Issue 196 | 5 Novembert 2015
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President Zuma stated that the aim of the India-Africa Summit was to ensure a renewed focus on the strategic partnership and implementation of the agreed areas of cooperation, thereby fulfilling the promise of a better life for all in Africa and India.


On Friday, 30 October 2015, President Jacob Zuma concluded his visit to the Republic of India where he participated in the Third India-Africa Forum Summit, which took place from 26 to 29 October 2015 in New Delhi under the theme: "Partners in Progress towards a Dynamic and Transformative Development Agenda”.

The summit, which was attended by 41 heads of state and government from the African continent, including the African Union Commission, adopted the Delhi Declaration and the India-Africa Framework for Strategic Cooperation. These outcome documents cover key priority areas for cooperation, namely: economic development; trade and Industry; agriculture; energy; blue/ocean economy; infrastructure; education and skills development; health; and peace and security.

"In summary, the summit was characterised by an enthusiasm from both sides to take the relationship forward. The summit reflected on the historical ties between India and Africa, especially India's support for liberation struggles on the continent and how this relationship evolved to become the embodiment of South-South cooperation. In this regard, the issue of skills development and information and communications technology was discussed, among others. India has a role to play in imparting skills to Africa so as to contribute to the technological development and socio-economic improvement of many countries on the continent."

President Zuma invited Prime Minister Modi to pay a visit to South Africa in 2016.
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President Jacob Zuma recently held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, ahead of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit, which took place from 26 to 29 October 2015.

The two leaders discussed, among other matters, the progress in implementing the decisions of the Ninth Joint Ministerial Commission; the importance of economic cooperation and growing trade and investment; global governance reform, specifically the United Nations Security Council; and the hosting by India of the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Forum Summit.

The President was accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.




President Zuma congratulated the people of the United Republic of Tanzania for conducting a peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair election, as declared by Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum, African Union and Commonwealth observer teams.


Following the official announcement by the National Electoral Commission of the results of the General Election in the United Republic of Tanzania, President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, congratulated Dr John Pombe Magufuli, on his election victory as the President of Tanzania.

In his message, President Zuma expressed his commitment to work closely with Dr Magufuli to strengthen the historical and fraternal relations, which exist between South Africa and Tanzania, and collaborate on peace, security and development on the continent.




President Zuma expressed his commitment to continue working closely with President Ouattara to enhance the good bilateral relations which exist between South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire, particularly focusing on the strengthening of economic cooperation.


On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma recently congratulated President Alassane Ouattara on his re-election as President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, following the Presidential elections held on 25 October 2015.

President Zuma further congratulated the people of Côte d’Ivoire for conducting a peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair election, as declared by the African Union and Economic Community of West African States election observer teams and the results announced by the Independent Election Commission of Côte d’Ivoire.



President Jacob Zuma sent a message of condolences following the Russian Airbus A321 plane crash in Egypt.

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all the victims of the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in the Arab Republic of Egypt on Saturday, 31 October 2015, killing 224 people on board, most of whom were Russian citizens.

President Zuma said: “We extend our profound condolences to His Excellency President Vladimir Putin, the Government and the people of the Russian Federation. We stand with the Russian people and particularly with the families of the victims and their loved ones during this time of mourning”.




President Zuma said OR Tambo was a special leader who treated every issue with great respect, and all his comrades were equal in front of him.


President Jacob Zuma says the late struggle icon Oliver Tambo contributed to making South Africa what it is today.

The President recently attended a wreath-laying ceremony in Wattville, near Benoni, to remember Tambo on his birthday.

Tambo was the longest-serving President of the African National Congress and was born on 27 October 1917 in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape.

He said Tambo was a rare leader not only in South Africa but around the world.

President Zuma said Tambo dedicated his life to the freedom of South Africans. – Source:




The OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from eight countries to 66.


South Africa has committed to using its chairpersonship of the OGP to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.
South Africa and France assumed the OGP chair in Mexico recently.

Speaking at the OGP Summit at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said during South Africa’s tenure, Pretoria would ensure that the OGP and its principles of open government remained a cornerstone of global efforts towards a sustainable future for humanity.

“It is important that the OGP consistently lead by example. It must be the embodiment of the values and principles we wish others to emulate,” he said.

