Issue 307 | 18 January 2018
         
 
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PRESIDENT ZUMA HOSTS KENYA'S PRESIDENT KENYATTA
 
  On Thursday, 11 January, President Jacob Zuma held talks with his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
 
President Kenyatta, who was on his first Working Visit to South Africa since his inauguration in November 2017, met President Zuma at his home in Durban.

The two heads of state shared perspectives on various issues of mutual importance, such as continental and international developments.

South Africa and Kenya enjoy very warm bilateral relations underpinned by strong historical and political bonds. South Africa is a strategic partner of Kenya in many areas, particularly trade and security.

Numerous South African companies have a presence in Kenya. They operate in sectors such as banking, insurance, accountancy, pharmaceuticals, retail, tourism and engineering. – Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
 
 
PRESIDENT ZUMA SENDS CONDOLENCES TO MADAGASCAR FOLLOWING A DEADLY CYCLONE
 
President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country's deepest condolences to the Republic of Madagascar following a deadly cyclone that hit the island, killing more than 40 people and leaving scores of others unaccounted for.  
 
Tropical Cyclone Ava struck the Indian Ocean Island and fellow Southern African Development Community member state , triggering the evacuation of more than 24 000 people and causing extensive damage to infrastructure.

President Zuma said: "The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of the people of Madagascar. Our thoughts go out to all affected families."
 
 
DEPUTY PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA LEADS SOUTH AFRICAN DELEGATION TO DAVOS
 
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting that will take place from 23 to 26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.  
 
The meeting will take place under the theme: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World", and will promote renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges.

The meeting will bring together over 2 500 leaders from business, government, international organisations, civil society, academia and the arts.

The Deputy President also led the delegation to the 2017 Davos meeting.

The South African delegation will comprise ministers and business leaders, with the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, as the lead Minister and coordinator.

President Jacob Zuma has wished the delegation well in the annual meeting, which provides an important platform to market and showcase the country to global business and other key international stakeholders.

President Zuma will lead the country's delegation to the 30th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, scheduled to take place from 22 to 29 January 2018, with the President attending the African Peer Review Mechanism/New Partnership for Africa's Development sessions on 27 January and the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, scheduled to take place from 28 to 29 January 2018.
 
 
DEPUTY PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA DELIVERS EULOGY AT LATE POET'S FUNERAL
 
  Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral of late Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile on Tuesday, 16 January.
 
 
 
The Special Official Funeral, as declared by President Jacob Zuma, took place at Marks Park Sport Club in Emmerentia, Johannesburg, and then proceeded to West Park Cemetery for the burial.

The renowned professor, who was a veteran activist and a giant of the liberation struggle, passed away on Wednesday, 3 January 2018, at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Bra Willie (79), as he was affectionately known, was a recipient of the National Order of Ikamanga for his contribution to the field of literature and was inaugurated in 2006 as South Africa's second National Poet Laureate.

He taught literature at various institutions across the world such as the University of California in Los Angeles, North Carolina University, State University of New York, University of Denver, University of Nairobi, University of Botswana and the University of Fort Hare. – Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
 
 
MINISTER NKOANA-MASHABANE ATTENDS AU MEETING ON MIGRATION IN RABAT
 
  The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, attended the African Union's (AU) Ministerial Conference on Migration, which brought together AU ministers of foreign affairs in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, on 9 January 2018.
 

The main objective of the conference was to harmonise the vision for an "African Agenda on Migration", taking into consideration the following principles:

  • inclusiveness and responsibility-sharing
  • human rights
  • migration and development
  • fighting irregular migration.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco was designated by the current Chair of the AU, HE Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, as the AU lead on the issue of migration. In pursuing this mandate, King Mohammed VI has already submitted a preliminary note to African heads of state during the 29th AU Summit held in July 2017, defining his vision for an African Agenda on Migration, and is expected to submit a comprehensive document on the subject on the occasion of the forthcoming 30th AU Summit to be held at the end of January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The AU is engaged in various initiatives related to the management of migration, in particular the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). A draft Common African Position has been endorsed at ministerial level for submission to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the end of January 2018.

