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Royal Thai Embassy hosts Songkran Festival 

23 April 2018

On Sunday 22 April 2018, the Royal Thai Embassy hosted the “Songkran Festival in Pretoria” to celebrate the Traditional Thai new year, with over four hundreds South Africans, Thais, and diplomats attending the event throughout the day.

Photo: Mr. Paisit Boonparlit, Minister and the Charge d’Affaire of the Royal Thai Embassy with dignitaries

In his opening remarks, Mr. Paisit Boonparlit, Minister and the Charge d’Affaire of the Royal Thai Embassy, highlighted the importance of the Songkran festival, which celebrates traditional Thai new year and brings together Thai families to spend quality times together and hopes for an auspicious new year.

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The Role of Norway in the Liberation Struggle

19 April 2018

Ambassador Trine Skymoen from Norway opened a permanent exhibition entitled: The Role of Norway in the Liberation Struggle on 12 April 2018 at Liliesleaf.

Photo: (l-r) Kgalema Mothlanthe, Nicholas Wolpe, Ambassador Trine Skymoen and Dr Gunnar Stålsett

Located in the suburb of Rivonia, a neighbourhood in northern Johannesburg, Liliesleaf is a heritage site which played a vital role in the struggle against apartheid. It became the hub for liberation activities and meetings and served as a safehouse for many anti-apatheid activists until it was raided by security police in 1963.

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Ghana High Commission Celebrates Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary with Otumfuo Osei Tutu Ii, King Of Asante

9 April 2018

It was all pomp and pageantry, celebration as well as somber reflection, when on Tuesday, 6th March 2018, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, a cross-section of Ghanaians in South Africa, Representatives of South African Government Departments, Corporate Bodies and Friends of Ghana gathered at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel to observe the 61st Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.

Photo: High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng and His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
 
To add to the euphoria of the occasion, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, widely respected and renowned King of the Asante Kingdom, honoured an invitation extended to him by the High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, to join in the celebrations as he happened to be in South Africa at the time.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered Keynote Speech at Boao Forum for Asia

18 April 2018

On the morning of April 10, 2018, the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 was opened in Boao, Hainan Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech themed with "Openness for Greater Prosperity, Innovation for a Better Future", stressing that all countries should conform to the trend of the times, dedicate to openness and win-win outcomes, brave to change and break new ground and keep striving for a community with a shared future for mankind; China will remain unchanged its adherence to the reform and opening up, continue to launch new major measures to pursue further opening, and work with countries in Asia and the rest of the world to jointly create a better tomorrow for Asia and the world.

Photo: President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a photo with foreign leaders and their spouses before the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

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People, Prosperity, Poland 1918 – 2018

by K. Bhana

According to historical records the Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025 and its origins can be trace backed to 966 AD. As a liberal state the Polish people adopted one of the earliest constitutions on May 3 1791.

Photo: Warsaw, Poland’s capital replicated from paintings and images

In 1918 after the ‘First World War’ Poland was re-established (regained its independence after 123 years of partition of the country by Russian, Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires) and recognized as a country under the Treaty of Versailles. It enjoyed relative stability as a sovereign state until the invasion in 1939 by Hitler’s Nazi German army as well as by Stalin’s Soviet Red army. The invasion marked the end of the policy of appeasement and the beginning of the Second World War. The worst and most gruesome atrocities of humankind carried out by the Nazis who occupied the country were documented and became known as a holocaust.

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Making Africa Work

19 April 2018

Is there a lever in a basement somewhere that when pulled sees the rise of some governments and the fall others?

The book, Making Africa Work – A handbook for economic success, was compiled after many hours of painstaking research, interviews with heads of state, business leaders and other high profile influential women and men. Interaction and conversations with the ordinary person, worker and pedestrian makes for a holistic account of the attitude required to revolutionise the way Africa goes about doing its business.
   
