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Embracing 4IR

9 July 2019

Government is committed to a skills revolution that will ensure that South Africa has the human capital required in the digital economy, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 “…We are introducing subjects such as coding and data analytics at primary school level to prepare our people for the jobs of the future,” the President said.

Photo: Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the inaugural 4th Industrial Revolution SA - Digital Economy Summit  (Jairus Mmutle/GCIS)

Addressing the inaugural Digital Economy Summit in Midrand on Friday, President Ramaphosa said government has committed to train one million young people in data science and related skills by 2030.


GTAC –Capable Behaviour

25 July 2019

The SARB Conference centre was transformed into a school for learners in the vocation of public service.  Experts and professionals shared their expertise and experiences over the five day Public Economics Winter School for 2019.

Photo: High Commissioner of Canada Sandra McCardell with Deputy Minister of Finance David Masondo

The 4th Public Economics Winter School 2019 was hosted by GTAC, an agency of the South African National Treasury at the Reserve Bank (SARB) in Pretoria, South Africa. The Winter School is a capacity building exercise that aims to enhance state capability.

Among the theme sessions which included User Chargers and Education Financing, the Behavioural and Attitude interventions seemed to be central to the overall discussions. Keynote speaker Dr. Avni Shah of Toronto University, a professor of behaviour, amalgamated the factors that have an influence on human behaviour.


The Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre

25 July 2019

The ideals of freedom moulded the character of Mr Molapyane Ronald Ephraim Mamoepa, but so did the lessons learnt and challenges faced overcoming the inhumane apartheid policies including his own unjust imprisonment on Robben Island. Ronnie Mamoepa had a belief, a dream and a love for his nation. He committed himself to rebuilding a new South Africa, a country that he played a role in emancipating. He dedicated his efforts to government media and communications and is regarded as a pioneer for the role he played in the transformation and reconciliation. His approach was about the understanding of freedom of expression as stated in the South African constitution.


Morocco – the face of modern Africa

by Greg Mills

26 July 2019

It’s the 20th anniversary this month of King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne in Morocco. Shocked by 9/11 and, especially, the 2003 Casablanca bombings and the Arab Spring, the Kingdom has had a good crisis. The King has led a gradual liberalisation of the country, rolling out big infrastructure projects including Africa’s only high-speed rail network and the continent’s largest port complex. Where others have deliberated, Morocco has delivered, writes Greg Mills.

Power Envy? Inconel covered, 560 celsius tip of Noor. Photo: Greg Mills

Winston Churchill said of Marrakesh that it was ‘simply the nicest place on earth to spend an afternoon.’ The British leader had spent a little longer than that in Morocco, painting a winter holiday away in the North African country during his political ‘wilderness years’ in the 1930s, frustrated by the Baldwin government’s refusal to give him a cabinet position. It was his first of six trips to Morocco in 23 years. In Tangier Churchill stayed in the Hotel Continental, whose guests include the likes of Edgar Degas and the author Paul Bowles; and in Marrakesh at the La Mamounia, a tranquil and enchanting hotel oasis, rich in tiles, tapestries and history.   


The Maldivian National University: The premier educational institution for Maldivians

By Srimal Fernando

Every South Asian nation has a story of how their educational systems emerged. The    renewal of the education system in the Maldives in the proceeding century is a vital achievement by any yard stick.  

Photo: Mr Abdul Rasheed Ali, the Director General of the Maldivian National University

The new century presented some new achievements to support the intended learning outcomes of Maldivian graduates.  The Maldives National University opened its doors to Maldivian students on 15 February 2011.  The nation’s premier university history goes beyond to the time when Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE) helped students to maximise their potential.


Hamba kahle Johnny Clegg

18 July 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his heartfelt sadness at the passing of anti-apartheid cultural activist, performer and National Order of Ikhamanga recipient Jonathan “Johnny” Clegg.

Clegg passed away on 16 July in the presence of his family following an extended illness.

The award-winning singer, songwriter, anthropologist and academic was 66-years-old.

“A beloved, inspirational and heroic voice has fallen silent and leaves all of us bereft of an exceptional compatriot and icon of social cohesion and non-racialism,” said President Ramaphosa.


