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Pandor calls on NAM to uphold multilateralism

27 October 2019

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has called on Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to strengthen the principles of multilateralism and consolidate the rule of law.

Pandor was speaking at the 18th NAM Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 25-26 October 2019. The summit was held under the theme “NAM Baku Summit – Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world.”

Pandor said the summit came at a crucial juncture as NAM reaffirms the founding principles of political self-determination, sovereignty, non-aggression, non-interference in the internal affairs of others and the promotion of equality -- all to support the efforts of developing countries in promoting peace and cooperation in the world.


Japan shows off sound of Yamaha

19 October 2019

Talented students from the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria showed off their talent on a recently tuned Yamaha piano at the residence of Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan in South Africa. Guests enjoyed Mozart, Haydn, Liszit amongst others.

Photo: Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan pictured with musicians Natascha Mertz, Elri Myburgh and Colette du Toit (Ryan Keet, Embassy of Japan)

Anton Stella from Yamaha South Africa took guests through a brief journey of the history of Yamaha. The first piano to be made in Japan was an upright built in 1900 by Torakusu Yamaha, founder of Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. — later renamed Yamaha Corporation.


Vietnam extends a hand to South Africa

1 November 2018

A high level delegation from Vietnam will arrive in South Africa this weekend, after visiting Nigeria and Cameroon.

The delegation - led by Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Vuong Dinh Hue, Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) - will hold a number of meetings aimed at promoting bilateral relations.

Photo: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Vuong Dinh Hue addressing an event in Hanoi. He leads a delegation to South Africa this weekend.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries were signed in 1993, with Vietnam opening an embassy in Pretoria in 2000.

The Vietnamese economy, led by its agriculture sector, was ravaged by the consequences of the Vietnam War, and poverty in the country was rife. However the “Doi Moi” (Renovation) policy adopted in the mid-1980’s changed its economy from a centrally planned model to an open market one, and the business environment improved.


Peace Builder

22 October 2019

A leader of inclusiveness, a leader of delivery, a leader with a deep attachment  with Ethiopians and a peace builder among neighbourhood nations and beyond.  These are Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam,  Ambassador of Ethiopia in South Africa’s praises for Nobel Peace Prize recipient Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia at a celebration in his honour.

Pictured cutting the celebratory cake are (l-r) Mr Chua Thai Keong, High Commissioner of Singapore, Dr. Martha Tilahun, Honorary Consul of Ethiopia to Namibia,  Mr Bene M’Poko, Dean of the diplomatic corps and Ambassador of the DRC, Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, Ambassador of Ethiopia, Mr Mbulelo Bungane, East Africa Chief Director of DIRCO, Ms Nardos Bekele Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator and Mrs Astrid Emilie Helle, Ambassador of Norway

In awarding Prime Minister Abiy the Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee in a statement said,  “ The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.


Turkey and South Africa strengthen relations in Health

29 October 2019

It is on the 29th of October in 1923 that modern Turkey was born out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, following a war of independence. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey by unanimous vote.

Mrs Elif Çomoğlu Űlgen, Ambassador of Turkey (pictured) hosted a reception at Turkish House in Pretoria, to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the founding of modern Turkey.

Ambassador Űlgen said that she was pleased to host the event at a time when South Africa – Turkey relations were flourishing in various fields including health, defence and tourism.

Ambassador Űlgen, that evening, saw off Dr Zweli Mkhize, South Africa’s Health Minister, who participated in the Health Information Management System Society Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. While there Dr Mkhize met with his counterpart, Dr Fahrettin Koca as South Africa and Turkey continue to strengthen bilateral relations in Health.


Guatemala Embassy inaugurated

30 October 2019

In compliance with the Foreign Policy of the President of the Republic of Guatemala Jimmy Morales, which encourages the strengthening of the Nation's Diplomatic Relations, Foreign Minister, Ambassador Sandra Jovel, embarked on an Official Visit to the City of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

Pictured cutting the ribbon are (l-r) Ambassador Mxolisi Bona, Chief Director: Mexico, Central America, the Andean Community and the Caribbean at Dirco, Ambassador Erick Escobedo and Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel

On the 21st of October 2019 the Guatemalan Embassy in the Republic of South Africa was inaugurated.

Erick Escobedo was appointed Ambassador of Guatemala and presented his credentials to President Ramaphosa on 15 October. Ambassador Escobedo aims to strengthen the bonds of fruitful corporation between the two countries.


Egypt increases Military Cooperation with South Africa

4 October 2019

Egypt's victory in 1973 goes beyond a military victory, it was a victory over despair, frustration, and in pursuit of peace and development, said Commodore Ahmed Alaa Eldien, Egypt's Defence Attaché in South Africa during the occasion of Egypt's Armed Forces Day.

