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   12 July 2018 Issue 227 - Welcome by new President




SA new President welcomes new Ambassadors

Photo standing (l-r) : Mr Salman Al Farisi, Republic of Indonesia, Mr David Hamadziripi, Republic of Zimbabwe, Ms Ana Luisa Fajer, United Mexican States, Mr Oumarou Maiga, Burkina Faso, Ms Ethel Davis, Republic of Liberia, Mrs Angella Veronica Comfort, Jamaica
Seated (l-r): Ms Filomena Delgado, Republic of Angola, Mr Mohamad Nizan B Mohamad, Malaysia, Mr Jean Marie Adoua, Republic of Congo, President Cyril Ramaphosa,  Dr Jong Dae Park, Republic of Korea, Mr Johann Brieger, Republic of Austria and Dr Cesar Rodríguez Zavalla, Oriental Republic of Uruguay. 
At a ceremony at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria President Cyril Ramaphosa received credentials of new Heads of Mission to South Africa.
Welcoming the new envoys President Ramaphosa said, "We firmly believe in the indivisible unity of humanity and we share a responsibility to continuously strive to settle differences between countries peacefully and permanently.
"It is for this reason that South Africa works to actively promote the centrality of multilateral institutions in managing global affairs, and why we urge respect for international law and agreements. We seek to work with our partners across the world to build a more democratic, just and equitable world order, one which prioritises the needs and interests of the poor and vulnerable.
"Much of the conflict and instability in the world has its roots in the extreme inequality between countries and within countries. It is fuelled by poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment. As the peoples of the world, we have a shared interest in ending poverty and closing the disparities in wealth, skills, resources and access to education, health and social support.


Choral celebration for Austria’s EU Presidency

The recently accredited Ambassador of Austria to South Africa H.E Dr. Johann Brieger hosted a celebration of Austria’s Presidency of the European Union (EU) which began on the July 1.

The occasion, which was held at the Ambassador’s residence, was graced by the Singakademie Graz Youth Choir who are one of the many choirs from the world over that are participating in the World Choir Games taking place in Tshwane, the capital city of South Africa, from 4 to 14 July 2018.

The Graz Youth Choir’s rendition of ‘Imagine’ the world renowned John Lennon song resounded the message "Singing together brings nations together" of the organizers, The Interkultur Foundation.



CARICOM Day 2018

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a grouping of twenty countries: fifteen Member States  and five Associate Members which came into being on 4 July 1973 with the signing of the Chaguaramas Treaty by Prime Ministers Errol Barrow of Barbados, Forbes Burnham of Guyana, Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and Michael Manley of Jamaica.
Photo: Cutting the cake (l-r) High Commissioners Kenrick Hunte of Guyana, Angela Comfort of Jamaica and Roger Gopaul of Trinidad and Tobago
On 30 June 2018 the three CARICOM countries represented in South Africa, namely, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica, hosted a reception to celebrate CARICOM DAY 2018. The celebration showcased culture and cuisine of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean Connection (a live band) entertained guests and authentic Caribbean cuisine was prepared by the different High Commissions.
Speaking at his official residence where the reception was held, High Commissioner Roger Gopaul said that CARICOM rests on four main pillars: economic integration; foreign policy coordination; human and social development; and security.

Canada Day - Fête du Canada 2018

July 1st is Canada Day - the official national day of Canada! Canadians across the country and around the world celebrate their history, their many cultures and their country's achievements, with cultural celebrations, music, fireworks, bar-b-qs (the equivalent of a South African braai!) and much more.
Photo: (l-r) Dr. Magasela, Special Advisor to SA Minister of Women, Ms. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ms. Deborah Cox and High Commissioner Sandra McCardell.
The High Commission of Canada in South Africa hosted Canada Day early this year on June 14th, 2018 with a brunch and jazz at the Official Residence of the High Commissioner, H.E. Sandra McCardell.

The High Commission was honoured to have two esteemed and internationally recognized artists perform beautiful versions of the national anthems: Ms. Deborah Cox sang the Canadian anthem and Ms. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Princess of Africa, sang the South African anthem.  



ANC ward 82 meet Singapore

The capital of South Africa, Tshwane is host to one of the largest diplomatic representations in the world. It has an advanced and developed logistic and infrastructure that allows missions to be resident in Tshwane as envoys to South Africa while serving several other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as in Africa.
Photo: (l-r) Andrea Kühn, Director South and Central Asia (DIRCO), Kgathatso Tlhakudi, Deputy Director General (DPE), High Commissioner Thai-Keong Chua of Singapore and Ambassador Vika Khumalo, former Ambassador of South Africa to Turkey, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan
A significant number of the diplomats reside in suburbs demarcated as ward 82 as represented in the Tshwane Metro council.  The African National Congress (ANC) Tshwane Region Ward 82 branch executive committee (BEC) members are utilizing the opportunity to interact with these high ranking officials of the diplomatic community in their area to exchange ideas and share knowledge.
‘Sharing the Singapore success Story’ with H.E Mr Thai¬-Keong (T.K) CHUA, High Commissioner of Singapore, was an event organized by the BEC that took place in the suburb of Waterkloof in Tshwane.

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Dirco wins Basketball Tournament

On the occasion of the Centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in South Africa organised a Basketball Tournament in Pretoria.
Photo: Ambassador Bozin Nikolic of Serbia pictured with the DIRCO team
Nelson Mandela was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Belgrade on 17 April 2008 and remembering Nelson Mandela’s quote and motto:  “Sport has the power to change the world”, Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations were invited to participate.
The tournament took place on 7 July 2018 at the outdoor basketball grounds of the St Alban’s College in Pretoria.







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