BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

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INVITATION

THE AUSTRALIAN SHERPA TO THE G20 TO SPEAK AT UNISA

UNISA, the Institute for Global Dialogue and DIRCO will jointly host Dr Heather Smith, Australian Sherpa to the G20

DATE : Thursday, 24 July 2014
TIME : 08:30 for 9:00
VENUE : Senate Hall, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA Main Campus

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16th Anniversary of Africa Day Conference

This year 2014 marks the 16th Anniversary of African Day Conference and the Department of Political Sciences, Unisa is pleased to invite you to this conference which will take place on 30 May 2014 under the theme: “The idea of South Africa@20”. The idea of South Africa has multiple...

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South Africa: Striking Workers Consider Latest Wage Proposal

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA), the country's largest labor union, is considering the latest offer from employers aimed at ending a three-week strike in the country's steel and engineering sector. At the intervention of the Labor Ministry, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) agreed Tuesday to increase by 10 percent the salaries of...


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Uganda: Report Pins Police On Child Abuse

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) reveals that children on Ugandan streets face unspeakable, physical and sexual violence. Most of this violence is meted out on children mainly by police, the report says. Titled, "Where Do You Want Us to Go? Abuses Against Street Children in Uganda", the report was released on Thursday. The 71-page report documents human rights violations...


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Africa: Amid Multiple Crises, UN Agency Massively Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Delivery By Air

The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year. WFP Aviation delivered by air 7,600 tons of food and 1,189 tons of life-saving supplies to 21 countries in the past six months. Over...


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Increasing South Africa’s footprint in the Southeast Asia region

By Kenny Dlamini Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:33

dlaminiSince 1994, South Africa's foreign policy has been successful in establishing strategic relations with a number of Asian countries to strengthen and promote its political, social and economic interests, through multilateral engagements and bilateral relations. However South Africa is yet to fully explore strategic relations in Southeast Asia. This may be linked to the fact that the current outlook of South Africa's relations with Asia is widely dominated by the focus on Sino-South African relations. Noticeably China is now South Africa's number one trade partner but the focus on China has generally overshadowed South Africa's diplomatic engagement with other Asian nations.

 

African and Latin American Interdependency: Transforming traditional dependencies

By Wayne Jumat Thursday, 03 July 2014 22:02

Wayne JumatAt the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013, Durban, South Africa, the BRICS states announced their intention to form a new BRICS "Development Bank" that will focus on infrastructure investment in developing states. Here the Russian State Duma Deputy and Chairman of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, acknowledged that the BRICS grouping is searching to move beyond economic cooperation, into the areas of military and political cooperation within BRICS, in order to reduce their dependency on the West. The issues of dependency and progress would be further discussed by the BRICS states at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil 2014.

 

The Group of 77 at 50: Worth Celebrating?

By Siphamandla Zondi Monday, 23 June 2014 12:09

zondi15 June 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, which is now known as the G77 plus China, an important milestone at which to reflect on the significance, successes and difficulties facing an organisation of this nature. The organisation marked its jubilee by holding a major summit in Santa Cruz, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, on 15-16 June, at which it recalled some of its historic decisions and policy positions as still relevant in the pursuit of its vision of a fair, just, democratic and equitable world. The question is what is the state of the G77 today and implications does that have on the agency of the global south in international development?

 

Parliament: Voice of the people in South Africa’s international relations?

By Lesley Masters Monday, 23 June 2014 12:01

dr lesley mastersThe start of the 5th Democratic Parliament has seen a great deal of attention given to the 'firebrand' role of the EFF and the new party's expected role in Parliament. It has also seen media attention given to the salaries, car, travel, and housing allowances of the incoming (and returning) Members of Parliament (MPs). As Parliament normalises following the pomp and circumstance of the official swearing in of 400 new MPs, the work of oversight, passing legislation, and facilitating public participation begins. With general public disillusionment of Parliament following scandals ('travelgate'), and media reports of low attendance by MPs and long recess periods, the new Members face a particular challenge in carving out a central role for the institution within the public conscious.

 

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BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

Read more...

INVITATION

THE AUSTRALIAN SHERPA TO THE G20 TO SPEAK AT UNISA

UNISA, the Institute for Global Dialogue and DIRCO will jointly host Dr Heather Smith, Australian Sherpa to the G20

DATE : Thursday, 24 July 2014
TIME : 08:30 for 9:00
VENUE : Senate Hall, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA Main Campus

Read more...

16th Anniversary of Africa Day Conference

This year 2014 marks the 16th Anniversary of African Day Conference and the Department of Political Sciences, Unisa is pleased to invite you to this conference which will take place on 30 May 2014 under the theme: “The idea of South Africa@20”. The idea of South Africa has multiple...

Read more

South Africa: Striking Workers Consider Latest Wage Proposal

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA), the country's largest labor union, is considering the latest offer from employers aimed at ending a three-week strike in the country's steel and engineering sector. At the intervention of the Labor Ministry, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) agreed Tuesday to increase by 10 percent the salaries of...


Read More...

Uganda: Report Pins Police On Child Abuse

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) reveals that children on Ugandan streets face unspeakable, physical and sexual violence. Most of this violence is meted out on children mainly by police, the report says. Titled, "Where Do You Want Us to Go? Abuses Against Street Children in Uganda", the report was released on Thursday. The 71-page report documents human rights violations...


Read More...

Africa: Amid Multiple Crises, UN Agency Massively Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Delivery By Air

The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year. WFP Aviation delivered by air 7,600 tons of food and 1,189 tons of life-saving supplies to 21 countries in the past six months. Over...


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