Category Archives: South Africa

EU-South African to strengthen rules-based order

EU and South African leaders reviewed relations and discussed ways of intensifying and broadening their cooperation, at this 7thsummit between the two sides, which took place 100 years after Nelson Mandela’s birth.

The summit is an opportunity for the leaders to advance bilateral cooperation, including trade, as well as multilateralism and the rules-based order.

The leaders have  focused their discussions on five main areas:

  • economic, trade and investment cooperation
  • development cooperation
  • global challenges such as climate change, migration and human rights
  • multilateralism and cooperation in multilateral fora
  • the situation in the neighborhoods of each partner

The summit is held in the framework of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership signed in 2007.

The EU is South Africa’s number one trading and investment partner.

Ramaphosa addresses Europarliament

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has addressed MEPs in a formal sitting in Strasbourg on Wednesday, 14 November during Plenary week.

In view of upcoming VII EU-South Africa Summit in Brussels on 15 November the EU-South Africa strategic relations and cooperation, peace and security in Africa  are among the issues addressed in Mr Ramaphosa’s  speech.

 

The development and trade are the priorities and focus of the bilateral relations between the EU and South Africa.

Through his address President Ramaphosa confirmed his loyalty to the heritage of Nelson Mandela, and determination to continue the development of South Africa in his footsteps.

This millennium Mr.Ramaphosa is the second South African President to deliver a speech in the House since his predecessor Thabo Mbeki took floor in November 2004.

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Cape Town: Jürgen Dünhofen in Transitions art project

“Depicting leaps in our life from chaos to order, transitions started with observing the flow of chaos and order between zones of quietude and stressful, busy moments where big changes in our lives occurred.”

GROUND ART CAFFE 160 Strand street, Cape Town 8001 South Africa

A collaboration by Jürgen Dünhofen, Thurlo Adams & Adam Douglas

Moments of flux that accompany experiencing starkly different cultures, countless moves, acclimatizing to new environments and forming and nurturing new relationships – have been vital to the project Thurlo and Jürgen styles’ converse with each other as Adam‘s drone tracks mirror the fleeting emotions invoked in the drawings.

It’s been fascinating to watch the work develop, from a simple point of departure to a strong focus on portraiture emulating the theme. Adam Douglas is a musician, writer, photographer and educator living in Tokyo, Japan. He records under the names Kemek, Deeper Than Space and Dechirico, and previously collaborated with Jürgen Dünhofen on Drone Project 1.

Jürgen Dünhofen is an installation artist that works in various mediums. His work often focuses on mindfulness and perception. Transitions is the second project that he’s collaborated on. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Thurlo Adams is a visual artist and teacher who is currently based in Cape Town. He predominantly uses ink as his medium and focuses on detailed portraits. Transitions is his first collaborative project.

The exhibition runs from the 1st of November to the 5th of December 2018

Fragment: Jürgen Dünhofen

 

Fragment II

Zulu King stands for cooperation with Boers

Goodwill Zwelithini, the King of the largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. Zulu is ready to cooperate with the country’s white farmers, known as Afrikaners or Boers.

 

“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said, as quoted by eNews Channel Africa.

“Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa,” he added.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said the group will cooperate with South African minority rights group AfriForum.

Minister admits Zuma pressure to strike nuclear deal with Russia

South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said to a corruption inquiry that former President Jacob Zuma pressured him to agree to a massive nuclear power deal with Russian Federation to be delivered to President Vladimir Putin in 2015.

Nene refused to approve the construction of eight nuclear reactors, which would have the capacity to generate 9,600 megawatts of energy. The costs of the project, promoted by Zuma, would have been “astronomical,” he said in his statement.

Trump declines talks with Ramaphosa amid farm murders

At margins of the United Nations General Assembly President Donald Trump declined bilateral talks with South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa.

Reportedly US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have a meeting with International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu to clarify the  situation in South Africa upon request of the US President, who expressed concerns with ongoing brutal murders of farmers.

In a tweet a month ago President Trump asked Secretary Pompeo to clarify the situation at “land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers”. Sisulu admitted at the time to being “taken aback” by Trump‘s tweet, which followed a report on Fox News claiming that the South African government had started with “racist” farm seizures against white farmers.

The concerns are aggravated by repeated calls for violence articulated by Marxist politician Julius Maleman, who calls his followers to expropriate land from white farmers. At public gatherings Malema repeatedly sings  “kill the farmer” song, which is the “hate speech” in form and in essence.

The issue has become chronic problem, but in denial of obvious ANC ruling party did not adopt a strategy to stop farm murders, proposed by Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

Mandela statue inauguration in UN premises in New York

“We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the United Nations and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all,”said South Africa President  Cyril Ramaphosa at the ceremony of unveiling of the Mandela statue in the UN premises in New York.

South Africans have been humbled by the the enthusiasm with which the international community has embraced the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Mandela, Ramaphosa continued.

The people of our country, united in their diversity, revere Nelson Mandela as the founding father of our democratic nation – whose life, sacrifices and extraordinary contribution to freedom continues to inspire successive generations,” South Africa President underlined.

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