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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
introduced its quarterly magazine Ubuntu – South Africa’s Public Diplomacy in action
in August 2012 to:

  • communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s foreign policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals
  • give in-depth analysis and information on key departmental issues ranging fro current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as
    well as international work done by other government departments, business and
Issue 22, October 2020:

Special features in Issue 22 include:

  • George Bizos: Heroic South African human rights lawyer with a macabre duty to represent the dead
  • Liberation heritage: Andrew Mlangeni
  • South Africa’s Freedom Charter campaign holds lessons for the pursuit of a fairer society
  • We must continue to develop our own solutions to inspire and energise Africans
  • Journalism of Drum’s heyday remains cause for celebration – 70 years later
  • Why the African free trade area could be the game-changer for the continent’s economies
  • How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
  • A comprehensive and meaningful implementation of the YPS and WPS agendas in Africa: An international perspective
  • Pan-African solidarity required in the fight against COVID-19
  • Africa’s scientists set out their COVID-19 research priorities
  • Africa’s research capacity is growing. That’s good news for pandemic response efforts
  • Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic – UN Report
  • The AU’s Peace and Security Architecture: Filling the gaps
  • The importance of leading communication during epidemics
  • Jürgen Schadeberg: Chronicler of life across apartheid’s divides
  • Groundbreaking study maps and values South Africa’s wild spaces
  • Meet the women on the frontlines of the conservation battle
  • Africa's 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards acknowledge courageous game rangers
  • Where the Pangolin has not roamed for over 70 years
  • Gigantic wolverines, otters the size of wolves: Fossils offer fresh insights into the past
  • Flying the flag
Issue 21, June 2020:

Special features in Issue 21 include:

  • Liberation heritage: Denis Goldberg
  • Liberation heritage: Credo Mutwa
  • John Liebenberg: Masterful photographer of life and war in southern Africa
  • A “graffiti” wall reveals women’s stories from the South African War
  • 1917: First landing on a moving warship by Edwin Harris Dunning – a South African
  • How to ensure that the Coronavirus doesn’t stop peace efforts in Africa
  • How a post-COVID-19 revival could kickstart Africa’s free trade area
  • 48 Europe and African relations post COVID-19: Time to add size, scale and speed
  • Coronavirus: Never been a more compelling time for African scientists to work together
  • Africa’s health systems should use AI technology in their fight against COVID-19
  • What a bone arrowhead from South Africa reveals about ancient human cognition
  • COVID-19 and the nature trade-off paradigm
  • Archaeology shows how ancient African societies managed pandemics
  • Fossil track sites tell the story of ancient crocodiles in southern Africa
  • How an underwater photo led to the discovery of a tiny new seahorse species
  • My cattle, your rhinos: South Africa’s poverty-and-wildlife conundrum
  • A theatre project explores collective solutions to saving the ocean
  • Flying the flag
Issue 20, March 2020:

Special features in Issue 20 include:

  • Liberation Heritage: Joseph Shabalala
  • How the fall of the Berlin Wall 31 years ago resonated across Africa
  • BRICS scientists could help stem the tide of invasive species
  • How international trade can unlock the potential of the cultural economy in developing countries
  • Esther Mahlangu: Disrupting Patterns
  • Tourism creates one in five jobs – SA can’t afford not to be competitive
  • 8 incredible South African innovations of 2019
  • In a rare sighting, astronomers observe burst of activity as a massive star forms
  • Miss Universe comes home
  • The most beautiful object in South Africa 2020
  • The oldest places in South Africa
  • Meet the dogs being trained to combat poaching in South Africa
  • The story of the pharma giant and the African yam
  • Flying the flag


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