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SA artists participate in Dubai EXPO2020

The Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture will participate in the Dubai EXPO2020 that is underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). South Africas participation in the Dubai Expo is designed as a Recovery Plan post the COVID-19 Pandemic, and artists participation, particularly emerging artists (youth and women) taking up international platforms, is viewed as a positive story to tell and, in turn, upliftment to the economy, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, said. This is the first delegation among other representations of the South african government participation in the Dubai Expo 2020 programme, which started on 01 October and will conclude on 31 March 2022. Team South Africa for the EXPO2020 inauguration programme will be a representation of the various parts of South Africa, showcasing amongst others; history and heritage, cultural diversity, creativity and innovation as well as sport dynamism, the department said. The Expo is taking place under the theme: "Connecting Minds and Creating the Future via Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity". This Expo will place a greater emphasis on bringing global corporate delegations together to shape a future based on sustainability, mobility, and emerging opportunities. South Africas theme derived from the above is Think Opportunity. Think South Africa. Under this theme, the country will participate in the Expo with the intention to position South Africa as a globally relevant player and a nation capable of competing with the best; highlighting South Africa's capabilities as well as its strategic importance in the world, the department said. The Sport, Arts, and Culture sectoral emphasis at the Expo is to emphasize the significance of building relationships with arts and culture Export markets for local artists in the visual, creative, and performing arts sectors. The department said its presence at the Expo will set the way for expanding an unexplored route in the digital world, with a particular emphasis on innovative digital commerce and investment. The exhibition space for October Month will emphasise the contribution that South Africa has made to the world, informing not only our knowledge about the natural and cultural world but our understanding of what it means to be human in a global space. The exhibition led by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will strongly portray South african culture, heritage, identity, and sports excellence and present the countrys offerings as a partner with several prospects in the Gulf area and beyond. The Expo is an excellent venue for South african creative industries to showcase their finest and most distinctive skills in the world of business and trade possibilities, the department said.

oct 4 2021 7:39pm
Minister Nathi Mthethwa leads delegation of artists to Dubai EXPO2020, 1 Oct

The Ministry and the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture (DSAC) will participate in the Dubai EXPO2020 taking place from 1 October 2021. This is the first delegation among other representations of the South african government participation in the Dubai Expo 2020 programme starting from 01 October to 31 March 2022.Team South Africa for the EXPO2020 inauguration programme will be a representation of the various parts of South Africa, showcasing amongst others; history and heritage, cultural diversity, creativity and innovation as well as sport dynamism.The theme of this year's Expo is "Connecting Minds and Creating the Future via Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity". This Expo will place a greater emphasis on bringing global corporate delegations together to shape a future based on sustainability, mobility, and emerging opportunities.South Africas theme derived from the above is Think Opportunity. Think South Africa. Under this theme, the country will participate in the Expo with the intention to position South Africa as a globally relevant player and a nation capable of competing with the best; highlighting South Africa's capabilities as well as its strategic importance in the world; highlighting the country's reputation as open for business and an investment destination of choice; and reinforce South Africas position as an attractive and competitive business, investment and tourism destination.Dubai EXPO2020, held in a global gateway and one of the world's most dynamic and forward-thinking economies, as well as a center for international trade, will serve as a platform for people to interact and do business. This world's greatest meeting of trade, culture, and industry will also provide firms with opportunities to interact with a worldwide audience. It will foster cooperation, encourage innovation, and provide concrete possibilities for South african enterprises.The Sport, Arts, and Culture sectoral emphasis at the Expo is to emphasize the significance of building relationships with arts and culture Export markets for local artists in the visual, creative, and performing arts sectors.Rooted in excellence and opportunities; South Africas presence in the media programme for the Expo serves to expand our message of a country with limitless opportunities, Arts Culture excellence through proudly South african fashion, art, sports and all that best represents us today and tomorrow; where everyone wins as a team, generating economic value from innovative creativity and partnership with the best. A tale of regeneration, development, and opportunities.The Department of Sport, Arts and Cultures presence at the Expo will therefore set the way for expanding an unexplored route in the digital world, with a particular emphasis on innovative digital commerce and investment.The exhibition space for October Month will emphasise the contribution that South Africa has made to the world, informing not only our knowledge about the natural and cultural world but our understanding of what it means to be human in a global space.The exhibition led by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will strongly portray South african culture, heritage, identity, and sports excellence and present the countrys offerings as a partner with several prospects in the Gulf area and beyond. The Expo is an excellent venue for South african creative industries to showcase their finest and most distinctive skills in the world of business and trade possibilities.Minister Nathi Mthethwa cited that, participation in the Dubai Expo is designed as the SA Recovery Plan post Covid-19 Pandemic, and artists participation, particularly emerging artists (youth and women) taking up international platforms, is viewed as a positive story to tell and, in turn, upliftment to the SA economy. For media enquiries, please contact:Ms Zimasa VelaphiHead of Communications MarketingCell: 072 172 8925E-mail: [email protected]

oct 1 2021 10:59pm
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UK, SA experts meet over red list status

