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  1 OCTOBER 2015 Issue 153 - Business and pleasure





Oui France

In September 2015 France coordinated investment promotion seminars in 50 countries world-wide.
In South Africa H.E Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa presented ‘say yes to France’. She also announced the opening of a ‘French Desk’ at the French governmental investment and trade agency, Business France. Philip Geromont, chair of the French SA Chamber of Commerce and Director of ENS, an African law firm, spoke of the excellent legal environment, the ease of setting up business and the protection of investment. Clement Sarradin (pictured) will head up the ‘French Desk’ providing a one stop service incentive for investors.

Japan's commitment to train SA artisans welcomed

The Presidency has welcomed the commitment by the Japanese government to provide training to South African artisans who will make an important contribution to infrastructure development in the country. Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki, presented Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with a Letter of Intent outlining Japan's initiative to provide training to South African artisans. The presentation was part of the third Japan Seminar, hosted in Johannesburg, by the Japan External Trade Organisation, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Embassy of Japan.

Palestinian flag raised outside UN Headquarters in New York for the first time

As the Palestinian flag was raised outside United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the General Assembly for support to see an independent State of Palestine take its rightful place among the community of nations. “We will not accept temporary solutions or a fragmented State.  We seek to form a national unity government that functions according to the programme of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and we seek to hold presidential and legislative elections,” Mr. Abbas told Member States gathered for the third day of the Assembly’s annual general debate.


Carnival - Parading through the streets of Pretoria


South African conquering the world

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane meets Trevor Noah at the set of The Daily Show in New York on 28 September 2015.
Trevor Noah had a smooth start as host of “The Daily Show” having taken over
from Jon Stewart. Viewers took to social media wishing him success and congratulating him on his great debut. 
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said, "Mr Noah is assuming an important global platform through which he will be flying the South African flag high."



Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China

Speaking at the celebration Ambassador TIAN Xuejun said, "The founding of new China 66 years ago ushered in a new era of the development of the Chinese nation. Since then, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have made concerted efforts to bring about earth-shaking changes in China and have obtained historic achievements. Especially since China’s reform and opening up more than 30 years ago, China’s economy has grown at an average rate of 9.8% annually, which has created a “miracle of growth” in the history of world economy."
Ambassador TIAN Xuejun is pictured with Minister Rob Davies of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Malaysia Golf Day raises R21000 for South African National Parks


The Malaysian High Commission, Malaysian Trade office and the Friendship Golf League (FGL) hosted over 100 golfers to celebrate Malaysia Day and South African Heritage Day by raising funds for SANPARKS.

Mr Zahairi Baharim, Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia is pictured with Mr Wichan Tabtimsri from the Embassy of Thailand.



Organisation for African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS meet on side lines of the UN General Assembly

The 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York City opened with a strong call from a number of African states for the reform of the United Nations Security Council. Madame Tobeka Zuma, First Lady of South Africa, was in attendance at the UN General Assembly during the President’s speech. She is currently in New York to continue to advocate on a global stage for issues close to her heart: women’s health, particularly breast and cervical cancer and HIV.  On the side lines of the opening of the UN General Assembly, the First Lady of South Africa was represented at the high-level meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), which focused on women and adolescent health in the post-2015 era.

South African Embassy in Athens celebrates Heritage Day

The South African Embassy in Athens once again invited guests to celebrate Heritage Day and showcase South Africa’s rich cultural heritage and diversity which is widely recognised as the “rainbow nation”. In celebration of this year’s theme it is highly essential to acknowledge that “heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity”.
The newly accredited South African Ambassador, HE Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk, welcomed and thanked all present Ambassadors, representatives of government, Honorary Consuls, Diplomats and friends of South Africa and announced that this year’s Heritage Day is celebrated in combination with the presentation of his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, HE Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

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