The Deputy President said there were many lessons South Africa would share from the African continent to strengthen internal mechanisms to ensure greater transparency and inclusive participation.

During its tenure, Deputy President Ramaphosa said Pretoria intended to lead efforts and a conversation between governments to renew the vigour and political commitment that characterised the founding years of the OGP by proposing, among others, a standard annual parallel gathering of the heads of state and government on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. – Source:


Minister Pandor was speaking at the Third Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia, on 28 October.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, believes that the absence of global research infrastructure in the developing world will increase the current imbalance in scientific resources and undermine the pursuit of sustainable development.

"The location of global infrastructure in Africa should be strongly encouraged because it would enhance the alignment between global support for science – through investment in global research infrastructure – and sustainable international development," Minister Pandor said.

She said that global research infrastructure projects commanded high levels of public interest, largely as a result of their scope and scale.

Minister Pandor said it was important for the meeting to consider how these attributes could best be leveraged in the interest of global science.

The Third BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting was convened to endorse the BRICS STI Work Plan (2015 – 2018), which is based on a memorandum of understanding on STI cooperation between the BRICS countries.

The work plan focuses on the main areas of cooperation, while ensuring further mutually beneficial collaboration among BRICS members, including new research and innovation initiatives.

BRICS countries are currently collaborating in the following areas:
  • Prevention and mitigation of natural disasters (monitoring and early warning). Brazil leads cooperation in this area, through its National Centre for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters, Cemaden.

  • New and renewable energy, and energy efficiency, led by China's Ministry of Science and Technology.

  • Geospatial technology and its application for development. This is led by India through its National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

  • Water resources and pollution treatment. Russia leads this area through its Technology Platform for Sustainable Ecological Development.

  • Astronomy, which South Africa leads through the National Research Foundation.



The partnership will also involve the transfer of skills and technology to South Africa, growing the country's vaccine production base.


On 3 November, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, announced a new partnership with the private sector to strengthen South Africa's ability to locally manufacture a life-saving pneumococcal vaccine for children.

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, joined the Minister at the announcement of the partnership between government, the Biovac Institute and the American drug company, Pfizer, which will see the manufacturing of the vaccine to immunise children against pneumococcal infections and pneumonia.

The United States Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, Pfizer's Country Manager, Jennifer Power, and Biovac CEO, Dr Morena Makhoana, also attended.




South Africans will now be able to defend themselves against cyberattacks, thanks to the Cybersecurity Hub launched at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.


Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, recently unveiled the Cybersecurity Hub, which will serve as a central point for collaboration between industry, government and civil society on all cybersecurity-related incidents in South Africa. The hub emanates from the 2012 Cybersecurity Policy Framework as a platform to assist the public and business organisations with the safe use of the Internet.

It will become a point of reference for citizens in as far as cybersecurity issues are concerned, providing a repository of information regarding the do's and don'ts of the Internet for children.

It will also become the best practice guide for parenting on the Internet and how average South Africans can protect themselves against malicious attacks, identity theft and online financial security.

The information gathered by the hub will be used to monitor cyberattacks and provide warnings to stakeholders of immerging threats.
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The JCM convenes annually and is co-chaired by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.


The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, co-chaired the 12th JCM with his Cuban counterpart, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, in Havana from 29 to 30 October 2015.

South Africa is a beneficiary of Cuba's ongoing assistance to the priorities of the South African Government through joint programmes in health, labour, defence, social development, housing and infrastructure. One of success stories is the extensive cooperation between South Africa and Cuba regarding skills development training. 

Under the auspices of the South Africa Health Agreement, almost 3 000 South African students are currently receiving training in Cuba. In addition, the deployment of Cuban doctors, engineers and technical experts across South African provinces is a further demonstration of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

South Africa and Cuba have maintained long-standing relations. Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with South Africa in 1994 and has become an established strategic partner for South Africa in the Latin America region.

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Black women in the United States of America (USA) and South Africa remain on the fringes of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Continued exclusion from these fields will affect innovation and undermine development, said Dr Beverley Damonse, Acting CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Dr Damonse was speaking at the three-day Women in STEM Conference that was held in Johannesburg recently. The conference, a partnership between the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Howard University in the USA, discussed issues of diversity and gender equity in STEM in historically black higher education institutions in South Africa and the USA.

