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Queen Noloyiso Sandile a great leader and a woman of valour:  the Rharhabe nation mourns the loss of their Monarch

by HRH Stella Sigcau

13 July 2020

These were the words echoed by Minister of Mineral Resourses Gwede Mantashe when he delivered the Eulogy on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa during the funeral service of the late Queen Noloyiso Sandile on 12 July 2020 at Mngqesha Great Place.  He went on to describe the Queen as a steadfast matriarch of the most noble character who was the cornerstone of society and the foundation upon which a home and a nation is built a sentiment that was shared by various speakers in attendance. She was also described as someone who abhorred gender-based violence, discrimination against women, the prevention of women owning land or property, and women falling victim to cultural practices that relegated them to a lower status than men. The final send-off of the late Queen Sandile commenced with a burial at King Sandile Burial Site in King Williamstown.

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Connecting digitally on Flanders Day

11 July 2020

General Representative Dr Geraldine Reymenants message on Flanders Day

Dear partners, stakeholders, friends and compatriots in southern Africa

We are saddened that our annual Flanders Day reception cannot take place this year, but we are happy we can reach out to you virtually.

Flanders Day, or the Day of the Flemish Community, goes back to the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. This year we battle again, against a virus which has taken away the possibility of personal social contact. Therefore we cannot meet with you to raise a glass, enjoy some music and reflect on the past year of cooperation and cultural, academic and economic exchanges between Flanders and southern Africa.

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US Independence Day a time to reflect

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks

Pretoria, July 4, 2020

Good evening.  On behalf of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the American people, I would like to thank you for joining us.

Today marks the 244th anniversary of the founding of our great nation. On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress signed our Declaration of Independence, declaring we were no longer subjects of the British crown.

The 4th of July has historically been a time of celebration among the American people whereby we commemorate the ringing of the bells in Philadelphia which signaled the birth of an independent United States. However, the true meaning of Independence Day is not found in some static moment of the distant past. Our nations greatness & the reason we celebrate this day is that we are always working, always striving towards a better model of democracy, towards that more perfect union.

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209th Anniversary of the Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

by Mairin Moreno Mérida, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Pretoria, 5 July 2020

This year, we celebrate the 209 years of the historical event that marked our independence, which was given to us by one of the greatest men that Our America has ever given birth to, the Liberator Simón Bolívar, when on July 5, 1811 the Act representing the definitive break with the colonial link.

Two centuries later, we find ourselves fighting to maintain and reaffirm that sentiment of freedom and the nationalist spirit of those of us who inhabit the sacred land of the father of the Motherland, Simón Bolívar.

Today as we celebrate the 209th anniversary of the independence of Venezuela, it is also a date to ratify our anti-imperialist conscience and full determination to defend in all circumstances the sovereignty of all Venezuelans, together with the continuation of our solidary foreign policy that we have called Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy which pursues the integration and union of our peoples, especially with our brothers in Africa.

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IORA holds Tenth Bi-annual Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials

2 July 2020

The United Arab Emirates, the current Chair of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), convened the Tenth Bi-annual CSO Meeting on 29 June – 01 July 2020 virtually, with the support of the IORA Secretariat. This Meeting brought together IORA’s 22 Member States, the Fisheries Support Unit (FSU), the Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT), and the Chair in Indian Ocean Studies (CIOS) to track the Associations progress within the six priority areas and two cross cutting focus areas.

Senior Officials joined the three-day virtual meeting and stressed their commitment to strengthen cooperation within the Indian Ocean region to build back better resilient communities. The meeting agenda highlighted various topics regarding the strategic objectives of the Association, including the engagement with IORA’s Dialogue Partners and various International organisations.

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20 years of fruitful work between Belarus and Southern Africa

Address by H.E. Alexander D. Sidoruk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of South Africa and concurrently to the Republic of Angola, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus

3 July 2020

Dear friends!

Today we celebrate a great and important day of the Belarusian statehood – the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus.

Belarusian people have come a very long way since their independence.

Beginning their journey from the first state established on the territory of today’s Belarus, mentioned in chronicles of the IX century – the Polatsk Principality – which dominated in the region up to the XIII century.

