South Africa and Jamaica Celebrate 20 Years of Diplomatic Relations

first_imgRelatedRegional Procurement System To Be Established RelatedClowns Without Borders for Therapy Workshops South Africa and Jamaica Celebrate 20 Years of Diplomatic Relations Foreign AffairsSeptember 11, 2014Written by: Jongikhaya Rabe RelatedGovt. Commended for Response to Crash of Aircraft Story HighlightsThe Republic of South Africa is celebrating 20 years of Freedom and Democracy during 2014 and this year also marks 20 Years of Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Jamaica. Jamaica played a crucial role in pressing the international community to limit foreign trade and investment in South Africa.The South African High Commission is pleased to announce that, in celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and 20 years of Diplomatic Relations, several events will be hosted in Jamaica.center_img The Republic of South Africa is celebrating 20 years of Freedom and Democracy during 2014 and this year also marks 20 Years of Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Jamaica.From the very earliest days of the international campaign against apartheid, Jamaica played a crucial role in pressing the international community to limit foreign trade and investment in South Africa, with a view to creating economic dislocation which, coupled with the internal struggles of South Africans, would lead to the dismantling of apartheid. Jamaica was amongst the first countries to declare a trade embargo against apartheid SA as early as 1957. This culminated into the momentous occasion in April 1994 when national elections were held on the principle of ‘one man one vote’ and Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected President of South Africa.A Jamaican with a long record of service in the United Nations, Angela King, was head of the United Nations observer team which monitored those historic elections.Two eminent Jamaicans have received one of South Africa’s highest honours, The Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo.Prime Minister Michael Manley was posthumously awarded South Africa’s Order of the Companions of Oliver Reginald Tambo (Gold Award) on 16 June 2004 for promoting the interests and aspirations of the Republic of South Africa at the higher levels through excellent cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support. In 1978, Michael Manley, while still Prime Minister, was among a group of eminent persons awarded the UN gold medal for distinguished service in the struggle against apartheid.  He subsequently led the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa in 1992 and 1993 and again in 1994 to observe the first democratic elections.Prime Minister PJ Patterson was also presented with the Order of the Companions of Oliver Reginald Tambo (Gold Award) on 27 April 2013.  PJ Patterson is among eight foreign leaders whom the government of South Africa recognizes as having played a significant part in the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa through lobbying the international community to take a stand against the oppression of South African people prior to 1994.The award is named after South Africa’s national hero and icon, former African National Congress (ANC) President Oliver Reginald Tambo. Establishment of Diplomatic RelationsJamaica and South Africa established diplomatic relations on the 9th of September 1994, five months following the historic free and democratic elections, a testament to the enduring ties of friendship between the peoples of South Africa and Jamaica.In 1999, South Africa appointed Ambassador T Luthuli-Gcabashe as first non-resident High Commissioner to Jamaica and the rest of CARICOM with residence in Caracas, Venezuela, while High Commissioner TH Chiliza based in Kingston assumed duties as the first resident High Commissioner in October 2000. The incumbent South African High Commissioner is Ms Mathu T Joyini, having presented her credentials in December 2010.Jamaica opened its High Commission in Pretoria in October 2006. In January 2009, Jamaica appointed H.E. Audley Rodriques as Jamaica’s first resident High Commissioner to South Africa.  Jamaica’s High Commission is currently headed by a Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in anticipation of the imminent appointment of the High Commissioner-designate to succeed the previous High Commissioner, H.E. Ms Norma Taylor-Roberts, who recently completed her term in office.At the conclusion of his 2012 state visit to Jamaica, President Jacob Zuma said, amongst others, that: “South Africa would like to see increased volumes of trade and investment between the two countries. We are committed to encourage and facilitate South African companies doing business in Jamaica, resulting in the steady growth in trade and investment between our two countries. In the same vein, both countries agreed to encourage people-to-people contacts through cultural, scientific and educational exchange programmes and tourism…. We agreed that several other agreements under negotiation must translate into stronger economic, social and developmental relations between our two countries. South Africa recommitted to continue to work together and to support Jamaica and the Caribbean Community, and to voice their interest in fora where they do not have a voice, e.g. G8 and G20.” Link to the 2012 State Visit http://www.dirco.gov.za/docs/2012/jama0807.htmlThe South African High Commission is pleased to announce that, in celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and 20 years of Diplomatic Relations, the following events will be hosted in Jamaica:An official Reception on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.  In attendance will be Government representatives, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, Business Leaders, Friends of South Africa and South Africans in Jamaica.A Public Concert on Friday, 12 September 2014 at the Emancipation Park commencing at 6pm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Georgia Ports Authority invest in RCC paving project

first_imgA Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) surface will be laid at the gateway, which is more suitable for heavy traffic and loads endured by paved surfaces at shipping terminals. GPA has committed just under USD5 million to the high-density paving project.According to Curtis Foltz, executive director, GPA, “This project will provide greater capacity in moving oversized roll-on/roll off cargo at Ocean Terminal.”www.gaports.comlast_img