According to Dr Damonse, STEM is crucial in providing solutions and improving efficiencies across emerging and developing economies, and women have a significant contribution to make in this regard.

Dr Damonse said that women made up half of South Africa's population and it would be a waste not to use their talent, skills and energy. She found the lack of women in leadership roles in STEM concerning, but added that the NRF was making some progress in its commitment to gender parity in the postgraduate and research performing cohort, with R340 million contributed to female research in 2014 alone.

While some gender demographics might look impressive, particularly at student and lectureship levels, Dr Phethiwe Matutu, Chief Director for Human Capital Development at the DST, said black women were still under-represented in STEM, despite being the largest population group in the country.

Dr Matutu said that the conference would help delegates develop a better understanding of the unique challenges faced by black women in historically disadvantaged institutions, and improve their representation in STEM.  She said that interventions were needed at various levels to boost the development of the human resources needed to make South Africa a knowledge-based economy.




A delegation from the Republic of Kenya’s Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy (POMAC) was on a study tour to South Africa recently to learn more about the county’s correctional system.


The role of POMAC is to receive and review petitions from deserving convicted criminal offenders, and to make appropriate recommendations to the President of the Republic of Kenya for consideration.

The four-day tour, which commenced on 27 October at the Department of Correctional Services' (DCS) Head Office in Pretoria with various presentations on the functioning of South Africa’s correctional system, included interactions with offenders, officials and members of the correctional services and parole boards as well as visits to correctional centres at Zonderwater and Baviaanspoort, ending in Pollsmoor on Monday, 2 November.

Leader of the delegation, and vice-chair of POMAC, Regina Saira Boisabi, said: “The POMAC study tour is a benchmarking exercise, because of the many success stories we have heard about the DCS in the Republic of South Africa. We are confident that our visit will empower POMAC to exercise our mandate effectively and efficiently”.




An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use in environmental research and surveying will become the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft fully developed in South Africa.


The prototype aircraft, developed by Mark van Wyk – a private pilot and entrepreneur from CapeTown – walked away with the first prize at the first AVI Awards (Afrique Aviation Innovation) in Pretoria on 29 October. It demonstrates the potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology (HFCT) to bring alternative and clean power solutions to South Africa, as well as the country's innovative capabilities in the HFCT space.

Hydrogen fuel cells will provide an electric propulsion alternative that is carbon-neutral, has zero emissions and is completely environmentally friendly, enabling the UAV to survey larger areas for environmental research at a lower energy cost and environmental risk.

The AVI Awards, introduced at the Avi Afrique Innovation Summit, are the culmination of a partnership between the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Air Traffic and Navigation Services.

Van Wyk, founder of the company FlyH2 Aerospace, and his partner, Onno Huyser (also a pilot, remote-sensing specialist and environmental advisor), are developing a large, fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to be powered by novel miniaturised hydrogen fuel cells designed, prototyped and trialed at the Hydrogen SA (HYSA) Catalysis Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the University of Cape Town.

Van Wyk received seed funding from TIA to develop the prototype at the HySA Catalysis CoE.




Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) recently signed a strategic Sister Airports Agreement with Munich Airport Group.


The parties have jointly agreed on areas of strategic cooperation and information-sharing and the agreement will allow employees from each organisation to learn from each other’s knowledge, skills and unique regional experience. The partnership with ACSA is Munich Airport Group's first agreement with an airport operator on the African continent.

ACSA CEO, Bongani Maseko, told Fin24 that, just as Munich Airport was rated as the best airport in Europe, the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg was rated as the best in Africa, while Cape Town International Airport had also won a number of accolades.

According to Airports Council International (ACI), Munich International Airport is the second-busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic after Frankfurt Airport, and the seventh-busiest airport in Europe, handling 39,7 million passengers in 2014. It was the first airport in Europe to receive a five-star rating from Skytrax, the United Kingdom-based specialist research and advisory firm dedicated to improving airline customer experience globally. 

"We believe we can learn from them and we equally believe we can offer something to them. We, therefore, see the agreement as an opportunity for both parties to increase passenger experience," said Maseko. – Source:




On 28 October, the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA), RV Algoa, and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF), FRS Ellen Khuzwayo, embarked on a 10-day scientific research voyage to collect data on the humpback whale between Dassen Island and Groenriviermond off the West Coast of South Africa.

