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Exploring the culture and environmental heritage of SA Kingdoms  

By Stella Sigcau

25 October 2019

Mpondo Kingdom: Mkhambathi Nature reserve

Mkhambathi Nature reserve, a 7720-ha coastal reserve of unspoilt nature and wildlife, is one of the most spectacular nature havens in the Mpondo Kingdom and one of the most beautiful in South Africa. Situated in the North Eastern part of the Kingdom along the beautiful coastline which stretches along 10km of beaches in the Indian Ocean, a driving distance from Lusikisiki, one the historic towns of the Kingdom, is flanked by the ravines of the Msikaba and Mthentu rivers.  

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Welcome to South Africa

Standing (l-r) Kingdom of Lesotho, HE Mr Nehemia Sekhonyana Bereng, Russian Federation, HE Ilya Rogachev, Republic of Colombia, HE Mr Carlos Andres Barahona Nino, Republic of Cyprus, HE Mr Costas A Papademas, Republic of Kazakhstan, HE Mr Kanat Tumysh, Swiss Federation, HE Dr Nicolas Bruhl and European Union, HE Mrs Riina Kionka
Seated (l-r) Republic of Rwanda, HE Mr Eugene Segore Kayihura, Republic of Malta, HE Mr Dionisio Vella, Republic of Guatemala, HE Mr Erick Estuardo Escobedo Ayala, Kingdom of Morocco, HE Mr Youseff Amrani, Republic of India, HE Mr Jaideep Sarkar, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Australia, HE Gita Kamanth, Republic of Zambia, HE Major General Jackson Miti, French Republic, HE Mr Aurelien Lechevallier, Republic of Niger, HE Mrs Mariama Seydou and Republic of Ireland, HE Ms Fionnuala Gilsenan (credit: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS) 

15 October 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate who have been designated by the governments of 16 countries to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa.  
 
The credentials ceremony took place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane.

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UAE ally of South Africa, Africa

4 October 2019

“The 25 years of diplomatic relations between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates was set on a solid path by our founding fathers His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Excellency Nelson Mandela.” Mr Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Ambassador of the UAE to South Africa was speaking on the occasion of 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries at a reception in Pretoria, South Africa.

Photo: Mr Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in South Africa receiving Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (Jacoline Schoonees/Dirco)

Ambassador Alhameli pointed out the remarkable development and progress that has been achieved in a quarter of a century at various levels between the UAE and South Africa.

The decision by the South African government to exempt UAE nationals from visa requirements is a further indication of the strengthening relations.

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2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard

21 October 2019

The French economy supported by structural key strengths, a trend to create businesses as well as an evolution towards a carbon-free economy.

Business France and the French Treasury Directorate are pleased to present the “2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard,” published as part of the “France des Solutions” forum.

The France Attractiveness Scoreboard, published for the 10th year in a row, brings together a wide array of economic data, compiled as indicators into the attractiveness of France, comparing its performances with 13 other countries.

Analysis of economic indicators highlights a number of the French economy’s key strengths, including:
I. Structural key strengths contributing to economic activity
a.   France enjoys excellent connections to worldwide networks: high-quality airport infrastructures (Paris Charles de Gaulle, second airport for cargo transport after Frankfurt airport and second by passengers carried after London Heathrow); rail freight transport is also extensive (third among European countries in the sample, after Germany and Poland). The Rail Reform Act of June 28, 2018 contains a 10-year plan to overhaul the network.

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Visiting Guyanese Teachers support children in Soweto

By Claire Hunte

21 October 2019

As customary, many guided tours to Soweto include a visit to the Elias Motsoaledi Pre-school and daycare.  

Photo: Dr Cyril Kenrick Hunte, High Commissioner of Guyana and Mrs. Claire Hunte interacting with the children of the school

This was the case last winter, when three Guyanese teachers who reside in the United States visited South Africa during their summer vacation. They noted the challenges that the teachers faced with the lack of adequate teaching and learning materials and facilities, when compared to their own experiences. Driven by their zeal to make a difference, upon their return to the U. S., they shared their story with family members, friends and other colleagues and received financial support on behalf of the children.

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Parasite

11 October 2019

Parasite is a 2019 award winning South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho.

It had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2019, where it won the Palme d'Or, becoming the first Korean film to receive the award and the first film to win with a unanimous vote. It was selected as the South Korean entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

The 130 minute storyline is compact with intrigue and suspense, captivating audiences while showcasing Korean talent for filmmaking. The acting and cinematography is complementary in the way it aids the language challenge.

