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Indonesian Tourism responds to Millennials and wins Award

8 October 2019

"The challenge to the tourism world is not getting easier. It is not only the global economic slowdown, but also a change in the traveller’s lifestyle which are very dynamic. Indonesia has all the capacity to serve the millennial market, from the digital infrastructure to a variety of special-interest tourism options”, said Mr Salman Al Farisi, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria, at the Indonesian Tourism Sales Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3 October 2019.

Photo: Mr Salman Al Farisi, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria addressing the Sales Mission

The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, the Ministry of Tourism and ITPC Johannesburg in collaboration with Singapore Airlines invited 25 travel agents and business partners in South Africa to brief them about the latest updates from Indonesia.


The 7th TICAD comes to grips with the Japanese ‘can do’ psyche

30 September 2019

“It’s not only about the amount of assistance,” explains HE Norio Maruyama, Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa during a discussion on TICAD 7 with The Diplomatic Society.  Ethical culture, a can do attitude and capable behaviour in relation to work and society are the basis of innovation, skills and management. The theme for this TICAD 7 was “Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation.”

Photo: His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed and received by the Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Norio Maruyama, at the Tokyo International Airport, Japan, ahead of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Looking on are Mr Yasushi Naito, Japan's Consul General in Cape Town and Mr Ebrahim Edries, Chief Director, State Protocol, Dirco (Siyabulela Duda​)

It is unprecedented that in 26 years since the establishment of the conference. 42 African heads of state/government attended the 7th TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development) in Yokohama, Japan at the end of August 2019. The huge attendance saw the Tokyo conference moved to Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city to accommodate the 10 000 participants who attended the conference this year.


Festival of India

2 October 2019

To celebrate the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi a Festival of India was held in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Photo: Mrs Minako Sarkar, Mr Jaideep Sarkar, High Commissioner of India and Dr Sonal Mansingh

Guests of the High Commission in Pretoria viewed the ‘Story of Kasturba’, where Dr Sonal Mansingh and her troupe though demonstration-cum-performance took the audience through the tremendous life journey of Kasturba Gandhi.

At the other centres audiences also enjoyed Contemporary Indian Music by Indie Routes Band, Shri Shreyas Abhas Group, ‘Shanti Sutra’ – Bharatnatyam Dance Drama on Mahatma Gandhi, by Kalakshetra Foundation and Light Classical Music (Vocal) by Ms. Sunanda Sharma.


Obasanjo presents book to Ramaphosa

2 October 2019

By Oru Leonard,

President Cyril Ramaphosa received former Nigerian President, General Olusegun Obasanjo who paid a courtesy call on him on Thursday, 26 September 2019 and presented him with a book.

Photo: President Ramaphosa receiving a book from President Obasanjo (Elmond Jiyane)

The book titled, “Democracy Works: Rewiring Politics to Africa’s Advantage”, was authored by Greg Mills of the Brenthurst Foundation in South Africa; Former President Obasanjo; Jeffrey Herbst, a celebrated Africanist, and Tendai Biti, former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe.

President Ramaphosa thanked the former President for working hard and still having the energy to write and contribute to current debates about the development of Africa.


Action for People and Planet - Tackling Global Challenges Together

30 September 2019


Photography by Marla Mossman
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Photo: His Excellency Hassan Rouhani, President, Islamic Republic of Iran

Every September, the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York to discuss the critical issues of global concern. This year, in addition to the general debate, world leaders participated in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all.





Nepal attracting investment

20 September 2019

The Constitution of Nepal is a highly progressive law that has set unprecedented parallels by global standards by guaranteeing the rights of all Nepalese said Mr Ghana Shyam Lamsal, Chargé d' Affaires of Nepal at the celebration of Nepal's national day in Pretoria, South Africa.

Photo: Mr Ghana Shyam Lamsal, Chargé d' Affaires of Nepal with Dave Malcomson, Chief Director at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Mr Lamsal said that Nepal is poised for accelerated economic development for which the government had already launched a massive development effort under the vision of "Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali".

