South Africa pays tribute to the courage and bravery and extra-ordinary discipline of the men of the 802nd South African Native Labour Corps.
In 2012, President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the South Africa National DEFENCE Force proclaimed that 21 February each year will be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day. Since the proclamation of the Armed Forces Day, this will be the 6th time that this event is commemorated. This day, the 21st of February coincides with the centenary commemoration of the sinking of the SS MENDI on 21 February 1917 and will be the FIRST time that a South African Navy Ship (SAS AMATOLA) will be in the ENGLISH CHANNEL, at the site where SS MENDI sunk to participate in the centennial commemoration.
The third annual UBUNTU AWARDS 2017: “CELEBRATING OR TAMBO … IN HIS FOOTSTEPS”, hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), are held on 11 February to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through their good work.
Siyabulela Xusa: Winner of the Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy Award
The Youth Award is given to an individual, between the ages of 15 and 35, who through his or her actions, activities and achievements, has promoted South Africa as a dynamic country with an enabling environment for youth to thrive in and contribute to making South Africa and the world a better place.
Siya Xusa has accomplished more by the age of 28 than many have in a lifetime – including having a planet named after him, in honour of his work in developing a record-breaking rocket and creating safer, more energy efficient rocket fuel.
He is an energy-engineering Harvard University graduate with a passion for harnessing the power of the sun for clean affordable energy. One of his earlier projects won gold at the National Science Expo and the Dr Derek Gray Memorial Award for the most prestigious project in South Africa, which led to an invitation to the International Youth Science Fair in Sweden in 2006, where he presented his project to the King and Queen of Sweden and attended the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.
Courtesy Call by new Ambassador of Morocco, H.E.Menouar Alem at the SA Embassy.
President Jacob Zuma has presented the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 9 February 2017. This was President Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament since he was re-elected in May 2014.
The theme for SoNA 2017 was: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward.”
The President provided an update on the implementation of the Programme of Action based on the National Development Plan (NDP). The 2017 SoNA was delivered within the context of the current strides made by government to respond to the various challenges that our country is facing.
Ambassador Pule Malefane attended the National Day of Iran on 9 February 2017 at the Iranian Embassy.
Courtesy call to Iraq Ambassador Dr.Hisham Al-Alawi with Mr.Thys Swart
The South African Embassy in Ankara has great pleasure in welcoming the new Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Mr Pule Isaac Malefane and his family.
Ambassador Malefane presented his letter of credence to the President of the Republic of Turkey, H. E. Mr Recep Tayyib Erdogan, at a reception at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on 22 March 2016. Ambassador Malefane previously served as the Consulate General of South Africa in Mumbai, India. Ambassador Malefane also, as part of the presentation of his letter of credence ceremony, laid a wreath at the Aniktkabir, the monument where the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, is buried on 24 March 2016.
In 2016 South Africa celebrates its 22nd year of Freedom and Democracy. During this time South Africa has focussed on addressing the inequalities of the past. The focus of South Africa’s endeavours on a regional and global level is also to work together with the international community to make life better for Africa and the world through enhancing the African Agenda and Sustainable Development and strengthening its relations with all countries. South Africa continues to face the challenges of development and South Africa’s government will continue to address these to achieve the aim of making life better for all South Africans and those who live in it.