The film portrays the lives of two Korean families. The Parks are wealthy and prosperous who’s every need is attended to and live in a modern mansion. The Kim's, in contrast, live in a shabby semi-basement apartment and have to rely on their wits and inventiveness to make ends meet.

 

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali awarded Nobel Peace Prize

11 October 2019

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea. In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries. These principles are set out in the declarations that Prime Minister Abiy and President Afwerki signed in Asmara and Jeddah last July and September. An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.

(image: @EthiopiainSA)

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6th SKA Africa Partner Countries Meeting

17 October 2019

Senior officials and experts concluded the 6th Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa Partner Countries Meeting on Monday, 14 October 2019, noting progress in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) and other astronomy initiatives aimed at the development of astronomy in the nine African SKA partner countries.

The SKA/AVN partners – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia – meet annually to provide strategic leadership on matters relating to SKA/AVN projects, as well as other relevant radio astronomy initiatives.

The AVN project aims to establish a network of self-sufficient radio telescopes in Africa through the conversion of redundant telecommunications antennas into radio telescopes, "new-build" telescopes or training facilities with training telescopes. This network will strengthen the science that the international VLBI community can do.

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SA, Nigeria commit to condusive business environment

4 October 2019

The governments of South Africa and Nigeria have committed to creating a conducive business environment that will make it easier for business to operate.

“We are aware of the challenges that sometimes arise in our respective countries, and have agreed to put in the necessary mechanisms to address these,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa and  President Buhari at the Union Buildings during the Nigeria State Visit to South Africa. (Jairus Mmutle/GCIS​)

Addressing the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum in Midrand, President Cyril Ramaphosa said there’s a significant number of local companies conducting business in Nigeria.

Currently South African companies are operating in Nigeria’s telecommunications, banking, retail, hospitality, mining, tourism, agriculture and construction and tourism sectors.

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Russia-Africa look to deepen scientific ties

14 October 2019

With a week to go until the first ever Russia-Africa Summit, Russia has emphasised the need to expand and deepen scientific ties between that country and the African continent.

The Russia-Africa summit, set to be held in Russia's Sochi city on October 23-24, will be co-chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The Russia–Africa Economic Forum will take place on the sidelines of the summit and will feature a business programme.

The programme will feature a session devoted to humanitarian and social cooperation between Russia and African countries themed ‘Russia and Africa: Science, Education, and Innovation for Economic Development’.

Russian Science and Higher Education Minister Mikhail Kotyukov, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee on Science, Education, and Culture Igor Morozov, University of Russia Rector Vladimir Filippov, African Union Human Resources, Science, and Technology Commissioner Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary George Albert Omore Magoha and Mozambique Science and Technology Minister Jorge Nhambiu are among the individuals set to participate in the session.  

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Korea calls for ease of doing business in SA

2 October 2019

This year marks Korea’s 4,352nd anniversary since its national foundation, and the 71st anniversary of its Armed Forces Day. In South Africa Ambassador Jong-Dae Park hosted a reception to celebrate these events.

Photo: Mr Jong-Dae Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea with Mr Fish Amos Mahlaleia, Deputy Minister of Tourism

“Taking this opportunity, I would also like to ask the South African government to consider and offer best solutions to facilitate Korea’s and all other foreign countries’ business in terms of assuring their security and easing issuance of visas, so that they can contribute  to economic growth and employment in South Africa in a win-win manner,” a call from Ambassador Park.   

Speaking about South Africa’s upcoming Investment Summit Ambassador Park said that there are over 30 Korean companies in South Africa, with investments in the automotive, manufacturing, ICT, energy, construction, cosmetics and the shipping sectors, among others. “Many of our companies will participate in the upcoming South Africa Investment Conference next month. We are counting on South Africa to be not only an important market and economic partner in itself, but to also serve as a hub and springboard for the rest of the African continent. Be mindful that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement is now in effect and undergoing its implementation stage.”

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A rising star ready to make it internationally

by Stella Sigcau

16 October 2019

Azemahle Lwanda Matebese a 13 year old, grade 8 scholar from Durban Girls High School has had a passion for dancing since a young age.

Daughter of businessman from KwaBomvana in the Eastern Cape Mr Ntsikelelo Matebese and his wife Princess Nombongo Matebese (nee Ndamase) who traces her roots to the Faku dynasty and ooBhayi has been dancing since grade 1, doing ballet and modern dancing. Her curiosity and love for the arts, according to her mother Nombongo Matebese saw her participate in other cultural activities at her school and in grade 3 was awarded with a Pick n Pay trophy for being an all- rounder in cultural activities within her Primary School, Glenmore in Durban.

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