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27 May 2024 Issue 316 - Mayibuye Afrika




First-ever nuclear medicine research facility opened in Pretoria


The Nuclear Medicine Research Infrastructure (NuMeRI) facility - the continent’s first nuclear medicine research facility, which features a cyclotron for producing isotopes used in radiation therapy – was officially opened on Tuesday, in Pretoria. The NuMeRI will provide consolidated expertise in nuclear technologies in medicine and biosciences, creating significant research, development and innovation capacity in South Africa and will assist in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

The Climate Agenda is our Development Agenda, says AU Commissioner Abou-Zeid

ParisCOP29 Presidency has convened the first high-level consultation meeting on energy transition. The Dialogue – which was co-chaired by COP29 President-Designate Mukhtar Babayev and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol – gathered over 70 energy and climate leaders from across the world at the IEA’s headquarters in Paris. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Energy and Infrastructure indicated that the meeting was key to ensure Africa contributes to shaping and influencing COP29 priorities and outcomes adapted to realities in the Continent. The AU Commissioner delivered powerful messages emphasising the fundamental needs of the Continent in achieving sustainable development and climate resilience. She highlighted the importance of recognising that addressing climate priorities in tripling renewable energy capacity in Africa is not just an environmental issue but as a fundamental priority of the continent’s development trajectory. 

Listen to the Land


Africa pledges to triple fertilizer production and distribution to empower smallholder farmers. African Heads of State and Government united to bolster agricultural sustainability and enhance smallholder farmer livelihoods by endorsing the Nairobi Declaration articulating the outcomes of the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 7th to 9th May 2024. The Declaration signified a transformative step towards improving access and affordability of certified quality organic and inorganic fertilizers across the continent.


African Integration Day - Togo
Togo - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Togolese Abroad celebrated on May 8, 2024, African integration, in anticipation of African Union Day usually celebrated on May 25, 2024. Like past editions, this 4th edition aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cohabitation between the Togolese people and the foreign communities established on their soil and responds to the desire of H.E.M Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE and the Togolese government to promote integration in accordance with its foreign policy and the ideals of the African Union. The celebration was marked by folkloric and artistic performances as well as gastronomic exhibitions by foreign communities, aimed at highlighting African identity.

South Africa Highest Ranked African Country in 2024 Travel and Tourism Development Index 

As South Africa’s tourism sector makes headwinds with rapid recovery and efforts to enhance tourism growth, the Department of Tourism is pleased to report that South Africa has ranked the highest in the African region in the 2024 Travel and Tourism Development Index (TTDI) by the World Economic Forum. The Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) 2024 is the second edition of an index by the World Economic Forum and was released earlier this week where South Africa was ranked 55th among 119 countries and emerged as the leading country in the rankings for the African continent.  The TTDI findings revealed that South Africa is home to the largest Travel and Tourism Economy in Africa.


President Lula Da Silva bestows on Minister Pandor honorific award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco


Minister Naledi Pandor with Ambassador Ligia Scherer, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Brazil (photo: Katlholo Maifadi/DIRCO)
The President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, President Lula Da Silva has bestowed on Minister Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, an honorific award of the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco.  The Order was bestowed on Minister Pandor at a ceremony in Pretoria at the Brazilian Official Residence by Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Ambassador Ligia Maria Scherer. The Order of Rio Branco is a Brazilian honorific award, started in 1963.  It is named after Jose Maria da Silva Paronhos Junior, the Baron of Rio Branca, the Patron of the Brazilian Diplomacy.  It is intended to honour nationals or foreign individuals, legal entities, military corporations or civil institutions for their services or exceptional merit.  The Grand Cross is the highest grade of the Order of Rio Branca.


The Thin Red Line: From Unthinkable to Unavoidable

by Ambassador of Russia to South Africa Ilya Rogachev

The wave of statements by high-ranking European and NATO officials of alleged Russian attacks on NATO is ongoing. HR/VP Borrell says a high-intensity European war is no longer a fantasy, while the Poles claim there is no diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict. Military and politicians in the West repeat over and over again a war will break out in […] years and urge their people to get prepared for it.
Some accuse their leaders of fear-mongering, others take their warnings seriously, like in Sweden, where people flocked to the stores to stock up on fuel and survival kits after Sweden commander-in-chief Micael Bydén’s words that all Swedes need to prepare for a war. 
But how did we get there?


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