The year 2020 is being celebrated as 'Visit Nepal Year' and Mr Lamsal invited all guests to visit Nepal to enjoy rich cultural, natural and adventurous tourism.

This year marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Nepal and South Africa and the relations are growing especially in the trade and tourism sectors.


Chile to host COP25

29 September 2019

The Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, H.E. Francisco Berguño and Déborah Siraze hosted a reception on 18 September 2019 to celebrate the 209th anniversary of the establishment of the first autonomous government in Chile in 1810.

Photo: Ambassador Berguño with Ambassador Mzolisa Bona, Chief Director for Latin América and the Caribbean of DIRCO

Ambassador Berguño said that Chile continues to be a vibrant and open economy, fully connected to the world and committed to upholding the values of freedom, equality, non-discrimination, democracy and human rights and that Chile’s longstanding friendship with South Africa is based on these shared values.


Rugby fever at New Zealand HC

23 September 2019

Mr Mike Burrell, High Commissioner of New Zealand in South Africa hosted fans at his official residence to view the Rugby World Cup game between the All Blacks and Springboks on Saturday, 21 September 2019.

It was an exciting game, especially for the All Black supporters and the general consensus from the very passionate fans was that the probability was high for these two teams to meet in the final.

The Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan and runs from 20 September to 2 November. The tournament is contested every four years and was first held in 1987, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.


Afro Brazilian Festival

28 September 2019

(left) Ambassador Nedilson Jorge of Brazil with Brazilian designer Mila Moreno (right) Ambassador Nedilson Jorge and Mrs Ligia Kosin Jorge with young footballers  

Samba! Frevo! Caipirinha! Churrasco!  the best of Brazil were showcased at the 4th Afro-Brazilian Festival at Market@theSheds in Pretoria giving guests the opportunity to eat, drink, and dance Brazilian.

This unique collaboration with the Embassy of Brazil in South Africa and Market@theSheds turns this monthly market into a Brazilian-African fusion of art, culture dance and music once a year.

Included in the festivities of the day were Brazilian martial arts, soccer demonstrations and activities for the children. The usual offering of local foods was spiced up with Brazilian flavour.

Crafts, fashion and design stalls were also part of the festival.

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This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang, but a whimper

by Greg Mills and Emily van Der Merwe

29 September 2019

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial in the foreground, with the Dome in the background. (Photo: Greg Mills)

There is much good in Asia’s development path, not least the commitment to popular welfare displayed by its leadership, and the laser-like focus on jobs and growth. Equally, there are things to avoid. In particular, while fossil fuels form the foundation of many Asian countries’ electricity supply, notably China’s, there are good reasons why Africa should not follow the same path.

When the atomic weapon known as Little Boy exploded about 600m above Hiroshima on the morning of 6 August 1945, a group of children had just assembled in the schoolyard of Honkawa Elementary School, less than 500m from the hypocentre of the blast. They were awaiting roll call before their school day would start.

Except that it never would, as nearly 400 of them would die when, at 8.15 that morning the course of the world was changed forever.

The Hiroshima Memorial Museum displays pieces of their incinerated clothing. Those who weren’t killed immediately died slow deaths of pain and illness. Burnt by the intolerable heat of the explosion, which caused ground temperature in the city to briefly rise to 4,000°C, some drank the sticky, black rain that fell from the sky. The rain was radioactive.

On the surface, the lesson from Hiroshima is that the world should never, ever again experience nuclear warfare. But if you look closer, the lesson is rather that humans have the capacity to annihilate themselves. And we fail to heed this lesson at our peril.


Mexico and SA – a people centred friendship

17 September 2019

The 209th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico was celebrated in festive Mexican style in Pretoria where guests enjoyed Mexican food, drink, music and dance.  

Ms Ana Luisa Fajer, Ambassador of Mexico to South Africa said that in a world that is more inclined to pessimism and bad news, focusing on people to people connections, should be the driving force.

“Mexico’s diverse and rich cultures, as well as our indigenous traditions that blend with contemporary artistic expressions, provide an excellent platform to generate genuine interactions, and consequently, build positive relationships between people. This is when conversations happen, and political and economic dialogue can flow easily.”

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