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  6 July 2017 Issue 204- Renewing Indigenous Knowledge





Canada at 150

H.E. Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, hosted a reception on the occasion of Canada Day.
In welcoming guests High Commissioner McCardell said, "Even before the arrival of European explorers over 500 years ago, Canada’s First Nations had been present on the land for more than 10 000 years. As part of a week of celebrations of Canada, National Aboriginal Day – this year, on the summer solstice –recognizes the fundamental contributions that First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis have made to the identity and culture of all Canadians. The history, art, food, and traditions of Indigenous Peoples have shaped our past, and will continue to shape our future."

Croatia National Day

Dr Nenad Prelog, Ambassador of Croatia and Mrs Davorka hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of Croatia.

Photo: Ambassador Nenad Prelog and Mr Mike Masiapata, Director General in the South African Ministry of State Security (photo by Maja Frankovic)

Croatia is celebrating 25 years of establishing diplomatic relations with South Africa and Ambassador Prelog said that this cooperation is in many fields including tourism, blue economy, education, culture and science.

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Enhancing Trade

In June a Vietnamese businesses delegation led by Mr. Ngo Khai Hoan, Deputy Direct for Africa- ministry of Trade and Industry participated in trade and business conferences in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Located in South Eastern Asia, Vietnam has a population of 95 million people. The initiation of economic reforms from the late 1980’s, the Doi Moi policy, set Vietnam onto the path of a socialist orientated market economy.
Photo: Mr Nguyen Manh Hung, Ambassador of Vietnam to South Africa
The 2016 economic indicators reported GDP at 600US$ billion, while economic growth stood at 6.1%. Spices, household goods, steel, agricultural products, resources and minerals were companies seeking trade and investment opportunities.
Once again Sri Lankan companies participated in the annual International Trade Exhibition in South Africa. Sri Lanka Tea Board, Fresh Tea Pvt Ltd and Spa Ceylon Luxury Ayurveda from Sri Lanka participated at this year’s exhibition.
With a view to popularize ‘Ceylon Tea’ brand in the continent, the Tea Board had tea tasting opportunities for the participants and handed over tea samples. The attending VIPs were also provided the opportunity to sample varieties of ‘Ceylon Tea’, and were gifted with tea samples.
Photo: Sri Lankan High Commissioner Sunil de Silva with South African Deputy Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe




Matariki – The Eyes of God

When the constellation Pleiades, a star cluster, rises in the sky in May and June, the Maori nation of New Zealand celebrate the beginning of a New Year.
H.E Mike Burrell, High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa hosted an evening of stargazing and storytelling at his residence in Pretoria, South Africa.
Photo: H.E Mike Burrell, High Commissioner of New Zealand to South Africa (Debbie Yazbek)
Matariki is both the name for Pleiades and translates to the ‘eyes of god’. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. Offerings of the produce of the land were made. It was also a good time to instruct young people in the lore of the land and certain birds and fish were especially easy to harvest at this time.

Inti Raymi – Resurrection of the Sun

June 21 marks the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the day when the Sun begins to set a little later everyday as the days start to get longer.
To celebrate this annual occurrence H.E Maria Soledad Cordova Montero, Ambassador of Ecuador to South Africa celebrated Inti Raymi. This is a colourful traditional ritual to express our gratitude to nature, said the Ambassador.
It is also a reclamation of the indigenous knowledge and identity of South America that is being revived and preserved.
Comparing the inherent cultures of South Africa and Ecuador, Ambassador Montero referred to Thabo Mbeki’s ‘I am an African’ speech in which he recognizes that he owed his being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of his native land. She also paid tribute to Oliver Tambo, in the centenary year of his birth.


South Africa Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Dakar Conference

by Kgomotso Kgoale
In 1987 the ANC (African National Congress) and IDASA (The Institution for Democratic Alternatives in South Africa) held a conference in Dakar, Senegal to discuss strategies for bringing change in South Africa.
On Tuesday the 30th of May, DIRCO hosted the 30th anniversary celebration of the Dakar conference.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate the citizens who were concerned with the future direction of South Africa. The Ambassador of Senegal Ambassador S.Ndiaye, Deputy Minister of DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Co Operation) Hon N C Mfeketo and Dr. Judy Smith-Hohn of Brand South Africa were among the many speakers at the event.


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