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Mandela Day celebrated in the Union of Comoros

12 August 2020

South African Embassy Mandela Day Celebration – 18 July 2020 Inané, Mbadjini – Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Union of the Comoros

Everyone in the world should dedicate 67 minutes of service to humanity that commemorates this great African Patriot and Global Icon. The 67 minutes derives from the 67 years of his life that Tata Mandela devoted to the service of humanity - South African Embassy, Moroni

Photo: Picture at the school are the Governor of the Island of Ngazidja Ms Farouata Mhoudine and the Director of Cabinet of the President of the Union of Comoros in charge of Defense, Mr Youssoufa Mohamed Ali with school and embassy staff

This year the South African Embassy to the Union of Comoros commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day under the challenging circumstances of a global pandemic that has seriously constrained the freedom and movement of people, the Covid-19.

The Embassy identified an event that would encompass the spirit of the day, honour the legacy of Madiba and also recognize his tireless work to improve the lives of children all around the world.  We also made a conscious decision to take into account the need for social awareness around the COVID-19 pandemic and support efforts at fighting its spread in vulnerable communities.

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Russia Becomes First Country in the World to Register COVID-19 Vaccine

11 August 2020

Russia's first vaccine against the coronavirus was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute. Clinical trials of the vaccine were launched on 18 June and all 38 volunteers developed immunity.

Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting.

The vaccine was named 'Sputnik V' in reference to the 1957 launch of a Soviet satellite, which opened space to exploration by humans.

The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows "it works quite effectively" and "forms a stable immunity".

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Canada’s 153rd Birthday

6 August 2020

by Mr. Kim P. Butler, Acting High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa

Just like millions of people around the world, this year Canada celebrated a #StayAtHome birthday!

For all of us at the High Commission of Canada in South Africa, Canada Day is an opportunity to celebrate a country that is close to our hearts and a place that many of our colleagues and friends call home. It is a time for us to recall our history and diversity, our identity and our culture, shaped by the Indigenous peoples of Canada, our francophone culture, and by the many immigrant communities who have settled in Canada over the decades and who represent more than 50% of the population of Canada’s largest urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver.  

Although we could not get together in person this year, we still celebrated this special day together through our virtual Canada Day celebrations on our social media platforms. As with previous celebrations, we displayed different facets of Canada and shared inspiring, touching and captivating moments from Canadians across the globe.

This year has been challenging for people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a serious impact on health systems, economies and our lives—particularly for the most vulnerable, including women and girls, the elderly, and many who are marginalized and living in difficult conditions.

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Celebrating the National Women’s Day of South Africa with Qatari Spirit

by Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to South Africa

7 August 2020

I would like to congratulate all women and girls in the Republic of South Africa on their National Women’s Day, August 9th, which is historical in making the change that they well-deserved. 74 years ago, exactly on 9 August 1956, more than 20,000 South African brave women marched in order to fight for their freedom and for attaining their inalienable right to freely move and protect their livelihood in their own country.

Today, we can witness the achievements of the Republic of South Africa in the field of women empowerment and advancement, where capable women are leading departments and state agencies. As a diplomat, I have the privilege to salute the role of H. E. Dr. Naledi Pandor – South Africa’s Foreign Minister, in leading the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of her country. Prominently, on 17 July 2020, Dr. Pandor strongly stated her country’s position on the role of women in peace and security in a message addressed to the UN Security Council. In her statement, Dr. Pandor presented the vision and achievements of South Africa in fulfilling the objectives of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, important agenda item at the UN. She also considered the right of women as key for the true meaning of freedom when she quoted a phrase of President Nelson Mandela stating, “Freedom can’t be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression”.

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ASEAN and Viet Nam's membership

by H.E Mr. HOANG VAN LOI, Ambassador-designate of the S.R of Viet Nam to the Republic of South Africa

7 August 2020

August 8th is celebrated among Southeast Asian countries as ASEAN Day, a time to reflect on how far the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come since its inception on August 8th, 1967 as well as its future prospects. To regional countries, including Viet Nam, ASEAN plays a central role in ensuring peace, security and prosperity in an increasingly uncertain regional and global situation.

 ASEAN was established on August 8th 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by its founding members, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The inclusion of Brunei (1984), Viet Nam (1995), Lao PDR and Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999) expanded ASEAN’s scope to the whole of Southeast Asia, effectively transforming the region from the one clouded by the Cold War era’s enmity and division to the one of dialogue, trust and unity.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing

6 August 2020

Japan marked 75 years since the world's first and only atomic bomb attack carried out by United States Air Force bombers, which is estimated to have killed 140,000 people just in the months following the explosion. Survivors, their relatives and a small number of dignitaries commemorated the anniversary with prayers, songs and calls for world peace.

The ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial offered a minute of silence at exactly 8:15 a.m. local time, the time the first nuclear weapon was detonated over the city.

Address by the Prime Minister ABE Shinzo at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Today, at the opening of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing, I reverently express my sincere condolences to the souls of the great number of atomic bomb victims.
 
I also extend my heartfelt sympathy to those still suffering even now from the aftereffects of the atomic bomb.
 
This year, as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) grips the world, people all around the globe continue to make resolute efforts at this very moment to overcome this trial.

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Celebrating Swiss National Day virtually

1 August 2020

Dear fellow Swiss, dear friends of Switzerland

Please click on the picture to watch the 1st of August address by Ambassador Dr. Nicolas Brühl.


 
As 2020 is a special year and we will not have the opportunity to gather as usual for the Swiss National Day we are pleased to invite you to the virtual celebration on www.missione1agosto.org. Let’s celebrate and share pictures of your 1st of August moments on this website.

Happy #SwissNationalDay!

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The Embassy of the Republic of Korea donates face masks and disinfectants

30 July 2020

Minister Counsellor Bong-kyu Choi from the  Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Pretoria, South Africa delivered 35,000 face masks and 1.2 tons of disinfectant (equivalent to R 650,000) to Ms Lebo Lebese at the South African Department of Health on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 to help local medical staff, soldiers and police officers to work more safely.

Meanwhile, 5,000 face masks were delivered directly from the Korean Embassy to South African Korean War Veterans and their families.

The donation was prepared by the South Korean government and companies to support the South African government's fight against Covid-19.

The face masks were prepared by the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs in order to fulfill South Korean President Moon Jae-in's promise made during a telephone conversation he had with President Cyril Ramaphosa on 24 April in support of countries that participated in the Korean War on the South Korean side.

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Foster Home and street in Kavala named after Nelson Mandela

 

 

Kavala, 17 July 2020

The foster Home of the "Smile of the Child" and the adjacent street in Kavala get named after the great political leader on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day Ambassador Beryl Rose Sisulu with a delegation of the South African Embassy travelled to Kavala to officially name the Home of the Organization "The Smile of the Child" in Nea Iraklitsa, Kavala, and  the adjacent “Socratous Street”, after the world icon Nelson Mandela. This initiative was taken to honour the great political leader and philanthropist who devoted his life to the fight for equality and justice, and to fulfil the wish of the late Greek – South African Ioannis Symeonidis, who donated the two houses, to the Organisation.  

The event was officiated by the Ambassador of South Africa to Greece, H.E. Ms. Beryl Rose Sisulu, the President of the Organization "The Smile of the Child", Mr. Costas Yannopoulos, the Honorary Consul of South Africa in Thessaloniki, Mr. Vassilios Takas, the Mayor of Paggaio, Mr. Filippos Anastasiadis, and the Mayor of Kavala, Mr. Theodoros Mouriadis.

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Why Africa must become the Conservation Continent

It’s high time for Africa to carve out its own epithet. The Conservation Continent is a positive option for many good reasons.

by Greg Mills, Director, The Brenthurst Foundation and Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia

23 July 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to amplify Africa’s development challenges – essentially the result of high population growth and historically too low economic growth – and accelerate the pace at which governments will have to act and deliver to citizens.

The immediate challenge for African leaders is to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis and to reposition the continent beyond Covid-19. The local-over-global reflex to the pandemic poses risks to African growth, such as those implicit in a deep-seated political call for businesses to go “home”, thereby reducing the reliance on outsiders.

As African leadership thinks about the longer-term imperative of diversification and transformation, they might have opportunities few of their counterparts elsewhere possess in allocating a greater share of land to conservancies, providing a new avenue for tourist development. A big policy bet on the environment today could pay unimaginable dividends, and quickly.

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Japan pledges ¥100,000,000 to The Kingdom of Eswatini's fight against Covid-19

22 July 2020

The Embassy of Japan signed the Economic and Social Development Programme grant to strengthen the health and medical system of the Kingdom of Eswatini and contribute to the economic and social development of the country.

At present, the rapidly expanding rate of new coronavirus infections in various parts of the world are threatening not only human life, but the social and economic impact on people’s dignity and wellbeing is enormous. The pandemic is a perfect example of a human security crisis–a priority in the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) Agenda.

In  response to such a crisis, health systems should be strengthened to adequately respond to infectious diseases in both the medium and long term, in addition to placing emergency measures to protect  lives  and minimize social and economic  impacts. In particular,  in  order  to prevent the most vulnerable people from being left behind, an inclusive response based on the idea of human security focusing on individual protection and empowerment is important.

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