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Calling for a global ceasefire at UNSC

Joint statement by Mr Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and Mr Kaïs Kabtani, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations

1 July 2020
 
The unanimous adoption today by the Security Council of resolution 2532 on the COVID-19 pandemic, echoing the call of the Secretary-General for a global ceasefire, marks an important milestone.
 
Tunisia and France would like to thank all the members of the Security Council for their support and their spirit of compromise, which enable the Council to fully play its role in this unprecedented time.
 
Indeed, the engagement of the Security Council will be critical to mitigate the peace and security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. This resolution is setting clear priorities: a cessation of hostilities, a humanitarian pause and solidarity to face the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no alternative to fight effectively the pandemic.
 
In this regard, France and Tunisia would like to pay tribute to the different UN entities, including the World Health Organization, which are playing a key role in the response to the pandemic. We would like also to commend the remarkable work of peacekeepers in difficult conditions.

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The Silver Jubilee Of Sri Lanka- South Africa  Diplomacy  

By Srimal Fernando

2 July 2020

Marking the silver jubilee of diplomatic ties, Sri Lanka and South Africa have yielded solid accomplishments in continuing their long-standing corporation. Last year, South Africa and Sri Lanka was pivotal in reviving bilateral and economic ties based on common aspirations for a sustainable future.

The political ties between the two nations in the past were strengthened by several high-level visits from South Africa to Sri Lanka. Former South African President Jacob Zuma visited Sri Lanka in 2013 while the incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the South Asian nation in 2019 and in 2014 during his tenure as Deputy President. Taking these relations further, a statue of the late South African President Nelson Mandela considered a symbol of peace in the world, will be erected in Colombo. On the other hand South Africa has maintained good relations with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Brazil Russia India China and South Africa (BRICS) member states on a number of key issues.

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Diplomatic World Institute signs partnership with The Diplomatic Society in Pretoria, South Africa

Brussels/Pretoria, July 1st, 2020

Diplomatic World Institute in Brussels has signed a partnership with Pretoria based The Diplomatic Society. In a next step specific projects of cooperation will be identified.
Says Barbara Dietrich, CEO of Diplomatic World and Diplomatic World Institute: “Africa in many aspects is a very rich continent and provides the solutions for many problems we are faced with here in Europe. Therefore, it is an important step for us to develop joint projects to help Africa to find its equal position.”

Says Kirtan Bhana, Founder and CEO of The Diplomatic Society: “It’s a great pleasure that we have come to this agreement after being friends for some years now. Only through global dia-logue the world can prosper. The power of our two platforms provide the chance to foster global change in a positive sense.”    

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Qatar Pledges $10 Million for WHO to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic

29 June 2020

HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani announced on Saturday that the State of Qatar pledged $10 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the finding of testing equipment, treatment, and vaccine for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), in addition to its $20 million contribution to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

His Excellency said, during his participation in a COVID-19 commitments campaign held through video conference by non-profit organization Global Citizen, that the State of Qatar was proud to support 'Global Goal: Unite for Our Future' campaign. His Excellency expressed the State of Qatar's thanks to the European Commission and to Global Citizen for partnering on the campaign.

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the novel Coronavirus pandemic was not just testing the healthcare systems, educational systems, and economies around the world, but also testing human principles and the ability to respond quickly by show solidarity across borders.

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Kaiser Motaung Jnr Foundation donates food packages in the Mpondo Kingdom

by HRH Stella Sigcau

25 June 2020

Kaizer Motaung Jnr, the son of Kaizer Chiefs FC founder Kaizer Motaung Snr, on 23 June 2020 led a delegation to Lwandlolubomvu Great Place, Ntabankulu in the Mpondo Kingdom. He donated 400 food packages and masks to families that have been affected by poverty and Covid-19 through the Kaiser Motaung Jnr Foundation.

The Foundation which was founded by the former Kaizer Chiefs FC striker has been hard at work donating to various communities which have been hit hard especially by Covid-19 and poverty nationwide reaching out also to the remote rural areas of the country. The Lwandlolubomvu Royal Family had requested assistance to support families affected by Covid-19 and poverty in the Lwandlolubomvu Administrative Area. The Foundation heeded to this call through these donations including to the soccer teams in the areas.

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