South Africa

  • Photo of Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General on Death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General on Death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is profoundly saddened by the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Archbishop Tutu’s strong moral voice was a very significant factor in the successful struggle against the brutal racist policy of apartheid in his homeland. His compassionate leadership of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission during the sensitive transition period that followed the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM, South Africa solidify diplomatic relations

    CARICOM, South Africa solidify diplomatic relations

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and South Africa on Thursday strengthened the long-standing diplomatic relations with the accreditation of a new High Commissioner, Her Excellency Xoliswa Ngwevela. In accepting her letters of credence, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said it was a “symbolic reaffirmation of the determination of South Africa and the Member States of CARICOM to augment a long tradition of…

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  • Remarks by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque On the Occasion Of the   PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY HER EXCELLENCY MAUREEN ISABELLA MODISELLE Plenipotentiary Representative (DESIGNATE) of The Republic of South Africa To the Caribbean Community

    It is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to the CARICOM Secretariat and to the family of Plenipotentiary Representatives to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Beyond the political affinities that bind South Africa and CARICOM, our relationship is predicated on shared values.  These include a mutual aspiration to ensure that freedom, equity and the rule of law are guiding principles…

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  • South Africa’s Mandela back home after long hospital stay

    JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela returned to his home yesterday where he will continue to receive intensive care after three months in hospital with a lung ailment. Mandela, 95, had spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital after he was rushed there in early June suffering from a recurring infection of the lungs,…

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  • Mandela could soon be discharged, Mbeki says

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela may be discharged from hospital soon to recuperate at home, said a former president of South Africa. The prediction about Mandela leaving the hospital was made by Thabo Mbeki as he gave a memorial lecture for the African National Congress on Saturday last, reported the South African radio news service Eyewitness News.

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  • Mandela in critical condition

    JOHANNESBURG (AP): Nelson Mandela was up to last night listed in critical condition after the South African government announced a deterioration in his health. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela's condition had become critical…

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  • ‘Let Mandela Go’

    JOHANNESBURG: South Africa prayed for Nelson Mandela yesterday as the revered peace icon faced a third night in hospital, with calls for the family and the nation to “let him go”. Government officials had given no update on Mandela's health since announcing that the 94-year-old was admitted early Saturday and was in a “serious but stable” condition with a lung…

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  • Nelson Mandela, 94, in Intensive Care

    PRETORIA, South Africa – Nelson Mandela is intensive care as he recovers from a recurring lung infection. The 94-year-old former president and civil rights leader remains in serious but stable condition, according to President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj. “President Zuma reiterates his call to for South Africa to pray for Madiba (Mandela) and his family at this time,” Maharaj…

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  • Pitiful moment for South Africa

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – THE GOVERNMENT of South Africa has found itself in an embarrassing position after having felt compelled to postpone a posthumous conferment of its highest national honour, the Oliver Tambo Award, on Guyana’s late president, Forbes Burnham. The Tambo Award is normally conferred on outstanding foreign personalities for their contributions in helping to bring about the…

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  • South Africa wants to widen relationship with Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – South Africa is seeking to widen its relationship with Jamaica under a cooperation agreement dating back to 2009, the country’s ambassador Mathu Joyini has said. “The one thing that Jamaica does particularly well is sports from the school level. It is something that we can learn,” she said, noting that the 2009 accord encouraged co-operation, as…

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