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.

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South Africa celebrates ASEAN at 48

dlaminiOn the 13 August 2015 the South African Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO) joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Pretoria Committee in celebrating the 48th ASEAN day hosted by the H.E Joseph Gerald B. Angels at the Philippine Ambassador’s Residence in Pretoria. Reflecting on the history of ASEAN and the significant relations that ASEAN member states share with South Africa, H.E Joseph spoke about how ASEAN was founded by five member-nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines), and its current state of affairs as a ten member state organization set to be integrated into an Economic Community by January 2016.

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Whither Negotiations on Finance for Development, the Post 2015 Development Agenda and Climate Change?

post2015daacThe year 2015 has been dubbed by some as a watershed year in international diplomacy and intergovernmental negotiations. It thus sees the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming to an end after an unprecedented era in terms of international development. Indeed never before has the world collectively rallied around a set of development priorities as articulated in the Millennium Declaration, which was used to mobilise resources in both developed and developing countries around what has increasingly been seen as the right to development.

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UFA AND BRICS-SCO Connection Eurasia-Indian Ocean Nexus

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Any effort to understand the logic of BRICS must begin by recognising the duality of its overlapping northern (SCO) and southern (IBSA) emerging powers agendas.

The new Eurasian-based suborder came alive in Ufa at the beginning of July. It will be confirmed in 2016 when the process of full membership for India and Pakistan is completed and extended to post-sanctions Iran. Thus, the moot point: did Russia’s hosting of the 7th BRICS summit jointly with the 15th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) underline the uniqueness of the ‘BRICS conundrum,’? Also, how on its own, it cannot usher in the ‘new world order.’ To do that, the name of the game is not purely ‘economics.’ It is ‘geopolitical economics’; that is, geopolitical economy within a defining strategic landscape.

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India – Africa Summit: A milestone

Sanusha NaiduThe India-Africa Forum Summit in October in New Delhi will be a milestone event, with more than 50 African states and representatives from the African Union participating. It will demonstrate how Africa fits into India’s new foreign policy outlook, clarify to African countries how ‘Make in India’ impacts their economies, and will be an opportunity for both sides to renew development cooperation.

In October 2015 India will host the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS III). Originally scheduled for December 2014 but postponed because of the Ebola crisis, IAS III promises to be a spectacular event. More than 50 African states as well as representatives from the African Union (AU) and continental bodies like the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency have been invited for the meeting in New Delhi.

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