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  5 August 2016 Issue 178 - South Africans win - Election





Citizens the winners in municipal polls

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is still wrapping up the final results of the 2016 Municipal Elections at the Results Operations Centre in Pretoria.
South Africans took to the polls on Wednesday in a hotly contested election.
There is no doubt that South Africa’s fifth municipal elections have produced both winners and losers. SAnews spoke to independent political analyst Eusebius McKaiser who puts things into perspective for us.
Although several smaller political parties, like the Congress of the People, the Pan Africanist Congress and Freedom Front Plus suffered humiliating defeats in the elections, for McKaiser the real winners in these elections are the people of South Africa and the country whose democracy continues to show strength and resilience.




Celebrating the 49th ASEAN Day

Forty-nine years ago a group of five countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, agreed to establish the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by adopting the so-called Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 1967. In 1984, ASEAN began its expansion to include Brunei Darussalam, then Vietnam, Lao PDR., Myanmar, and Cambodia. ASEAN today comprises ten countries with a combined population of over 600 million, and becomes an inter-governmental organisation based on the ASEAN Charter, adopted in 2007.
Photo: Celebrating the 49th ASEAN Anniversary in Pretoria are (l-r) Mr. Agus Salim Yusof, Charge d'Affaires of Malaysia and Mrs. Nor Syazwani Hamdan, H.E Mr. Chua Thai-Keong, High Commissioner of Singapore, H.E. Mr. Tha Aung Nyun, Ambassador of Myanmar and Mrs. Mar Mar Kyaw, H.E. Mr. Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, Ambassador of the Philippines, H.E. Mr. Le Huy Hoang, Ambassador of Vietnam and Mrs. Vu Thi Minh Hoa, Mrs. Ina Suprapto and H.E. Mr. Suprapto Martosetomo, Ambassador of Indonesia, Mrs. Dounghatai Danvivathana and H.E. Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana, Ambassador of Thailand and Chair of ASEAN Pretoria Committee.

Over the past five decades of its establishment and development, ASEAN has overcome tremendous challenges and attained remarkable achievements. Most importantly, ASEAN has played an important role to maintain a conducive environment for the peoples in Southeast Asia to live in peace, stability and prosperity. The 10-member States have worked closely together to build ASEAN as a community of political cohesion, economic integration and social responsibilities. At the same time, ASEAN increasingly enhances its cooperation with their dialogue and other external partners, friendly countries and international organizations, through different ASEAN-initiated mechanisms with ASEAN’s role as a driving force in the region, making contributions to world peace, stability and development.



Belarus celebrates 25th Anniversary of Independence

On July 28 2016 Mr. Andrei Molchan, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus hosted a reception to celebrate the Independence Day of Belarus.
Belarus celebrate its 25th Anniversary of the Independence and in this time Ambassador Molchan said that the country has passed a difficult but successful path of development. "Belarusians do not blame or deny their past. We have chosen evolutionary transformation, aimed at peace, security and tolerance. Belarus has preserved all the best inherited from the Soviet Union, and significantly increased its potential, turned itself into a modern industrial and agricultural country with advanced and yet free Education and Healthcare systems.

Photo: Ambassador Andrei Molchan and Mr. Andries Nel, Deputy  Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of SA toasting to the National Day of Belarus

In his speech Ambassador Molchan spoke about strengthening relations between Belarus and Southern African countries noting that over the past two to three years these countries have grown closer together than at any time in the history of their relations. 



German open day

German Ambassador to South Africa Walter Lindner and the embassy staff welcomed South Africans to take a tour of the new chancery in Pretoria. The public was invited to learn about the various departments of the Embassy and enjoy activities for the whole family. They had an opportunity to take part in a diplomacy quiz and through a 'speak dating' event learn German.


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