‘The world order has changed’

Published 07 December, by an ANA reporter  

Cape Town – The world order has changed and it was time to take hands and chart a common destiny.

This was one of the central themes to emerge from a seminar held in Cape Town on Thursday under the twin headings Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping: the Governance of China II Book Review.

Speaking at the event, National Assembly House chairperson, Cedric Frolick, lauded the relationship between China and Africa in a changing global environment and the “visionary” leadership approach by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Whoever thought those who claimed to be the protectors of democracy and freedom in the world now find themselves on the other side,” he said.

“The world order has changed and it is time to take hands and chart a common destiny.”

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian said South Africa and China are united by a shared philosophy, with his country striving to promote social fairness and justice and to win the battle against poverty.

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Finland is a country that SA should emulate

Published  06 December 2017, by Helmo Preuss, Helsinki

JOHANNESBURG – Finland has a population of only 5.5million people or less than the combined populations of Cape Town and Pretoria with a land area of 338145km².

That’s about 90percent of the Northern Cape’s land area, or just over a quarter of South Africa’s land area, yet its economy is only 22 percent smaller than South Africa’s. This means its per capita income of $42300 (R570000) is more than triple South Africa’s.

Being three times richer was not due to nature’s bounty – Finland doesn’t have major oil deposits as Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia or the US do – but a highly educated workforce that resulted in one Finnish company, Nokia, dominating global cellphone sales in the late 1990s.

The workforce starts with teacher selection and training. The teacher training colleges pick the cream of the crop through a rigorous selection policy of only choosing student teachers from the top 10th percentile of school graduates, which is then followed by a rigorous and lengthy theoretical and practical training. There is also intensive mentoring in early professional life so that the novices learn the tricks of the trade early on and are not left to flounder without support.

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Line-up for 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Fest named

Published 28 November 2017, by staff reporter

Cape Town – Corinne Bailey Rae has been named among the headline international acts of the 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival taking place on March 23 and 24, 2018, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Seu Jorge, whose Portuguese covers of David Bowie’s songs got global recognition in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zisou, will also be among the top international acts.

Some of South Africa’s best performance talent will also be on show.

Local fusion sensation Mi Casa is also in the line-up for the 2018 festival, along with veteran Cape Town performer Alistair Izobell.

Cape Town’s Claire Phillips and Jarrad Ricketts, crowned the espYoungLegend 2018 winner, will up the game with a dynamic showcase.

Sekunjalo Edujazz Band will also be on hand to deliver their impressive interpretation of evergreen standards and local classics. Helmed by new director Kelly Bell, the ensemble’s varied playlist includes numerous memorable highlights.

Independent Media’s group executive for marketing and communication, Lutfia Vayej, said the sustainable training and development programmes, job creation opportunities and the promotion of local talent and artists on the African continent, are in line with Independent Media’s empowerment and development objectives and the key reason for the company’s sponsorship of the festival once again.

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