Issue 304 | 01 December 2017
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The summit was held under the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”. The summit focused on the importance of the youth in the two regions’ socio-economic development programmes.
On 28 November, President Jacob Zuma undertook a Working Visit to Abidjan in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to attend the Fifth Summit of the AU-EU, which took place from 29 to 30 November 2017.

The summit was expected to focus on supporting the objectives of the AU's Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects. It was further expected that the summit would adopt joint priority projects for the period 2018 to 2022 that would focus on mobilising investments for Africa’s structural transformation, human capacity development, including capacitating the youth, and on addressing peace and security, ensuring good governance and creating resilient societies.

The summit further discussed issues of mutual concern that affect the two regions, including enhancing economic opportunities for youth, mobility and migration, trade and investment, cooperation on peace and security as well as cooperation on governance between the two regions.

President Zuma was accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe.
South Africa joins the international community in strongly condemning the disturbing reports of auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. These inhumane acts are incongruent with the ideals of the African Union and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
South Africa calls for an immediate end to these atrocities and other criminal acts of human trafficking. South Africa welcomes the announcement by the Libyan authorities to investigate and identify all the perpetrators and accomplices of these criminal acts and looks forward to a transparent and credible investigation.

Publishing the outcome of the investigation will be the most prudent and welcome thing to do by the Libyan authorities. We further urge the Libyan authorities to do everything in their power to improve the conditions of African migrants in the camps meant to house migrants on their territory.

South Africa will continue its work to eradicate human trafficking and support international efforts to bring those who abuse vulnerable people to justice. We will continue to champion the respect for human rights, especially those of our fellow African brothers and sisters.
The South African Government wishes to express its sincere condolences to the families and friends for the loss of their loved ones and speedy recovery to the injured. During this turbulent and trying time, the thoughts of South Africans are with the people and the Government of Egypt.
President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt following the horrendous and unjustifiable terrorist attack that took place on 24 November 2017 on the Sufi al-Rawdah mosque, Egypt, where a large number of congregants were killed and scores injured. President Zuma has expressed shock at the deadliest attack in modern Egyptian history.

President Zuma reiterated the position of the South African Government, saying: “Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms”.
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the reigning Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on being crowned Miss Universe 2017 at the beauty pageant held recently in Las Vegas in the United States of America.


Ms Nel-Peters became only the second South African to win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in 1978. She competed against 91 contestants from around the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition.

"Our nation is immensely proud of Ms Leigh for this tremendous achievement. She has hoisted the South African flag higher and continues to inspire many young women who look up to her, to reach even higher for their dreams. We congratulate her most heartily and wish her all the best during her reign, which is South Africa's reign," said President Zuma.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22, edged out her rivals from Colombia and Jamaica to take the crown.

Nel-Peters, a graduate in Business Management, said her disabled half-sister was among her great inspirations.
On 24 November, President Jacob Zuma hosted President João Lourenço of the Republic of Angola on his first State Visit to South Africa.
President Zuma hosted him at the seat of government, the Union Buildings, which, as is tradition, were adorned with the flags of the two countries and bedecked with flowers in President Lourenço’s honour.

President Lourenço was officially welcomed with a 21-gun salute and ceremonial guard of honour.

The tête-à-tête allowed the presidents an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.

This was President Lourenço’s first State Visit to South Africa after taking office following his success in the August elections.

Bilateral relations between South Africa and Angola are characterised by strong cooperation in various areas, including trade and investment, energy, defence and security, immigration, infrastructure development, arts and culture, mining and tourism.

A number of South African companies are involved in Angola in a variety of sectors, including construction, mining, housing, retail, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services (rescue).

Currently, Angola is one of South Africa’s major trading partners on the continent.

In 2016, South African exports to Angola stood at R8,2 billion and imports from Angola amounted to R18 billion, largely consisting of crude oil.

