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   1 August 2018 Issue 228 - BRICS holding hands




BRICS holding hands

Hand holding is the provision of careful support or guidance to someone during a learning process or period of change. How apt was it that leaders elected to the high office of China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa interlocked hands in a photograph that signalled a decade long cooperation of the grouping of countries referred to as BRICS.
Brics Leader’s Family Photo on the side line of the 10th BRICS Summit under the theme “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. South Africa. 26/07/2018. Siyabulela Duda

Johannesburg, South Africa was the epicentre of the 10th BRICS Summit. South Africa as chair embarked on an awareness campaign among its citizens of the significance of this milestone event. Academics, officials, politicians and media amongst others were inundated with public lectures, symposiums, round table meetings all around the country in preparation for hosting of the landmark summit.
‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution’ was a relevant theme for the summit. The Johannesburg Declaration was an outcome that prioritized Africa. It recognized that the African continent is well suited for the prospects of new thinking brought about by recent scientific discoveries. Block chain computing, the harnessing of free and clean energy, and a platform to quantum leap the current toxic financial and trade practices, are being introduced.


Madiba’s  Magic

Impeccable manners and humility were Mandela’s traits. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” Mandela’s biggest sin, according to those that had a misplaced sense of their superiority, and oppressed people in a most brutal, racist and vile manner, was to stand up to them and the hateful apartheid regime; to fight for freedom and justice.
Would you be able to survive, let alone thrive on a prison island in the southernmost coast of Africa for 27 years? Would you have had that sense of duty to stand up to a powerful yet insecure regime that victimized your family, wife and children in a most dehumanizing way?  
As a man, face to face with his own reality after a constant lock down, and the reality of the aspirations of a nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Madiba) was released from prison at the age of 72. He lived to the age of 95.
Mandela spent a quarter of a century incarcerated while P.W Botha and his apartheid regime spent the countries abundant natural resources to spin an ideology of racial superiority, especially at the expense of  South Africa’s most precious human resource.
Barack Obama, the former President of the USA was in South Africa to speak at a lecture in Johannesburg, commemorating the 100th birthday of Madiba.  As the orator he is renowned for, Obama made some confessions about the crisp South African winter mornings, his age and about being a good dancer. He is also acknowledged with having served as a two term president of the USA.



Resumption of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Ethiopian Airlines commercial flight to Asmara was sold out within an hour to passangers looking forward to uniting with family and friends in Eritrea. It also carried amongst others Ethiopia’s former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the former first lady Roman Tesfaye. This flight follows the historic meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on 9 July 2018 between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Eritrea's President, Isaias Afewerki, where they signed a declaration, ending 20 years of hostility and restoring diplomatic relations and normal ties between the countries.
On 15 July, President Afwerki visited Ethiopia for the first time in 22 years, coinciding with the opening of the old Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa. The declaration of peace has encouraged the citizens to freely visit each other's towns and cities. On 18 July Ethiopian Airlines, after an interlude of 20 years, arrived at Asmara International Airport, a great gift for the great African Nelson Mandela who was born on 18 July in 1918 a hundred years ago.








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