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   16 May 2018 Issue 223 - South Africa's foreign policy re-energised




South Africa's foreign policy re-energised

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu delivered the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa on 15 May 2018.
Concluding her speech Minister Sisulu said, "We meet in the month of May that has been designated as Africa month. It was in this month in 1963 when the Organisation of African Unity was born on 25 May. On that occasion African countries came together to craft a strategy for the liberation of Africa. This month resonates with the deep-seated quest to bring to the fore issues that still plague Africa. I wish to remind you of the advice that Haile Selassie gave in his address to the inaugural conference of the OAU in 1963, I quote:

“If we permit ourselves to be tempted by narrow self-interest and vain ambition, if we barter our beliefs for short-term advantage, who will listen when we claim to speak for conscience.”

That is what we stand for.




The Revolutionary Faces of Africa

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies within the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, will be hosting a series of Africa Month events to celebrate and share commonalities and culture linked to the Afro-Latin American and Caribbean communities. Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean share ties that range from colonial histories, the need for human and economic development, liberation politics as well as cultural and ethnic ties.

During the colonial era, about 15 million Africans were taken into slavery and records show that about 90% of these Africans were taken to Latin America and the Caribbean and African heritages have been found and thrive in the  region. In addition, the African Union recognizes Latin American and the Caribbean diaspora as the Sixth Region of Africa.

The Revolutionary Faces of Africa Exhibition was opened on 10 May by Ambassador Mairin Moreno of Venezuela and will run till 25 May.

Poland celebrates Constitution Day on the 3rd of May. It was on this day in 1791 that Poland's first constitution was adopted. It was a document "based on Enlightenment values being adopted. A new, bold, moral idea. Article V of the Constitution reads: All authority in human society takes its origin in the will of the people. Instead of advancing the interests of the few, the government must put the nation first," said Ambassador of Poland, Mr Andrzej Kanthak at a reception in Pretoria to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s independence.

Photo: Ambassador Kari Alanko of Finland, Ambassador Marcus Cornaro of the EU, Ambassador Andrzej Kanthak of Poland and Astrid Cornaro (Credit: Grażyna Koornhof)

Guests were treated to Polish words of wisdom, Polish music and authentic Polish cuisine.
Speech by Polish Ambassador Andrzej Kanthak on the occasion

Imagine! We go back in time!

To 1791. The date of an oldest surviving unopened bottle of Groot Constantia wine: a treasured artefact, belonging to the estate.

But we move north: about 10 000 km north of Constantia. And we go back exactly eleven thousand, eight hundred and forty-five (11,845) weeks.

It’s Tuesday, 3 May 1791. The Royal Castle in Warsaw. Something momentous is happening. Europe’s first full constitution based on Enlightenment values is being adopted.

Ambassador Dolana Msimang of South Africa in China hosted an event to celebrate Freedom Day in Beijing. Pictures By Sibusiso Rueben Bakana

Speech by Ambassador Msimang

I welcome you all tonight and thank you for affording the Embassy an opportunity to spend quality time with compatriots, colleagues, family and friends in the celebration of South Africa’s 24th Freedom Day.
Dear Friends whilst we have a lot to celebrate this year, we mourn the loss of some great South Africans this year:
•    Prof Willy Khotsisile a renowned author and poet and a father to one of our students;
•    Bra Hugh Masekela a great trumpeter of all times;
•    uMama Winnie Mandela liberation activist often referred to as “Mother of the Nation”
•    Amb Zola Skweyiya, former Minister, and High Commissioner to UK
May their souls rest in Peace! They have made their contribution to SA so should we! 

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