The following agreements were signed between South Africa and Angola during the visit:
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Creation of a Presidential Bi-National Commission between the Government of Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Angola, signed by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Manuel Domingos Augusto
  • MoU between the Government of the Republic of  South Africa, and the Government of the Republic of Angola on Cooperation in the Field of Environment, signed by Minister Edna Molewa and Minister Paula Cristina Francisco Coelho
  • Implementation Guidelines for the visa waiver between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Angola for categories of citizens holding ordinary passports, signed by Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Minister De Barros Viega Tavares  
  • Protocol between the Department of Police of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Angola on Police Cooperation, signed by Minister Fikile Mbalula and Minister De Barros Viega Tavares
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Angola on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters, signed by Minister Malusi Gigaba and Minister de Sousa Mangueira.
Following official talks with the President Zuma, President Lourenço delivered a public lecture on Friday, 24 November 2017, at the OR Tambo Building under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”.
The inauguration took place on 28 November 2017 at the Kasarani National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, represented President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Mr Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, represented President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration of the President-elect of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, on 24 November 2017 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

President Zuma hosted President João Manuel Lourenço of the Republic of Angola for his first State Visit to South Africa on the day of the inauguration.

The President has congratulated Mr Mnangagwa and wished him well during their meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 November 2017, ahead of his return to Harare.

President Zuma has also extended his good wishes to former President Robert Mugabe and emphasised that his contribution to the liberation of the southern African region and the decolonisation of the continent in general would always be acknowledged and celebrated.

The awards aim to celebrate South Africans who display excellence and fly the country's flag high internationally.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation presents the annual Ubuntu Awards 2018. The next Ubuntu Awards will be held on Saturday, 10 February 2018, in Cape Town. Now in their fourth year, the awards are carried live on national television to a viewership of over 100 million people across the continent.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The life and times of Nelson Mandela with a specific focus on his role as peacemaker and champion of human rights, are therefore the main theme of the 2018 Ubuntu Awards – “Honouring Madiba: A Global Champion of Human Rights, Peace and Reconciliation”.

The Ubuntu Awards recognise South African citizens who embody the principles of Nelson Mandela, which include unity and internationalism. In line with the 2018 theme, we will also be looking for South Africans that have actively promoted peace, human dignity and reconciliation.

The nomination and voting process culminate in a glittering awards ceremony that brings together 600 guests comprised of leaders from business and civil society, all foreign ambassadors accredited to South Africa, Cabinet ministers and celebrities.

Nominations are now open for you to vote for South Africans you believe are doing a stellar job of representing the country across the globe. Go to to cast your vote and read more about the judges, as well as past winners.
South Africa recently hosted a joint meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for environment and natural resources, fisheries and aquaculture as well as tourism.
The meeting was followed by a ministerial meeting from 23 – 24 November 2017.

South Africa, which is currently chairing SADC, convened this meeting following the successful hosting of the SADC Summit in August 2017.

The meeting was hosted by the South African ministers of environmental affairs, agriculture, forestry and fisheries as well as tourism.

More than 30 ministers responsible for these sectors in the various SADC member states attended.

The meeting focused on environment management, implementation of the SADC Law Enforcement and Anti-poaching Strategy and transfrontier conservation areas and reviewed the current status of the wildlife, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture and tourism sectors.

In 2010, the ministers responsible for environment and natural resources management from SADC member states met on 16 July 2010 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The ministers reviewed the performance of the environment and natural resources sectors, in line with the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and current global developments.

The ministers underscored the importance of biodiversity and natural resources in supporting livelihoods, income generation and poverty reduction at community level. They also noted progress made by member states in conserving wildlife, forests and management of fisheries resources

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South Africa recently officially welcomed the United Kingdom’s (UK) £2,2-million funding towards capacity-building in the public sector.
“The funding of £2,2 million that has now been secured from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will further strengthen the implementation of the Capacity Development Strategy (CDS),” said National Treasury’s acting Accountant General, Zanele Mxunyelwa.

Speaking at the National Treasury and European Union (EU) ceremony to welcome the UK as a partner of the Financial Management Improvement Programme III (FMIP), Mxunyelwa said the country welcomed the partnership.

