Unstoppable Olympians, more harmony less security
As the Olympic flame is passed on from Rio 2016 to Tokyo 2020, it seems that a shift in paradigm has taken place. This celebration of human achievement in which 11 thousand athletes competed in 42 sporting disciplines in over 300 events in 19 days has ushered in a renewed energy and faith.
The sporting talent is obvious only because of the dedication, commitment and perseverance of the athletes. Bureaucrats and administrators also received accolades for creating a platform for athletes to perform at their best, with many setting new personal best and world records.
The emotional investment in the Olympic Games is beyond material measure, gracious yet disappointed in defeat, joy and humility in victory and the euphoric reward in setting a new benchmark.
The personalities and characters on and off the field, the fans and ordinary people able join in and express their feelings as social media platforms are awash with posts make the games a true reflection of human competitiveness.
It is the clearest indication that a realisation that harmony creates greater prosperity is taking hold as the world grows weary of suicide bombers, military drones, laser guided bombs and a convoluted notion of security.
37 SA students receive Chinese Government Scholarships
A sendoff reception was held at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria for the 37 South African students who received Chinese Government Scholarships. Ambassador Tian of China and South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Mduduzi Manana attended the farewell reception.
The Chinese Government offers scholarships for South African students wishing to study at Chinese institutions. The scholarships are awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors), postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies. However, preference is given for postgraduate studies.
The eligible students must have demonstrated interest in China and be committed to the development of South Africa.
The scholarships received were in the fields of science, engineering, administration among others.
56th Independence of the Central African Republic
Speech by H.E. Mr André Nzapayeke, Ambassador of the Central African Republic on the occasion of the celebration of the 56th Independence Anniversary of the Central African Republic
15 August 2016
I am really moved, every year, when I take the floor on this solemn occasion to express the joy that the Central African people feel on the occasion of the celebration of the 56th Independence Anniversary of our country, Central African Republic.
Photo: Ambassador Andre Nzapayeke of the Central African Republic (r) and Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant of Mineral Resources of SA pictured at the national day celebration hosted in Pretoria, South Africa.
Also, I would like first of all to thank you all for responding positively to my invitation and for coming in your numbers to share with the Central African community in South Africa these moments of celebration. I wish everyone a warm welcome to the chancery of the Central African Republic.
CAR, a former French colony once called Oubangui-Chari named after the two rivers that separate us from the DRC in the South and the Chad in the North, gained national sovereignty on 13 August 1960, as part of the political process that led the independence of the Central African State members of the former French Equatorial Africa whose capital was Brazzaville.
Barthélémy BOGANDA, the founding father of the CAR, friend of Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba, then President of the AEF, wanted in 1958 the creation of what he called the United States of Africa that would include, besides the 6 current Member States of CEMAC, the DRC and Angola. The Central African flag remained the symbol of the union of which BOGANDA dreamed, a convinced panafricanist, whose death in March 1959 brought an end to the realization of this ideal.
70th Independence Day of India
Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India. She is pictured with Minister Van Rooyen of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa.
In his address to the nation on the eve of India's 70th Independence Day, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said, "It is true, as was pointed out in a famous speech made on this very day 69 years ago by Pandit Nehru that in a nation’s history, moments come when we step out from the old to the new, when the soul of a nation finds utterance. But it is also important to realize that such moments are not strokes of luck that come upon us by surprise. A nation can and must strive to create such a moment. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams. Backed by strong political will, we have to create a future which will economically empower six hundred million youth, build a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India. As we build an Indiaof hundreds of smart cities, towns and villages, we must ensure that they are humane, hi-tech and happy places leading to the creation of a technology-driven but compassionate society. We should promote and reinforce a scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking. We must learn to challenge the status quo and refuse to accept inefficiency and slipshod work. In a competitive environment, a sense of immediacy and some impatience is a necessary virtue."
54th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence
Statement by H.E. Cheryl Spencer, High Commissioner of Jamaica in South Africa
54th Independence Reception
17th August 2016
It is with great pleasure that I extend to you, on behalf of the staff of the High Commission of Jamaica, a very warm welcome to this reception. While our invitation was to celebrate with us Jamaica’s 54th anniversary as an independent nation, we determined that this year we would have a triple celebration in order to bring more awareness to our history and our mettle as a people. Thus we are tonight celebrating:
1. Emancipation Day which we celebrate on 1 August every year
2. Independence Day which we celebrate on 6 August every year
3. Special celebration of Jamaica as a sprinting superpower while the Olympic games are underway in Rio (there, I have said the word “superpower’)
Photo: High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer of Jamaica and Minister Susan Shabangu toasting to Jamaica's Independence. Photo: Shaun Earl Harris, Afrika Moves
Emancipation Day may be less known by non-Jamaicans and others outside of the Caribbean, but it is an integral part of our culture. Emancipation Day marks the end of slavery and our association with a system which existed in the Caribbean throughout the sixteenth century until full emancipation was achieved in 1838.
