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The Promise of New Beginnings

The Promise of New Beginnings

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27 June 2024 Issue 318 - The Promise of New Beginnings




Matariki – The Promise of New Beginnings
New Zealand High Commissioner Philip Hewitt addressing guests

Matariki, the Māori New Year, was celebrated under the stars on a crisp winter evening in Pretoria on 18 June.  High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa, Mr Philip Hewitt explained that in Māori culture, Matariki, known as the Pleiades star cluster, is celebrated at its first rising in late June or early July, marking the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar. 
This year Matariki will be celebrated by many families across Aotearoa New Zealand on 28 June. 
The incredible work of a young Māori artist, Ms Hāriata Mann was displayed at the event. Hewitt explained that Hāriata studies communication design and te reo Māori (the Māori language) at the Auckland University of Technology. She was chosen by the University to create a collection of artworks to celebrate the rise of Matariki.  
Her work depicts the nine whetū, or stars, of the Matariki constellation. “Hāriata’s works showcase the spirit and ancestry of Matariki. Each whētu is encased in a border which, starting from the top left corner, tells one origin story of the cluster,” said Hewitt. 

JSDF marine ships to call on Cape Town
Defense Attaches in Pretoria join the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the JSDF with Japanese Defence Attaché, Lieutenant Colonel Koichi Kamijukkoku  (photo: Embassy of Japan)

Cape Town, South Africa will be a port of call during the Japan Marine Self Defence Force Overseas Training Cruise in 2024. Ambassador Ushio of Japan to South Africa made this announcement at the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Japanese Self-Defense Forces Day at reception at the Embassy in Pretoria.
Making a historical time reference on the founding of the JSDF on the July 1 1954, Ambassador Ushio said, "At that time in South Africa, Mr. Albert Luthuli was President-General of the African National Congress. He would later(1961) be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in leading the non-violent anti-apartheid movement, becoming Africa’s first Nobel laureate. The changes of the past 70 years are evident in the history of South Africa, which has already celebrated 30 years of democracy after going through a difficult period."

BRICS is a forerunner - Russia Day 2024
Russian Ambassador Ilya Rogachev and South African Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams raising a toast (photo: TDS)

Russia is Chair of BRICS this year and will host the BRICS Summit in Kazan in October. At the celebration of Russia’s national day in Pretoria, Ambassador Ilya Rogachev said that BRICS today is much more than a grouping of like-minded states, it supports the process of establishing a polycentric world order based on independence, sovereignty and consensus decision making. The countries have respect for each other’s history, culture and traditions as opposed to imposing one’s will on another. 
BRICS is exactly the model of efficient cooperation between states. During South Africa’s presidency last year, at the successful Summit in Johannesburg, a historical decision was taken to expand BRICS membership resulting in many countries applying and five countries joining.



Kazakhstan prioritises Balanced Development during its Chairmanship of SCO
(l-r) Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Ambassador Zhang Ming and President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev 
Kazakhstan assumed chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on 4 July 2023 and put forward several promising priorities in a variety of vectors. In this regard Kazakhstan held more than 150 events at various levels. Astana will host the SCO Summit on 3-4 July 2024. Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan said that the theme for the Summit will be ‘Strengthening multilateral dialogue – striving for sustainable peace and development.’

The main priorities of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship are:
•    ensuring security and stability;
•    expanding and deepening economic and trade ties; 
•    enhancing energy cooperation;
•    expanding digital cooperation;
•    enhancing environmental cooperation and
•    deepening cultural and humanitarian ties.


Glyn Hall: The Unbeatable Fastness of Being

Glyn Hall has spent three decades building up South Africa’s most successful motorsport team and export. Last month, in parallel with Red Bull’s design guru, Adrian Newey, Hall left the team he founded.

by Greg Mills, Director: The Brenthurst Foundation

In an era when the politically minded like to punt slogans such as “Proudly South African”, the practical reality of succeeding through competitiveness demands being proudly global and proudly diverse. This applies to markets, logistics, technologies, and, at the centre of all of this, the ability of personalities to integrate, innovate and implement. 
A month ago, the story broke in the international media of Formula One design expert Adrian Newey’s imminent departure from the all-conquering Red Bull team. Newey’s designs have won 12 constructors and 13 drivers’ championships for three teams with seven different drivers. 


UAE contributes to Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations humanitarian efforts in Sudan

The United Arab Emirates has signed a key agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to address the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and prevent the imminent risk of famine. The agreement was signed on behalf of the UAE by Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs, and on behalf of FAO by, Guangzhou Qu, Director of the FAO Liaison Office in New York, at a special ceremony in New York at the UAE Mission to the UN in New York, and in the presence of Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs and Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.


Explore living civilizations through dialogue with descendant of Indian poet Tagore

2024 marks the 100-year anniversary of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore's visit to China.

Recently in Beijing, Xinhua reporter Liu Jie talked to a member of Mr Tagore's family. Souraja Tagore told Xinhua how Mr Tagore was immersed in Chinese culture and influenced his Chinese friends.



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