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  9 June 2017 Issue 202- Conserving our Oceans






Conserving our oceans is preserving life itself

Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean—all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.
 “Oceans are a testing ground for the principle of multilateralism,” he said. “The health of our oceans and seas requires us to put aside short-term national gain, to avoid long-term global catastrophe.”
“Conserving our oceans and using them sustainably is preserving life itself,” he added.
World leaders joined representatives from civil society, business, academia and science at the Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters in New York in calling for accelerated action to reverse the deterioration of the ocean.

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Dr. Cyril Kenrick Hunte, High Commissioner of Guyana in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 51st Independence Anniversary Celebrations. Speaking of relations between Guyana and South Africa High Commissioner Kenrick Hunte said, "Mutual respect, cooperation and common interest between Guyana and South Africa have formed the foundation on which our bilateral relations have been built, for we share common ground with South Africa on issues of ending poverty and underdevelopment; promoting peace, security and human rights; and working to achieve the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
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 Deputy Director General Yolisa Maya of DIRCO of South Africa (image: Patricia Mosiyo). Speaking of the strong link between South Africa and Italy Ambassador Donnici said, "This strong link between Italy and South Africa is also a reason for the richness of our economic and trade relations. All the major Italian companies are here in South Africa: from industrial equipment and machinery to automotive, from renewable energy to agribusiness, from fashion to design. 
The Charge d’Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Pretoria, Mr. Azad Naghiyev and Mrs. Sabina Naghiyeva hosted a reception to celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Addressing guests Mr Naghiyev spoke of Azerbaijan’s achievements in its 28 years of independence. He said that Azerbaijan will soon become an important transport hub, connecting the north and south, east and west of the entire Euro-Asian continent.
Ambassador Beka Dvali of Georgia in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the Day of Independence of Georgia, a day that every Georgian cherishes, he said.
In his welcoming remarks Ambassador Dvali emphasized the strides that Georgia has made both regionally and in the international arena. He said that never before in their history has Georgia featured so prominently in its democratic credentials, economic freedom, ease of doing business and anti-corruption drive.
The Embassy of Kazakhstan in South Africa hosted an official reception on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and South Africa. In his welcoming speech, HE Mr. Talgat Kaliyev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to South Africa, noted that South Africa became one of the first countries, that established relations with Kazakhstan after its independence.
During the last 25 years Kazakhstan and South Africa demonstrated an outstanding example of steady relations and mutually beneficial cooperation.



United Arab Emirates Year of Giving

The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Pretoria has embarked on the '2017 Year of Giving' and is in the process of executing projects to South African communities.
Earlier this year the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the Year of Giving. The focus of this initiative is based around three major themes which are;
1.    Strengthening Social responsibility in the Private Sector - The aim is to encourage the Private Sectors’ role in serving the country and contributing to its development
2.    Strengthening the concept of the younger generation to serve the nation and the broader community - Serving the nation guarantees the development of love for the country and others
3.    Promoting the spirit of volunteerism amongst people and establishing specialized voluntary programmes to suit the needs of all individuals in society - This will enable people to provide genuine services to the society and other communities; which in turn strengthens the concept of serving the nation in the newer generation
The goal of the ‘Year of Giving’ is to make a difference in the lives of those we care for and in ourselves. It aims to create a positive change in someone’s life, in the society and in a nation as a whole. 

10th Annual Cape Town Steelband Festival

The sounds of the steelpan reverberated in Cape Town, South Africa on May 11, 2017 as students, young people and steelpan enthusiasts took to the stage at the 10th Annual Steelband Festival, held at the Baxter Theatre Complex, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Nine bands from local schools and communities across the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces performed for a large gathering.
The Festival was supported by His Excellency Roger Gopaul, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to South Africa (pictured addressing the audience), who delivered remarks to the audience.  In highlighting the humble origins and the global spread of Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument, High Commissioner Gopaul underscored the example that the young steelpan players in South Africa represented to the wider society and the inexorable link to Trinidad and Tobago.


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