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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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"I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me." 
Kwame Nkrumah

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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South Africa condemns the suspected terrorist attack in the United Kingdom
The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning what appears to be a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in Manchester on Monday, 22 May 2017, resulting in the unfortunate deaths and injuries of numerous children and youths.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

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Comedy of errors

A man checked into a hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send a mail to his wife. He accidentally typed the wrong email address, and without realizing he sent the mail to a widow who has just returned from her husband's funeral. The widow decided to check her mail, expecting condolence messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message she fainted. The son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor and saw the computer screen which read:

'to my loving wife, i know you are surprised to hear from me, they have computers here and we are allowed to send mails to loved ones. I 've just been checked in. How are you and the kids? The place is really nice but am lonely here. I have made necessary arrangement for your arrival tomorrow. Expecting you darling. I can't wait to see you.'

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The South African Embassy in Ankara has great pleasure in welcoming the new Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Mr Pule Isaac Malefane and his family.

Ambassador Malefane presented his letter of credence to the President of the Republic of Turkey, H. E. Mr Recep Tayyib Erdogan, at a reception at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on 22 March 2016. Ambassador Malefane previously served as the Consulate General of South Africa in Mumbai, India. Ambassador Malefane also, as part of the presentation of his letter of credence ceremony, laid a wreath at the Aniktkabir, the monument where the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, is buried on 24 March 2016.

In 2016 South Africa celebrates its 22nd year of Freedom and Democracy. During this time South Africa has focussed on addressing the inequalities of the past. The focus of South Africa’s endeavours on a regional and global level is also to work together with the international community to make life better for Africa and the world through enhancing the African Agenda and Sustainable Development and strengthening its relations with all countries. South Africa continues to face the challenges of development and South Africa’s government will continue to address these to achieve the aim of making life better for all South Africans and those who live in it.

South Africa also plays a very active role on the international stage. It is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) emerging market groups as well as the United Nations and other international organisations.

South Africa is committed to multilateralism and a rules-based international order and to this end promotes global security, sustainable development, human rights and international law through participation in the UN system and its specialised agencies. South Africa further upholds the belief that the resolution of international conflicts should be peaceful and in accordance with the principles of international law.

South Africa’s relations with Turkey has traditionally been strong and South Africa will continue to focus on strengthening relations with this important regional and global player, both in the Middle East region and in the G20 Group of Countries amongst other international fora. There are growing opportunities for Turkish companies and professionals to contribute to the strengthening of these relations between our two countries.

We are confident that Ambassador Malefane will successfully lead the South African Embassy in Ankara in implementing the policies of the South African government and look forward to working with him during his term of duty in Turkey.