South Africa regarded this Ministerial Conference on Migration as an important avenue for consolidating the Common African Position on the GCM.

Speaking at the conference, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said: "Migration offers major potential opportunities to Africa, provided that it is well managed and coordinated. As recognised in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and as envisaged in the AU's own texts, including Agenda 2063, migrants make a clear and positive contribution to inclusive growth and sustainable development, in particular when they move, not out of desperation but out of choice."

The Minister further said: "South Africa recognises that political instability and the quest for better socio-economic habitation are but two key drivers of the displacement of people. We also recognise that there cannot be economic prosperity and sustainable development without peace on the continent. Therefore, concerted regional, continental and global efforts to address the questions of underdevelopment and armed conflict should be a central focus of all member states."

The Minster also commented on Morocco's membership of the AU. She said: "We are pleased that Morocco has returned home to the AU fold. It is our hope that Morocco's return will enable the dialogue necessary to assist us to resolve the outstanding issue of Western Sahara in accordance with the principles of international law, including the United Nations and the AU."

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the conference with her Moroccan counterpart, Minister Nasser Bourita. The two ministers discussed a range of issues of mutual interest and concern, and agreed on the need for further dialogue.
 
 
DIRCO MEETS US EMBASSY OFFICIALS
 
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) met with the United States Embassy and the United States Chargé d'Affaires on 15 January 2017 – which is also Martin Luther King Day in the United States – to express South Africa's concerns with regard to the reports about statements that were allegedly made by President Donald Trump with regard to Africa and certain other countries. 
 

It was noted that Africa and the African Diaspora had contributed significantly to the United States and to its development into the country that it is today, and that the African and international reaction to the alleged statements clearly serve as a united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African Diaspora.

The United States Embassy and the United States Chargé d'Affaires responded to the concerns of South Africa by stating that "there has been no change in the United States' dedication to our partners across the continent" and that "the United States deeply respects the people of Africa and the people of South Africa, and values its partnerships with them".

It was also stated that the United States will continue to move forward with Africa by focusing on the goals that truly reflect the strong bilateral ties shared by the United States and South Africa and the United States and African countries, and that "progress forward will not be diverted by anything contrary to those goals".

It was reiterated that "relations between South Africa and the United States, and between the rest of Africa and the United States, must be based on mutual respect and understanding". – Source: www.SAnews.gov.za

 
 
SOUTH AFRICA WELCOMES THE FIRST HIGH-LEVEL TALKS IN ALMOST TWO YEARS BETWEEN THE TWO KOREAS
 
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has welcomed the first high-level bilateral meeting in almost two years between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which took place on Tuesday, 9 January 2018, at the truce village of Panmunjeom near the inter-Korean border.  
 
The two sides reportedly agreed that the North (DPRK) would send a large-sized delegation, including athletes, a support squad and officials, to the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games that are scheduled to kick off on 9 February 2018 in PyeongChang in the South (ROK). In the joint press statement issued after the talks, the two Koreas indicated that they would soon hold follow-up talks to deal with the logistics concerning the participation in the Games. Seoul and Pyongyang reportedly also agreed to resume talks between their militaries to reduce current tensions on the Korean Peninsula and revitalise exchanges in "various other fields", including to restore a communication hotline in the West Sea.

South Africa is encouraged by the resumption of direct, inter-Korean dialogue as the best way forward to ensure lasting peace and prosperity to all on the Korean Peninsula, for the entire world's benefit. We wish to pledge our full support for this joint initiative as it unfolds and progresses.
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA AND CHINA CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
 
 
 
Having established formal ties on 1 January 1998, the Republic of South Africa and the People's Republic of China reached the important milestone on 1 January 2018 of 20 years of formal diplomatic relations.
 