RV Algoa is focusing on environmental sampling for analysis of the chemical make-up of the region; this includes checking the available nutrients, and available food for whales. In addition to environmental sampling, a dedicated team of researchers is recording every whale seen along a pre-designed research path.

FRS Ellen Khuzwayo is dedicated the biological sampling of humpback whales encountered in the region. Biological sampling includes collecting DNA samples, taking photographs of whale tails/flukes which serve as a unique identifier similar to fingerprints in humans and attaching satellite-tracking instruments to understand their movement and behaviour, both on the West Coast and on their return to Antarctic feeding grounds. Small cameras will be attached on selected whales using suction cups in order to have a whale’s view of the ocean.

This scientific research is part of South Africa’s continued efforts to understand our oceans. The research is conducted by DEA in collaboration with the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute, DAFF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration United States of America [USA], Oregon State University (USA), Aqualie Institute (Brazil) and invaluable contributions from Australian Department of Environment’s Marine Mammal Centre and BirdLifeSA.




The lions were found in a dismal state. "Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth because of their circus life," the organisation said.


Thirty-three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from 10 circuses in Peru and Colombia are to be relocated to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in the Limpopo province in South Africa.

"We are delighted that these lions who have suffered so much will be going home to Africa where they belong," said ADI president Jan Creamer. "The climate and environment are perfect for them. When we visited Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, we knew this was a dream come true for ADI and, more importantly, the lions."

Creamer said it had been a long and complicated process to move the large number of animals across three international borders but "we are grateful for the collaboration of officials in Peru, Colombia and South Africa to make this happen for these lions".

The organisation had originally planned to move the lions to sanctuaries in the United States of America, but the opportunity arose to home them in South Africa. "Moving the lions to Africa increases the flight costs but it is the ideal home for the lions and we know it is the right thing to do," the organisation said.

The ADI is funding the construction of a series of habitats for the rescued lions at Emoya, which will be completed for their arrival.

"Set in 5 000 hectares of pristine African bush on a private estate in Limpopo province, the sanctuary has a no breeding policy and is not open to the public, providing our rescued lions with the peaceful retirement they deserve." – Source:




South African comedian Trevor Noah has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he discussed growing up in South Africa.

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Exactly one month into his new gig as host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his childhood in South Africa.

Ellen, who says she visited South Africa for the first time last summer, asked Noah to tell his “amazing” story growing up. “It’s weird, because when people say that, I think I grew up normally,” the 31-year-old comedian said. “And then I go home to visit my grandmother and I remember that we had an outdoor toilet, and I’m like, ‘oh yeah, seemed like a lot more fun when I was a kid.’”

When asked about growing up during apartheid as the child of a black South African mother and a white Swiss father, Noah brushed off the notion that this was a “really tough time” for him. “I always say, I grew up in a great time,” he told Ellen. “Because I appreciate what happened, I appreciate how democracy changed our lives." – Source:

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It was double delight for South Africa at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Sunday when the men’s and women’s national teams clinched the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championship titles in Cape Town.


The South African men edged Egypt 4-2 in a dramatic final while the South African ladies overcame Ghana 3-0 in the morning.

After a goalless, yet pulsating, first half in the men’s final, the second half will go down in the annals of the classic clashes between Africa men’s hockey’s archrivals. – Source:




Ten years after winning his first New York Marathon wheelchair title, Ernst van Dyk, celebrated victory in the Big Apple on Sunday,
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Ten-time Boston Marathon champion, Van Dyk, after finishing fourth in the recent Chicago Marathon, outsprinted America’s Josh George by a mere second to cover the 42.2-kilometre course in 1hr 30min 54sec.

Ten years ago, Van Dyk’s time was a then course record 1:31:11, meaning he bettered his old time by 17 seconds.

The win certainly resounded around the globe. "Can you believe it … my name was trending in SA around Twitter along with the world rugby awards."

There was another little fillip for Van Dyk’s weekend. “ I didn’t realise it but by winning here, I also claimed the Chicago/New York Challenge by accumulating enough points to take the title and bonus cheque.” – Source:

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