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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada


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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.


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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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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.

This has been further complemented through his own professional training in this period, which has included extensive training in financial management, corporate governance, leadership, project management, policy formulation and monitoring and evaluation. Training that has been undertaken through accredited institutions, such as Pennsylvania University in the USA, Stellenbosch and University of South Africa.

His current appointment as Ambassador of South Africa to Turkey, by President Jacob Zuma, (2015) is focused around strengthening the economic and political relations. This will require building more connections in the government and private sector that will facilitate a growing dynamic. With a well-established political framework in place, the goal is to harness that relationship such that it breeds a stronger government to government working relationship.

It is anticipated that this proximity will see growth in investment and trade as well as new avenues of business emerging. Ambassador Malefane is also encouraged by the Turkey’s desire to engage more with Africa and hopes to develop mutually beneficial trade as a result of this interaction. This he sees as adding value to the continental and international agenda of peace, freedom, prosperity and dignity.

On a more personal note, he is a sports enthusiast and derives his support and inspiration from his wife and family, and most of all, from the prospect of being part of a progressive South Africa-Turkey narrative.

His mantra is “the vision of a just and equitable world, through the promotion of South Africa’s national interests and values to create a better world”.