Undocumented Migrants – The Myths, Realities, and What we Know and Don’t Know

The fact that we don’t actually know how many ‘undocumented’ migrants there are is, in part, attributable to a systemic problem of state administration with the Department of Home Affairs.

by Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, Deputy Research Director, The Brenthurst Foundation and Alexandra Willis, Machel-Mandela Fellow

25 March 2022

Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia had planned a demonstration on Human Rights Day 2022 across South Africa, but alas it was banned by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). The aim of the ban was to avoid conflict since those involved in Operation Dudula had threatened to attack the anti-xenophobia march.

The JMPD could not guarantee the safety of both sides in a possible confrontation fueled by a concoction of mistruths and misperceptions about non-nationals being responsible for unemployment, crime and poverty in South Africa.

Propitious Practice
Chinese medical missions promote health care in Sao Tome and Principe and Bostwana
By Li Xiaoyu

The Chinese medical mission with the students and teachers of Rebera Paixe Elementary School in Sao Tome and Principe on June 27, 2021

Since the landing of the first Chinese medical mission on Algerian land in April 1963, China and Africa have worked together in the field of healthcare for more than 58 years, and the cooperation has deepened during the COVID-19 epidemic. The first program outlined in the first three-year plan under the China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035 is related to the sphere of health. China will offer an additional 1 billion vaccine doses to Africa, undertake 10 health and medical projects for the continent, and dispatch 500 medical and public health experts to Africa. During the 2021 China-Africa Video and Photo Competition, the theme drew attention of many participants, with a number of entries narrating the stories of Chinese medical missions to Africa.

The Kashmir Files - A story that the world needs to see

23 March 2022

‘The Kashmir Files’ was screened on 18 March at Killarney Mall in Johannesburg after its release worldwide on 11 March 2022. The screening was organized by Indian Community Leaders and among the attendees were South African government officials, diplomats and business people.

The Kashmir Files is about the racial persecution and cultural tyranny in the 1990s insurgency, which led to the Kashmiri Pandit's exodus from the valley. Vivek Agnihotri (Director of the movie), his wife Pallavi Joshi and Anupam Kher have tried to show the real face of the Kashmiri Pandit's "genocide" from the valley.

Opportunities for Cooperation

5G development and rural revitalization highlighted at China’s lianghui can lend experience to African countries

By Kirtan Bhana

The just-concluded sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as lianghui in Chinese, highlighted the importance of digital economy in the country’s development in all aspects, and 5G is playing an increasingly important role in promoting the development of the digital economy.

A Centennial of Modern Egyptian Diplomacy: Reflections Amidst Uncertainty in our Global Village

by Ahmed El Fadly, Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho

15 March 2022

Today, as we commemorate a centennial of modern Egyptian diplomacy, uncertainty appears to be the prevailing sentiment at this critical juncture of modern history in our “global village”. Overnight, the overwhelming and once alarming news of COVID-19 deadly infections, total lockdowns and lack of ventilators have been replaced by equally disturbing reports of military confrontations, economic sanctions and refugee crises. The specter of war is haunting millions in Europe with current developments in Ukraine. Its ramifications are preoccupying many more across the globe, while the destructive effects of climate change are flooding entire cities thousands of miles away in Australia and elsewhere.

Making a Difference
Using the experience gained in China, a Zimbabwean student has set up a shoe business with the aim to make lives better

By Mejury Chipato

15 March 2022

Eliminating poverty is a challenge for all countries. China has made remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation. It has carried forward the great tradition of working together and offering mutual support. It has accumulated valuable experience, which belongs both to China and to the rest of the world, and offers enlightenment to the international community in its battle to reduce poverty. As the world’s largest developing country, China has concentrated its efforts on the development of the economy.

SA, Mozambique commit to continued bilateral cooperation

11 March 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique co-chairing the 3rd Session of the South Africa-Mozambique Bi-National Commission (BNC) held in Pretoria.(Elmond Jiyane/GCIS)

President Cyril Ramaphosa says as the world strives to emerge from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, neighbouring countries like Mozambique and South Africa must continue to deepen and strengthen the already existing ties between them.

Government commits to working with Traditional and Khoi-San leaders

11 March 2022

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is committed to ensuring that the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL) succeeds in its mandate to uplift and lead the communities that it serves.

He was speaking at a dialogue held in Pretoria between Traditional and Khoi San leaders and the Inter-Ministerial Task Team in response to matters raised by Traditional Leaders.

King Silamba commemorated

by HRH Stella Sigcau

King Makhosonke Mabhena of the Ndebele Kingdom

11 March 2021

On 5 March 2022 at Komjekejeke Heritage Site, amaNdebele commemorated their legendary King Silamba who upheld Ndebele culture and heritage under the challenging times of colonialism. He is buried in Komjekejeke where the event takes place. In his honour and legacy his descendent King Makhosonke Mabhena II, 42 years ago decided to use the legacy of King Silamba to unite amaNdebele, celebrate ubuNdebele whilst sharing ubuNdebele with other cultures.

A Roadmap for Consolidating Solidarity
FOCAC paves the way for strengthening ties, says Acting Dean of African Diplomatic Corps and Djibouti’s Ambassador to China


11 March 2022

Abdallah Abdillahi Miguil (Supplied)

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)’s Eighth Ministerial Conference, held in late November 2021 in Senegal, charted the way for the development of China-Africa ties in the following three years and beyond. On this occasion, Abdallah Abdillahi Miguil, Acting Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Djibouti’s Ambassador to China, spoke to ChinAfrica about the FOCAC meeting in Dakar and Sino-African ties.

Women Breaking through the Glass Ceiling

Break the Bias - Members of IDSA celebrating International Women's Day with Vanessa Gounden at her flagship store at The Firs in Rosebank

10 March 2022

Breaking the glass ceiling is how Vanessa Gounden describes her life’s journey. As a woman born in apartheid South Africa, whose laws discriminated against people of colour, she saw her family lose their home and means of income during the forced removals of the oppressive Group Areas Act.

AfriForum and AmaBhele kaJamangile Traditional Council sign agreement on Agriculture

by HRH Stella Sigcau

Seated: Kallie Kriel, CEO of Afriforum, Flip Buys, Chairperson of Afriforum, iNkosi Zwelothando Mabandla and Princess Thembela Mabandla-Lingani, Private Secretary to iNkosi Zwelothando
Standing: Bhelekazi Mabandla, Head of Diplomatic Services, Prince Sivile Mabandla, Barend Uys, Head of Intercultural Cooperation at Afriforum, Mosses Ajuong Gar, Special Advisor DP South Sudan and Prince Mbasa Beja, Special Advisor to iNkosi Zwelothando Mabandla (Photo by Bhelekazi Mabandla)

10 March 2022

Representatives from AfriForum and the Office of iNkosi Zwelothando Mabandla who is the Senior Traditional Leader of AmaBhele kaJamangile Traditional Community signed a mutual recognition and cooperation agreement in the area of agriculture on 2 March 2022.

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