The Eternal Fire Will Burn Forever

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

9 May 2022

By Alexander Arefiev, Press Attaché, Embassy of Russia in South Africa

There is one very special monument in Moscow. It is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – a memorial complex dedicated to all the heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect our Motherland, the Soviet Union, and defeat Nazism. It’s located in Alexander Garden, right next to the Kremlin Wall – in the very heart of Russia. Part of this memorial complex is the Eternal Fire – a bronze star with flames coming out of its centre. This fire is one of the symbols of Victory alongside the red star, Georgian black and orange ribbon and cranes. The Eternal Fire never dies out regardless of weather conditions. It is a symbol of our nations’ everlasting memory of the courage and devotion to duty displayed by, as President Vladimir Putin said, a Generation of Victors. It is a symbol of our people’s unbreakable will. And this will, just as our memory and our gratitude to our ancestors, will never die out.

Greater economic prosperity for SA and Guinea Bissau

28 April 2022

Trade and investment relationships between South Africa and Guinea Bissau are being deepened, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. “Greater economic prosperity should underpin everything that we do and this is what we intend to focus on as we deepen our relations between our two countries. Our goal for this State Visit has been to deepen trade and investment between South Africa and Guinea Bissau,“ said the President.

The President was speaking to the media following a state visit by Guinea Bissau President General Umaro Sissoco Embaló and a delegation of his Ministers.

SA, Botswana conclude successful Bi-National Commission

26 April 2022

The Republic of South Africa and Botswana have concluded a successful 5th session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the two countries, aimed at renewing and strengthening bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation.

At the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Botswana President, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, paid a working visit to South Africa on Friday on the occasion of the 5th Session of the Bi-National Commission.

Iftar brings ASEAN and South Africa closer

26 April 2022

Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) for South Africa graced Iftar, the Muslim custom of breaking fast during the holy month of Ramaadaan, hosted by High Commissioner Mohamad Nizan Mohamad of Malaysia on behalf of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC) held on 23 April 2022.

The occasion at the Malaysian Residence in Pretoria was attended by the Heads of Mission of the APC namely Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Myanmar is the current chair of the seven of the 10 countries of the ASEAN regional block represented here in South Africa.

Zimbabwe at 42 – No one and no place left behind

Pictured at Zimbabwe's Independence Day celebrations are (l-r) Dr Jessica Hamadziripi, Ambassador David Hamadziripi and Dr Zane Dangor

26 April 2022

“We call on those countries that continue to maintain sanctions against our country to heed the calls to reason and remove these sanctions which impact the people of Zimbabwe to have full enjoyment of their rights as was aptly observed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights,” said Ambassador David Hamadziripi of Zimbabwe to South Africa. He was addressing guests at the celebration of Zimbabwe’s 42 years of independence from Britain on 19 April 1980.

Ancestral relations underpin the ties between Zimbabwe and South Africa. These neighbouring countries are joined at the hip, akin to Siamese twins is how South African President Cyril Ramaphosa describes the cooperation between the two countries. Common language, custom and tradition have created bonds of marriage and family and a shared knowledge of Africa.

Opening A New Chapter

China, Mauritius celebrate 50th anniversary of bilateral ties
By Zhu Liying

Zhu Liying, Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius (Supplied)

The People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Mauritius formally established diplomatic relations on April 15, 1972, making China one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Mauritius. Over the past half a century, both countries have persisted with developing the bilateral ties based on mutual respect, mutual understanding, mutual support, equality, and mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. Mutual trust between the governments and peoples of the two countries has been consolidated, with fruitful trade and economic cooperation and prosperous people-to-people exchange. The bilateral relationship has become an exemplary example of South-South cooperation.

Unlocking the potential of the oceans economy

Photo: Durban Harbour

20 April 2022

As part of efforts to unlock the potential of the oceans economy and drive transformation in an aggressive way, government has prioritised the acceleration of interventions in the maritime sector. Among these is the establishment of a national shipping carrier as a means of building the strategic national shipping capacity and capability.

“Enhancing our ship registration framework remains at the centre of our efforts not only to grow our shipping industry, but to transform the sector such that it makes a meaningful contribution to broadening economic participation,” Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, said on Wednesday.

The Odds are in Africa's Favour

Pictured (l-r) Heinrich Hafeni, Premiere David Makhura, Percy Koji and High Commissioner Veiccoh Nghiwete

13 April 2022

“Namibia used to be the 5th province of South Africa,” said Heinrich Hafeni at the launch of the South African chapter of the African Economic Leadership Council (AELC) in Johannesburg. He was referring to the shared history and close ties between these neighbouring countries.

Heinrich Hafeni, a Namibian and Percy Koji of South Africa are the co-founders of AELC which was launched in Windhoek in April 2021. AELC is the organisation established to augment the momentum of the growing commercial integration of Africa.

Grammy Party in the Bush

Royal Families of Africa and the US Converge for epic BIPOC GRAMMY Celebration and Launch of over $500 Million USD Music, Film, & Tourism Project

From (l-r) - Founder of NOSACONN and Director of NOSACONN VNB, Damon J. Batiste (first cousin to GRAMMY Album of the Year winner, Jon Batiste) of New Orleans Royal Family of Music, , Candice Dawkshas (COO of Virtual Nation Builders) and Director of NOSACONN VNB, Her Royal Highness Queen Sekhothali Mabhena and His Majesty King Makhosoke II of the Amandebele Nation at the epic GRAMMY Celebration in South Africa.

“Grammy Party in the Bush” with African royalty present celebrated the Grammys, BIPOC talent and the launch of new business ventures driven by NOLA’s Royal Family of Music’s Damon Batiste, Virtual Nation Builders and Guqula.

Tourism, technology, musical, and cultural upliftment were winners at the recent GRAMMY PARTY IN THE BUSH at Sensational Sunset Safari Lodge during the most inclusive of exclusive parties hosted by NOLA’s Royal Family of Music’s Damon Batiste (a royal son in the legendary New Orleans Batiste Family who won big at this year's 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards hosted by South African Trevor Noah in Las Vegas). More than entertainment, the celebration launched several epic BIPOC-focused business ventures.

Thaba Nchu Royal Women Imbizo to address Gender Based Violence

by HRH Stella Sigcau

11 April 2022

Gender Based Violence (GBV) is increasing at an alarming rate which poses a serious concern. In an effort to address this pandemic the South African Royal Princesses Network (SARPN) will host a national royal women imbizo that will address GBV in Thaba Nchu, Free State on 30 April 2022.

Positioning South Africa’s Diplomacy to Advance our Domestic Priorities

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Naledi Pandor pictured with delegates at the Heads of Mission Conference taking place at the OR Tambo Building in Tshwane, South Africa (photo by Jacoline Schoonees)

8 April 2022

This week South African Heads of Mission gather in Tshwane for the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor addressed the HOMs. Ramaphosa stressed that the HOMs need to seek out new ways to grow trade and attract investment into South Africa and pave the way for outbound investment into existing and new markets. “We count on you to market abroad the immense opportunities that exist in the South African economy.”

Egypt Is Open For Tourism: South Africans to get Visa On Arrival in Egypt

Cairo on the Nile River (image: pixabay)

7 April 2022

In a step aiming at easing travel of South Africans to Egypt and strengthening ties between the two, Egypt announced this week that South Africans traveling to Egypt for tourism no longer have to acquire a prior visa from the Egyptian Embassies, and can now get their visa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. This move is aimed at boosting the number of South African tourists going to the land of the pharaohs, a destination that has long been on the bucket list of many South Africans given Egypt’s rich cultural heritage and attractively priced seaside resorts.

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