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   26 February 2018 Issue 220 - It's your country – play your part



President Cyril Ramaphosa has made a call to all South Africans to play their part to make South Africa a great nation.
He said as the country prepares to celebrate the centenary of the birth of former President Nelson Mandela -- who was affectionately known by his clan name Madiba -- it is important that people should take the new sense of hope and optimism and channel it into deeds that will contribute to human development.
The President said this when he delivered the keynote address at his Presidential Golf Challenge gala dinner on Thursday evening in Cape Town.
The golf challenge, at which the President plays golf with businesspeople and senior managers from State-owned entities, among others, is coordinated by the Department of Public Service and Administration, with the aim of fundraising resources to support the work of the President’s foundation, which supports initiatives such as small business development and education.
“I get a sense that a new spirit, a new mood, a great feeling of great enthusiasm is spreading throughout the country.
President Ramaphosa decided to make certain changes in the composition of the National Executive.
"These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address.
In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation.
As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments.
We will retain the existing Ministries and Departments until that review is completed.
With respect to Ministers, I have decided to make the following changes:



On The 15th of February, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted a Dialogue with Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado, after his visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa as part of the outreach program of the Argentine Presidency of the G20 with different regions.
Argentina’s G20 Presidency has taken a new approach in the organization of the group’s summit, engaging countries outside the group to listen to their priorities and evaluate how to include them into the G20 Agenda. The proposed agenda for the 2018 Summit, that will take place in Buenos Aires at the end of November, will focus on three themes: the future of work and what this means for education; infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future.


Remembering Olof Palme

‘Apartheid cannot be reformed it must be destroyed’ quoting former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, former South African President, Mr Kgalema Mothlanthe delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Olof Palme Youth Lecture hosted at Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa.
"During more than three decades, Olof Palme consistently argued against the insanity of the apartheid system. He showed that it is incompatible with all basic values of a civilised society, but also that it is a threat to international peace and security. And furthermore he took action, and argued for action, to help abolish the system,” said Oliver Tambo, former African National Congress (ANC) President after the assassination of Palme in Stockholm.
Sven Olof Joachim Palme. a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden, was an outspoken critic of authoritarian regimes and imperialist ambitions and voiced support for third world liberation movements.



Thai Fair for Thai’s Friends

The Royal Thai Embassy, in collaboration with Thai communities in South Africa, hosted “Thai Fair for Thai’s Friends” bazaar at the Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria.
The focus of the Fair was to create a platform for people in South Africa, as well as members of the diplomatic community, to experience some of the world renowned food and services that the Thai communities provide right here in South Africa.
On offer was Thai foods, Thai Massage, Thai beverages, Thai clothes, Thai plants and Thai Karaoke.
This year marks the Silver Jubilee of Thailand - South Africa relations and the Fair was one of the activities planned for this year-long celebration.




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