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Life is Beautiful

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5 March 2024 Issue 312 - Life is Beautiful




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Market@theSheds Celebrates "Life Is Beautiful" - A Vibrant Fusion of Music, Culture, and Community in the Capital


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Market@theSheds, recently honoured as the #15 best Tourist Market in the world, is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, "Life Is Beautiful," slated to be a jubilant celebration of life, music, and community on April 6th. This multifaceted cultural space, nestled in the heart of Pretoria CBD, invites locals and visitors alike to experience the spirit and culture of the city in a vibrant and dynamic setting.
"Life Is Beautiful" will feature an exhilarating lineup of local musicians, headlined by the sensational Nkosazana Daughter, alongside Morayks, Le Mpendulo, Diamond Guerilla, Trigger Tee & Chievosky The 13th, promising an unforgettable experience for attendees. This event is a testament to Market@theSheds' commitment to promoting local talent and fostering a sense of community through the universal language of music.


The Nepal Opportunity

Ambassador Dan Bahadur Tamang of Nepal with members of commercial chambers and business community in South Africa

The unique and vibrant nation of Nepal, geo-strategically located between the behemoth nations of India and China, present distinct opportunities for trade, investment, travel and tourism cooperation. The dynamic topography and climate patterns offer the intrepid entrepreneur a balance of risk and reward that cannot be missed.
At a business lunch hosted by the Embassy of Nepal in South Africa in Johannesburg on 22 March, Ambassador Dan Bahadur Tamang outlined the many incentives and concessions the government of Nepal has made to attract investment into the country and boost trade. The event marked the 30 years of Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nepal and highlighted areas of cooperation and some commonalities they share, including the transition to a constitutional democracy and the transformation of its economy.

Russia is a land of opportunity – SPIEF24


The Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is once again gaining momentum. Established and organized by Roscongress in 1997, the SPIEF24 gathering is set to take place from June 4-8, with a sharp focus on engagement with Africa.
With two months to go before the world converges in St. Petersburg, Russia's Summer Capital, Mr Alexey Valkov, Deputy Director of Roscongress Foundation and Director of SPIEF, in a web-exclusive interview with The Diplomatic Society, urged people to register and contribute to the program, which has not yet been finalized, in order to make SPIEF a result-driven success.
"I want to congratulate South Africa for hosting such a successful BRICS summit, and we will follow South Africa, whom we consider one of our main partners, when we host BRICS later this year. There are many opportunities for South African businesses in Russia as it restructures its economy," said Valkov, who was on his first visit to Johannesburg and South Africa. Innovation and opportunities abound for commercial and financial ventures triggered by current supply and value chain disruptions.


The Government of Japan's grant assistance intends to achieve social and economic well-being
Ambassador Ushio Shigeru with grant recipients in Limpopo
Mr Ushio Shigeru, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, signed grant agreements with a number of representatives from organisations across South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini to implement the Grant Assistance for the Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
GGP is a Japanese funding scheme that was started in 1989. It assists non-profit organisations with a direct impact on the well-being of people at grassroots level. It gives priority to areas that aim to improve basic human needs, as well as areas of particular importance from the perspective of human security.
On 15 March 2024 Ambassador Ushio signed agreements with representatives of PinkDrive for medical equipment for mobile cancer screening to the value of USD 118,912 and with Makgaung Primary School in Limpopo who received USD 52,518 for the construction of a block of three classrooms.

SA-US relationship built on mutual respect and cooperation
President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged that the relationship between South Africa and the United States has recently received a great deal of attention due to the Israel-Palestine conflict. In his weekly newsletter, the President assured citizens that strengthening ties between the two countries was among the important issues discussed by the International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, during her working visit to Washington last week, where she met with United States officials.
“The topic also featured prominently in a meeting that I had in Cape Town last month with a bipartisan delegation from the US Congress,” he wrote in his weekly letter. The discussion, President Ramaphosa wrote, provides an opportunity to clarify South Africa’s positions and to correct misperceptions about the Republic's foreign policy.
“An important starting point for that discussion is that since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa has sought, through its foreign policy, to promote peace, security and development on the African continent and across the world.”
Consistent with history, he said South Africa has taken a non-aligned position in its international relations.

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