Venezuela National Day celebrated with the children of Soshanguve

5 July 2019

It’s not only toys, Venezuelan diplomats also wanted to share their traditions with the children of Luvuyo Orphanage Home, in celebration of the occasion of Venezuela's independence from Spanish colonialism on July 5, 1811. Today marked 208 years.

35 children, 12 social workers, employees of the Orphanage and some people from the community enjoyed a Venezuelan breakfast called Arepa, which is made with the same South African white maize meal, some even called it pap cookies, because it reminded them of the popular 'PAP'.


Belarus National Day

2 July 2019

Mr Alexander D. Sidoruk, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus celebrated 25 years of the adoption of the Constitution of a newly independent Belarus at a reception in Pretoria, South Africa. It was also a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders and the one hundredth anniversary of the Belarusian diplomatic service.

Photo: Ambassador Sidoruk and Mrs Sidoruk pictured with Ambassador Bene M'Poko, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the DRC

On March 15, 1994 the New Constitution of Belarus came into effect and laid a solid foundation of Belarus’ sovereignty and political order, instituted the guarantees of social rights for citizens, and created conditions for the preservation and enrichment of the historical, cultural and spiritual legacy of the nation.


Cuba and South Africa celebrate cooperation in ballet

12 July 2019

Cuba and South Africa celebrate cooperation in the field of ballet and the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations

On July 4, the Embassy of Cuba and the Director of the International Ballet Competition of South Africa, Dirk Badenhorst celebrated a Cultural Gala with the performance of Cuban and young South African dancers training in the Badenhorst ballet teaching project, which uses Cuban Ballet methodology.

The show took place at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg and was dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Cuba and South Africa cooperation, particularly in Ballet, and to the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.


Happy Birthday USA

4 July 2019

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Like most countries, the USA Independence Day on July 4th celebrates the birth of the United States of America. In The Revolutionary War of 1775, thirteen American colonies rebelled against the control of Great Britain. Unfair taxation was the main gripe.

Photo: Celebrating the 243rd Independence Day of the United States at “Hill House” Waterkloof, Adv Ajay Sooklal is pictured with Members of the USA Marine Corp. Chargè d'Affaires of the US, Jessye Lapenn hosted a reception in Pretoria, SA under the theme 'California Dreaming' where American history and culture were celebrated.

As with many of the rebellions against colonialism, the native population stood up. Not so in the USA and some other countries in the Americas. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman, compiled the document that outlined and explained the Declaration of Independence, a historic American declaration.


G20 commit to addressing global economic challenges

30 June 2019

G20 leaders have committed to make united efforts to address major global economic challenges.

The leaders made the commitment as they concluded the two-day summit in Osaka, Japan.

In a statement, the leaders said they would work together to foster global economic growth, while harnessing the power of technological innovation, in particular digitalization, and its application for the benefit of all.

They also vowed to continue building on work done by previous presidencies.

“We will strive to create a virtuous cycle of growth by addressing inequalities and realize a society where all individuals can make use of their full potential,” they said.


Celebrating Portugal

10 June 2019

Ambassador Manuel Carvalho hosted a garden Party in Pretoria to celebrate Portugal Day on 10 June 2019. The Secretary of State for Home Affairs from Portugal, Ms. Isabel Oneto graced the event.

Photo: Ambassador Manuel Carvalho, Mrs. Joana Carvalho, Dean of Diplomatic Corps Mr. Bene M’Poko (centre) and Mr. Thuto Shomang (Acting Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises) (behind)

Ambassador Carvalho shared with guests his experiences traversing South Africa where he found beauty and diversity, and he found Portuguese almost everywhere.

Speaking about Portugal Ambassador Carvalho said, “we continue to strive to build a better future, offering opportunities to all, rewarding the enterprising and creating an even more open society. The Economy continues to grow above the Euro area, unemployment is at 6%, Tourism is booming. The Sun is shining and the breeze is blowing, powering our economy – steadily over 50% of our electricity comes from renewables, without the light flickering: I believe we continue to hold the World record for any country running longest solely on renewables; and as a policy option to combat climate change, we have committed ourselves to make the country carbon-neutral by 2050.  


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