Photo: (l-r) Mr Sherif Issa, Ambassador of Egypt, Lieutenant General VR Masondo of the SANDF and Commodore Ahmed Alaa Eldien, Egypt's Defence Attaché (The Embassy of Egypt-Press & Information Office)

The celebration of the Armed Forces Day coincides with the 46th anniversary of Egypt’s glorious victory on the 6th of October War.

Egypt today is facing many challenges that include a fight to end the scourge of terrorism and extremism. The Egyptian Armed forces have had to diversify its sources of Armaments and modernize its operations in every field and in this light, Egypt is seeking to increase its military cooperation with South Africa.


Beyond hooking up: Attracting long-term investment requires a different approach

By Greg Mills, Ray Hartley and Emily van der Merwe•

18 October 2019

Summits, targets, and envoys are a good start to attracting much needed FDI to our shores, but they are not going to be enough. Nor is the nostalgia of #ImStaying. There are good, logical reasons for local investors to keep their money on home ground, and for new ones to enter – but only if government can get its act together.

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa (Mlandeli Puzi / GCIS)

Foreign direct investment flows to Africa rose to $46-billion in 2018, an increase of 11% on 2017 according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019. Of this, South Africa received $5.3-billion, against outflows of $4.5-billion.


Eastern Cape delegation embark on understudy mission on cannabis in Canada

25 October 2019

The MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reforms (DRDAR), in the Eastern Cape Makhosazana Meth will be heading a delegation encompassing various Mayors from Eastern Cape to Canada from 25 October to 2 November 2019. The purpose of the planned outward mission to Canada (Toronto) is to do an understudy on Cannabis as Canada is advanced in Cannabis cultivation and its products utilization.

According to Zimkhitha Macingwane from OR Tambo District Municipality, the cultivation of cannabis is one of the proposed catalytic projects as stated by President Ramaphosa when he visited Mpondoland in September and that the area is dominant in the primary production of the plant (Cannabis). In the Mpondo Kingdom, which is often referred to as the “headquarters” of cannabis production in the Eastern Cape, cannibas has been grown for centuries for cultural, medicinal and recreational purposes to mention a few. It is a way of life, livelihood and part of the heritage of amaMpondo people. MeC Meth extended the invitation to the Mayors of the Municipalities in the Mpondo Kingdom namely, OR Tambo District Municipality and Local Municipalities, notably Ingquza Hill, Port St Johns, Nyandeni and Ntabankulu.


Cuban Health Fair

22 October 2019

Cuban Cooperators of the Medical Brigade in South Africa, alongside members of the Cuban Embassy in the country, held a "Health Fair" in the rural community "Wallmansthal" in Gauteng South Africa on Saturday, October 19.

During this day, 9 Cuban doctors, with the assistance of South African nurses from the clinic of the community, provided free medical care for the prevention and detection of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, HIV, breast cancer, prostate cancer and larynx cancer, among others.

As a result, a total of 145 patients were treated and those who were diagnosed with diseases were referred to their corresponding area of care for future treatment.


Exploring the culture and environmental heritage of SA Kingdoms  

By Stella Sigcau

25 October 2019

Mpondo Kingdom: Mkhambathi Nature reserve

Mkhambathi Nature reserve, a 7720-ha coastal reserve of unspoilt nature and wildlife, is one of the most spectacular nature havens in the Mpondo Kingdom and one of the most beautiful in South Africa. Situated in the North Eastern part of the Kingdom along the beautiful coastline which stretches along 10km of beaches in the Indian Ocean, a driving distance from Lusikisiki, one the historic towns of the Kingdom, is flanked by the ravines of the Msikaba and Mthentu rivers.  


Welcome to South Africa

Standing (l-r) Kingdom of Lesotho, HE Mr Nehemia Sekhonyana Bereng, Russian Federation, HE Ilya Rogachev, Republic of Colombia, HE Mr Carlos Andres Barahona Nino, Republic of Cyprus, HE Mr Costas A Papademas, Republic of Kazakhstan, HE Mr Kanat Tumysh, Swiss Federation, HE Dr Nicolas Bruhl and European Union, HE Mrs Riina Kionka
Seated (l-r) Republic of Rwanda, HE Mr Eugene Segore Kayihura, Republic of Malta, HE Mr Dionisio Vella, Republic of Guatemala, HE Mr Erick Estuardo Escobedo Ayala, Kingdom of Morocco, HE Mr Youseff Amrani, Republic of India, HE Mr Jaideep Sarkar, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Australia, HE Gita Kamanth, Republic of Zambia, HE Major General Jackson Miti, French Republic, HE Mr Aurelien Lechevallier, Republic of Niger, HE Mrs Mariama Seydou and Republic of Ireland, HE Ms Fionnuala Gilsenan (credit: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS) 

15 October 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 15 October 2019, received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate who have been designated by the governments of 16 countries to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa.  
The credentials ceremony took place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Tshwane.


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