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Zambia Independence Day

25 October, 2017

Zambia says her democratic credentials have remained admirable since the introduction of multi-party democracy.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambia has successfully held six credible and democratic elections in the last 26 years.

He said this admirable record has made Zambia a flourishing democracy both at regional and continental level.

Mr. Mwamba was speaking during the commemoration of Zambia’s 53rd Independence celebration held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria South Africa attended by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Zoe Kota Fredricks among other dignitaries who included Zambia’s football icon Kalusha Bwalya.

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Algeria National Day

1 November 2017

Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria hosted a reception to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution. He said that it was the 63rd anniversary of First November 1954, the day of the launch of the armed struggle of liberation of the Algerian people after 124 years of extreme colonial violence.

Photo: Ambassador Belaid and Deputy Minister Inkosi Patekile Holomisa of Labour of the Republic of South Africa raising a toast

Ambassadir Belaid said that the celebration of the First November Revolution coincided, this year, with the celebration of South Africa of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the icon Oliver Reginald Tambo.

Algeria and the Algerian people associate themselves with this event not only to pay tribute to this great anti apartheid militant and proud and committed panafricanist, he said, they do so also because the late Oliver Tambo had revolutionary and personally, strong ties with Algeria.

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Cooking Sri Lankan cuisine

7 November 2017

On 27 October Champa Weerasekara, spouse of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pretoria hosted a cooking demonstration and luncheon at her official residence. Members of the International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) attended the event.

Guests were welcomed by Mrs Weerasekara donned in traditional African dress and by Ms Paula Nkwana, Sri Lankan High Commission, who was wearing a traditional Sri Lankan sari.

Mrs Weerasekara demonstrated the making of 'pol roti', a very Sri Lankan dish. This is coconut roti which is a meal in itself with a pat of butter. The hostess explained that it is mainly eaten for breakfast but can also be eaten for dinner. One can therefore enjoy it as is or add jam for sweetness or add chopped onion and chili to the dough if you want your roti to be spicy.

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SA boosts trade with Cuba

7 November 2017

The Havana International Fair will further advance relations between South Africa and Cuba, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Mangwanishe.

Photo: Deputy Minister Magwanishe together with the Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Ms Ileana Nunez officially opening the SA Pavilion Cuba (twitter@the_dti)

The Deputy Minister led a South African business delegation that showcased locally made products and services at the Havana International Fair (FIHAV), which commenced on 30 October.

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South Africa and Comoros meeting

6 November 2017

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met with Comoros Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef, at her residence in Pretoria, South Africa.

(Photo: Yandisa Monakali, Dirco)

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President Jacob Zuma hosts Madagascar President Rajaonarimampianina

1 November 2017

President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC has met with the President of the Republic of Madagascar, His Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, at his Presidential residence Genadendal in Cape Town.

(Photo: Elmond Jiyane)

See also: Madagascar turns to SA for investment

 

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The Age of China

6 November 2017

The resolution of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) firmly placed its confidence in General Secretary Xi Jinping who was overwhelmingly re-elected during the congress and the CPC Central Committee of seven to usher in a modern epoch of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Ambassador Lin Songtian of China to South Africa (pictured left) was comprehensive in his briefing to academia and media gathered at the Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa on October 31. He shared his experience on attending this Congress, considered to be a historic milestone. He elaborated on the two major judgments of the Congress, namely the evolution of the principal contradiction facing the Chinese society and that China’s socialism has entered a new era.

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APEC 2017: Vietnam makes constructive contribution to regional development

2 November 2017

The central city of Da Nang in Vietnam has been upgraded to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting on the 11th- 12th November 2017. 

Photo: Mr Kirtan Bhana, Founding Editor of The Diplomatic Society (r) interviews H.E Vu Van Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa

Infrastructure including roads, telecommunication and the international airport has been improved to host heads of some of the most influential economies in the world.

Speaking exclusively to The Diplomatic Society, H.E Vu Van Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa, explains the significance of a cooperation of 21 member economies of 2.8 billion people representing 57% of the world GDP and 47% of global trade.  

Q: This is the second time that Vietnam is hosting the APEC meeting, with the participation of many world leaders, please share your views on Vietnam’s role and confidence in the region and the world?

A: After more than 30 years of reform and extensive regional and international integration, Vietnam today is a highly open and dynamic economy, projected to become one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world.  Vietnam has implemented a proactive and active foreign policy in international integration; to be a friend, a reliable partner, and a responsible member of the international community, making a substantive and concrete contribution to the development of the region and the world for peace, stability and prosperity.

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South Africa and Senegal pleased with bilateral relations

1 November 2017

Senegal President Macky Sall said he was happy with the bilateral relationship that exists between South Africa and his country.

“We are generally happy with the state of our bilateral relations,” he said.

South Africa and Senegal enjoy cordial bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back to the years of the liberation struggle.

(Photo: GCIS)

President Sall, who is in South Africa on a state visit, met President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town.

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Fifth South Africa-Ireland Partnership Forum

31 October 2017

Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Fifth South Africa-Ireland Partnership Forum

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Luwellyn Landers, hosted the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development of Ireland, Mr Ciarán Cannon, for the fifth session of the South Africa-Ireland Partnership Forum in Pretoria on 31 October 2017.

The meeting reaffirmed the historical ties, close friendship and common interests and values that are the foundation of the strong relationship between South Africa and Ireland.

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Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union visits South Africa

2 November 2017

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, embarked on an official visit to South Africa on 30 October 2017. During this visit, the Chairperson consulted with President Jacob Zuma, the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and other senior Government officials.

The visit provided an opportunity to exchange views on a number of issues of mutual interest. Discussions focussed on efforts to address some of the conflict and crisis situations on the continent; as well as on economic integration and development and the related flagship projects of the First Ten Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063, including the Continental Free Trade Area, the establishment of the single air market in line with the Yamoussoukro Declaration and the operationalization of the Pan-African University Institute for Space Sciences.

(Photo: GCIS)

 

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