Ambassador Norio Maruyama and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the handover ceremony (Photo: DWS)
On 22 March, in celebration of World Water Day, Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa handed over the multi-million rand Roodeplaat Training Centre to Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. The Centre aims to train artisans to deal with water losses in communities.
Maruyama said that at this year’s SONA, President Ramaphosa called for economic recovery and economic reform and that higher rates of growth and employment will not be achieved without implementing structural economic reform. The objective of the Japanese assistance in the sector of water supply, said Maruyama, is to give support for the skills development of officials of local municipalities, who are facing challenges from non-revenue water.
Inaugural meeting of South African Students in China Association during year of the Ox
By Sibusiso Bakana
While South Africa is in the Autumn and facing Winter. Around the country and in the international theatre the pandemic known as COVID-19 is predicated to hit with a third wave. As the current South Africans studying in China, both still trapped back home and those experiencing the Spring in China are following the Chinese Zodiac.
Indeed, the South African community in China during this time is motivated by such a year as declared Ox year, which is interpreted by the Chinese as hardworking and methodical. A new fruit since the diplomatic ties between Sino-South Africa has been spotted from a long-planted tree, such fruit is constituted by the future thinking tank of South Africa and a genuine bridge to keep strengthening the two countries relations, as President Xi once said it depends on young people such a shared future.
by Fionnuala Gilsenan, Ambassador of Ireland to South Africa
Typically, Saint Patrick’s Day is marked worldwide with effusive celebrations of Irish culture. In 2021, Ireland’s National Day will be a slightly different affair. In South Africa, we are celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by looking back on the shared history between our two countries, and reminding ourselves that our lasting solidarity and friendship bring great hope for the future. The first Irish Society was founded in Cape Town in 1829 and St Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in South Africa ever since. When we cancelled the annual St Patrick’s Day festivities in 2020, we were acutely aware of the historical break the pandemic demanded. St Patrick’s Day is quintessentially a social occasion, a time for enjoying music, “craic” and conversation with friends old and new. A global pandemic is perhaps the only thing that could have stopped us in our tracks!
India confers Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
“Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 has been conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of the greatest leaders of our subcontinent. Year 2020 marked the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. He remains an icon of indomitable courage and tireless struggle for his millions of admirers,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.
PM Narendra Modi, who chairs the jury for Gandhi Peace Prize, said Bangabandhu was a champion of human rights and a hero to Indians as well.
Foreigners are investing in real estate in South Africa, should you?
Despite the economic difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the property market in South Africa is making a strong comeback. The oversupply of housing has resulted in a buyer's market, driving a renewed demand for properties.
The latest real estate statistics reveal that there has been an increase in foreigners investing in property across South Africa. The favourable exchange rates, low-interest rates and local banks providing financial assistance to foreigners make it a perfect environment to buy. From million-dollar villas in Cape Town to luxury mansions in Johannesburg, foreigners are taking advantage of this ideal investment opportunity.