The Department of Health on Monday confirmed that the United Kingdom would consider the data provided by South african government scientists in their next review of its red list within 14 days. This comes after the local government experts had a meeting with their UK counterparts over the red list of high-risk countries. The island country has tighter travel restrictions in place to reduce the introduction and transmission of new variants of COVID-19 from countries that the UK government says should not be visited "except in the most extreme of circumstances". This means that travellers returning to the UK from South Africa must spend 10 days in quarantine at their own expense, even though they are vaccinated. According to the department, the talks also included the latest trends around COVID-19, testing strategies and the prevalence and risk posed to our vaccination programmes by variants of concern. The meeting was set up by the UK High Commission and the South african government to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate sharing of information. The insights provided will feed into the next review of UK border measures, which is due to take place within the next fortnight, the statement read. The UK and local experts also discussed the recognition of each others vaccine certificates. The UK side explained that, following some initial pilots, it was now seeking to extend its recognition of vaccine certificates around the world as rapidly as possible. According to the departments statement, the UK expressed its willingness to take forward discussions with the SA government on this matter. Both governments said they support and recognise the importance of vaccination as a way out of the pandemic. The UK expressed its gratitude to SA experts for their willingness to share both data and expertise.

sep 28 2021 5:01pm
SA pushes to be removed from UK red list

The South african government is working around the clock to ensure that it gets removed from the UK red list.

sep 27 2021 9:59pm
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South Africa to build new mega-bridge by 2026: minister

The South african government has identified the N2 national Wild Coast road network as one of its key Strategic Integrated Projects to catalyse economic growth at a national, provincial and local level.

sep 23 2021 6:04pm
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Addressing global environmental challenges vital for rebuilding economies

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says addressing increasing global environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean degradation, and inefficient resource use has become even more important as countries seek to rebuild their economies and enhance resilience against future shocks. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased public consciousness of the fragility of natural systems and their importance for human well-being, Minister Creecy said. Speaking at the launch of african Green Stimulus Online Programme, Minister Creecy said the Green Stimulus programme has the potential to support a recovery that is green, sustainable and inclusive. Such a recovery has the potential to create opportunities for entrepreneurship, income generation, jobs and growth, particularly for women and the youth, and at the same time, to accelerate action on attaining short, medium and long-term environmental goals, both nationally, regionally and globally, Creecy said. Creecy explained that this african-led programme aims to contribute to the goal of enhancing action for environmental sustainability and prosperity in Africa as called for in the Durban Declaration of the 17th Ordinary Session of AMCEN and to support the attainment of Africas Agenda 2063 aspirations, Paris Agreement imperatives, and relevant Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst COVID-19 has exacerbated the economic stress for the african continent, it is realised that the means of implementation, including capacity development, technology transfer and financial resources remain critical for the realisation of green recovery. Forging partnerships, promoting synergies and the scaling up of the mobilisation of resources are vital in realising green recovery for Africa, which is one of the main objectives of the african Green Stimulus Programme and its On-line Platform. We therefore call upon Member States, african institutions and development partners and all other stakeholders to be part of this journey to green recovery of Africa, and to support the african Green Stimulus Programme, Creecy said. The african Green Stimulus Programme is an innovative african-led initiative developed to support the continents recovery response to the devastating socio-economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in a more green and sustainable manner. The programme intends to provide an overarching framework that will support the recovery of environment and sustainable development initiatives in Africa, whilst identifying new areas requiring strategic interventions. The programme is also intended to bring about a common and unifying continental response by enhancing and forging cooperation and partnerships between and among african governments, non-state actors, intergovernmental organisations, the private sector in support of a comprehensive green recovery for Africa.

sep 20 2021 10:31am
SA expresses concern over Guinea coup

The South african government has noted with great concern the ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea following an apparent coup de tat at the weekend. In a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the South african government called for the immediate release of Prof Alpha Cond, the President of Guinea unharmed and the african Union to actively intervene to ensure a speedy return to stability. government further called on the soldiers/military to exercise total restraint and refrain from political interference. In addition, South Africa urges all political actors and civil society to engage in meaningful dialogue in order to resolve the current political challenges facing the country, said DIRCO on Monday.

sep 6 2021 11:24pm
One registered S african remains in Afghan, 35 evacuated

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has confirmed that only one registered South african remains in Afghanistan, Kabul. This is after 35 South african nationals were assisted to leave Kabul on various evacuation flights. The one remaining South african is working in Kabul and will remain there for the foreseeable future, the department added. The department said it noted that there could be other South africans remaining in Afghan. However, according to DIRCO, these would be individuals who have not registered their presence with the South african High Commission in Islamabad,Pakistan, or their headquarters in Pretoria. On Wednesday, the department said the South african government was not in a position to accommodate the Afghanistan refugees who have sought refuge in Pakistan. The South african government is unfortunately not in a position to accommodate such a request. South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs, the department added. Thousands of people have been left stranded and desperate to escape the war-torn country after the Taliban seized the capital. The United States President Joe Biden has since defended this decision for the American troops to leave Afghan after it invaded the country. According to Reuters, more than 114 000 people have been airlifted from Kabul Airport in the past two weeks as part of the US effort.

sep 2 2021 8:23pm
SA declines request to host Afghan refugees who fled to Pakistan

The South african government says it does not have capacity to accommodate Afghanistan refugees as its social welfare system is already overburdened.

sep 2 2021 12:15pm
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