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

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Taking Stock of the BRICS Summit in Ufa

PhilaniMthembu largeThe formalisation and institutionalisation of enhanced cooperation between the BRICS countries was always mired in controversy as some questioned the viability of the partnership based on the differences of the BRICS countries. However, what is clear from the recent BRICS Summit in Ufa is that despite the steady flow of criticism and sometimes ridicule levelled against the grouping, it has slowly sought areas of common interest while carefully avoiding matters of disagreement. They may not appear a coherent grouping to the outside eye, but the Ufa declaration, coupled with the Memorandum of Understanding on the New Development Bank, and the newly adopted Economic Partnership Strategy show tangible signs of a movement away from rhetoric towards operationalising the partnership. The following analysis uses the contents of these documents and agreements to take stock of what took place in Ufa and what it means about the nature of the partnerships being carved out by the BRICS group of countries.


Can bilateral ties between SA and Argentina improve food security?

nalediplaaitjiesArgentina is one of the leading countries in the adoption of no-till farming. As in the case of South Africa, Argentina’s economy is dominated by the agricultural sector, dependent on processed food produce. The aim of this paper is to show how bilateral cooperation between these two developing states could foster technological advancements and transfers, as well as diversify the two countries’ export markets for their agricultural sectors.


Rethinking challenges to SADC’s Maritime Security model

Andrea RoyeppenThe South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed delegates of the 4th Conference on International Security in Russia earlier this year on the issue of threats to maritime security from the perspective of SADC and specifically, South Africa. With 90% of African trade taking place at sea, the importance of economic development and opportunity for cooperation at a state and regional level was emphasised.


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.


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