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   15 March 2019 Issue 239 - Re-Inventing Africa’s Development

 

 

 

Re-Inventing Africa’s Development - Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model

 
 
 
Written by Jong Dae-Park

A book review by K Bhana

Shifting paradigms is easy; it’s letting go of poor post-colonial policies, its hanging on to outdated development and aid programs and perpetuating the victim syndrome that is the main mind-set challenge facing the African continent.
 
Ambassador Jong-Dae Park, South Korea’s Ambassador to South Africa whose encounter with Africa began in 1973 when he landed in East Africa at the age of 13.”I was charmed by the unexpected. My father, who was a diplomat at the time, was posted to Uganda and our family stopped over in Nairobi, Kenya, for a couple of days before heading to Uganda. We were struck by the orderliness, cleanliness and level of development of Nairobi compared to Seoul.” 

The description of Africa in the early 70’s, particularly Uganda  when Idi Amin was in power, comparing per capita GDP’s which were not that much different at the time, sets the scene for a book that is easy to read and relate to. It is written as a personal experience and interest of Ambassador Park’s in South Korea’s transition and a keen believer in Africa’s potential.  The graphics and diagrams simplify processes and create greater understanding and clarity. The book is certainly a valuable addition to the discourse on Africa’s development.


 


 

Why Democracy is Indivisible from African Development

 
 
 
Greg Mills and Olusegun Obasanjo
 
Merely reducing the chronic poverty that African countries face today is a challenge that places high demands on government and necessitates very effective political institutions. In addition, over the next 35 years, African countries will also be faced with an extraordinary demographic challenge.
Most countries will double their population by 2050 and there is almost nothing that can be done to change this demographic reality. The continent’s population is expected to more than double to 2.6 billion by 2050 and account for 57% of the world’s growth in people.
Africa’s population growth will cause most countries to become younger, a trend that will occur at the same time that the rest of the world ages.
As The Economist has noted, ‘Africans will make up a bigger and bigger share of the world’s young people: by 2100, they will account for 48% of those aged 14 and under.’
 
 


 

International Women's Day

 
 
 
“Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change.”
 
TURKEY
 
 
Ms Elif Çomoğlu Űlgen, Ambassador of Turkey in South Africa hosted a luncheon to celebrate women. Speaking about the female representation in the Turkish Foreign Ministry Ambassador Çomoğlu Űlgen said, "It is a source of pride for our country and a great example for the world that today, 63 women Ambassadors and 114 women Consul Generals are shaping the work of our Ministry."
Dr Amaleya Goneos-Malka, who was a guest speaker at the event, produces  "Womanity - Women in Unity" a weekly radio programme that celebrates  women's achievements. She interviewed many of the Heads of Mission who were present and paid tribute to them briefly highlighting encounters with each of them.
 
 
 
 
SWEDEN
 
 
Mrs Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of Sweden in South Africa hosted an intergenerational dialogue with a high tea to mark #SuperWomensDay.
Present were inspirational leaders sharing their experiences in their different fields. Among the participants were school children who were enthusiastic to learn from the older generation asking questions about the journeys that were travelled.
Charmaine Mavudzi from Volvo Car SA said that she has a passion for the automotive industry and shared her experience of being a young woman in a male dominated sector. Volvo Car SA sponsored a prize for a young lady at the event which included a ride in a Volvo.
 
  
 

 

 
 

Royal Order of the Polar Star for Mabuza

 
 
 
H.E. Ms. Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of Sweden in South Africa has on 28 February 2019 at her official residence, decorated H.E. Ms. Lindiwe Mabuza with the Royal Order of the Polar Star for her services to Sweden.  This occasion was also attended by former President H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki and Mrs. Zanele Mbeki as well as former Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Max Sisulu and Mrs. Elinor Sisulu.


Lindiwe Mabuza was decorated with the Royal Order of the Polar Star with the rank of Commander for her services as ANC representative in Sweden in the 1970’s and 80’s.
 

Diplomatic Impunity

 
 
 
Sexual assault, victimization, bullying, verbal abuse, non-payment of wages and salaries, unfair dismissal, undue pressure to accept illegal employment contracts and gross ill treatment are some of the serious complaints being brought to the attention of ULEMASA, the Labour Union representing local employees of foreign missions accredited to South Africa.

Photo: Mr Kekana whose persistence and fearlessness ensured that staff member receive salaries last paid in July 2018

Mr Richard Muhirhi, the Secretary General of ULEMASA, confirmed that since the establishment of the organization in July 2018, they have had to intervene on behalf of its members on several occasions. Ulemasa has assisted employees in laying charges at police stations and in making applications to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. (CCMA). He has also requested missions to provide payslips to its employees.




 

 

 

 

 

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