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Korea National Day 2017

20 October 2017

HE Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi of the Republic of Korea hosted a national day and armed forces day reception on 27 September 2017.

In his remarks Ambassador Choi noted that he is coming to the end of his posting in South Africa and this is the last national day he is hosting here.

Photo: Minister Counsellor Seon Cheol Park - Deputy HOM, Mrs. Juha Yoo -Spouse of Minister Park, H.E. Yeon ho Choi - Ambassador of the Republic of Koreaea, H.E. Ms. Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga - SA Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Youngja Shim - Spouse of Ambassador, Mrs. Kyunghwa Kim - Spouse of Commander Kim and Commander Junghun Kim - Defense Attache (credit: Embassy of the Republic of Korea)

The Embassy band, the Jacaranda Band in collaboration with the South African K-pop winners entertained guests and Janelle Mangwanda, this year’s winner of the Korea Essay Contest was the programme director.

The 1st of December marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and South Africa. 

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GHANAFEST SA 2017 - A resounding success

20 October 2017

A bird's eye view of the Magnolia Dell Park in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday, 7th October 2017, was characterized by the colorful splendor of rich Ghanaian culture and regalia, music and traditional performances.

The 7th edition of Ghanafest South Africa was the ‘showstopper’ event of the Gauteng Province on that day. Teeming crowds of Ghanaians, South Africans and other nationals trooped to the park to be a part of the celebration of the rich heritage of Ghana. Indeed Ghana was on display on that day, and left its indelible foot prints on the psyche of all present.

His Excellency Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, Ghana's High Commissioner to South Africa, welcomed guests to the event in a brief speech, which aroused the expectations of the crowd, an expectation which was fully satisfied by the end of the event. He also called on all Ghanaians to own the Ghanafest event, as a flagship programme in South Africa, with a multi-faceted purpose of promoting Ghana's culture, trade and entertainment potential.

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Russian heroes honoured

12 October 2017

At a ceremony to hand over names of Russians who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for South Africa, Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhael Ivanovich Petrakov said that he was impressed by Freedom Park. It is here that the lives of people who fought for non racialism, peace and justice are celebrated.

Photo: Ambassador of Russia, HE Mikhail Ivanovich Petrakov and Freedom Park CEO Jane Mufamadi

Ambassador Petrakov handed over 67 names which will be inscribed into the Wall of Names at Freedom Park as part of the 120,000 people honoured for their sacrifice.

Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park said that the contributions of Russia assisted South Africa in its liberation and in the emancipation of the African voice.

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Building Bridges between Europe and Asia: Dr Kiril Avramov  

2017-10-12

The New Bulgarian University (NBU) is one of Bulgaria’s top-ranked universities at the heart of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. This month Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society, Srimal Fernando was pleased to interview Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University.

Photo: Dr Kiril Avramov, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Research at the New Bulgarian University 

Previously Dr Avramov was the Director of the international consultancy and research institute “Political Capital” in Bulgaria and later at their headquarters in Budapest, Hungary. He was a former Fulbright Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at the University of Austin in Texas (U.S.). Dr Avramov’s main research interests are concentrated in the areas of political elites, political economy, political extremism, electoral systems and political communication. During the interview Dr Avramov shared his insights on a variety of topics.

 

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AU needs active participation to advance Africa

10 October 2017

The African Union (AU) needs solid support from its member states and organs to help the continent achieve political and economic integration.

South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Monday said the commitment and enthusiasm shown by members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) was encouraging, and a sure sign that Africa would meet its development targets.

The Minister was addressing the fifth ordinary session of the PAP, which is attended by member states of the AU. The session opened in Midrand, Gauteng, on Monday under the theme ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments with the youth’.

 

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Tango Spectacular Rodolfo Mederos Trio in South Africa

10 October 2017

Tango legend Rodolfo Mederos from Argentina will be delighting South African music lovers with his trio this month.

Mederos is a bandoneonist, composer and arranger. As a young man he was captivated by fellow bandoneonist and composer Ástor Piazzolla. He played with Piazzolla for several years before joining the Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra, alongside other young musicians.

In 1976 he put together a new group, Generación Cero, which was part of the modern current of tango, inaugurated in 1970.

The group attracted a cult following and made Mederos a tango icon. From then on his works reached a widespread recognition, and Mederos artistic personality grew and achieved public acclaim, especially abroad.

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South Africa and Turkey commit to grow trade and investment

6 October 2017

South Africa and Turkey have committed to strengthening trade and economic relations to increase two-way bilateral trade and investment.

The commitment was made on the last day of the third session of South Africa-Turkey Joint Economic Commission (JSE) that was addressed by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the Turkish Minister of National Education, Dr Ishmet Yilmaz.

