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MANDELA CENTENARY EXHIBITION - SOUTHBANK CENTER, LONDON

A free Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition will run at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 17th July – 19th August 2018.

Jointly presented by the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives in the UK, the Apartheid Museum in South Africa and Southbank Centre, the exhibition follows the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) through 6 themes – Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman.

The exhibition is free and will be accompanied by a series of associated events and activities including an opening panel debate, film screenings, a children’s trail and more. The full calendar of events will be announced shortly, to ensure you don’t miss out on any information sign-up to our monthly e-updates.

For more information follow @Mandela100UK on Twitter and Facebook, search #Mandela100UK or visit Southbank Centre’s website.

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA FOLLOWING THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The United Nations General Assembly has today, Friday, 8 June 2018, elected South Africa to serve in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 as a non-permanent member. This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges.

We express our unreserved gratitude and appreciation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that nominated us and our continental body, the African Union (AU), that endorsed our candidature.

The overwhelming support South Africa received from members of the United Nations is significant in the year of the centenary of the birth of our global icon and the founding father of our nation, President Nelson Mandela. This election comes after a unanimous resolution by members of the United Nations to convene a Global Peace Summit in honour of President Mandela to be held in September 2018.

South Africa will use its membership of the United Nations Security Council in 2019 and 2020 to advance the interests of Africa, particularly the priorities of the the African Union Agenda 2063.

South Africa’s tenure will be guided by our commitment to resolve regional, global and international conflicts and promote inclusive growth as part of the effort to ensure a better Africa in a better world. We are committed to addressing the root causes of conflict, including inequality and underdevelopment, and promoting inclusive political dialogue.

South Africa remains deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to the International rules-based system. South Africa reaffirms the centrality of the United Nations Charter and the primacy of the United Nations Security Council on issues of international peace and security.

We reaffirm our commitment to enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security. This will include the strengthening of effective partnerships between the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council. We reaffirm our commitment to the peaceful 

OUT OF COUNTRY REGISTRATION - INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION

Registration out of country will take place at all Embassies, Consulates-General and High Commissions as designated on the DIRCO website.

Citizens can check whether they are registered on the voters’ roll via the website of the Electoral Commission (EC) at www.elections.org.za

If registered inside South Africa then it is not necessary to register again abroad.

In order to be eligible to vote abroad, the voter will have to inform the Chief Electoral Officer via the completion of an online VEC10 of their intention to vote outside of the country. The online VEC10 will only be available on the website at www.elections.org.za  from the date that the NPE2019 election is proclaimed, for a 15 day period.

                Requirement for Registration

The following are needed for the voter to register abroad:   

The period for registration abroad/out of country is open until the proclamation of the NPE 2019 election. There may be a registration weekend that will be announced for South African citizens abroad.

                                    VACANT POST

Senior Secretary in the Office of the High Commissioner

Starting Salary:  £23,677 - £28,850

(Notch dependent on schooling and previous work experience)                                                           

Working Hours:  Monday to Friday from 08h30 – 17h00 with lunch from 13h00 – 13h45 (Excluding public holidays)

 A copy of the Duty Sheet for this position will be forwarded to interested applicants on receipt of an Email addressed to joubertam@dirco.gov.za

Requirements:  A minimum of 12 years schooling with completion of a  one or two year Secretarial Diploma/Certificate PLUS a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a secretary, typist or related field with proficient computer knowledge  and skills 

Supporting Documents: Applicants are required to submit their full Curriculum Vitae (with a daytime contact number), accompanied by a covering letter, confirming their working status in the UK (right to work in the UK) and original or certified copies of their schooling certificates and further educational certificates (if any) and work references (letters from previous employers)

NB:  All supporting documents to be submitted.  Applications with no certified copies of schooling certificates and letters of work references will not receive attention.

The appointment of the successful candidate is subject to the submission of the mentioned original schooling certificates and letters of work experience.

Competencies:   

· Energetic and confident person who can work under pressure, is a team player and has excellent public relations skills

· Good interpersonal skills

· Knowledge of South Africa and advantage

· Proficiency in English (spoken and written)

· Ability to work independently

All the applications should be forwarded to the Third Secretary (Corporate Services), South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, LONDON, WC2N 5DP. 

Queries to Ms P Mnyakeni, mnyakenip@dirco.gov.za  and copied to Ms L de Jong, dejongl@dirco.gov.za

The High Commission is only able to appoint applicants who are permitted to work in the UK. This excludes those on Commonwealth and Student Visas.

Closing date:   25 June 2018

OUTCOMES OF COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING IN LONDON 2018

Commonwealth Heads of Government met in the United Kingdom from 19 to 20 April 2018 and discussed how the Commonwealth can contribute to a future which is fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous.

Given that 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s population are under the age of 30, Heads of Government affirmed that youth empowerment, as well as gender equality, are critical in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the aspirations of the Commonwealth Charter.

Considering that small states constitute over 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s membership, Heads of Government recognised that the Commonwealth has always been a strong advocate for the causes of small states, and has consistently raised international awareness of their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads recognised that the strength of the Commonwealth lay in the collaboration among its member countries, people-to-people organisations and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

In this context, Heads of Government made the following political commitments and agreed to these practical actions. 

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué “Towards a Common Future”

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Leaders’ Statement 2018

The fifty-three member countries of the Commonwealth met at Windsor Castle on 20 April, 2018, at the generous invitation of Her Majesty The Queen.  As Her Majesty enters her seventh decade as Head of the Commonwealth, CHOGM leaders’ statement put on record their continuing gratitude for the duty and commitment Her Majesty has shown to all members of the Commonwealth over those decades.  Heads of Government recognised the role of The Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples. The next Head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Leaders’ Statement 2018

Declaration on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment

Commonwealth Blue Charter         

The Nelson Mandela statue on London’s Parliament Square, a wonderful tribute from the City of London to South Africa’s iconic freedom fighter and first democratic president, symbolises our mutual friendship and respect. Mandela speech to the Palace of Westminster, 11 July, 1996.

         PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OBSERVED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON - 2018

      DATE

     DAY

     HOLIDAY

1 January

Monday

New Year’s Day

21 March

Wednesday

Human Rights Day

30 March

Friday

Good Friday

                                               

2 April  

Monday                              

Family Day

1 May   

Tuesday

Workers Day

 

7 May

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday

28 May

Monday

Spring Bank Holiday

9 August

Thursday

National Women’s Day

27 August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

24 September

Monday

Heritage Day

25 December

Tuesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Wednesday

Day of Goodwill