2 May 2012 Indian President Pratibha Patil arrives in South Africa for a state visit on Wednesday, accompanied by a government minister, four parliamentarians, various officials and a business delegation. Patil’s visit follows an invitation by President Jacob Zuma, and will provide an opportunity to for further strengthening the relationship between the two countries. During her visit, Patil will discuss bilateral relations with Zuma. The two presidents will also address South African business people and their Indian counterparts at a business forum in Pretoria. Since the establishment of full diplomatic relations between South Africa and India in 1993, numerous high-level visits have taken place between the two countries, with cooperation agreements signed in trade, investment, education, defence, information and communication technology (ICT), health, agriculture, and science and technology. As strategic partners, South Africa and India have created a platform for cooperation in various forums, including the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa; the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) grouping; the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) climate change-specific forum; and the India-Africa Forum. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, trade between the two countries stood at R48.2-billion as of November 2011, with South African exports at R21.9-billion and imports from India at R26.3-billion. The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of R111-billion to be reached by 2014. “India and South Africa share a common vision on a range of global issues and domestic challenges,” the department said in a statement on Monday. “Many of the objectives are being pursued both bilaterally and multilaterally, and are also being given content through South-South initiatives.” Source: BuaNews
Nongcebo McKenzie, Ukhozi FM presenter is inspired by the South African Constitution and the fact that our right to speak the language of our choice is enshrined.Nongcebo McKenzie, Ukhozi FM presenter tells us why she loves talking and listening to South Africa’s 11 official languages. (Image: Nongcebo McKenzie, Facebook)Nongcebo McKenzieI’m lucky enough to work for Ukhozi FM; the biggest radio station in South Africa. Also the second largest station in the world, Ukhozi FM is a national isiZulu radio station that is part of the SABC Public Broadcast Services portfolio of radio stations.I love working for the Ukhozi FM brand because as a public broadcast services station, we get to create nutritious and tasty content that empowers and educates our listeners. More than that though, I love broadcasting in isiZulu – it’s just so colourful for me. My job is to share information with 7.5-million listeners in a language that they love and enjoy; isiZulu. A truly beautiful language that is so rich with its many shades.That’s the beauty of our African languages; whether it be Tshivenda (which I really would love to learn one day) or Afrikaans (which I find so rhythmic) or the way SeSotho speakers roll the ‘r’ from the back of their throats, I find our African languages fascinating.I enjoy listening to our SABC sister station Umhlobo Wenene and I particularly enjoy their live sport commentary because I love the isiXhosa analogiesI’m glad that I live in a country with a Constitution that guarantees the right to speak all our 11 official languages and makes them all equal. The South African Constitution provides for 11 official languages in our beautiful country: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, sePedi, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, tshiVenda and xiTsonga.Section 6 of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to use the language and participate in the cultural life of his or her choice – though no one may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.Ngiyaziqhenya ngokuba ngowaseNingizimu Afrika. Ngiyaziqhenya ngoMthethosisekelo wezwe lethu, meaning, “I beat my chest with pride because I am a child of South Africa. I stand tall when I know that ours is the best Constitution in the world”.I am inspired by my Constitution.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
28Jan Rep. Jon Bumstead hosts February office hours State Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents of the 100th House District to join him during office hours this February.Office hours will be held at the following dates, times and locations:Friday, Feb. 1210 to 11 a.m. at One East Main in Fremont;11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sally’s Restaurant in White Cloud; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake County Courthouse in Baldwin.Monday, Feb. 158 to 9 a.m. at the Pink Elephant in Hart;10 to 11 a.m. at the Good Stuff’s in Pentwater; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Brown Bear Café in Shelby.“It’s always a pleasure to spend time with members of our community to discuss Michigan’s state government,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I look forward to meeting with you and listening to any concerns you might have.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead’s office by phone toll free at 877-999-0995, or by email at [email protected]### Categories: News