A review of Dieter Brockmeyer’s book Pandemia’s Box
by Kirtan Bhana
What has happened? What is happening? What is going to happen?
Dieter Brockmeyer’s book Pandemia’s Box is a must read and seems to be headed to becoming a bestseller. The author has found the perfect time to release his work and has metaphorically titled It to describe the pandemonium that the Covid 19 virus has unleashed on humanity and our sense of being. The opening of the proverbial Pandora’s Box has burst a bubble with a big bang.
Brockmeyer, in his affable writing style, examines the fallout, removes the veneers and presents a pragmatic overview of the situation and conditions and explains that wholistic, innovative and real solutions are required. He acknowledges that the book was not written to provide ‘silver bullets’ to the problems but he does reflect an optimistic perception that through trial and error, new inventions and innovations will lead to a new order of things in the world.
125 Years of Victory of ADWA inspires Pan Africanism
Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam, Ambassador of Ethiopia to South Africa at a media briefing
At the media briefing hosted by the Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, HE Ambassador Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam expressed the need for Africa to harness its own capabilities and develop a narrative of Africa - for Africa - by Africans. A united continent can solve anything and can be a leader in development without outside intervention, said Dr Teklemariam.
Referring to the victory of the battle of Adwa which is commemorated on March 2nd every year, it signifies a turning point in colonial era propagated history. Ethiopian patriots decisively defeated the Italian army who sought to impose their authority on Ethiopia’s international relations. This profound event stopped the colonisation and subjugation of Ethiopians. Records and monuments of its deep and ancient civilization and independence remains preserved through its written languages, culture and traditions.
Ambassador of Egypt sees South African cyclists off to Cairo
Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in South Africa, Ambassador Ahmed El Fadly, held an outdoor reception on 24 February at the premises of the Embassy of Egypt in Pretoria for a number of qualified South African cyclists participating in the two African championships, the African Road and Track championships which will take place in Cairo in March, 2021.
During the reception, El Fadly indicated the importance of the role of sports in people to people relationships and its contribution to consolidating the values of tolerance, cooperation and mutual respect. "Sports play a vital role for both the individual and for the society as whole, pushing the limits of human achievement." El Fadly said.
Colombia and South Africa explore opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Under the leadership of H.E. Carlos Andrés Barahona Niño, Ambassador of Colombia in South Africa, a Memorandum of Understanding between Corporación Ruta N Medellin operator of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Colombia (C4IR.CO) and The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation of South Africa (DSI), was signed to unlock the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and to bolster research capacities in Colombia and South Africa.
The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of Colombia, affiliated to the World Economic Forum, C4IR.CO arising from an alliance between the Mayor's Office of Medellín and the National Government of Colombia.