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Nixtamalisation an indigenous knowledge

 
The Agricultural Research Council of South Africa (ARC) partnered with the Mexican Embassy in South Africa to jointly host a roundtable discussion and share knowledge on the ancient Mexican technology of nixtamalisation of maize.
Mesoamericans domesticated maize 8,000 years ago and learned how to obtain the highest nutritional value from it through nixtamalisation, a process of cooking maize in limewater, and hulled.
The discussion would serve as a platform to start a useful and meaningful conversation on the topic, networking, and facilitating a mutually beneficial partnership. Stakeholders and key actors from the scientific, academic, public and private sectors from the Southern African region, as well as from relevant regional bodies such as NEPAD and SADC would assess the advantages, opportunities and challenges of maize nixtamalisation.
A lecture on the Cultural Anthropology of Maize, as well as a Symposium on nixtamalisation was also jointly held by the Embassy of Mexico and the University of Pretoria in commemoration of World Food Day on October 16th.
 
 

 

Kazakhstan is emerging in global and regional influence

 
Kazakhstan gained independence from the former Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) in 1991. 25 Years on and Kazakhstan is emerging in global and regional influence. Its stance on nuclear disarmament stems from its first hand experiences of the horrific nuclear arms testing that it had to endure.
Photo: (l-r) H.E. Ambassador Talgat Kaliyev of Kazakhstan to South Africa, Dr Philani Mthembu, Acting Executive of the IDG and Ms A Kuhn Director, South and Central Asia desk at  International Relations of SA (DIRCO).
As a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan, the University of South Africa (UNISA) , the Institute for Global Dialogue and the Embassy of Kazakhstan  in South Africa hosted a public lecture. H.E. Ambassador Talgat Kaliyev of Kazakhstan to South Africa (SA) presented, ‘Kazakhstan and South Africa, achieving common goals towards development and prosperity”.
Ambassador Kaliyev explained Kazakhstan’s willingness to engage candidly and follow a traditional diplomatic policy. It has adopted a market economy, building statehood and a stable nation in the aftermath of the fall of the Iron Curtain.
 

 
 
 
 
 

NATIONAL DAYS

 
AUSTRIA
 
Ambassador Öppinger-Walchshofer hosted Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz and a Business Delegation at Austria’s National Day on 25 October in SA.
 
 
 
CZECH REPUBLIC
 
Ambassador Michal Král of the Czech Republic and Minister Gigaba of Home Affairs for SA made congratulatory remarks at the National Day
 
 
 
TURKEY
 
Ambassador Kaan Esener of Turkey pictured with Basani Baloyi, Chief of Staff at the Department of Communications at the reception to mark the 93rd Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.
 
 

 

Norway and South Africa tap into science to grow ocean economy

 
 
Pretoria – South Africa and Norway are exploring new business opportunities in the blue economy and other innovative solutions to address global challenges such as rising poverty, inequality and increased demand for energy.
The South Africa-Norway Science Week 2016 has officially opened at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria. Events for the week, which will wrap up on Friday, will be hosted in Pretoria and Cape Town.
Photo: South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor with Deputy Minister of Norway, Ms Tone Skogen (photo: twitter.com/trineskymoen)
Speaking on Monday, 31 October 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the event was opportune to bring together key players from higher education, research, innovation and business from the two countries to forge relationships and encourage collaboration between academia and industry across national borders.
“International cooperation and benchmarking provide important platforms for understanding and promoting the contribution of science and technology to economic development, especially in a global post-industrial, knowledge-based economy, whose principal imperative must be to enhance sustainability and green growth,” the Minister said.
 

 

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