Reflections on leadership
On 4 December 2016, Kgwebong Consulting had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Jaspal Dhillon, first secretary, Political of the Republic of Singapore at the Rasooli Sufi Centre in Centurion. The purpose of the event was to reflect on the leadership of the late former Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
The event was opened in African style with a drumming performance from the talented Mr. Joe'man Kgomo. The founder of Kgwebong Consulting, Mr. Sello Motsei outlined the purpose of the day. In his speech he stressed the importance of the individual citizens' role in politics. Mr. Motsei encouraged the audience to get involved in politics, just like the late Prime Minister, not for the sake of personal enrichment, but for contributing to the livelihood of the communities.
In his reflections on the leadership of the late former Prime Minister, Mr. Jaspal Dhillon indicated that Singapore was able to achieve its success because their policies were based on pragmatism. In addition, they followed the 6 principles namely; 1) meritocracy; 2) religious and racial harmony; 3) clean government; 4) rule of law; 5) inclusive growth; and 6) care for the environment.
Empowering the Kenyan Diaspora
The recent Kenya Diaspora Investment Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2016, certainly showcased the profound value of the Kenyan diaspora in South Africa.
Ambassador Jean Njeri Kamau of Kenya to South Africa opened the conference which was attended by over 300 people from the diaspora, business and government. It has become an annual event, a clear indication of the Diaspora's contribution to their host country as well as their home country.
“Empowering the Kenyan Diaspora with Knowledge Skills and Networking Opportunities” was the theme this year. Ambassador Kamau thanked the participants and sponsors, saying that while remittance flows are highly appreciated, the Kenyan Government intends to deepen its engagement with the diaspora to make every Kenyan feel at home wherever they are – in Kenya or Abroad.
The two day conference entailed plenary and breakaway sessions as well as product exhibitions.
South Africa and Azerbaijan commit to strengthen relations
29 November 2016
South Africa and Azerbaijan have agreed to establish a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in a bid to elevate relations and facilitate greater volumes of trade.
The agreement was announced by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Azerbaijan counterpart, Elmar Mmamadyarov, at the conclusion of their bilateral talks in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
During her visit, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane also paid a courtesy call on the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
Photo: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation South Africa Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pay a courtesy call on the President of Aerbaijan Mr Ilham Aliyev.
“Azerbaijan is considered as one of the most important countries in the world in oil exploration and development. The expansion of the oil and gas sector has enabled Azerbaijan to record rapid real GDP growth in recent years.
“Other important sectors are transport, agriculture, construction, services and manufacturing,” said the Department on International Relations and Cooperation.
It said trade between South Africa and Azerbaijan has potential for growth.
The Future of MNU Faculty of Arts: An Interview with Founding Dean Abdul Rasheed Ali
30 November 2016
The Maldives National University, the first university to be opened in the Maldives, is popularly known as MNU throughout the country. Faculty of Arts is one of the dynamic faculties within the Maldives National University. The Faculty of Arts offers a wide range of programs for students of all ages and educational backgrounds across the Maldives. As the current Dean, Abdul Rasheed Ali leads the Faculty of Arts at MNU, the country’s premier institution in the field of Dhivehi, History, Journalism, Political science and other Arts related subjects. In a conversation with Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society, Srimal Fernando spoke to the founding Dean Abdul Rasheed Ali and he presented a historical overview and personal insights into the role he played to deliver life-changing career exploration for high aspiring students at the Faculty of Arts.
Photo: L- R Srimal Fernando and Founding Dean Abdul Rasheed Ali, Faculty of Arts at MNU
Abdul Rasheed Ali, the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts said, “I have over 30 years of academic experience and had my primary education in Eydhafushi Island in the Baa Atoll. Late, I had my teachers training in the Maldives and l left for the UK to study further at the University of Leeds.” I completed my Masters of Arts degree in Australia in language education at the Western Sydney University.”
Men and Gender Equality in the Nordics and South Africa
28 November 2016
The four Nordic Embassies in Pretoria (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) are launching a social media campaign on “Men and gender equality in the Nordics and South Africa” from November 25 to December 10. The joint social media campaign hopes to encourage a positive dialogue on gender equality in South Africa. It aims to challenge existing gender norms and underline the prominent role men play, or should play, in promoting gender equality.
The campaign can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram through the hashtag #GenderNordicsSA. The campaign links to the global campaign on 16 days of activism against gender based violence and it will culminate in a seminar on Men and gender equality on December 8 2016
The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – share the common belief that gender equality is a crucial element in establishing a just and equal society for everyone. A country’s society, its economy and citizens can thrive only if both men and women have equal access to rights and opportunities across all sectors. In the Nordics, a constant strive for gender equality influences all levels of society – from policy making and public services to behaviors and mentalities.
African Union Commission Chairperson Extends Condolences to the people of Cuba as Africa mourns the passing of Fidel Castro
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 26 November 2016
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma expressed deep sadness and extended her condolences to the Castro family, the people of Cuba and the progressive forces of the world upon having received the news of the passing of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
“President Castro was a liberation icon, a true revolutionary and internationalist, who assisted in the liberation and socio economic development of Africa and the developing world”, said Her Excellency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
Fidel Castro set an example, investing in his people, particularly in health care and education, but also in broader social policy, regardless of race, gender or social status. This was reflected in Cuban foreign policy, and the solidarity over the years with many African countries. He was consistent in the fight for the principle of equality amongst nations, reflected in the leading role he played in the Non Aligned Movement.