Speaking to SAnews at the ceremony held in Tshwane, the Chief Director of Capacity-Building at National Treasury, Mark Kuipers, said the funding was secured three months ago.

Mxunyelwa said the continuous capacity-building programme in public finance in South Africa, commonly referred to as FMIP III, was instituted in 2012 between the National Treasury of South Africa and the EU to build capacity in South Africa, with the aim of addressing challenges such as a lack of public financial management (PFM) qualifications.

“There should be transparent and efficient use of public resources,” said Mxunyelwa, adding that such challenges hampered inclusive growth and service delivery.

FMIP III, which comes to an end in May 2018, builds on the work done by its predecessors, Financial Improvement Programme 1 and 2. FMIP III and the previous programmes focused on providing technical support facilities.

All three programmes have been managed in the office of the Accountant General in cooperation with various government departments and development institutions. The programmes have been funded by the EU, which has been making significant contributions to strengthen PFM capacity in South Africa. Mxunyelwa described the partnership with the EU, which has extended over 23 years, as an incredible one.

He said the funding from the UK would be used for critical capacity-building initiatives, including monitoring and evaluation, revenue management and infrastructure procurement.

“The [UK] contribution will go a long way in efforts to build an inclusive economy and the delivery of basic services to communities,” said Mxunyelwa.

British High Commissioner, Nigel Casey, said the decision to become involved in the programme was due to the fact that the UK, like South Africa, faced acute pressure on its public finances.

“Costs are rising all the time but no one is really keen on increased taxes. So, sound PFM is essential for efficient and effective service delivery, poverty reduction and inclusive growth. It is crucial for fiscal consolidation and maintaining fiscal discipline,“ said Casey.

The High Commissioner said solid partnerships characterised the relationship between the UK and South Africa.

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Conservation heroes, many of whom risk their lives to protect South Africa's natural heritage, have been acknowledged and rewarded at South African National Parks (SANParks) Kudu Awards 2017 ceremony.
Held on Thursday, 23 November, at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria, the 13th annual awards ceremony was hosted by SANParks, supported by Total South Africa and First National Bank (FNB).

Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO, said that the Kudu Awards "recognise internal and external stakeholders for their vital contribution in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for the national parks system in South Africa".

“These awards honour people for their meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means, which reflects society’s admirable social responsibility – giving meaning to the SANParks vision of ‘A Sustainable National Parks System Connecting Society’,” said Mketeni.

Kgosi Ledimo, CEO of FNB Public Sector Banking, said that the Kudu Awards were vital in the preservation of the environment.

"It’s only through recognising people that are doing the hard work that we will see the success seen over the few years. Our involvement in these awards is also a way of adding our voice to signal the urgency with which we must respond to the threats posed to the environment. Going forward, we hope to recognise more individuals that selflessly serve South Africa’s environmental challenges,” added Ledimo.

Pierre-Yves Sachet, CEO and MD of Total South Africa, said that in 2018, Total and SANParks would celebrate 60 years of working together and many initiatives would be rolled out during the year.

One of the most prestigious awards, the Lifetime Contribution Award, went to Ananias Jamie Mulhovo from the Kruger National Park.

According to SANparks, Mulhovo joined SANParks in 1971 as a General Worker in Technical Services. He was assigned to the Skukuza Camp maintenance team in 1998 "where he continued to serve the camp with distinction until his retirement last month".

“When you enjoy your job like I do, time flies. I cannot believe that I have been in the park for so many decades … seeing the Lifetime Achievement Award and certificate is proof that I have received this prestigious honour,” said Mulhovo.

Two special awards went to Dr Freek Venter of the Kruger National Park and Ronnie Steinbrucker of Table Mountain National Park for the "massive impact they have had in their various operations of SANParks". SANParks said that they had spent over three decades each of unbroken and loyal service in the employ of SANParks.

– Source: Traveller24
The V&A Waterfront has launched its annual Ocean Life Festival, a new endeavour which focuses on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa's ocean assets.
In association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the festival will see a curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November, and Friday, 8 December.

