Month: October 2017

Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, 
Mr Solly Msimanga.

‘Democracy’, a term inherited from the ancient Greeks, is alive in Africa. South Africa, specifically, proved this during the 2016 local government election. Embassy Direct gets the opportunity to sit down with the opposition-led Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Mr Solly Tshepiso Msimanga. Embassy Direct: Executive Mayor, you have the great challenge of being the first Mayor of the opposition elected in the Capital City since democracy in 1994. How would describe your posting, and what have been the challenges thus far? Mayor S Msimanga: Thank you very much. One of the greatest things we can celebrate...

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THE SEED THIEF, Jacqui L’Ange

Cape Town based author Jacqui L’Ange publishes her debut novel The Seed Thief to great acclaim. Over the last twenty years, Jacqui’s award-winning writing career has spanned advertising, journalism, multimedia, film and television series, but has recently found its way back to her first love of books. The Seed Thief, published by Umuzi in August 2015, tells the tale of Botanist Maddy Bellani’s quest to find a rare seed in Brazil. This ‘entrancing’ novel is described as ‘a modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from the flora of Table Mountain to the heart of...

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H. E. Cheryl Spencer, Republic of Jamaica

Many might say that MI6 007 agent James Bond was born at Skyfall, Scotland, but they would be wrong. He was born in Jamaica, from the pen of Ian Fleming at his retreat Goldeneye. Embassy Direct sits down with Her Excellency Cheryl Spencer, High Commissioner of the Republic of Jamaica to South Africa. Excellency, thank you for joining us here today. H.E. Cheryl Spencer: Thank you for having me. Embassy Direct: Excellency, as Jamaican High Commissioner to South Africa, how has your diplomatic tour been thus far? Are there moments that stand out? I am accredited to 19 countries...

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H. E. Arthur Lenk, Israel

Embassy Direct: Excellency, as Ambassador of Israel accredited to three countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland), how would you describe your diplomatic tour in the region? Are there any specific moments or events that have stood out? H. E. A Lenk: I’m lucky, I’m blessed. I get paid to live in Southern Africa, to experience what is going on here, to meet nice people, talk about my country, and help build relations, whether in business or people-to-people ties. When I have to go to Cape Town, other people have to get Visas and travel far to...

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Actor, 
Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Africa is taking Hollywood by storm. Actors, directors, from all over the continent, including the likes of Djimon Hounsou, South Africans such as Sharlto Copley and Charlize Theron, and from Nigeria David Olowayo, and Idris Elba. We have another African talent with us today, Hakeem Kae-Kazim. Hakeem Kae-Kazim: It’s a real pleasure, I’m glad to be here. Embassy Direct: Your career started academically in the UK, with a background in Shakespeare. Talk to us about your initiation into the world of drama. In the UK there was a summer holiday program at the National Youth Theatre. From about the...

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