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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Food Insecurity in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)

SADC mapA total of 842 million people in 2011–2013, which is around one in eight people in the world were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger, regularly not able to meet their dietary requirements or not getting enough food to conduct an active and healthy life. Africa however, remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, with around one in four people estimated to be undernourished. Levels and trends in undernourishment vary from country to country (FAO, 2013: 8-10).

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India’s Africa trade policy under the Modi Government: Business as usual or the makings of a strategic reorientation?

India-South-AfricaAbstract: Over the past decade India's engagement with Africa has moved along without much fanfare. Will the newly elected Indian government continue with the same old policy vision that underpinned India's African engagement historically? Or, will the Narendra Modi government seek to define a new strategic orientation with African states that shifts the rhetoric towards pragmatism?

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Gender Equality, Development and Peace: A 20-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in Africa (Beijing+20)

Anna XoyaneThe year 2014/15 marks the fourth regional and global review of the implementation of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) on gender equality, development and peace. As the UN gender equality entity, UN Women, in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), is carrying out the mandate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), UN Economic and Social Council (UNESC) and the 57th session of the Commission on the Status for Women (CSW) to review the progress made by the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) on women since its implementation i.e. 20 years ago.

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Women’s Rights are also Human Rights: Orange Your Neighbourhood and UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Anna XoyaneThe UN Human Rights entities have noted that violence against women and girls has become a global crisis and an obstacle to development, and therefore critical attention of policy makers and global actors is needed. Over the past two decades, the commemoration of human rights day continued to draw international attention to violence against women and children as a violation of their human rights and an obstruction to the aspirations stipulated in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Hence the annual international observation of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November -10 December, were popularized.

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