Israel celebrates 74th Anniversary

Ambassador Eliav Belotsercovsky with His Grace, Bishop Dr. Lekganyane

15 June 2022

Eliav Belotsercovsky, Ambassador of Israel to South Africa hosted a function to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Israel’s independence. Belotsercovsky said that during these 74 years Israel has moved a long way since its main exports were Jaffa oranges. Israel today is known as a Start-Up nation, a world hub of innovation and entrepreneurship and based on the GDP per capita is the 28th economy in the world. It is a world leader in Agriculture, Water management, Cyber Technology, Automotive industry, to name but a few and boasts 8 Nobel Prize laureates in sciences.

QBP2022 – A Royal Affair in Pretoria

Zane Dangor, Director General at the Department of International Relations (Dirco) cuts the celebratory cake with British High Commissioner Antony Phillipson

15 June 2022

A haze of purple created a royal ambience at the official residence of the British High Commissioner in the Jacaranda City on 9 June. Antony Phillipson hosted guests to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and her Platinum Jubilee, 70 years on the throne. The celebrations were a tribute to Elizabeth II, the epitome of a glorious matriarch and an inspiration of leadership to kith, kin and country.

Mlambo-Ngcuka presented with Order of the Rising Sun

15 June 2022

On 10 June 2022, Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa presented Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Executive Director of UN Women and former Deputy President of South Africa, with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. Ambassador Maruyama expressed his appreciation for Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka's contribution to the strong partnership between Japan and UN Women.

Africa’s youth dividend and Korea

14 June 2022

When Ambassador Chull-Joo Park of the Republic of Korea to South Africa introduced the panel of esteemed luminaries in his opening remarks, it was fitting that he invited former Ambassador of Korea to South Africa, Prof Jong-dae Park for his insights. ‘Reflecting on Korea’s Economic Development’ was the title of the hybrid seminar hosted jointly by the Embassy of Korea in South Africa and ACCORD (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes) at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.

A healthy and productive ocean is our collective responsibility - World Ocean Day 2022

8 June 2022

This year World Ocean Day is being celebrated under the theme “Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean”.

World Ocean Day is celebrated annually and has a history spanning over two decades. The United Nations' World Commission on Environment and Development commission in its seminal Our Common Future report highlighted many of the environmental problems plaguing the planet. The report noted that while the oceans were being adversely affected by climate change just as much if not more than farmlands, forests and other sectors, it lacked a strong voice.

Somaliland is an Unrecognised African Success in a Notoriously Troubled Region

Somaliland is a remarkable – albeit lonely – success in a notoriously troubled region. International recognition of it as a sovereign country in the world community would be an investment in Africa’s stability.

by Greg Mills, Director, The Brenthurst Foundation

6 June 2022

Twenty years ago, images of the port of Berbera told the story of a country at the bottom of a deep hole, ravaged by war, crimped in the pincers of the Cold War. A few rusty coastal transports then lined up along the 650m quayside – half of them built by the Soviets, half by Washington – next to a number of wooden dhows loading livestock for Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The harbour was dotted with sunken vessels.

Young Africans Leading

Percy Morapedi Koji

6 June 2022

Percy Morapedi Koji, Africa Economic Leadership Council’s (AELC’s) co-founder and vice-president, is an astute South African businessman. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the tourism industry. While his education and professional accolades are quite extensive, Percy has also shown his commitment and passion for uplifting the community and youth. His commitment to this cause speaks for itself as he is also the Founder of an NGO (Friends of Morokweng) who’s focus it is to develop young leaders across society. He has supported over 10 000 school going children since the inception of the NGO. University students have also benefitted through funding and exchange programs around the world.

#OnlyOneEarth#: Global actions on World Environment Day underscore urgent need to protect the planet

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Oru Leonard

5 June 2022

Individuals, communities, civil society, businesses and governments around the world today marked World Environment Day under the theme #OnlyOneEarth, with official celebrations held in Stockholm and host country Sweden announcing a ban on issuing new licenses for the extraction of coal, oil, and natural gas from 1 July this year to protect people and planet.

Beyond Fear – Ebrahim Ebrahim

2 June 2022

A book review by Kirtan Bhana

What lies beyond fear? Ebrahim Ebrahim’s autobiography, Beyond Fear – Reflections of a Freedom Fighter, certainly provides answers. Love is the central emotion of all true revolutionaries; it is a composition of unwavering commitment, resolute loyalty, unflinching courage and determination to triumph. For those South Africans that actively resisted the brutal onslaught of the apartheid crime against humanity and those that succumbed to the cowardly and manipulative actions of the regime, this book will fill many gaps that were lost in the misinformation, disinformation and character assassination campaigns that sought to demoralise the fight for freedom.

Mayor Mpho Phalatse: It's Time to Make Better Choices

3 June 2022

Speaking at the launch of The Brenthurst Foundation's book 'Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa's Future', Joburg Mayor, Mpho Phalatse said it was time to refresh government with better corporate governance and choosing policies that would deal with unemployment, poverty and inequality

So excited to see so many people interested in the future of our country. I am a medical doctor and it was a very difficult decision for me to leave my job and join politics. It was informed by what I saw happening around me and the deficiencies I saw in government being and I decided to jump ship.

Japan Embassy hands over Judo Centre in Alexandra

3 June 2022

On 30 May 2022, Mr Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa handed over the Judo for Hope Centre in Alexandra to Judo South Africa. The Japanese Government funded this project through the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects.

Judo South Africa, in partnership with the International Judo Federation, has organized Judo activities in Alexandra since 2018. These activities led to the establishment of a permanent Judo centre in Alexandra.

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