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Romania celebrates EU Presidency

16 April 2019

The Embassy of Romania in South Africa in celebration of Romania’s Presidency to the Council of the European Union hosted a concert by the talented Romanian pianist Daniel Ciobanu at Unisa

Romanian Ambassador Marius Boranescu (pictured left) highlighted Romania's priorities as President. Romania, who became a member country of the EU on 1 January 2007, holds the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2019.

The priorities of the Romanian Presidency are driven by this motto: cohesion, a common European value, understood as unity, equal treatment and convergence.


Lebanese Relief Aid for Cyclone Idai victims

16 April 2019

The third-deadliest tropical cyclone on record, killing at least 847 in total and leaving thousands stranded, Cyclone Idai left the city of Beira like a war zone.

Having no less than a hundred Lebanese owning businesses and residing in Beira with their families, H.E. Mr. Kabalan Frangieh, Ambassador of Lebanon, visited them in the disaster struck city on the 27th of March 2019.

Photo: Ambassador Frangieh meeting with Mr. Paulik Ucacha, the Sofala Police Provincial Commander

The Ambassador met with the First Lady of Mozambique, Mrs. Isaura Nyusi and her relief team at Maputo International Airport and promised to urge the community to collect more donations to help relieve the victims of the cyclone.


Celebrating the Life of Chris Hani, A True Revolutionary, A Friend of Cuba

10 April 2019

Twenty six years ago, in the morning of Saturday April 10, 1993, South African Communist Party secretary-general and member of the ANC national executive committee, Comrade Martin Thembisile "Chris" Hani, was assassinated outside his Boksburg home.

Although he was only 50 at the time of his death, his contribution to the anti-Apartheid struggle was enormous.

Cde. Hani was one of the most courageous and talented revolutionary leaders on the fight for a new South Africa. Although he had been a military man for nearly thirty years, he strongly believed in peace.


‘So Sri Lanka’ promoted in South Africa


The Sri Lankan High Commission in Pretoria with the support of the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau organized a "So Sri Lanka” Tourism Exhibition in Menlyn from 20th to 25th March 2019. It was the first ever Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Campaign that took place in South Africa.  

The Exhibition  was launched on the 20th March 2019, and  Bangladesh High Commissioner H.E. Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Pakistan High Commissioner H.E. Sohail Khan, Georgian Ambassador H.E. Beka Dvali and Sri Lankan High Commissioner H.E. Kumar Mallimaratchi participated as the Chief Guest and Guests of Honour at the Launch.


The Year of Vikari Varusham

Iniya Tamizh Puthandu Nalvazhtugal the Year of Vikari (Love) Varusham to all.

The Trustees, Affiliates and the Executives of the Tamil Federation of Gauteng takes this opportunity in wishing you all that you desire.

As you walk this year through your many victories, trials, tribulations & moments of wonder, may Namashivaya walk alongside you, embracing all your worries and heartbreak, also sharing your glorious, golden moments made in heaven.

Bear in mind that life does not just happen. We have to build it with hard work, sacrifice, laughter, love, virtue, integrity & patience.  


Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria begins Digital Marketing Era

3 April 2019

"This GBR exhibition is a bridge in our efforts to improve cooperation between Indonesia and South Africa. At this year's exhibition, we begin to introduce a digital platform to market Indonesian products, which can be accessed at any time, in every place.

Photo: Ambassador Salman Al-Farisi with President Commissioner of PT. Global Ecosystem Solutions, Hadi Lee

"It is time for us to align our speed with technological developments. I believe in the effectiveness of digital marketing to help further penetrate the African market", said the Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria, Salman Al-Farisi on the sidelines of the Annual Global Business Roundtable (GBR) World Congress & Exhibition Exhibition on March 27-29 2019 in Johannesburg.


Cuban Vice President visits South Africa

2 April 2019

On March 31st, Inés María Chapman, Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba completed an official visit to South Africa.

Photo: Inés María Chapman, Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba with Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

As the main activity of her program, the Cuban Vice President represented the Island as a country invited to the Conference of Solidarity with the Western Sahara of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), that took place on March 26 in Pretoria.


Mexico to Coordinate MIKTA Group for 2019

1 April 2019

MIKTA is an innovative partnership lead by foreign ministers that brings together Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Indonesia to bridge divides in the multilateral system and build consensus on complex and challenging issues, drawing on the diverse perspectives of its members and their shared interest in an effective, rules-based global order.

Photo: Deputy Head of Mission of Australia, Sonya Koppe, Ambassador of Turkey, Elif Çomoğlu Űlgen, Ambassador of Mexico, Ana Luisa Fajer, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Salman Al Farisi and Jong Dae-Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

The Foreign Ministers of these emerging countries (also known as constructive powers) met for the first time in September 2013 in New York, under the initiative of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Since then our exchanges have grown to encompass collaboration between academics, diplomats, journalists, parliamentarians, and experts in areas ranging from trade to international security, gender equality, governance and sustainable development.


Trade, Tour, Invest – Timor-Leste

25 March 2019

East Timor (Timor-Leste) restored its independence from Indonesia on 20th May 2002 through a referendum in 1999 that was supported by the United Nations. Since then a new government was set up to build and maintain all infrastructure that was destroyed by anti-independence militia.

The publication of an Investment Guide for the country is a clear indication of the developments taking place as it paves the way for investment. Key information on the country’s economic situation and the principal tax, legal and labor issues, as well as how to initiate a business in Timor-Leste is provide by the Investment Guidelines. It sets out six key attractiveness factors including natural resources, commitment to sustainable development, the use of US currency, the reform program, international integration, and the country’s competitive tax regime.


Tuan Guru, a Great Figure of Indonesian Remembrance in South Africa

20 March 2019

"This book launching event has a significant meaning not only for South Africa, but also for Indonesia. This book is a concrete manifestation of the strong historical relations between the two countries. I do hope that this book will further enrich people's recollection of the very important relations between Indonesia and South Africa," said Mr Salman Al Farisi, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria when delivering his address at the launch of the book “From the Spice Islands to Cape Town: Life and Master's Period of Teachers " in Cape Town, South Africa on March 17, 2019.

Ambassador Salman Al Farisi attended the event by the invitation of the South African Waqf Institute, AWQAF SA. As the South African national waqf institution which has a mission to empower the people, this book is part of the Awqaf Project Leaders and Heritage project to honour South Africa’s past and present leaders.


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