Over the past 20 years, the two countries achieved a significant number of bilateral cooperation agreements in areas such as trade, investment, economic and people-to-people relations.

In the previous two decades, among others, the countries have assumed increased strategic significance, starting with a Partnership in 2000, to a Strategic Partnership in 2004 and ultimately to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since the signing of the Beijing Declaration in 2010.

The year 2017 saw South Africa and China strengthening friendship through the inaugural of South Africa-China High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism, which took place in Pretoria, South Africa, in April 2017. South Africa advanced the China-Africa partnership by continuing to co-chair the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and working towards the implementation of the outcomes of the 2015 FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. China successfully hosted the ninth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in Xiamen, with South Africa scheduled to host the 10th BRICS Summit in 2018.

On behalf of the Government of South Africa and the citizens, President Jacob Zuma expressed his well wishes on the occasion of the 20-year diplomatic relations to further reinforce the well-established relations and explore more opportunities that will continue to create win-win cooperation for both republics. President Zuma said "the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa join me in conveying to the Government and people of the People's Republic of China our warmest greetings".
 
 
SAA, TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES SIGN CODE-SHARE AGREEMENT
 
South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it has signed a code-share agreement with TAAG Angola Airlines.  
 
This agreement, effective 15 January 2018, will see SAA code-sharing with TAAG on their direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and between Cape Town and Luanda. In return, TAAG Angola Airlines will code-share with SAA on its direct services between Johannesburg and Luanda and will include Johannesburg and Harare, Johannesburg and Lusaka, and Johannesburg and Hong Kong in the near future.

Interline agreements between airlines ease travel for customers who fly on more than one airline to reach their destination, while the airlines save on operation costs.

A code-share agreement enables SAA to offer flights with the SA code on flights operated by TAAG, and TAAG will in turn be able to offer flights with the DT code on flights operated by SAA. 

SAA currently serves the Angola market four times per week.

"This new code-share will enable customers to connect seamlessly from our domestic services through to Angola and gives customers the opportunity of also flying with TAAG to Angola," SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali, said recently.

The deal is also expected to enhance trade between the two countries.

"We are confident that this code-share opportunity will bring our countries closer together and contribute to the development of our respective economies and tourism industries," said William Boulter, TAAG Chief Commercial Officer.

This new agreement is part of SAA's Five-Year Corporate Plan aimed at achieving and maintaining financial sustainability in the shortest time possible.

SAA's Alliance strategy supports the network strategy by strengthening its position in sub-Saharan Africa through forming new partnerships, such as this one.

SAA is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance.

TAAG Angola Airlines is the Angolan flag carrier 100% owned by the Government of Angola. The carrier's network comprises 12 domestic points in Angola served from Luanda plus international flights to Johannesburg, Brazzaville, Havana, Kinshasa, Lisbon, Lusaka, Maputo, Oporto, Rio de Janeiro, Sȃo Paulo, Cape Town, and Sȃo Tome. – Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
 
 
CAPE TOWN, DURBS AND JOZI REPRESENT IN PUNCTUALITY LEAGUE'S BEST GLOBAL AIR ROUTES AND AIRPORTS
 
  Starting off 2018 on a high note in the airline industry, some of South Africa's airports and air routes have placed the country on the global aviation map.
 
According to a global ranking system called the Punctuality League, which ranks the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world's largest airlines and airports, the air route between Cape Town and Johannesburg is one of the busiest and most reliable domestic routes in the world.

The Punctuality Report for 2018 states that the Cape Town to Johannesburg route – ranked ninth busiest domestic route in the world – has an average OTP of 86,83%. FlySafair is the top performing airline on this route with a 95,9% OTP. Comair was second best with an 87,4% OTP, followed by SAA with 85,5% and Mango airlines on 80,5%.

The busiest and most reliable domestic route in the world is Jeju to Seoul Gimpo in South Korea.

