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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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“IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE GIVE BUT HOW LOVE WE PUT INTO GIVING”
MOTHER TERESA

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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The Republic of Turkey declared a 3 months state of emergency all over the country on 20 July 2016.

African Union decision to have Pan African visa for all Africans by 2018.


RIDDLES!

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WANT A DAY OFF WORK!

So you want a day off, Let’s take a look at what you are asking for.
There are 365 days per year available for work. 
There a 52 weeks per year in which you have already have 2 days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work.
Since you spend 16 hours each day away from work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available.
You spend 30 minutes each day on tea/coffee breaks which counts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available.
With 1 hour lunch break each day, you used up another 46 days, leaving only 22 days available for work.
You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave and this leaves only 20 days per year available for work.
We are all off 5 days a year, so your available working time is down to 15 days.
We generously give 14 days vacation leave per year which leaves you with only 1 day available for work.
I WILL BE DAMNED IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT DAY OFF!

Home Embassy Head of Mission
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Pule Isaac Malefane was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in the working class community of Meadowlands, Ambassador became active in student politics during the 1980’s. Although, necessity required him to enter the workforce when finishing, the spirit of political activism continued as he became involved with union politics when working for the now defunct ‘Black Local Authority’.

Young Pule had a natural feel for leadership and public duty rising quickly through the ranks becoming a shop steward at work, whilst also being active within the community. This progression resulted in him leading the local branch of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). As South Africa began to move towards democracy in the early 1990’s, Ambassador Malefane began to fulfil roles throughout the Tripartite Alliance (the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and COSATU), fulfilling roles within the local and provincial executive committee structures. Ultimately, this led to the holding of public office in South Africa’s first democratic government as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature from 1994.

Ambassador Malefane has continued to serve the people of South Africa in varying capacities since that initial appointment; including as the Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer at the Gauteng Tourism Authority. He was also previously, South Africa’s Consul General in Mumbai, India – serving as the Dean of the Consular corps – before being appointed as the Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.  The experience developed during his life has taught him a keen understanding of what is required in leadership and managerial roles.