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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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.


How big is the room for ASEAN in Indonesia’s foreign policy under Jokowi?

dlaminiThis year 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will formally become an Economic Community. This will place an added burden to bigger ASEAN powers to champion stronger regional integration, but with a new and inward-looking president, Joko Widodo known as Jokowi, it is not clear if Indonesia will play this role.


The Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit: Twelve Years of Approximation

Wayne JumatOn the 7th December 2014, twelve years after the first Cuba-CARICOM Summit, the 118th anniversary of the death of Antonio Maceo, the Cuban Independence leader was observed at the Cacahual Monument by leaders from Caribbean states on the eve of the Fifth Summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which took place in Havana, on the 8th December 2014. The remains of the independence hero lay together with the remains of Francisco Gómez Toro "Panchito," battle partner of Maceo, who also died on December 7, 1898.


The Effects of Violent Conflict on Development: A Gender Perspective

Anna XoyaneFrom assessing the successes and challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world has come to realize that peace and security are not only fundamental to the well-being of humankind but cornerstones to sustainable development. Therefore, development cannot be achieved without peace and neither can peace without development.1 Arguably, one of the most glaring omissions in the MDGs and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, has been the role women and conflict play in development. Although the High Level Panel on post-2015 development agenda recognized the silence of MDGs on the impact of violent conflict on development as an underlying cause of failure for MDGs, it continues to overlook the significance of gender element in peace and security as a fast-track to development.


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