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Celebrating Reggae Month 2017

 
by H.E. Cheryl Spencer, High Commissioner of Jamaica
In Jamaica, the month of February is a packed month. Although Reggae festivals are held year-round, for music lovers and the culturally conscious, it is a month which is highly anticipated. It is also the month when Jamaica’s winter tourism season is at its peak.
From a musical standpoint, February is also the birth anniversary month of some of the most illustrious Reggae Icons, starting with none other than Robert Nester (Bob) Marley, the King of Reggae music, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae music, the legendary Singer and Record Producer, Derrick Harriott and William 'Bunny Ruggs' Clarke of the internationally popular Reggae Band, Third World.
It is well known that the month is dedicated to celebrating Reggae and its impact, as well as generating local and international focus on Reggae music. Under the 2017 theme, “Reggae Mecca” the Reggae month celebrations kicked off at Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, on 1 February 2017 and for the remainder of the month there will be, inter alia, Reggae Open University discussions, weekly concerts, a Global Reggae Conference and an awards ceremony.
 



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Celebrations

 
25th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa
 
A photographic exhibition by Ambassador Petrakov of the Russian Federation in South Africa was opened on 4 February 2017 at the Irma Stern Museum in CapeTown. The exhibition is on till 11 February 2017.
The Exhibition is dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa.
The upcoming 25th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Russia and South Africa, on 28 February, is not only a diplomatic and political milestone but a perfect occasion to expand the knowledge and understanding of each other’s culture, nature and history.
This is the aim of the present Exhibition, which comes in two parts.
The first one gives a glimpse into the majestic beauty of Russia’s capital and its true heart – Moscow – during winter.
The second showcases the only active Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Africa south to Sahara (Midrand, Gauteng) and expresses the unique nature of the Orthodox branch of Christianity.
 
 
Sri Lanka Independence day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cricket and Reconciliation were central to the remarks made by High Commissioner Sunil de Silva of Sri Lanka to South Africa and Minister Susan Shabangu Minister of Women in the Presidency of South Africa on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s 69th Independence Day.
 
 
 
Iran National Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pretoria celebrated the 38th Iranian National Day in South Africa on 2 February 2017.
H.E Mr. Moshen Movahhedi - Ghomi and the guest of honour Deputy Minister Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo of DIRCO remarked on the close and strengthening relations between Iran and South Africa.
 
 
 
25th National Day of Dignity - Venezuela
 
 
 
 
On February 4, 1992, a civil-military rebellion took place in Venezuela led by lieutenant Hugo Chavez against the neoliberal government of Carlos Andres Perez.
Although the rebellion was crushed it gave rise to a movement which allowed the birth of a real democratic and participatory process in benefit of the great majority of the population.
The 25th Anniversary of the occasion was commemorated at the Embassy of Venezuela in South Africa hosted by Ambassador Mairin Moreno Mérida. Venezuela Inside, a commemorative magazine was also issued by the Embassy.
 
 
 

 


AmaMpondo honour and pay Tribute to Mama Winnie Mandela

 
On the 28 January 2017, AmaMpondo from the Mpondo Kingdom in the Eastern Cape and from various parts of South Africa, Royalty and Traditional Leaders ascended in their numbers to Orlando, Soweto, Gauteng to pay live tribute and honour to liberation activist and ANC Stalwart Mama Winnie Mandela for the sacrifices she made and the meaningful role she played for the liberation struggle of South Africa.

Photo: Minister Nohema, Princess Stella Sigcau and Mama Winnie Mandela

They were joined by Mayors including the Mayor of OR Tambo District Municipality and Alfred Nzo District Municipality.

 
 

 

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