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Health and Wellness for All

Health and Wellness for All

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16 May 2024 Issue 315 - Health and Wellness for All




The United Nations welcomes the signing of the South African National Health Insurance Bill into law


President Cyril Ramaphosa, joined by the Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, signing into law the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill (photo: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS)

The United Nations in South Africa welcomes the signing of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law and considers it as a significant milestone in the journey towards universal health care that leaves no one behind. The law ensures that all citizens have access to quality healthcare services, regardless of their socio-economic status through the establishment of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
"In line with our Cooperation Framework and advocacy interventions with Government, the UN believes that the implementation of the NHI law stands as a beacon, guiding us towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 3.8 which aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services for all, and promote health and well-being across all ages,” said Nelson Muffuh, the UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa.

A Yemeni welcome

May 22 is commemorated as Yemen Unification Day. On this day in 1990 a merger that united  North Yemen and South Yemen into one country took place.  Yemen’s Charge d’Affaires to South Africa, Ambassador Ahmed Hassan hosted a luncheon in Pretoria, South Africa where he welcomed the newly accredited Arab Ambassadors to South Africa.  Ambassadors Salem Al-Shebli of Kuwait, Mubarak Al-Khalifa of Qatar and Mohamed Sheikh Issak of Somalia recently presented their diplomatic credentials to President Cyril Ramaphosa and began their tour of duty in South Africa.

Cuba and South Africa – A Ballet of Diplomacy


Cuban Ambassador Enrique Orta González (centre) with Dirk Badenhorst, CEO and Director of Mzanzi Ballet (right) and the ballet dancers who performed at the celebration (photo: TDS)

Revolution is at the heart of the deep camaraderie that underpin the relations between the Cuban and South African nations. This relation, which stretches much further than the 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations, is a credit to the Cubans for their unwavering support for South Africa’s liberation and can be credited for the celebration of this milestone.
"Cubans are Latin Africans" said Ambassador Enrique Orta González, Cuba’s Ambassador to South Africa, quoting Fidel Castro.   “The historical ties of brotherhood and sisterhood that unite South African and Cuban people and governments, forged in the battlefield, and from the friendship between Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, continue to be nurtured and sustained today by the maintenance of political dialogue at the highest level, the positive exchange on multilateral issues, the growing flow of delegations, as well as the common efforts to strengthen our economic and commercial cooperation,” said Ambassador Orta González at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries in Pretoria, South Africa.


Korean singers and SA choirs set stage for cultural collaboration ahead of Korea-Africa Summit 2024
A group of Korean singers joined by acclaimed SA choirs set the stage for special concerts to celebrate the first-ever Korea-Africa Summit in Johannesburg and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
Special concerts celebrating the cultural richness of South Africa and South Korea were held on 10 and 12 May, in Johannesburg and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
The concerts presented a cultural collaboration between singers from South Korea, Ensemble Enus, and the acclaimed Johannesburg Jeugkoor/Youth Choir and Nelson Mandela University Choir bringing enchanting musical harmonies interwoven from two countries together on the stage.

The USA has misread China’s clean energy leadership

Rather than resorting to protectionist measures that ultimately harm global consumers, the US should recognize the benefits of embracing global collaboration in the clean energy sector. The transition to renewable energy is a collective challenge that requires the combined efforts and innovations of all nations. Fostering an environment of cooperation rather than competition, can accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, reduce costs, and make sustainable energy accessible to more people worldwide.  


Pandor condemns killing and silencing of journalists in Palestine


Minister Pandor at the Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial Lecture (photo: Katlholo Maifadi/DIRCO)
The capacity of journalists to report on events in real-time is crucial, and intimidating or killing members of the media must not be permitted to persist without consequences.
This is according to International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, who spoke at the second Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial Lecture at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Wednesday. 
Abu Akleh was a prominent Palestinian-American journalist, who worked as a reporter for Al Jazeera. She was killed by an Israeli soldier while wearing a blue press vest and covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The lecture, organised by the Faculty of Humanities at UJ, centred on the role of academic institutions during periods of genocide. Pandor said the lecture occurs against a “troubling” backdrop of an evident decline in media freedom. 


President Xi: progress in China-Russia ties attributable to five principles


Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin at the square outside the east gate of the Great Hall of the People, before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, May 16, 2024. Xi held talks with Putin, who is in China on a state visit, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that the progress in China-Russia relations is attributable to the two countries' commitment to the five principles of mutual respect, win-win cooperation, lasting friendship, strategic coordination, and fairness and justice.
President Xi made the remarks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, following their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Describing the talks as "sincere and cordial," Xi said they had a comprehensive review of the successful experience in developing the China-Russia relationship over the past 75 years since establishing diplomatic ties.


All systems go for elections
The Electoral Commission Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, says it's all systems go for the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.
South Africans will go to the polls on Wednesday, 29 May, to elect the leadership of the seventh administration out of the 70 political parties and 11 independent candidates that were published by the IEC as final contestants in these elections.  
In total, there are over 14 903 candidates vying for 887 seats in the National and Provincial Legislatures. There are 27.79 million registered voters.
Moreover, out-of-country voting is scheduled to take place in 111 foreign missions on Friday, 17 May and Saturday, 18 May 2024. More than 78 000 South African citizens living in other countries will cast their vote on 17, 18 and 19 May 2024. 

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