Judge blasts MoJ’s ‘systemic failure’ over Crown court backlog

first_imgA Crown court judge has accused the government of ‘systemic failure’ for not conducting trials in a reasonable time.Judge Keith Raynor, at Woolwich Crown Court, refused to further extend the custody time limit for a teenager who had been held in prison waiting for his trial for 321 days.In a damning ruling, he slammed the government’s failure to fund the criminal justice system adequately and the Ministry of Justice’ slow response to the coronavirus crisis. Judge Raynor said the government had ‘failed to organise its legal system’ to allow the courts to comply with human rights law by ensuring that trials of defendants remanded in custody are dealt with in a reasonable time.The judge said a package of measures announced at the weekend – to allow suspects to be held in custody for up to eight months before trial, install plexi-glass to divide jurors and open eight more extra ‘Nightingale’ courts – have no ‘realistic prospect’ of reducing the backlog of criminal cases.More than 43,000 cases are awaiting trial in the Crown court, up from 37,500 before the lockdown. Tesfa Young-Williams, 19, was arrested in October 2019 and charged with drugs offences. He has been held in custody for 321 days, which is 139 days longer than the usual 182-day limit and 83 days longer than the extended 238 days.Judge Raynor said: ‘He is innocent until proven guilty. That is at the forefront of my mind.’  He said neither the lack of available courtrooms to hear jury trials nor the ‘lack of money provided by parliament to provide sufficient space for trials to be conducted’ presented a good enough reason to further extend the custody time limit in this case.Young-Williams remains in custody in connection with other alleged offences.This is the second time that Judge Raynor has refused to extend a custody time limit.In a highly unusual remark, he appeared to suggest that the senior presiding judge, Lady Justice Thirlwall, had attempted to interfere with certain judges’ ability to hear time limit applications. He said on 12 August he received an email indicating that the senior presiding judge had decided that all contested  extension applications should be heard by members of a small panel of judges. Lady Justice Thirwall declined to comment. Paul Keleher, QC, acting for Young-Williams, told the Gazette: “The criminal justice system was on its knees as a result of budget cuts before Covid-19 struck. The judgment sets out in great detail, with a larger body of supporting evidence, why the judge has been forced to come to his decision – because the government’s response to Covid has been wholly inadequate.’last_img read more

Berry becomes program leader at pregnancy center

first_imgBecoming the program leader at The Pregnancy Help seemed like the perfect opportunity for April Ray Berry. It allowed her to do two things that are close to her heart- teach and hold babies.Around eight weeks ago, Berry, a Stinking Creek native, assumed the role of program leader for the center that is devoted to expectant and new mothers.Berry had previously worked in the living skills program at Campbell County High School. The skill set she applied in that program made for an easy transition into her new role.“This job allows me to do everything I love and I get to hold babies,” she said smiling,Since undertaking the position, Berry has been seeing six clients a day, teaching them about pre and post natal care. While The Pregnancy Help Center has a client base of around 50 participants Berry would like to see the program expand in terms of participants and volunteers.“I want to see this program to grow and be just as big as the Lord will let it get,” she said.At the center, those who are expecting, or have a child younger than two years old, are privy to classes that cover a multitude of topics. Expectant mothers are given information about their pregnancy and what to anticipate during labor and delivery, according to Berry. The other classes are centered on developmental milestones and raising the child.As the women complete goals within the program, they are given baby bucks. These bucks can be used to purchase new items at The Pregnancy Center store. The women can buy anything from new baby clothes to a new crib with the rewards earned in the program.Ginnie Miceli (left) and April Berry (right) are two welcoming faces at the Pregnancy Center.Recently the additional topics of building positive partnerships, money management and how to apply for a job have been added, Berry said.Volunteers are trained by the staff and given the opportunity to shadow the experienced volunteers, she said.The program is open to any woman who is pregnant or has a child six months of age or younger. It is not income based and although it is run by Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, is not faith based.Women can refer themselves to the program but the majority of referrals comes from the area health departments and word of mouth, Berry said.Call 437-3416 for more information on the program or to volunteer.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/13/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more