Author: Kay Mackenzie

Women in Diplomacy | Liubov Abravitova

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of South Africa since April 14, 2020, to the Republic of Mozambique since September 2021, to the Republic of Botswana since October 2021. ChargΓ© d’affaire of Ukraine to the RSA since August 31, 2019. Prior to this, Liubov Abravitova assumed her role as Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine in Pretoria in January 2017. Earlier, she served as the Counsellor of the Middle East and Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Ms. Abravitova entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in March 2003. Her overseas...

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

Thirty years ago, I celebrated for the first time, the birth of Singapore as a sovereign country. As I have mentioned in a past article, I spent the 1990s in this South East Asian Island. It changed my life, in many ways, pretty much. I got married here and have a beautiful and intelligent Singaporean daughter, very proud of both of her ancestral roots. I call myself a citizen of the world, but am mostly Panamanian, Singaporean and South African. The multicultural factor of these three nations is their common denominator. In Singapore I started my own family and...

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Peruvian National Day Celebration

On Thursday, 28th of July, Embassy Direct was invited to join the celebrations of the Peruvian National Day at the Ambassador’s Official Residence. His Excellency, Mr. Jorge Rubio, received a number of guests fromΒ  the foreign diplomatic community, South African government representatives and members of the local business sector.We were treated to Peruvian delights like ceviche and pisco sour. Peruvian cuisine has become one ofΒ  the main flag gastronomic expressions of South American culture, so we were honored to taste the delicious dishes and drinks served to the guests during the event. During his ceremonial speech, Ambassador Rubio highlighted...

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Impilo Collection Foundation | EBC & Island Peak 2022

Since 2020, Impilo Collection Foundation has been waging a war against the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV), through the #EmpowerHer campaign, which involved the collection, display and distribution of πŸ” 𝟐𝟎𝟎 π›π«πšπ¬ to vulnerable women (and GBV victims). Impilo CEO, Angela Yeung, has decided to climb Everest base camp and Island Peak πŸ” 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝐦 to echo the mountain of struggles that women face. Partnering with Summits with a Purpose and the intention behind the climb is to raise funds to build educational centre to uplift young women who have suffered the inhumanity of GBV, a fight that Impilo Collection...

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Nedbank Heads of Missions & Diplomats

Last Thursday, the 21st of July, Embassy Direct hosted another networking lunch between foreign diplomats and members of the South African business community at the Apogee Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, with the sponsorship of Nedbank. As usual, this time the ambassadors of Gabon, Sweden, Turkey and Yemen and the Economic Counsellor of the Czech Republic, engaged in interesting conversations with the representatives of AGMS, BMW, Nedbank and Travel Africa Network. The latter showcased a presentation to the distinguished guests about its media-content platform. Nedbank highlighted its satisfaction of partnering with our publication, reiterating that it will continue supporting such...

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