Minister Rob Davies and Turkish Minister of Education Ismet Yilmaz are attending closing session of the SA-Turkey Joint Economic Committee (twitter:@the_dti)

“We have noticed and welcomed the fact that in recent years, Turkey has been reaching out into the African continent. As a country, we are in a situation where we are growing far too slowly. What we need to do as the South Africa economy and also as part of the African continent is to diversify, move up the value-chain and industrialise,” Minister Davies said..

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African Union and Germany agree on further cooperation

Addis Ababa, 5 October 2017

The annual bilateral consultations on the development Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have been successfully concluded. The focus of this year’s agreement is on further cooperation in job creation through enhancement of technical and vocational skills and entrepreneurship, which is in line with the AU theme of the year, “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the youth”.

Concretely Germany committed itself to further support the Skills Initiative for Africa, a funding facility implemented by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for innovative programmes in the area of technical and vocational training. Those eligible for the application of funding via this facility are private companies, technical, vocational, education and training institutions and government institutions in the selected pilot countries namely; South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia, Cameroon and Nigeria.

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Baz-Art graffiti exhibition at the French Residence in Pretoria

On Wednesday 4 October 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, and NGO BAZ-ART hosted an exhibition of 45 graffiti artworks from local and international artists who took part in the International Public Art Festival in Cape Town and the Kaslam Street Art Jam in Soweto recently.

Photo: (l-r) Olivier Laouchez of Trace TV, Ambassador Farnaud and Thabo Molefe aka Tbo Touch

Thanks to exchange of culture and artist talents, guests discovered among many others Sowetan artist Senzart911, Johannesburg artist Mars, and Cape Town illustrator Ruth Frances, showcased alongside the French Clement Mougel, the Australian Cheeky Observer and the Ukranian Ana Kuni.

The Embassy of France in South Africa supports urban culture and art in the framework of our cultural diplomacy policy.

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South Africa and Algeria strengthen foundation for trade links

6 October 2017

South Africa and Algeria are working towards building lasting economic partnerships.

Addressing a business forum that was held in Algiers in the North African country, South Africa’s Ambassador to Algeria, Dennis Dlomo, said the two countries are working methodically to translate political partnerships into tangible actions in various areas of economic cooperation.

Photo: Ambassador Dlomo and the SA business delegation were hosted by Chairman of Sopi Mama, Mr Reda Salem Hechelaf. (twitter:@the_dti)

“Today is a manifestation of aspirations that we have had for a long time. The past three years have seen an increase in visits and engagements by South African business delegations to Algeria.

“This year, we have had several engagements, a sign that all interactions are positive, increasing in frequency and number, and the quality has also improved,” said Dlomo.

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SA welcomes German companies’ continued investment

4 October 2017

South Africa has welcomed the vote of confidence shown by Germany’s continued investment in the South African economy.
Speaking at the German National Day celebrations in Waterkloof, Tshwane, Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said South Africa enjoys a robust and growing trade relationship with the European powerhouse.

Photo: SA Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and German Acting Ambassador Bernhard Kampmann (GCIS)

In 2016, Germany moved up to second place as the largest global export market for South African goods and remained South Africa’s second largest import market, cementing Germany’s position as South Africa’s second largest global trading partner overall.

“Clearly we are doing things right, as total merchandised trade between our countries increased by 20.3% last year, with South Africa having managed to narrow its trade deficit with Germany by almost 8%,” Minister Dlodlo told those at the celebrations.

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Progress made in Libya talks 12 September 2017 President Jacob Zuma has commended the progress made towards the resolution of conflict in Libya. The President was on a working visit to Brazzaville... <|> Egypt Candidate for UNESCO 12 September 2017 Egypt Special Envoy has started an African tour to convey the Egyptian government's thanks for the African countries support to Minister Moshera Khattab... <|> Iran-South Africa cooperation promote global peace 12 September 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says cooperation between Iran and South Africa can play a prominent role in promoting peace... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> South Africa and Vietnam accelerate trade 12 September 2017 South Africa and Vietnam have agreed to fast track trade relations. This emerged during SA Minister of International Relations and... <|> BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future 12 September 2017 The 9th BRICS Summit was successfully held in Xiamen, China from 3 to 5 September 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the... <|> Seeking trade opportunities in Russia 11 September 2017 Local companies have been urged to look for trade opportunities in the Russian market. Minister Plenipotentiary at the South Africa Embassy... <|> Seeking study opportunities 14 September 2017 A delegation from China recently visited the Pearson Institute for Higher Education in Ashlea Gardens Pretoria, to talk about study opportunities for... <|> Celebration of the National Day of Brazil 14 September 2017 The Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria held a reception in celebration of Brazil’s National Day on September 7th. The event was attended by... <|> 17th Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law 14 September 2017 The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross... <|>
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