The department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) would continue in its attempts to rectify the travel restrictions of ANC former freedom fighters in some international countries, it said on Monday.
Pretoria: The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa is set to launch an online, 24-hour radio station on 17 October 2013 aimed at enhancing communication on South Africa's foreign policy. The station, named Ubuntu Radio, will be accessible on the internet, at www.ubunturadio.com, and is the first of its kind on the African continent. The station is the first to operate under the auspices of a government institution, for non-commercial purposes. Its operating format is that of a "Talk Radio".
In August 2013, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) released a report: South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA): Strategic Aid or Development Packages for Africa? While the report goes a long way in explaining the South African Government’s rationale for establishing SADPA, it implies a lack of critical thinking, especially around the real politics of aid, foreign affairs and what is essentially a $130bn global competition to influence others.
Pretoria: The Concerned Africans Forum has noted with grave concern the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s draft resolution authorising military strikes on Syria. The Concerned Africans Forum believes that military strikes, even if ‘limited’, will not take Syria any closer to resolving a tragic conflict where over 100 000 lives have already been lost and in excess of 6 million Syrians have been internally displaced.
South Africa is emerging on the global scene as one of the promising new development partners. Development co-operation is, however, hardly a new thing for Pretoria. For many decades South Africa has engaged with the continent through different channels and mechanisms, and this has shaped the current approach and paradigm to the country’s development partnerships. South Africa is uniquely placed and has special characteristics to enable it to be a significant player in Africa.
Pretoria: Before the advent of democracy, South Africa was isolated and marginalised. After 1994, South Africa had to resuscitate its foreign policy, transform diplomatic relations, establish relationships with other countries to ensure acceptance into the community of nations, attract FDI, develop and diversify trade relations, participate in regional, continental and international multilateral organisations, as well as promote international peace, security and stability. This was necessary to enable it to play a critical role – well beyond its capacity and resources – in advancing its own interests and those of developing countries, especially in Africa. South Africa has made noteworthy progress in international relations since 1994, even though its performance and success on international relations policies is dependent on the cooperation of other international and local role players.
Pretoria: The South African Government has deliberately avoided responding to the statements issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since the military coup in that country. However, the last statement in response to South Africa’s statement on the current political developments in Egypt that was issued on 15 August 2013 cannot go unchallenged. The tone and spirit of the statement from the Egyptian authorities will contribute little to the alleviation of what is increasingly becoming a political and security crisis in Egypt, initiated by the removal of a democratically elected President through a military coup.
Johannesburg: This report explores South Africa’s past, present and future development assistance to the rest of the continent. It unpacks South Africa’s development partnership paradigm and the tensions that lie within its various global engagements, its approach to incoming aid and outgoing South–South co-operation. It explores the economic and political drivers and the internal and external forces that affect Pretoria’s international development policy, and the comparative advantage that South Africa possesses as a development partner in Africa. The report explains the rationale for the establishment of the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA), its various stages of evolution, and the institutional challenges that are currently present in the co-ordination of diverse domestic stakeholders engaged in development activities throughout Africa.