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SOUTH AFRICA'S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. On 19 October 2O16 Cabinet took the decision that South Africa will withdraw from the Rome Statute by immediately submitting the lnstrument of Withdrawal to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

#TweetOffRacism was born in 2013 as one of the outcomes of the project “Io tifo positivo” (I am a positive supporter) which started in 2006 for the first time to fight racism in sports and promote a free, democratic sport spirit. The NGO Comunita’ Nuova, headed by Father Gino Rigoldi, initiated the project to promote respect, education, co-operation, friendship amongst the younger generations. The project included some meetings in schools to raise the students’ awareness about the positive values of sports and the need to respect each other and to be tolerant. They are also invited to major sports events, like Premiere League soccer matches, or soccer clubs’ training session, both to learn the team spirit and to show what they have learnt through banners they put on display on these occasions.

The project is carried out thanks to the partnership between the NGO Comunita’ Nuova, whose President, Father Gino Rigoldi, plays a major role in the social rehabilitation of young people in the Milan Juvenile Prison, the City of Milan, the local Olympic Committee and the Candido Cannavo’ Foundation. The late Candido Cannavo’ was for many years the Editor of the main national sports daily newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, and was a great promoter of fair values in sports.

#TweetOffRacism is organized every year on 21 March. Students are invited to this full day event, where they have the opportunity to meet and interact with high profile sports and institutional testimonials on the theme of racism in sports.
The Mission is one of the key partners of the event as South Africa’s good story is considered of great value for the younger generations. The Consul-General addresses the student on the issue of racism based on South Africa’s history and experience.
On 13 October 2015 South African foods and wines were showcased at Eataly store in Milan. Eataly is the most well-known quality and genuine food store offering regional excellences, mainly Italian ones, based on the principles of sustainability, responsibility and sharing. The event was attended by approximately 40 people, namely food bloggers, journalists in the food and wine sector, sommelier and buyers. The South African business delegation from the Gauteng Province attending the South Africa Week in Milan also took part in the event. Two Italian partners supported the event by supplying ostrich meat and yellow tale fish imported from South Africa which were cooked live by a local chef and served to the invited guests with South African spices, sauces and dressings supplied by Western Cape Fine Food Initiative (WCFFI), represented by Ms Lee Ismael. The food was accompanied by South Africa wines.
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“The first edition of the Business Excellence Award Gala Dinner hosted by the Mission in partnership with the Italian-South African Chamber of Commerce as well as the private sector acknowledged success stories of Italian companies that have invested in South Africa and have developed business. The Mission invited representatives of nominated companies (3 nominees per category) as well as other key stakeholders of the business community for a total of 100 guests. The City of Milan was represented by Councillor Filippo Barberis on this occasion.
“On 13 October 2013 the Nelson Mandela Statue was inaugurated by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Mayor of Milan Francesca Balzani in the presence of Ambassador Tambo, the DDG: Public Diplomacy Mr Clayson Monyela, Mr Refilwe Monageng of Native Explorations and the artist Pietro Scampini. The ceremony included opening remarks by Ambassador Tambo, official speeches by the Deputy Mayor and the Minister as well as remarks by the sculptor and the South African partner. The Head of Mission concluded the ceremony with vote of thanks. The inauguration was well attended by the media and the general public.” Read More
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On 17 July 2015 the staff of the South African Consulate-General in Milan honoured Mandela Day by visiting the Azimuth Centre in Milan - a rehabilitation centre for people addicted to psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, who want to change their lives for the better.

The centre hosts 16 people, who choose this centre as an alternative measure to jail. The programme included: interaction with guests through gardening, cooking and braaing; discussion on Mandela Day and South Africa.

Upon arrival the staff was introduced to the centre’s guests and was allocated to different duties. While most staff members helped with gardening, some assisted with cooking the dessert and braaing the meat.

Once the activities were completed, all groups came together for lunch.

The event concluded with the handing over of a gift to the Mission’s officials, which was handmade by some of the centre’s guests.
MILAN, 29 APRIL 2015
The National Day Celebrations took place at Hotel Melia in Milan in the form of a cocktail reception. A total of 120 selected guests from the institutions, the business community, NGO’s, media, African Diaspora, South African citizens and cultural institutions under the Mission’s jurisdiction took part in the event. The SA Embassy in Rome was represented by Mr Z Mnisi, Counsellor Political. The Honorary Consul in Genoa, Dr De Barbieri, was present, too.

After the welcome greetings by the Corporate Services Manager, Mr Mpiyakhe, Consul-General Molobi addressed the audience on the theme of the 2015 National Day as South Africa enters 21 years of freedom and democracy. He acknowledged the importance of the African countries and leaders and the global community in supporting South Africa during the struggle for freedom. He finally explained the reasons why South Africa does not participate in the Milan Expo2015 and mentioned that a South Africa Week will, however, be organized during the month of October. Councillor Mnisi concluded with the vote of thanks.

As usual, guests could taste a combination of Italian food served with South African wines, which enjoy more and more positive comments by the Italian wine lovers. The Mission branded the hall with South African colourful tablecloths; backdrops, banners and flags as well as with flower compositions of South African proteas, fynbos and pin-cushions prepared by the Mission staff.  
Small Business Development Minister, H.E. Ms Lindiwe Zulu, with a panel of ministers from other countries at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in Milan, Italy, from March 16 to 18.
16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children 2014
25 November - 10 December

Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days campaign) is important because we commemorate many milestones. The year 2014 marks 60 years since the signing of the Women’s Charter on 17 April 1954 in Johannesburg; 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa and 16 years of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.
Ms. TSD Nxumalo Consul-General
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