64th Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution
Statement of His Excellency Ambassador Sherif Naguib, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of the 23rd of July, 1952
27 July 2016
It gives me unique honor and great pleasure to welcome you to the premises of the Egyptian Embassy. Thank you all for coming. Today, we commemorate together the 64th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. July 23rd, 1952 was a defining moment in our modern history.
Photo: Ambassador Sherif Naguib of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Pretoria pictured with Mr Chris Hlabisa, Acting Director-General of the Department of Transport of SA at the reception
The revolution paved the way ahead adopting a set of comprehensive reforms. Such reforms resulted in fundamental changes in the country’s political, economic and social life.
Equally important, our glorious revolution has entrenched the bonds of friendship and brotherhood between Egypt and its African sisters.
African arts - a language to drive and integrate Africa’s economic and development agenda
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; July 26, 2016
The Citizen’s Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) of the African Union Commission under the leadership of Mr Ahmed El-Bashir the Acting Director of CIDO received a delegation from ASIKO International Arts School. This delegation was led by Ms. Bisi Silva, the founder of ASIKO and Dr. Desta Meghoo, CEO of DYMDC Creative Consultancy and Liaison Officer to the African Diaspora Forum. The main objective of the visit was to identify ways in which African artists and the African Union (AU) through CIDO’s facilitation can collaborate and add value to the ongoing continental initiatives.
The group of artists, drawn from twelve (12) countries got an overview of CIDO’s objectives and activities particularly the revival of Encyclopaedia Africana which aims to provide knowledge about the history, cultures, and social institutions of African people and people of African descent. They also received an in-depth presentation of the AU’s flagship development agenda; Agenda 2063, particularly Aspirations 2, 5 & 6 (free movement within the continent & integration, a culturally strong continent and finally economic development).
The Protection of Persons and Property in times of Armed Conflict
The 16th Annual Regional Seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law is taking place from 23-26 August 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.
In his opening remarks Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Luwellyn Landers said, "This year’s theme focuses on “the Protection of Persons and Property in times of Armed Conflict”. This theme is indeed in line with the ICRC objectives, which is to provide assistance to the people that are “affected by armed conflict and promotes compliance with international humanitarian law”. In this regard, I would like to welcome Mr Cassard, the new Head of the Regional Delegation of the ICRC and the ICRC members for choosing a timely thematic area. Permit me to take this opportunity to assure you of South Africa’s willingness to further strengthen our collaboration for the betterment of the lives of people in the region, the continent and the world at large."
India and Pakistan marks Independence Day: A Story of Partition
by Srimal Fernando Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society and Khushal Das Barthani
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Indian and Pakistan Independence. The partition of British India in August 1947 not only created two new independent nations, India and Pakistan, but also resulted in one of the greatest forced migrations in human history.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan has been going on now for nearly 70 years. Since the division, India and Pakistan have fought several wars over the years but unfortunately with no significant outcome. Efforts to normalise relations between India and Pakistan have been in progress and a long-road lay ahead for both nations to normalize relations.
Across the Indian subcontinent, communities had coexisted for more than a thousand years. The partition changed the destinies of many people in the Indian subcontinent. There are many stories about how forced migrations happened. There are numerous untold stories of Partition. Today, a number of people from India and Pakistan have told their stories.
This is a story of Khushal Das Barthani a Pakistani, Post graduate student studying in India at the South Asian University New Delhi, India.
Gender Equality Today
15 August 2016
The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with FADA at the University of Johannesburg and the Commission for Gender Equality hosted the opening of the photographic awards Exhibition at the University of Johannesburg campus. The Photo Exhibition is titled “Gender Equality Today”.
The photos on display were the finalists from the contest organized by the Embassy of Sweden at the beginning of this year, a contest that generated more than 250 amazing contributions. The finalists were chosen by an expert panel including representatives from the CGE, the Swedish government and the arts and photography community of South Africa.
Photo: The Winner, Sune de Wet pictured with Neo Ntsoma, photographer and one of the Jury members
In welcoming guests to the Exhibition, Chargé d'Affaires of Sweden, Mrs. Karin Hernmarck-Ahliny said, “This photo exhibition includes photos that are beautiful and powerful in their own right, but we also hope that they will help us in finding ways to discuss, debate and understand both what we have already achieved, and, more importantly, what the challenges are ahead of us, and how we all, jointly, can tackle them.”
Celebrating women who do great work to advocate change for the betterment of humanity
Pretoria, 12 August 2016
The United Nations in South Africa all-female soccer team won 1-0 in a friendly match against the Vakhegula Vakhegula soccer team on Friday, 12 August 2016 at the CSIR soccer pitch in Pretoria. The match, in celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, was aimed at bringing together women from various backgrounds who play a pivotal role in advancing the cause of disadvantaged and impoverished communities in their respective areas across the country.
Photo: UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka withUN Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang
UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized the advancement of gender equality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) launched in 2015. Speaking at the event, Mlambo-Ngcuka said “this soccer match reiterates this concept of Leave No One Behind as women across all ages, race groups and cultures are here for a common cause and that is to advance the development of all women.”