Nardos Bekele-Thomas new CEO of African Union Development Agency-NEPAD

18 May 2022

Bekele-Thomas is the first woman to lead the African Union’s development agency. She was appointed and endorsed as the new Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD by the African Union Heads of State and Government during the Thirty-Fifth Ordinary Session of the African Union summit, in February 2022. She succeeds Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki as CEO of AUDA-NEPAD.

Sharing for Inspiration

CPC and African parties increase cross-party exchanges in many areas

By Ge Lijun

17 May 2022

Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, at the virtual meeting on March 29 (IDCPC)

When Michel Philippe Nze visited China some years ago as part of a party-to-party exchange program, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen left an indelible mark on him. As the second deputy secretary general of the Gabonese Democratic Party (GDP), he ultimately found the key to China’s rapid development through his visits: the Communist Party of China (CPC) leadership.

The Sultan's Delight

Ambassador Ayşegül Kandaş, translator Sharon Tshabangu and Chef Burhanettin Doğan

17 May 2022

Mediterranean food, some say, is the best in the world. Turkish cuisine has over the years been influenced by its neighbours and in turn it has also influenced the region. On Saturday morning we had the pleasure of watching Chef Burhanettin Doğan of the Turkish Embassy conjure up delectable Turkish meals at Capsicum Cullinary School in Rosebank. Even better, we participated in the tasting of these dishes which really tantalised the tastebuds.

The main dish that was prepared by Doğan was Hünkar Beğendi, or Sultan’s delight as it is widely known. Ambassador Ayşegül Kandaş of Turkey explained that this dish was first created at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, for the Ottoman Sultan Murad IV.

Condolences book opened for Shereen Abu Akleh at Palestine Embassy in Pretoria

16 May 2022

Today, the Embassy of the State of Palestine concluded a three-day signing of a condolences book opened by the Embassy in memory of pioneer and veteran Palestinian journalist Shereen Abu Akleh, who was assassinated by the Israeli Occupation Forces last Wednesday.

Ambassador Hanan Jarrar of Palestine and the Embassy staff received the distinguished Heads of Missions, representatives from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, political leaders and South American and Palestinian citizens who arrived at the Embassy in Pretoria to sign the book.

Poland celebrates 3 May Constitution Day

Pictured (l-r) Ambassador of Poland, Andrzej Kanthak, Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane and Minister Lindiwe Zulu

On May 5, 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria solemnly celebrated the National Day of the 3 May Constitution. On 3 May 1791, Poland adopted the first constitution in Europe and the second in the world. It reflected the ideals of enlightenment, law, freedoms and religious tolerance, becoming one of the most significant symbols of Polish statehood and independence.

Việt Nam drops COVID-19 test requirement for foreign arrivals from May 15

16 May 2022

Việt Nam has dropped the COVID-19 test requirement for visitors entering the country starting from 00:00am May 15 as the pandemic has been brought under control.

The move came as the number of COVID-19 cases in Việt Nam has decreased significantly since March 15 this year, according to an official document issued by Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam on Friday.

Palestine condemns assasination of veteran journalist

11 May 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Palestine condemns the assassination of veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh by Israeli occupation forces, and considers her a victim of the silence of the international community.

The Ministry condemns in the strongest terms the shocking, heinous crime that was deliberately committed by the Israeli occupation forces. Abu Aqleh, 51, was covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp when she was shot by a sniper directly in the head while wearing a jacket marked ‘press’. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi was also shot in the back in the midst of heavy firing of live bullets with the aim of killing.

Launch of Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa’s Future

11 May 2022

The Brenthurst Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their new book ‘Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa’s Future’. Edited by Dr Greg Mills, Mcebisi Jonas, Prof Haroon Bhorat and Ray Hartley, the book is comprised of essays by leading thinkers on the political economy.

It provides an unflinching account of the myriad challenges South Africa faces. The picture that emerges is of a nation on the brink of a catastrophic slide into failure unless better, if tough, policy choices are made.

Rather than rake over the coals by outlining what is wrong, the book seeks to provide answers – the ‘better choices’ that are tantalisingly close at hand.

AELC - Consolidating trade in Africa

Co-founders of AELC - Percy Koji and Heinrich Hafeni

11 May 2022

AELC - Africa Economic Leadership Council launched in Botswana, Gaborone on 3 May 2022, after a successful launch in South Africa. AELC aims to consolidate trade by increasing capacity of entrepreneurs through facilitated incubation, capacity building, expo's and trade fairs and also to help create jobs in a consolidated manner, throughout the continent.

A Fertile Base

Young African living in the Greater Bay Area upbeat on the prospects of the area

By Hu Fan

12 May 2022

Lineo Kobeli speaks during an experience-sharing event in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on June 19, 2021

Lineo Kobeli’s first impression about China was low-priced Chinese goods brought back to Lesotho by her father from his first trip to China in 2005 when she was 16. At that time, she didn’t know anything else about this country where she will later study and live for years. She now works as an international public relations specialist at the Africa Guangdong Business Association (AGBA) based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, for the fourth year. She is also an assistant to the secretary general of the association.

A Classical Indian Music Soiree

Pictured (l-r) Avesh Ramsunkar, Ketan Parshotam, Arundhati Date, High Commissioner of India Jaideep Sarkar, Harendra Tanna and Vevek Ram

9 May 2022

An atmosphere of musical bliss filled the serene landscape of India house located in the lofty hills of Waterkloof in Pretoria in South Africa’s capital city of Tshwane. An Indian Classical Soiree was hosted by High Commissioner Jaideep Sarkar of India to South Africa and Mrs. Minako Sarkar on Saturday afternoon where the elements seemed to align to create ideal conditions that deepened the effects of the profoundness of classical Indian rhythm and sound.

Clean Transition

9 May 2022

Chinese electric vehicle maker powers Rwanda’s green push while imparting fresh skills to local engineers
by Arafat Mugabo

TAILG scooters on display at an expo in China. TAILG is one of the major scooter manufacturers in China (VCG)

Ladislas Iyambere, a 26-year-old, is one of 20 Rwandan fresh graduates doing an apprenticeship at the newly established Chinese TAILG Electric Vehicle Assembly Plant in the Gahanga Industrial Zone, Kicukiro District in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

“I am grateful to be among a few lucky young Rwandans who are learning at work in the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) plant, an opportunity that is hard to get in other locally established similar plants,” he said.

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