Photo: Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria where the Heads of Mission of Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea, Hungary, Brazil, Lithuania, Kenya, Cameroon, Panama and Nepal presented their credentials to President Ramaphosa
On 14 April 2021, President Ramaphosa received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-Designate who have been nominated by their governments to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa at a credentials ceremony. They all undertook to advance their country's relations with South Africa.
Trade, tourism and investment are key to economic diplomacy. The travel, tourism and hospitality sector takes priority in the post-covid recovery. People to people to contact and face-to-face interactions are at the core of human diplomacy.
The Diplomatic Society welcomes the Heads of Mission to South Africa and looks forward to fruitful interactions.
Thabiso Magodielo, a long standing associate of the Diplomatic Society, has been appointed as Travel Diplomacy Specialist. His vast experience in the travel and tourism sectors makes him the ideal point person to drive recovery in these sectors post pandemic.
Magodielo has a Bachelors qualification in Law, a certificate in public relations, and has a passion for travel and tourism having initiated several business and entities in relation to this sector. He has organized several events and hosted celebrities and high profile dignitaries like Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Miss World Pageant and also hosted the South African Cabinet Lekgotla with the president and all government officials.
(l-r) Chairperson of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, CPV Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh
World leaders, heads of international organizations and regional bodies congratulated and acknowledged the election of the leaders of the State and the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) announced on Monday. Chairperson of National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, CPV Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh were confirmed in their leadership roles after the deliberations and consultations of the 13th CPV congress which took place in February 2021.
Vietnam has a collective "four pillar” leadership structure made up of general secretary, prime minister, president and chair of the National Assembly, as the parliament is known. The leaders govern in consultation with the 18-member politburo with the prime minister holding significant influence over project funding and detailed policy implementation.
President Ramaphosa announces new SANDF leadership
President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya as the new Chief of the South African National Defence Force and the Military Command. (Photo by Siyabulela Duda - GCIS)
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya as the new Chief of the South African National Defence Force and the Military Command. Lieutenant-General Maphwanya replaces General Solly Shoke who retires at the end of this month. He will assume his new responsibilities on 1 June 2021 where he will be promoted from Lieutenant-General to General.