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The Fourth EU-South Africa Structured Dialogue Forum on Human Rights

The 4th EU-South Africa Structured Dialogue Forum on Human Rights took place on Wednesday 9th of November 2016 in Brussels. As Strategic Partners, both parties share a commitment to democracy, human rights, good governance, tolerance and respect for the rule of law. The Strategic Partnership envisages cooperation on the global scene and in international organisations, with the aim of defining a common position and defending the mutual interests of the two parties on global issues. The dialogue was opened by the EUSR for Human Rights, Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis and was co-chaired by Birgitte Markussen, Deputy Managing Director, Africa department, European External Action Service and Ambassador Ebrahim Mohamed Saley, Deputy Director General, Global Governance and Continental Agenda, Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa.


Africa's cities urged to bring technology to the masses

Local government leaders across the continent have been urged to ramp up investment in technology and innovation in a bid to drive growth at municipal level.
African innovators attending the Senior Experts Dialogue (SED 2016) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) believe that innovation needs to start at municipal level where government engages directly with communities.
The SED meeting currently under way in Pretoria, seeks to identify key elements and issues, based on local experiences, that African governments, along with their international development partners, can take into account in formulating action plans to turn their cities from manufacturing and trade hubs into innovation hubs and centres.
Participants emphasised the need for increased development of infrastructure for information communication technology (ICT) in order to empower the continent's millions of young people. While the world embraces the Internet of Things, African youth cannot be left behind.


Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria hosted a reception to celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution.
Ambassador Belaid said, "the Algerian revolution is, in the long course of history, resolutely enshrined in the affirmation of the values and principles that consecrate the right of peoples to self determination.
After more than one century of colonial domination and seven decades of popular armed resistance followed by vain attempts to reform the colonial order by peaceful means, a group of young Algerians decided to launch, in the evening of 31 October to 1st November 1954, the armed struggle against the colonizer to regain the despoiled rights of their people and restore the Algerian State."
Photo: Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria (r) and Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi of Public Service and Administration
Mr Emmanuel Mwamba, High Commissioner of Zambia to South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate Zambia's 52nd Independence Anniversary. In his remarks High Commissioner Mwamba thanked the various governments for their congratulatory messages on the successful election of Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu as President. The elections were widely described as free and fair which highlights Zambia's political stability and peaceful environment.
Photo: Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba (extreme right) proposes a toast at the celebrations to mark Zambia's 52nd Independence anniversary in Pretoria on 21st October, 2016. Joining in are Guest of Honour, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mr. Gugile Nkwiti (2nd right), Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Mr. Bene M'poko and  Mrs. Monde Mwamba.
High Commissioner Mwamba also assured investors that Zambia remains a very attractive investment destination, with the Zambia Development Agency having received even higher investment pledges in the recent months.



Fascinating Polish Cuisine

 Ambassador Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz of Poland to South Africa hosted Polish Chef Ernest Jagodzinski to amaze guests with Polish cuisine. She said that this was a joint project between the Polish Embassy in Pretoria and Charl Whitlock, the owner of De Kloof restaurant in Pretoria. While spending time in the United Kingdom Mr Whitlock was exposed to Polish food and was eager to expose Polish cuisine to the patrons of his restaurant.
Chef Ernest Jagodzinski is a world renowned Polish chef and he prepared the dishes in collaboration with Chef Hugo Snyman from De Kloof restaurant who added African touches.
Chef Jagodzinski is the chef at Cucina restaurant in Poland, a winner of many culinary competitions and he is the initiator of Dinner For Four Hands, a television program in which he invites the best Polish chefs. He also organises events where the income is spent on charity.

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