According to the festival organisers, the intention behind each of the festival’s events will be to engage and delight visitors’ interest in ocean life, ocean sustainability and the potential of maritime assets such as South Africa’s vast oceans.

“The V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will be held on the property every year as one of the ways in which we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the ocean,” says David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.

“Volvo Ocean Race itself has been a catalyst for the evolution of the thinking around the potential of what the oceans economy can look like for the Western Cape, and South Africa. Supporting and developing South Africa’s oceans economy is a significant focus area for the V&A Waterfront, and the annual Oceans Life Festival will be but one of the ways we look to do this.”

With intentions of delivering a strong sustainability message, this year, the festival mainly focuses on the harm that plastics and other foreign materials do to the world’s maritime assets.

The educational programmes that form part of the festival also highlight the deteriorating state of the world’s oceans and explore innovative solutions to protect the future of our waters.

Partnered with the V&A Waterfront to create the festival is the Dutch Consulate, which has taken a keen interest in working with South African entities to create sustainable solutions to ocean pollution.

“We are honoured to have partnered with the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival. Through #cocreateSA, the Dutch Consulate General aims to co-create sustainable solutions. The #cocreateDESIGN activation promotes collaboration between designers from the Netherlands and South Africa.

"Together, they will creatively engage on solutions to the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic polluting the ocean. I believe that by working together, we will create awareness, change behaviour and leave behind a lasting legacy,” says Bonnie Horbach, Netherlands Consul General.

“As custodians of one of the most recognised waterfronts in the world, the V&A Waterfront, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to protect this natural resource, and we’d like to encourage Capetonians to come to the Festival and to enjoy themselves,” concludes Green.

– Source: Traveller24
Ponte City – one of Johannesburg’s most iconic landmarks – is set to launch a restaurant that taps into the vibrant spirit of the city.
Pioneered by the innovative social enterprise, Dlala Nje, “Fifty-One-Oh-One” (5101) is poised to become one of the City Of Gold’s A-list event venues, forming part of a wider effort to reinvigorate the heart of downtown Johannesburg.

5101 – which is due to open in early December – will offer a compelling view over the city past the Hillbrow Tower as far as Sandton and Northcliff.

According to Dlala Nje, “Ponte City is a mirror of the microcosm of South African society and a beacon of hope in the city skyline it dominates.

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The United Kingdom’s food catering site, “Caterwings” has put Cape Town and Durban on the top 100 list of the world’s best food destinations after analysing thousands of established food hubs and hidden provincial gems to determine the final list.
Ranked at 48 (Cape Town) and 69 (Durban), both cities came in ahead of foodie destinations like Antwerp in Belgium, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Palermo in Italy and Bali in Indonesia.

The top spot went to San Sebastián in Spain, second place to Tokyo, Japan, and third place went to New York City in the USA.

Caterwings says with food tourism as one of the fastest-growing travel trends, cities all over the world are now vying for the accolade of the best food destination.

Caterwings says they commissioned this study by incorporating ratings from 20 000 food journalists and restaurant critics, to reveal the ultimate 100 best food destinations.

– Source: Traveller24
Cape Town's The Test Kitchen has been named the best dining destination in South Africa, continuing a six-year winning streak at a leading restaurant awards event.
At the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, held in Cape Town recently, chef Luke Dale-Roberts maintained his stronghold on the top spot, for a concept menu that takes diners around the world.

First stop at The Test Kitchen is Peru, where diners whet their palates with ceviche, before they head off to South Korea to sample "ssam jang veg" and England where they munch on pork scratchings and cheddar ploughman.

Main dishes include pan-seared duck breast with sour cherry clafoutis, duck liver stuffing and sour cherry jus, and slow-cooked pork belly with roasted sweet potato, smoked chestnut and orange dashi.

Here are the top 10 restaurants in South Africa, according to the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards:
  1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
  2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
  3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
  4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town)
  5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town)
  6. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
  7. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)
  8. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town)
  9. Overture (Stellenbosch)
  10. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town).
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A South African team of four swimmers with their coach and support staff are in Mexico City to participate.
The Official Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 2 December, at 16:30 at the Alberca Olimpica Francisco Marquez.
South African boxer Zolani “Last Born” Tete made history recently in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the fastest World Title knock-out in boxing history! He knocked out his opponent – fellow South African Siboniso Gonya – in just 11 seconds!
The previous record was 17 seconds, from a fight in 1994.

