Protecting Children from COVID-19 Pandemic

By Ni Yanshuo, ChinAfrica

Mr Shen Long, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in South Africa

16 September 2021

Vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech will soon be used by South African children to fight the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic. On September 10, the company and Numolux Group, its agent in South Africa, launched the Phase III clinic trial of CoronaVac vaccine on children. Two volunteers received the vaccine at the launch ceremony.

The Phase I/II study on children has been conducted in China and the results have been published in The Lancet, 28 June 2021.

United Nations General Assembly – A President of Hope

By Advocate Ajay Sooklal, Dr. Srimal Fernando and Mr. Kirtan Bhana

Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives

16 September 2021

Maldive’s Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as the 76th president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) currently in session in New York in the USA. It’s the first time a Maldivian has been elected to this position and is regarded as a boon for the South Asian Island state, especially as its neighbour, India, assumes its position of the presidency as a non permanent member of the all-powerful UNSC.

“We have seen humanity at its best,” said Shahid as he outlined key priorities as he assumed his position at the UNGA and termed it the “Presidency of Hope”. He was referring to the collective response of people of all nationalities and walks of life to the Covid-19 global pandemic. He had special praise for all frontline workers and their commitment inspired hope that humanity will rise to the occasion to face this challenge and overcome it.

Mpumalanga Reigniting tourism

16 September 2021

The Mpumalanga Tourism Expo was held on 11 and 12 September 2021 at the Riverside Shopping Mall in Mbombela, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The inaugural event attracted 26 exhibitors from the province all showcasing their offerings and all eager to get tourism in their region back on track.

The Expo was organised by Jakada Holdings and CEO Xolani Mthethwa says his team has over 25 years of exprerience in the tourism industry and are waiting to welcome tourists back to experience the beauty of their province.

Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico

by Minister Gabriela Colín Ortega, Embassy of Mexico in South Africa

15 September 2021

It is a privilege for me to address you all on the occasion of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico, a revolutionary movement that started in the early hours of the sixteenth of September 1810, when the priest Miguel Hidalgo congregated the people of his parish in the town of Dolores and encouraged them to join him to fight for the freedom of Mexico. Hidalgo’s call is known as “el Grito de Independencia” (the Cry for Independence), which Mexicans both locally and abroad celebrate annually to renew our bonds to freedom and sovereignty.

The independence war lasted eleven years. During this period, the insurgentes -as we refer to our freedom fighters- were so ahead of their time, that Hidalgo abolished slavery as early as December 1810, and José María Morelos -a brilliant Afro-Mexican- proclaimed the first Constitution in 1814.

Trading South Africa's Foreign Policy: Dispense with Parochial Approaches and Recognise International Opportunities

by Peter Fabricius

15 September 2021

Over the past three decades or more, boosting economies has increasingly become the priority goal of the international relations of most countries.

Globalisation and a — generally — more peaceful world have played major roles in this shift.

But South Africa has not fared nearly as well in this global re-orientation towards a more economic foreign policy as countries that have more enthusiastically embraced the new liberal world order of free trade.

Events in celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial

13 September 2021

In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Independence of Mexico, the Embassy of Mexico in South Africa is hosting a number of events.

Showcasing Mexican gastronomy, avid food lovers can participate in an online cooking class and learn how to prepare Chiles en Nogada with Mexican chef Monsserrat Vassallo.

Take a photo of your creation and enter the photo contest.

New COVID-19 cases on the decline in Africa

World Health Organisation’s Regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

10 September 2021

Africa has recorded a 23% decline in new COVID-19 cases over the past week.

This is the according to the World Health Organisation’s Regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

Moeti said the decline is the highest since the peak of the third wave in July.

She warned, however, that the infectious Delta variant of the virus is slowing down the decline.

Corruption a stumbling block to an improved public service

9 September 2021

Public Service Commissioner Michael Seloane says that corruption still remains “widespread” in the public service.

He was speaking at the release of the commission’s Quarterly Bulletin titled: The Pulse of the Public Service for the first quarter of the financial year.

The commissioner said one of the biggest challenges breeding a culture of corruption in the public service is employees who conduct business with the state.

“South Africa continues to face the challenge of widespread corruption within its public service. Corruption scandals are precipitated by shady, widespread public sector patronage, crony capitalism, abuse of power and abuse of authority, corruption and unprofessional behaviour in government. [P]ublic servants who conduct business with the state…in many instances, service delivery is affected negatively because companies that are appointed to render services are not given on the basis of merit but are given to people that have close proximity to power,” he said.

Collaboration key to African-Caribbean prosperity

Heads of States and Government of the African Union and CARICOM Member States participating in the inaugural Africa-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit exploring opportunities of strengthen the linkages between the people of Africa and the Caribbean regions by addressing integration challenges across continents. (image: Siyabulela Duda)

7 September 2021

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged African and Caribbean states to join hands in solidarity as the regions face common challenges.

He was speaking during a virtual gathering of the inaugural Africa-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit where Heads of State from Caribbean nations and Africa discussed various issues including trade, investment and ways to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Safe and Prosperous Viet Nam

Address by H.E. Mr. Hoang Van Loi, Ambassador of Viet Nam to South Africa on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day of Viet Nam

2 September 2021

On the 2nd day of September every year, Vietnamese people at home and abroad celebrate a day of freedom, liberty and independence, a day of history, remembrance, hope and promise. 76 years ago, on September 2nd 1945, President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, now the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. On this year’s 76th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, I would like to convey my warmest greetings to you and best wishes of health, peace and prosperity.

2021 has been an eventful year. The COVID-19 pandemic still rages on around the world, reversing years and even decades of development, affecting the global economy, international relations and people’s livelihoods. In Viet Nam, as I write these words, thousands upon thousands of health workers, medical students, military servicemen, police officers and volunteers from all over the country are marching to COVID-19 hotspots in Southern provinces, risking their own lives for their fellow countrymen’s. The image speaks to Viet Nam’s national solidarity and strength. And in these unprecedented times, we are grateful for the global community’s support and generous donations of vaccines and medical equipment.

Embracing Greening Initiatives in Arbor Month

Deputy Minister Sotyu and her delegation kicked off Arbor Month with activities at Dumisani Makhaye Village where they planted two Waterberry trees that will not only aid in greening the community but will also help in feeding the community

1 September 2021

The Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Ms Makhotso Sotyu has kicked-off the National Arbor Month campaign with planting of trees in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, where she also announced the City of Cape Town as the winner of the Arbor City Competition in the Metropolitan Municipalities category.

Women political activists in conflict areas must be protected

1 September 2021

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has called for the protection of women in countries affected by conflict. Minister Pandor was speaking during a virtual event themed “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spaces”.

“All women must be protected and should enjoy security from any form of harm. In fact, all political activists should be able to exercise their democratic right to protest and exercise all the civil and political rights we enjoy as South Africa by virtue of our Constitution,” she said.

The event was organised by the International Peace Institute and hosted in partnership with the Kenyan, South African, Swedish and the United States governments.

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