Photo: Greg Mills with Senior Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Mr. Kornel Morawiecki

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Argentina – South Africa Bilateral Meeting on Oceanic and Antarctic Affairs

13 April 2018

Argentina and South Africa carried out a Bilateral Meeting on Oceanic and Antarctic Affairs, in a three days meeting carried out in Cape Town and Pretoria. The first step was a two days technical meeting in Cape Town (April 4/5), where specialists from the Department of Environmental Affairs welcomed the Argentine experts. The meeting was chaired by Judy Beaumont, Deputy Director General, Oceans and Coasts Branch, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

Photo: (l-r) Emiliano Ezcurra (Vice-President, National Parks Administration), Advocate Thembile Joyini (Principal State Law Advisor: International Law, DIRCO); Josefina Bunge (Office of the Legal Council, Argentine MFA); Silvia Cao (Chief of Staff, Undersecretary for the Malvinas Islands, Antarctica and South Atlantic Ocean, MFA); Amb. Figueroa; Simon Cardy (Director: Climate Change, Environment, Science and Technology, DIRCO); Ms Hester Pretorius (Deputy Director: Marine and Antarctica, DIRCO); Frida Armas Pfirter (Directorate for the Continental Shelf, MFA); Romi Brammer (State Law Advisor: IL, DIRCO)

Front: Bárbara Aubert Casas (Technical Cooperation, Embassy of Argentina)

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Amampondo honour Mama Winnie Mandela

by Stella Sigcau

10 April 2018

Amampondo from all walks of life and from various provinces and beyond borders in their numbers ascended to Mama Winnie Mandela's home to pay their respects to Mama Winnie Mandela and to comfort her family during this difficult time.

Photo: Princess Stella Sigcau II with the Award, (left) Princess Zoliswa Ndamase Madlanga and (right) Ambassador Nomvuyo Nokwe

Mama Winnie Nomzamo Mandela, a struggle activist is also a princess from the Mpondo Kingdom.

In attendance were also representatives from the various Amampondo Kingdom Royal families and dignitaries including former South African Ambassador to Mauritius and current Secretary General of IORA Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe who is based in Mauritius, a liberation activist in her own right and daughter of the first black advocate and liberation stalwart Duma Nokwe who was from the Mpondo Kingdom and Prince Sonwabile Ndamase who is the founder of Madiba T Shirts and personal designer of the late Mama Winnie Mandela who is also a member of the Mpondo Royal family from Nyandeni Great Place.

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Mauritius celebrates 50th Anniversary of Independence

10 April 2018, Pretoria

Addressing guests at the Mauritius National Day celebration High Commissioner Vijaye P. Lutchmun said that this year marks a major milestone for Mauritius. "At the time of our independence, some economic experts had predicted a bleak future for the tiny island in the Indian Ocean. So much so that many world maps still leave us out!

"Rising from those humble beginnings as a monocrop economy, I feel extremely proud to have witnessed, in the last fifty years, the emergence of our country as one of the most competitive, stable, and successful economies in Africa.

"On this special occasion, it is most befitting to pay tribute to our ancestors for their indomitable courage and hard work which contributed to lay the foundations of the economic transformation of our nation. It is equally important to salute the farsightedness of our political leaders and successive Governments since 1968, for the bold decisions taken in addition to implementing the right domestic and foreign policies towards the socio-economic development of our country," said High Commissioner Lutchman.

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Nusa Dua Bali to host Indonesia-Africa Forum 2018

10 April 2018

Bali is one of the thousand islands making up the Indonesian Archipelago that has long been famous as a leading tourist destination in the South Pacific or even in the world for its exotic and vibrant art and culture, natural beauties and the hospitality of the people. Furthermore, Bali is an island located in the central part of Indonesia that is famous as a beautiful tourist spot. Various tourists from all over the world admire the beauty of Bali and flock to come to visit. Many nicknames have been given to this small island such as : Island of Thousand Temples, Morning of the World, Paradise Island, Island of Gods and The Island of Peace.

From 10-11 April 2018, Bali will host the first ever the Indonesia-Africa Forum.

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Bulgaria enhancing relations with Africa

1 April 2018

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva met with South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Pretoria, South Africa.

"Reviving our traditional and long-standing excellent relations with the states in Africa is a priority of our foreign policy. There are 25,000 expatriate Bulgarians in the Republic of South Africa, who serve as a bridge between our two countries. I hope that bilateral business contacts will be intensified further," Zaharieva told her South African counterpart.

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