Genocide Survivors Veronica Phillips and Tracey Class at the Remembrance Day event in Johannesburg. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day which falls annually on January 27, leading Jewish Historian Professor Dina Porat had profound words for her audiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – “Never be a Perpetrator, a By-stander or a Victim”.
Professor Porat, Head of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University was speaking at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg where dozens of guests among them five genocide survivors gathered, to commemorate the Day. She led a discourse on the history of the Holocaust, quoting well know historians, authors and poets. Continue reading
UN in South Activities
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a global memorial day on 27 January in honour of the victims of the genocide in which an estimated 6 million Jews and others were killed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 1 November 2005.
The event is commemorated annually by the UN. This year, a number of activities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town are planned to mark the day. Continue reading
Ms. Jane J Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park delivering a welcome statement. Photo: IOM
South Africans and the migrant community came together on the evening of December 17 at Freedom Park in Pretoria, to commemorate International Migrants Day which is observed annually on 18th December.
The occasion was marked by a screening of a documentary produced by Aljazeera Television, entitled “African Migrants –what’s driving them to the European Union”. The documentary explores, through first-hand accounts, why thousands of Africans put their lives at risk as they go on a boat journey in search of what they think would be a better and easier living. It is a journey that begins with hope, but often ends in despair. Continue reading
Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur during the press conference. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
The UN Special Rapporteur on the causes of violence against Women in South Africa, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović today released her preliminary findings at a Press Conference in Pretoria. Ms Šimonović’s report commends the South Africa constitution which guarantees human rights through laws such as the domestic violence and sexual offenses act, but said that the scars from the violence of Apartheid still resonate in the country’s social fabric dominated by deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes towards the role of women, which makes violence against women and children an almost accepted phenomenon.
Ms Šimonović said her visit to shelters and a detention centre for migrants, where she met with individual victims of gender-based violence revealed stories which made her believe that the women were actually victors not survivors of violence because of their focus on empowerment and the way forward. Continue reading
Khumbalani Fredrik Ngubane who is stateless in South Africa delivers the key note address at the launch of a photo exhibit at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the 1st anniversary of the Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Photo: UNHCR/G. Bruininkx
24 November 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa – With tears streaming down his face Khumbulani Frederik Ngubane bravely shared the harrowing details of being stateless in South Africa with an audience moved by his story, on the occasion to mark the first anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.
Born in South Africa to South African parents – a Zulu father and Xhosa mother – Ngubane has never been recognised as South African citizen having spent most of his childhood abroad. After his father died, Ngubane’s mother took him to Kenya when he was three years old. When he was ten, his mother passed away. He was then taken to Uganda by a family friend. When she died, Ngubane decided it was time to trace his South African roots. Continue reading
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka cutting the ribbon. Photo: UN Women
Johannesburg, South Africa — On December 1st, 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, visited her home country of South Africa, of which she is also former Deputy President.
Coinciding with World Aids Day and 16 Days of Activism, the UN Women Executive Director’s visit was a brightly coloured one, with orange, red and white (the South African Department in Women’s colour for ending violence against women), the palette for the morning’s activities. Continue reading
From Left to Right: Steve Letsike, Deputy Chair of SANAC; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health in Health, South Africa; Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: UNAIDS
DURBAN/GENEVA, 1 December 2015—On World AIDS Day 2015, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, has said that countries are on a countdown to ending their AIDS epidemics and that if swift and effective action is taken over the next five years, one by one they will break their epidemics so that they cannot rebound.
Mr Sidibé made the remarks as he joined the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at South Africa’s national World AIDS Day event, which was held in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province on 1 December.
Introduced by Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health of South Africa, Mr Ramaphosa reflected on what World AIDS Day means to him: celebrating the courage of people living with HIV, evaluating the progress―or lack thereof―of the national AIDS response, recognizing partners and recommitting to the goal an HIV-free generation. Continue reading
Honourable guests sitted before the screening began. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
On 26th November 2015 hundreds of South Africans and Palestinians came together to commemorate International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at Brooklyn Ster-Kinekor Cinema in Pretoria.
The occasion was marked by the screening of the film “Roadmap to Apartheid”, a historical documentation of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as draws parallels with the situation in the State of Palestine.
The event was a joint collaboration between the UN information Centre in Pretoria, the Departments of Arts and Culture, and International Relations Cooperation (DIRCO) and the Embassy of Palestine. Continue reading
Guests at the launch of the Edgars UNiTE campaign in partnership with UN Women SAMCO. UN Photo
From the economic capital of Johannesburg, to Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city, UN Women SAMCO painted South Africa orange in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism.
In Johannesburg, activities started in the morning, as UN Women SAMCO joined forces with Edcon – South Africa’s largest non-food retailer, and the group of which clothing retailer Edgars is a part – to launch the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women, and Edgars’ own campaign, EDgars UNiTE, turning everything orange in their wake. Continue reading
Madzusi M Masala, Project Manager, Mutshedzi Walk-in Centre interviewed by SABC2 at the Lunch of the UN Library Corner in Dzanani Township, Makhado, Limpopo Province on 10 November 2015. Photo: UNIC Pretoria
Residents of the remote township of Dzanani in Makhado in South Africa’s Limpopo Province recently got a boost, with the establishment of a new Resource Centre in their area. UNIC Pretoria visited the township to launch a new UN information corner.
Mutshedzi Foundation walk-in service resource centre hosted the event which was attended by various members of the community including school children and the media. Guests toured the Centre and viewed the display of 800 information products donated by the United Nations including publications, posters, text books, novels, audio and video material. Continue reading