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Stepping Towards a Transformative Global Cooperation – BRICS Expansion

By Kirtan Bhana
Leaders at the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa (photo: GCIS)
 

10 January 2024

The dawn of 2024 marked a significant milestone in the geopolitical landscape as Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the UAE officially joined the BRICS alliance. This expansion, the second phase of growth for the bloc since South Africa's inclusion in 2011, signals a pivotal moment for the developing world.

DIPLOMACY

China and South Africa: A Transformative Journey Unveiled in '25 Years On'

By Kirtan Bhana - TDS

Mr. Zheng Bingkai, Ms. Nada Wotshela, Ms. Song Jianing and Prof. Anil Sooklal - TDS 
 

6 January 2023

Diplomatic and international relations find their true value when they translate into tangible benefits for the lives of local communities. This sentiment is vividly portrayed in the recently premiered three-part documentary, 'China South Africa 25 Years On', a collaborative effort between the China Media Group (CMG) and the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The VIP screening at NU Metro in Hyde Park on December 30, 2023, marked a momentous occasion, shedding light on the profound relationship that has blossomed into a comprehensive strategic partnership over the past quarter-century.

CGTN

Embracing 2024: Optimism amidst global challenges

by Kirtan Bhana

5 January 2024

Amid the complex geopolitical landscape and seemingly insurmountable challenges facing humanity, there exists a parallel narrative of hope and progress. While conflicts in the Middle East, power struggles between East and West, climate change disputes, and other issues dominate headlines, it is crucial to recognize the quantum strides humanity has made through interconnectivity, solidarity and technological innovation. This optimistic view of 2024 we are entering is emphasizing the transformative potential of our interconnected world.

OPINION

Why is BRI a Chinese solution to promote common development?

27 December 2023
Yu Shuyi

Why is BRI a Chinese solution to promote common development?
Editor's note: China's diplomacy has been in full swing this year after the country resumed exchanges with the world in an orderly manner. Since the start of the year, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been on a tight diplomatic schedule. What is the significance of Xi's diplomacy? How does it influence the global landscape? Chinese Diplomacy in Action is a five-part series exploring the effectiveness of China's diplomatic activities in the past year. The third essay is on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Culture China

UN recognizes Spring Festival as a Floating Holiday


People celebrate the Spring Festival with dragon dancing in Manhattan's Chinatown on February 12, 2023. /CFP

 

23 December 2023
CGTN

Spring Festival has been officially listed as a UN Floating Holiday in the UN Calendar of Conferences and Meetings starting in 2024, as announced by the Chinese Mission to the United Nations in a statement on Friday.China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Dai Bing said the recognition shows the wide influence and impact of Chinese civilization, reflecting the UN's advocacy for diverse and inclusive cultural values.

Celebrating the Time-Honoured Tradition of Lucia

22 December 2023

The Embassy of Sweden in South Africa hosted their annual Lucia celebration on 14 December. This cherished tradition is integral to Swedish culture, just like midsummer and crayfish parties. Typically celebrated on the 13 December in Sweden, this year, over 300 South African guests were invited to share in the 400-year-old custom on the 14 December, which brings peaceful joy and friendship.

Opening of the new Austrian Cultural Forum

(l-r) Minister Schallenberg, Ambassador Königsbrun and Minister Kodwa at the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum and the signing of the MOU
 

20 December 2023

Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs and South African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa opened the new Austrian Cultural Forum at a reception in Pretoria hosted by Austrian Ambassador to South Africa Romana Königsbrun.

CHINAFRICA
Tales of Transition
Chinese-built road transforms holy site of Kibeho in south Rwanda

Catholic clergy members pose for a group photo with visiting students in Kibeho, Rwanda
 

By Alafati Mugabo - ChinAfrica
12 December 2023

Esperance Mukamusoni had to travel for three hours from her home in the city of Huye to reach Kibeho, a sacred site for Christians in Nyaruguru District in south Rwanda. But not anymore. Thanks to a road constructed by a Chinese firm, the travel time has been reduced to just 50 minutes. Now, Mukamusoni can easily join thousands of pilgrims from around the world who visit Kibeho each year.

CHINAFRICA

Lasting Connection
China-Algeria relations continue to grow 65 years after their establishment

Then Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane cuts the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of the 84-Km Project of the Algerian East-West Highway in El Tarf Province, Algeria, on 12 August
 

By Wu Sike - ChinAfrica

7 December 2023

The Chinese people often describe the China-Algeria bond as an enduring friendship deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples. Whenever the restoration of China’s legitimate seat at the UN in 1971 is mentioned, the Chinese people would be reminded of the friendly name of Algeria, one of the countries that made the proposal and one of the two countries the proposal was named after in Chinese. During Algeria’s long struggle for national independence, the Chinese people consistently stood with the Algerian people, firmly supporting their just cause. The long history of mutual sympathy and support between the two countries during their struggles have forged what late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai called a “friendship cemented in adversity.”

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

China contributes to poverty alleviation pilot project
 
Ambassador Chen, Minister Zulu and friends of the Kgomo Kgomo community in the North West province - Embassy of China

TDS

20 December 2023

On December 19 Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong and Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu MP jointly visited the village of Kgomo-Kgomo, in North-West. They attended a donation ceremony, which is part of ongoing efforts to advance a poverty alleviation pilot village project. In this consignment, community members received food parcels with a total value of R400 000 which aims to bring much releif and joy during the festive season.

Ayla: The Daughter of War

By Dilon Bhana
 
An exhibition of the movie Ayla (photo credit: KCC)
 
 

19 December 2023

The Turkish Embassy together with the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in Pretoria and the Johannesburg based Yunus Emre Institute collaborated in hosting  the screening of the Turkish film, ‘Ayla: The Daughter of War’ at the KCC precinct to commemorate Türkiye’s 100 year anniversary.

NATIONAL DAY
Cuba stands strong on its 65th Independence

Ambassador Mairin Moreno, Ambassador of Venezuela to SA and Dean of the GRULAC group of nations, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Ambassador Enrique Orta Gonzalez and Nomvula Mokonyane, African National Congress


TDS
19 December 2023

As Cuba marks its 65th year of independence, Ambassador Enrique Orta Gonzalez of Cuba to South Africa reflected on the island nation’s rich history, achievements, and its unwavering commitment to international solidarity. In particular, the last three decades have witnessed a profound and enduring friendship between Cuba and South Africa, a relationship forged in the fires of anti-apartheid struggle and mutual respect. Ambassador Gonzalez was delivering his remarks at a reception hosted in Pretoria, South Africa.


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