeni, a Namibian and Percy Koji of South Africa are the co-founders of AELC which was launched in Windhoek in April 2021. AELC is the organisation established to augment the momentum of the growing commercial integration of Africa.

Grammy Party in the Bush

Royal Families of Africa and the US Converge for epic BIPOC GRAMMY Celebration and Launch of over $500 Million USD Music, Film, & Tourism Project

From (l-r) - Founder of NOSACONN and Director of NOSACONN VNB, Damon J. Batiste (first cousin to GRAMMY Album of the Year winner, Jon Batiste) of New Orleans Royal Family of Music, , Candice Dawkshas (COO of Virtual Nation Builders) and Director of NOSACONN VNB, Her Royal Highness Queen Sekhothali Mabhena and His Majesty King Makhosoke II of the Amandebele Nation at the epic GRAMMY Celebration in South Africa.

“Grammy Party in the Bush” with African royalty present celebrated the Grammys, BIPOC talent and the launch of new business ventures driven by NOLA’s Royal Family of Music’s Damon Batiste, Virtual Nation Builders and Guqula.

Tourism, technology, musical, and cultural upliftment were winners at the recent GRAMMY PARTY IN THE BUSH at Sensational Sunset Safari Lodge during the most inclusive of exclusive parties hosted by NOLA’s Royal Family of Music’s Damon Batiste (a royal son in the legendary New Orleans Batiste Family who won big at this year's 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards hosted by South African Trevor Noah in Las Vegas). More than entertainment, the celebration launched several epic BIPOC-focused business ventures.

Thaba Nchu Royal Women Imbizo to address Gender Based Violence

by HRH Stella Sigcau

11 April 2022

Gender Based Violence (GBV) is increasing at an alarming rate which poses a serious concern. In an effort to address this pandemic the South African Royal Princesses Network (SARPN) will host a national royal women imbizo that will address GBV in Thaba Nchu, Free State on 30 April 2022.

Positioning South Africa’s Diplomacy to Advance our Domestic Priorities

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Naledi Pandor pictured with delegates at the Heads of Mission Conference taking place at the OR Tambo Building in Tshwane, South Africa (photo by Jacoline Schoonees)

8 April 2022

This week South African Heads of Mission gather in Tshwane for the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor addressed the HOMs. Ramaphosa stressed that the HOMs need to seek out new ways to grow trade and attract investment into South Africa and pave the way for outbound investment into existing and new markets. “We count on you to market abroad the immense opportunities that exist in the South African economy.”

Egypt Is Open For Tourism: South Africans to get Visa On Arrival in Egypt

Cairo on the Nile River (image: pixabay)

7 April 2022

In a step aiming at easing travel of South Africans to Egypt and strengthening ties between the two, Egypt announced this week that South Africans traveling to Egypt for tourism no longer have to acquire a prior visa from the Egyptian Embassies, and can now get their visa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. This move is aimed at boosting the number of South African tourists going to the land of the pharaohs, a destination that has long been on the bucket list of many South Africans given Egypt’s rich cultural heritage and attractively priced seaside resorts.

A Chinese percussionist’s journey to find the roots of the African djembe

By Li Xiaoyu

Tian Yang (second right, second row), while in Mali in late 2019 (supplied)

6 April 2022

The djembe is a percussion instrument that is synonymous with traditional West African music. Despite the fact that it is now well-known in Europe, the U.S., and Japan as a result of the outstanding djembefola (djembe players in Mandingue) who have established study centers there, relatively few Chinese music enthusiasts are familiar with its traits. Tian Yang, 36, is a rare exception. More than 10 years after his initial encounter with the instrument, he is still expanding not just his musical expertise, but also his understanding of the Manding culture, which is accredited with the invention of the djembe.

4IR training in the pipeline for rural schools

by HRH Stella Sigcau

Photo: Principal Diko of Ntsikayezwe SSS, Princess Stella Sigcau II, Ms Josina Machel, Ms Zine Nkukhwana and Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau

6 April 2022

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), has been quite topical in recent years and is perceived as the dawn of a new era of innovation in technology that will unlock new market opportunities.

Zine Nkukhwana a 4IR expert is determined that this training must reach rural schools. Zine Nkukhwana will be conducting training of schools in 4IR in the Mpondo Kingdom.

SATMA honours Traditional Leaders

by HRH Stella Sigcau

Photo: Prince Zukisani Ndamase, Roads, Infrastructure and Public Works MEC Namane Masemola, Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Julia Mathebe Makhuduthamaga, Princess Stella Sigcau II and Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa.

6 April 2022

Kgosi Kgolo Mampuru of the Pedi Kingdom was honored with the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) on 26 March 2022 at Mamone in Jane Furse, Limpopo for his role in colonial resistance which led to his death by hanging at Pretoria Prison on 22 November 1883.

DJ Black Coffee wins Grammy

Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka DJ Black Coffee, with his Grammy award. Photo: @RealBlackCoffee/Twitter

4 April 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his well wishes to house music DJ Nkosinathi Maphumulo, also known as Black Coffee, for winning an award at the Grammy Awards held at Las Vegas in the United States of America last night.

Maphumulo won the award in a tight list of nominees including legendary house music group Ten City.

The inspiring architect from Burkina Faso who lifted world’s biggest prize

by Paulo Moreira, Researcher, Universidade de Lisboa

1 April 2022

Diébédo Francis Kéré has become the first African and the first black person to be awarded architecture’s highest international honour, the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Photo: Diébédo Francis Kéré (photo courtesy of Lars Borges)

Kéré was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and built his architectural practice designing schools and medical facilities that were most often built by local communities with minimal resources and a very careful selection of affordable and sustainable materials. It was this approach that led to his architecture firm receiving global recognition. We asked architect and African architecture researcher Paulo Moreia to tell us more about Kéré and his win.


BRI Broadens Scope

From physical infrastructure, cooperation is expanding into digital and health sectors

A medical worker shows the COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Gaza Strip in a China-Egypt joint assistance program on February 21 (XINHUA)

1 April 2022

By Ehizuelen Michael Mitchell Omoruyi

Success is about the person who achieves it, but the significance is about others. What this means is that China’s economic transformation might be about China; the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that talks about multilateralism - bringing different countries together under the framework of open cooperation and inter-connectivity - may be initiated by China, but the Chinese Government has always wanted its significance to be about others. That is why as the world goes through a rough period that has affected China-Africa cooperation, China has been quick to provide aid and support to African nations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic under the BRI.

The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD: A contemporary paradigm

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

28 March 2022

Africa is in vibrant transition, said Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of AUDA–NEPAD, in an interview with The Diplomatic Society. Dr Mayaki, the former Prime Minister of Niger, paid tribute to African excellence and extended his heartfelt congratulations to Diébédo Francis Kéré, the 56-year-old from Gando village in Burkina Faso who became the first African to be awarded the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest international honour. Africans are being acknowledged for their prowess, skills and abilities around the world said Mayaki, who has come to the end of his tenure as Chief Executive of AUDA-NEPAD.

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