In addition to this, Durban's King Shaka International Airport ranked fourth in the top 20 list of small airports in the world by OTP, with a coverage rate of 80% and an OTP of 86,65%. According to Punctuality League, a small airport is categorised as having between 2,5 million to five million passengers departing per year.

The Punctuality League is based on "57 million flight records using full-year data from 2017 to create a ranking of the best OTP for the world's largest airlines and airports". – Source: www.Traveller24
 
 
WESTERN CAPE'S DECEMBER 2017 "PEAK SEASON": 11,5% INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS; REGIONAL TRIPS ON THE RISE"
 
Initial reports on the December 2017 peak tourism month show high growth in international arrivals, and an increase in visitors to regions across the Western Cape.  
 
According to Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport registered 127 309 international arrivals for December 2017, an 11,5% increase from December 2016.

Domestic arrivals by air dipped slightly by 2,2% to 389 324. It is anticipated that many local tourists chose to use land travel to access the province.

Wesgro – Cape Town and the Western Cape's Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency – spoke to local tourism offices in the region to gain an initial idea of how the province performed this past December. Official statistics will be published by South African Tourism at a later date.

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, welcomed initial reports of increases in regional trips.

"The positive feedback received from these offices points to a growth in geographic spread. More people are getting out onto the open road and exploring the diversity of attractions that are on offer across the province."

The following is initial feedback received from local ourism offices in some regions across the Cape:
  • Swellendam noted an increase in tourists, with regular return visitors from Cape Town.
  • Wilderness/George noted an increase in tourists, with a notable increase in visitors from the Middle East.
  • Mossel Bay and Knysna noted an increase in tourists. Mossel Bay in particular noted an increase in visitors from India.
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve, in Gansbaai, registered a positive peak season, with the majority of international visitors emanating from Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Italy.
  • Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas reported positive growth in tourist arrivals. Struisbaai had approximately 20 000 people to its beaches. L'Agulhas Lighthouse registered a 34,5% increase in visitors.
  • Barrydale recorded the highest number of visitors to the town in the last two years.
  • McGregor and Tulbagh both noted increases in tourism figures. Tulbagh in particular noted an increase in domestic visitors.
  • Paternoster saw more local visitors during the season to date, particularly from Gauteng and the Western Cape; the leading international markets remained Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands.
  • Hermanus also recorded an increase in visitors, retaining its normal European source market. Spain was noted as a new emerging market.
  • Lambert's Bay noted a 5% increase in their top international markets – the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
  • Velddrif and Porterville both noted increases in international visitors.
Full statistics for attractions in Cape Town are still to be finalised and will be released once verified. Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy, noted that "Cape Town remains a popular destination due to its natural beauty, diverse tourist attractions and local culture. It is also pleasing to see that water consumption in the city remained the same despite increased numbers of tourists in December. Thank you to all of our visitors and locals for their water-saving efforts."
 
 
GOOGLE CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND WORK OF ALAN PATON
 
  The January 11 Google Doodle paid tribute to South African author and anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton – commemorating his 115th birthday.
 
South African writer Alan Paton, author of the classic South African novel Cry, The Beloved Country was born on 11 January 1903. Google celebrated the life and work of the author with a commemorative Doodle on the search engine's homepage.

The Doodle depicted Paton looking out on the South African countryside during a train journey that many believe was the moment the idea for his most famous work was first conceived. Paton worked as a teacher and later as the headmaster of the Diepkloof prison for young black offenders where he took note of the effects of racial discrimination on South African youth.

Through a number of his own progressive educational and social programmes at the facility, Paton hoped to reduce the suffering of prisoners, some as young as nine, and help them re-enter society on a better footing than most had arrived.

Google, in a statement on the unveiling of the Doodle, hoped that highlighting Paton and his works on such a ubiquitous portal for many young people using the Internet, his life story would reach new audiences.

