Media Advisory

18 September 2013

Ambassadorial Forum on China - South Africa Diplomatic Relations

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation in partnership with the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa, will host an Ambassadorial Forum on China – South Africa Diplomatic Relations at 15 Years.  The Ambassadorial Forum is one of AISA’s flagship projects done in conjunction with the City of Tshwane that provides a platform for Diplomats, Civil Society and Think tanks to define their foreign policies, investments and market opportunities of the countries they represent.”

Deputy Minister Marius Fransman will deliver a key note address during the 15th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

The commemoration of the 15th anniversary will be through discussions on China-South African bilateral relations from a political and economic perspective. These discussions will be undertaken against the backdrop of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership where the two countries expressed the desire to further strengthen and deepen cooperation based on equality, mutual benefit and common development.  

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: 19 September 2013

Venue: OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale
Conference Centre 1

09:00-09:05 Welcome Mr Lassy Chiwayo, Chief Director: Central and East Asia and Regional Organisations

09:05 – 09:15 Mayoral address Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, (City of Tshwane)

09:15 – 09:25 Opening Address Professor Phindile Lukhele–Olorunju (Chief Executive Officer, Africa institute of South Africa)

09:25 – 09:45 Ambassadorial Address Ambassador TIAN Xuejun (Embassy to the People’s Republic of China)

09: 45 – 10:05 Keynote Address Deputy Minister Marius Fransman, (DIRCO)

This event will bring together a team of experts that have undertaken research on China-South Africa relations that includes academics, policy makers, and practitioners:

  • Dr. Essop Pahad, Director of Vusizwe Media and the editor of The Thinker
  • Mr David Munro, Standard Bank, CEO
  • Dr Leonard Martin, Faculty Head Humanity, Mapugubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection,
  • Ambassador SHU Zhan, Research Fellow at Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University
  • Professor Garth Shelton, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
  • Professor Kwesi Prah, Director of the Africa-wide Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)
  • Dr. Martyn Davies, Frontier Advisory, CEO
  • Dr. Peter De Kock, Research Manager at Brand South Africa
  • Dr. Sven Grimm, Director, Centre for China Studies, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Brendan Vickers, Chief Director: Research and Policy, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Dr. Mzukisi Qobo, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria
  • Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East

NB: Participants will be available for media interactions on their discussions

RSVP: Juanique Bowman, 076 311 0386 /

Enquiries: Curtis Singo, 072 625 7060


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