Overview of German-South African political relations

Address at Institute of Global Dialogue event, UNISA"Germany and South Africa: Turning Challenges into Opportunities and Opportunities into Achievements"By H.E. Ambassador Horst Freitag, Embassy of Germany in South Africa. http://www.southafrica.diplo.de/Vertretung/suedafrika/en/__pr/Speeches-Freitag/2015/06-24-Unisa.html?archive=3519722 

The South African - GRULAC Dialogue Forum

The GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean Group) dialogue forum on SA's relations with Latin American and the Caribbean countries was hosted at the DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation), OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, on 25 June 2015. With the attendance of the Deputy Minister Landers, as well as significant high level representation on behalf of the South African government and GRULAC missions in South Africa, insights were given on very dynamic efforts at economic development through integration amongst GRULAC members involving the regional blocsof the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America), MERCOSUR (Common Market of the South), CARICOM (Caribbean...

US Explains Position on Bashir Arrest

The US issued a statement urging South Africa to respect its obligations under the Rome Statute of the ICC that the US has not signed, implying that it must arrest Bashir as per ICC warrant. Here is how the US State Department spokesperson explained this position. http://news24.com/news24/SouthAfrica/News/US-State-Department-stumbles-over-Bashir-questions-20150617 

Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 15 April 2015

1. Recent spate of attack on Foreign nationals 1.1. Cabinet condemns in the strongest terms the recent acts of violence against foreign nationals. At this point, Cabinet would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to those who are injured. No amount of frustration or anger can justify   these attacks and looting of shops. Whilst noting the issues raised by communities, violence towards another fellow human being can never solve these issues. Rather, it reflects badly on us as a people, going against the very ideals and foundations of our democracy. South Africa fought against colonialism and Apartheid alongside fellow...

Exploring the ties of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for a better future

Because of similar interests and agendas, there are many benefits that South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean can have if they collaborate in certain areas and learn from each other. As Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya says: “We share a history, we share cultures, we share commercial relations and, even more important in a globalised world, we ought to share a common destiny as humanity.”

South Africa’s endless ocean of possibilities

In November 1497, Vasco da Gama reached the Cape, making landfall on the Africa continent. His journey, all the way to India, would later become one of the most important shipping routes in the world. Today, South Africa remains a whistle-stop for many ships and the country is responsible for managing a vast expanse of ocean in the southern hemisphere.

In Focus

In Focus is a refereed IGD blog spot providing snip analysis by IGD staff and external analysts on topical developments in Africa and the world. If you want to have your commentary considered, write an e-mail to info@igd.org.za. Older In Focus articles may be found in the archives section.

Please note the views and opinions expressed in the In Focus Blog are those of the individual authors may not necessarily be shared by the IGD or its affiliates.

Infrastructure and the question of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA): Time for a Change?

lonagqizaIt is no secret that African countries suffer from an infrastructure deficit. So far, Africa’s potential in infrastructure has not been met and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has not done enough to address all infrastructure difficulties that Africa faces. This article looks at whether there is a need to convert PIDA into an African Infrastructure Bank in order to help Africa achieve its infrastructure and developmental goals rapidly.


Africa and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development

dlaminiThe Third International Conference on Financing for Development is set to take place on the 13-16 July 2015 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and for Africa it comes at a time when Africa’s development prospects are guarded by optimism. This optimism is stipulated in the ‘joint African Union Commission (AUC) – Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) elements paper for the regional consultation on financing for development’. This article therefore analyses Africa’s approach towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development based on the goals of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the need to create a suitable financial system at the national and regional level to support the mobilization of domestic resources.


The AU Summit and Battling Shattered Dreams

siphamandlazondi large 108x144Though the theme of the AU Summit in Johannesburg this week is women empowerment and the future plans towards Vision 2063, the range of issues that it is dealing with is much larger and diverse.

This is the function of the fact that Summits are by nature the culmination of discussions that start at lower levels, ascend through ministerial committees and ultimately require the approval of heads of state at the summit of the African multilateral framework.


On FIFA corruption, US rule of law enforcement on cross-border financial flows, Switzerland, 9/11, and the power of large developing countries

geoffreypigman large 108x144International sport, like other areas of international interaction, requires a measure of governance to establish and maintain rules and to ensure order and fairness. Governance that requires negotiating agreement between sovereign and equal actors in turn requires diplomacy. FIFA, like the International Olympic Committee, is a venue for both the diplomacy and the business of international sport. Football, or soccer, is perhaps the most important of the games in which we compete as nations, not only because of the sheer numbers of men and women, boys and girls who play the ‘beautiful game’ around the world or the size of the global audience for local, regional, national and international matches. Football’s importance also lies in its inherent equality as a game.


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