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Sanctions? What sanctions? That appears to be the question Russians are asking

Sanctions? What sanctions? That appears to be the question Russians are asking

WESTERN sanctions against Russia were supposed to have brought the Vladimir Putin regime to its knees by now, yet by all accounts, the question in the uppermost mind of the Russian leadership is: What sanctions? State-owned entity Gazprom, Russia’s global gas supplier - has baulked the bleak market outlook as they marked the month of June by announcing record high dividends on its stock for 2021. This amounted to 1.24 trillion rubles, or USD $20.7 billion US dollars. Also this month, Gazprom announced that it has immediately halted gas supplies to two more customers in Europe after both had declined…
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The silence over Ukraine’s appeal for landmines expose the truth about our growing unipolar world

The silence over Ukraine’s appeal for landmines expose the truth about our growing unipolar world

Abbey Makoe ON March 04, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Oleksii Reznikov, issued a broad memo to the “friends and partners” of Ukraine, urging them to supply more arms for use against Russia in the ongoing conflict. According to the signed memo in possession of African Mirror, Reznikov wrote under the heading “to whom it may concern”. He wrote: “At this time, Ukraine needs maximum practical assistance from its friends and partners.” He explained further: “There is a permanent need in stocks replenishment of air defence (Stingers), anti-tank (Javelins, NLAW, etc) landmines and personal protection (body armours and helmets) assets,…
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China donates to victims of KZN floods

China donates to victims of KZN floods

ABBEY MAKOE THE Chinese government has become the latest in the growing list of philanthropists assisting with the reconstruction of lives and properties in KwaZulu-Natal following the recent deadly floods. The ambassador of China in South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, yesterday (Wed) announced a donation of R1m to the relief aid for KZN. “China shares the feelings of South Africans that are suffering from the disaster,” Ambassador Chen said during the ceremony held at their embassy in Pretoria. “Floods are merciless and it takes solidarity to emerge from them,” he added.  Ambassador Chen further undertook to mobilise the Chinese businesses and…
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The rise of the Chinese tiger has placed it in pole position to lead the world

The rise of the Chinese tiger has placed it in pole position to lead the world

ABBEY MAKOE THE People’s Republic of China recently celebrated the dawn of their New Year – dubbed the “Year of the Tiger” amid fanfare but less pomp and ceremony due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions that bar the assembly of large crowds. The tiger symbolizes strength, bravery and independence. Various heads of State, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, sent well-wishes to President Xi Jinping on behalf of the more than one billion Chinese people who observed Chinese New Year 2022. In a statement President Ramaphosa said: “South Africa is grateful to the People’s Republic of China for its support throughout the…
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FOCAC 2021 to “inject new impetus into the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership”

FOCAC 2021 to “inject new impetus into the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership”

ABBEY MAKOE IN just under three weeks, from 29-30 November to be exact, the entire African continent will converge on Dakar, Senekal, for the much-anticipated 8th edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Hosted alternately in Beijing and major African capitals, the triennial high-level forum has become a never-to-miss event that attracts virtually all the African heads of state, bar Eswatini, which is unwelcomed due to its continued recognition of Taiwan.  The first official FOCAC was held in Beijing in 2006 after two major ministerial conferences in Beijing in 2000 and Addis Ababa in 2003. The theme for this…
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Strengthening the Pan-African Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

Strengthening the Pan-African Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

 ABBEY MAKOE Abbey Makoe FROM tomorrow, 5th – 8th October, the much-anticipated “Biennale of Luanda” will be held in Angola. Described as the “Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace”, the Biennale of Luanda is a joint initiative of the African Union (AU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the government of Angola. The gathering that sits every two years seeks to map out a consensus through which to implement a “Plan of Action for a Culture of Peace in Africa - Make Peace Happen”, which was adopted in March 2013 in the Angolan capital Luanda during the Pan-African…
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Keep the politics out of scientific pursuit for COVID-19 origin

Keep the politics out of scientific pursuit for COVID-19 origin

ABBEY MAKOE LEADING political elites in South Africa have joined a chorus of global scientists by expressing public support for the People’s Republic of China’s efforts to keep politics out of the Covid-19 origin-tracing studies. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) in a joint study with the Chinese health authorities launched a 34-member team of experts from around the world to investigate the actual origins of SARS-Cov-2. The study followed repeated unsubstantiated claims in some sections of the Western media that the Covid-19 virus first emerged through a leak in a Wuhan laboratory in China. In March this year, the joint…
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SA Finance Minister lambasted for silence on sugar tax

SA Finance Minister lambasted for silence on sugar tax

ABBEY MAKOE HEALTHY Living Alliance (HEALA), the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI), which is a health and social behaviour change and communication organisation have, together with their partners, lambasted finance minister Enoch Godongwana’s silence about their repeated calls to hike the so-called “sugar tax”. Food Policy Project manager at the CCI, Selaelo Mabela, says: “We are determined to continuously raise awareness and consciousness about the food that we eat and the ingredients contained therein. We undertake this work as part of our endeavour to push back the frontiers of hunger and poverty across the length and breadth of our inequity-riddled…
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