Other notable South Africans who have featured on Google Doodles in the past include Nadine Gordimer, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko. – Source: www.brandsouthafrica.com
 
 
SOUTH AFRICANS DOING GREAT THINGS IN THE WORLDS OF FILMS AND BOOKS
 
  Three South Africans deserve a round of applause this week.
 
Local chef and first-time author, Nompumelelo Mqwebu, won a national award for the South African region in the categories of first book and self-published in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her debut cookbook, Through the Eyes of an African Chef.

These awards make her eligible to compete in these same categories for the best in the world awards, with the overall winners to be announced in May 2018.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is an international competition founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau that honours the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. Entries are accepted from 205 countries.

Mqwebu says: "It is such an honour for my first cookbook to have been so well received and recognised by such a prestigious competition and organisation. These awards have been a real highlight for me on this incredible journey of which there have already been so many highs."

On the film front, another South African has achieved international success. John Trengrove, the director of Oscar-shortlisted isiXhosa film Inxeba, has been signed by top United States (US) talent agency Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.

The agency is considered the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, and includes Ava DuVernay (Selma), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Steven Spielberg (most recently, The Post).

Says Trengrove: "This is an exceptional honour for me as [the agency] manages numerous prestigious clients and represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television and theatre," says Trengrove.

"The company has a long history of industry leadership and innovation, and I am tremendously excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for me as a filmmaker."

The star of Inxeba – Nakhane – revealed on Instagram recently that he's been signed to Paradigm Talent Agency in the US and Coda Agency in the United Kingdom and Europe. The agency lists Black-Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Janelle Monáe among their talent. – Source: www.CityPress.com
 
 
SA RUGBY SEVENS ACADEMY WIN SUDAMERICASEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP
 
The SA Rugby Sevens Academy ended their two-week South American trip on a perfect note by winning the Sudamericarugby 7s tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile, early on Monday morning (SA time).  
 
The South Africans also claimed gold in Punta del Este recently in the first of two tournaments held to determine the final two South American qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will take place in San Francisco in July.

The victory in Chile completed a very satisfying trip for the Academy side, where Cell C Sharks fullback Rhyno Smith, and three former SA Schools Sevens players, Muller du Plessis, Angelo Davids and Henk Cilliers, were introduced to the rigours of international sevens rugby.

"We are delighted in the outcome of the trip," said Schoeman.

"Not only did the squad play to their full potential on Sunday to win the title, we also ticked other important boxes like blooding new players into the system and confirming the belief that our sevens structures are sound.

"We faced a host of international teams in South America and with two spots for the World Cup Sevens on offer, they came with a great purpose. Congratulations to Chile and Uruguay, who in the end qualified."

The South Africans had a tough opening day in Vina del Mar, where they lost to Ireland and drew against Brazil. They were in top form on the second day though, and dispatched Germany 26-12 in the quarter-final and Uruguay 29-7 in the semi-final.

In the final, the SA Rugby Sevens Academy outplayed the French Academy 34-7.

"That big score against France was a true reflection of how well the guys did in that final," said Schoeman. – Source: African News Agency
 
 
NGIDI-INSPIRED PROTEAS STEAMROLL INDIA AT CENTURION
 
  On Wednesday, 17 January, a Lungi Ngidi-inspired Proteas steamrolled India on the fifth morning of the second Test at Centurion, winning by 135 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Ngidi (6/39) was the chief destroyer in the second innings, while Kagiso Rabada (3/47) took all of the other wickets barring a run-out.

Ngidi took 1/51 in India's first innings, giving his match analysis of 7/90 on his debut.

Ngidi took four wickets on Wednesday morning, adding to the two he had already snapped up on Tuesday evening.

The 21-year-old debutant, on his home ground, has burst onto the Test scene and this match belonged to him.

Ngidi had his fifth when Mohammed Shami (28) was out at mid-on looking to clear the in-field, and when he removed Jasprit Bumrah for 2 to bring the match to an end, he emerged as South Africa's second-Test hero with India all out for 151.

– Source: www.sport24.co.za/
 
 
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