The 29-year-old defending WBO Bantam Weight Champion told reporters after the fight that he knew Gonya “wasn’t going to last” and thanked his trainers for being “the ones doing the job behind the scenes”.

The two South Africans – Tete from the Eastern Cape and  Gonya from KwaZulu-Natal – were set for 12 three-minute rounds … but it was all over before the first round had barely begun. In fact, it was all over with the first punch of the fight.

Tete, former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion, grew up in Mdantasane township. His father was a pastory and he and his brother took up boxing when he was just eight.

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South Africa has a new world champion after gymnast Bianca Zoonekynd won the double mini trampoline event at the 2017 Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 13 November … an amazing achievement when just three months ago she was lying in hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung from a car accident.
Victory means that South Africa now has its first-ever women’s world trampoline champion.

The last South African male to win the prestigious title was Derrick Lotz, 37 years ago in Brig, Switzerland.

Zoonekynd’s achievement is a classic comeback tale after a bad car crash saw her land up in hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung just three months ago in her home town of Port Elizabeth.

But the feisty 25-year-old put all of that behind her to take the global title with a gritty display.

She went into the finals as second best qualifier behind Russia’s Polina Troianova but the final scores reflected a resounding victory for the South African.

Her final points tally was 68.900 compared to silver medallist Troianova’s 67.800 as Sweden’s Lina Sjoeberg took bronze with 67.200.

“I still can’t believe it … it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Zoonekynd told Team SA.

“Standing on the podium and having our anthem played is like no other feeling.”

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The Springboks made up for last year’s history-making loss to Italy, by beating the Italians in a whopping 35-6 victory in the European country’s home territory on Saturday, 25 November, clocking up their second win of the Outgoing Tour. It’s also SA’s biggest win against Italy in 20 years.
Eben Etzebeth recovered from the previous week’s injury to lead his team to victory under challenging conditions in Padova as heavy rain teemed down.

With powerful scrumming and mauling, the South Africans managed to prevent the Italians from scoring a single try, while five tries were scored by the Springboks – by Francois Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Francois Venter, Steven Kitshoff and Franco Mostert.

Handre Pollard pulled off five successful conversions … earning him the Man of the Match Award.

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World 400-metre track champion Wayde van Niekerk may have missed out at the annual IAAF Awards ceremony in Monaco but every cloud has a single lining!
South Africa’s Olympic champion and 400-m world record-holder Van Niekerk lost out to Qatar high jumper Mutz Essa Barshim for the Male Athlete of the Year Award but there was joy for his coach, Tannie Ans Botha, who was given the Coaching Achievement award.

The 76-year-old mentor capped her lengthy career by making a crucial contribution to Van Niekerk’s progress in recent seasons, after guiding numerous other elite South African athletes over the last 50 years.

Coach Botha has been leaving her mark on African athletics since the late 1960s and has been head athletics coach at Free State University for 27 years.

Van Niekerk was one of three South African athletes in the 20 nominees, the others being world long jump champ Luvo Manyonga and Caster Semenya who failed to make the shortlist.

Van Niekerk was up for global honours alongside Barshim and British distance legend Mo Farah.

Female Athlete of the Year was Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam.

Van Niekerk is currently rehabilitating after knee surgery to correct ligament damage suffered in a charity touch rugby match in October.

"We congratulate everyone who was nominated for the award,’ said Aleck Skhosana, president of Athletics South Africa. ‘That alone, is a tremendous world achievement.

"It’s a great honour to be in the top three selections, even if you don’t bring the trophy home. A special tribute to Tannie Botha who flew the national flag high following her crowning as the best coach in the world.

"We now call upon her to pass on her knowledge so that we can have more successful athletes and coaches from South Africa. Thank you for the good work."

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