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  2 June 2016 Issue 172 - Empower the Youth





Musical Diplomacy Empowering Youth

The first Rainbow concert was hailed a success by the Ambassador of Austria, Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer.  She thanked fellow diplomats, the sponsors and most importantly the participants for the success and said the goal now would be to make this an annual event.Participants included Ghanaian drummers and dancers; the Anavarata dance institution of Johannesburg performing classical Indian and Bollywood dances; Conwonitte Choir from Wonderboom Pretoria; Goede Primary School Marimba Band from Boksbug Jhb; TMP Jazz Band, Hammanskraal; Unisa Music Foundation String Ensemble; and the Mamelodi Brass Band.
Representing the diplomatic corps were Matthias Radosztics from Hungary playing the clarinet and John Macgregor from the United Kingdom playing the piano and cello.
Pictured (r-l) Goede Primary School Marimba Band from Reiger Park Boksbug Jhb who enthralled the crowd with their rhythm and energy

Algeria participates in 12th Gcwala Ngamasiko Cultural festival 2016

Algeria participated in the 12th Gcwala Ngamasiko Cultural festival 2016, held in Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto, on 29 May 2016 and organised by the African Cultural Music and Dance Association (ACUMDA).
Algeria was represented by a troupe of the Algerian National Ballet who performed three dances. The first one was with all African participating troupes with the objective of showing African cultural unity in its diversity. The second one was performed with a South African troupe from Gauteng performing a traditional Tuareg dance and the last performance was individual where the Algerian troupe performed a rhythmic traditional Kabyle dance.

National Days

Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence
Ms. Barbara Haley, Acting High Commissioner of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana hosted a reception to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. She is pictured cutting the celebration cake with Ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio of Cuba.
98th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Ambassador Elkhan Polukhov of Azerbaijan in South Africa hosted a National Day reception to mark the 98th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is pictured cutting the celebration cake with Ambassador Ebrahim Saley (r) of Dirco
Georgia celebrates 25 Years of Independence
Ambassador Beka Dvali of Georgia hosted New-York based renowned Georgian pianist Mr. David Aladashvili who performed international and Georgian classics including by Lagidze and Kvernadze, marking the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Independence of Georgia, at a reception hosted by the Embassy of Georgia in Pretoria.
National Day of Italy
Ambassador of Italy Mr Pier Giovanni Donnici and Mrs. Martina Donnici hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of Italy. Pictured with Ambassador Donnici is Mr Obed Bapela, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa.

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Celebrating 20 years of bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Cuba

 While celebrating 20 years of bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Cuba, the two countries must also address common challenges, says International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers. “There are few countries outside our continent that have contributed more to the struggle of the African peoples for liberation from colonialism and apartheid than Cuba. Our bilateral cooperation is a continuation of a decades old relations transcending the normal diplomatic relations usually enjoyed by two countries.”
Cuba and South Africa have signed a number of agreements in various sectors, cooperated in a number of fields and remain beneficiaries of Cuba’s on-going assistance in the provision of training and technical assistance in the areas of health, labour, defence, social development, built environment, infrastructure and science, among others.
Photo: South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane received a courtesy call from First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàle during his visit to South Africa. Also pictured is Ambassador Carlos Fernandez de Cossio of Cuba in South Africa
Photo: Jacoline Schoonees


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