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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Credibility Of International Court Of Justice On Trial As Bolivia Takes On Chile – Analysis

credibility of intl court of justiceThe prevalent tensions between Bolivia and Chile, cemented by the colonial administration of the region, have been agitated by the lack of diplomatic efforts by these two states and a lack of an authoritative, responsible and legitimate global institution that can deliver a ruling or a resolution to this longstanding dispute around Bolivia’s sovereign access to the sea. Additionally the posturing that characterises the positions of the two states involved further makes an agreement as well as a court ruling difficult to pass, particularly in the face of state sovereignty and the subservience of international law.

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A Prayer For Bruised Africa.

zondiThis Africa Day, many will write eloquent speeches reciting what has been said. Many more will write erudite articles recounting what we have come to know. Still more will sing songs. I choose to say a prayer for Africa.

I say a prayer for mother Africa as a bruised body that continues to languish in pain, wounded in soul and in flesh, too deranged from its predicament of centuries to imagine its resurrection as a free body fully in charge of its destiny.

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Nigeria’s democratic advance: What does this mean for Relations with South Africa?

Andrea RoyeppenFollowing the defeat of Goodluck Jonathan by Muhammadu Buhari, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that this was “An election which demonstrates the maturity of democracy not only in Nigeria but on the continent as a whole”. From this it is clear that the recent success of the Nigerian election has gained increasing importance in the continental conversation on security and development. By reviewing the inconstant relations between Nigeria and South Africa, this analysis looks at how the democratic election of Buhari will impact on relations with South Africa.

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What aerospace technology can do for Africa

scottfirsinglgLSE PfAL Fellow Scott Firsing argues that aerospace technology is the way forward for many African countries.

Mobile phones revolutionised Africa. From the simple ability to communicate or to access the Internet or online banking, today most Africans cannot function without one or more mobile devices.

The majority of this access comes from satellites. In fact, I am writing this article from South Africa accessing the Internet using 3G via satellite. Satellites are an indispensable part of an almost unthinkable number of equations. However, despite the benefits that mobile phones have brought to Africa, most do not realise or comprehend what satellites and other aerospace technology can truly do to transform the African continent.

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