Castro supported national liberation and anti-colonial struggles, and after independence the development of national health systems in Africa. Cuba deployed tens of thousands of doctors and other medical professionals all over Africa, and trained thousands of medical students from Africa. During the Ebola crisis in parts of West Africa, the Cuban contingent of health workers was the second largest, after the AU ASEOWA volunteer health corps, to assist the affected countries in defeating the pandemic.
German Africa Award for Advocate Thulisile Madonsela
23 November 2016
Thulisile Madonsela, South Africa's former Public Protector has been awarded the German Africa Foundation's annual prize for exceptional contributions to promoting peace, democracy and human rights.
Since 1993, the German Africa Foundation has awarded the German Africa Award to honour outstanding individuals for their long-standing endeavours to foster democracy, peace, human rights, art, culture, the social market economy and social concerns. Chosen by an independent jury, the award winners reflect a nuanced view of Africa and encourage people to get more involved with the continent and its people.
This year’s prize has been awarded to lawyer Thulisile Madonsela for her role as Public Protector in South Africa. The award ceremony took place at the Allianz office at the Brandenburg Gate. The prize was awarded by Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.
Mookai Suites Maldives: Luxurious Hotel in Male’ City
By Srimal Fernando Global Editor The Mookai suites Maldives opened in 2005 and is one of the best star class luxury hotels in the capital city Male’. The brand-new Mookai Suites Maldives offers 49 suites and the superior guest rooms, Penthouse apartments with city and harbor views, and the Suites are spacious, fully air conditioned and equipped with modern amenities. Luxury Mookai suites in the Maldives has a rich legacy being part of a chain of luxury star class hotels and resorts operated by Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd a leading tourism company in the Maldives founded by Kandi Ahmed Ismail and Moomina Haleem in 1979.
Mohamed Manih Ahmed, the company's second generation managing director of said “ In 2001, I joined Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd as its Managing Director and today the company has three star class resorts and three Hotels Mookai Hotels, Mookai Suites and Kam Hotel operating in the Maldives”.
Inspirational Maldivian Resort Manager
25 November 2016
Founded in 1979, Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd is a leading tourism company in the Maldives. The name Kai-moo is derived from its founders Kandi Ahmed Ismail and Moomina Haleem. In Male’ Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Service Pvt Ltd has a chain of luxury star class hotels including, Mookai hotel, Kai Lodge and Kam hotel. Maldives has topped as having the best island resorts in the world. Today the Kaimoo has three star class resorts in the Maldives. The star class resorts such as Embudu Village Resort, Maldives, Equator Village Maldives and Summer Island Maldives are being recognized as among the best oldest resorts in the Maldives.
Photo: (l-r) Shauna Aminath Consultant Kaimoo Hotels, Srimal Fernando and Mariya Shareef Resort Manager.
Summer Island Maldives is one of the country’s first resorts, and is owned by a Maldivian family. There are very few Maldivian female Resort Managers in the hospitality industry in the Maldives, but Mariya Shareef is one of them. She is the only woman to ever hold a Resort Manager’s post at Kaimoo Travels and Hotel Services Pvt Ltd Maldives. Shareef’s career spans 14 years in the hospitality, leisure sector in the country. Visiting the Summer Island Maldives, the Global Editor for the Diplomatic Society Srimal Fernando spoke exclusively to Mariya Shareef Resort Manager Summer Island Maldives.
Peaceful flavors of Colombia
Mama Lucy, as she is affectionately known, is an internationally renowned Colombian chef. Lucy Trigidia Chow was in South Africa to present Colombian Cuisine at the first ever Colombian Food Festival that took place in Pretoria/Tshwane. Lucy Trigidia Chow, is from the islands of San Andres and since 2004 started imparting knowledge about the gastronomic diversity that Colombia has to offer.
Photo: H.E Dr Maria Eugenia Correa Olarte, Ambassador of Colombia to South Africa welcomes guests to the opening
Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world giving rise to a rich cultural heritage. Colombian territory encompasses the Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. The urban centres are mostly located in the highlands of the Andes mountains.
At the opening of the Colombian Flavours Food Festival H.E Dr Maria Eugenia Correa Olarte, Ambassador of Colombia to South Africa explained the historic link between Africa and Colombia stating that there are around 10 million people of African descent in Colombia. She said that this fusion of Latin and African heritage has created an art and culture that is unique to Colombia.
South Africa and China cement cooperation
23 November 2016
Pretoria - South Africa and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in five key areas including politics, the economy and trade as well as people-to-people exchanges.
This comes after various agreements were reached at the sixth plenary session of the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC), which was chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao in Cape Town.
The commission received and deliberated on reports of the sectoral committees on foreign relations, trade and investment, science and technology, mining, energy and education.
Photo: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. Pictured behind is Ambassador Ambassador Tian Xuejun of China to South Africa. Photo credit: Elmond Jiyane - GCIS
“They also reviewed the progress made with regard to South Africa-China relations over the past three years and identified the way forward for the continuously expanding bilateral relations,” the two countries said in a joint communique.
Since its establishment in 2000, the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission has played an active role in facilitating bilateral cooperation in important areas.