From the CEO’s Desk

SUSAN NOVELA, CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Welcome, Siyakwamukela, Wamkelekile Welkom, Amoheloa, Nabata, Bienvenue, Benvenuto, Bienvenido, Bem Vindo, Takulandirani, Mauya, Karibuni, Herzlich willkommen, خوش آمدید, желанный, أهلا بك, 欢迎, ようこそ, ยินดีต้อนรับ.

A warm and hearty welcome to our old and new readers. I would like to start by congratulating His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa on his election as the President of the Republic of South Africa, together with his cabinet. I also extend a warm welcome to Dr Naledi Pandor, the new Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, together with her Deputies Mr Alvin Botes and Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

In this edition we are delighted to provide a special and extensive coverage on the United Arab Emirates as the United Arab Emirates this year of 2019 marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The Edition’s cover, interviews and addresses suggest that the UAE is most certainly an exemplary jewel of the Middle East. It is surely one of the latter day Economic, Political, Social, Tourist and Environmental miracles in the world, bar none. We trust you will enjoy reading the interview about the key role of the leadership of His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Saeed Salem Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of South Africa as well as the address of His Excellency Abdulla Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade of UAE Ministry of Economy and Mrs Kalthoom Oaid Kenish Mubarak Alhameli wife of his Excellency Ambassador Mahash Alhameli.

Also enjoy reading an interview with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr Alvin Botes when he hosted his Mexican Counterpart the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, Mr Julian Ventura for a bilateral meeting, an Interview with His Excellency Ambassador Komate Kamalanavin of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of South Africa and the celebration of national days of various countries’ including: Portugal, Russia, Argentina, Egypt and Peru etc.

Lastly but not least enjoy reading about Indonesia, The Diplomatic Informer had the opportunity to be part of the Economic and Tourism Editorial Trip to Indonesia organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia to South Africa. We enjoyed the visit, the exposure, experience and knowledge about Indonesian Tourism, Culture, Economics and doing business in Indonesia which is the integral part of the Diplomatic Informer Magazine, as we perceive ourselves to be the bridge, channel and carrier of positive image, important news about Diplomacy, Economics, Social development, Tourism, Environment and many other contemporary topics. We have therefore been at work and trust you will find the Magazine to be with cogent content.

We have engaged dutifully with current and future partners over the last months to ensure that we have the requisite exposures to a fast growing audience that will benefit from the content of this magazine and we are pleased to inform that we signed an MOU with South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, providing access to 20,000 members of SACCI henceforth increasing the readership and audience of the Magazine.

We are grateful for the continued support, enthusiasm, friendship and welcome we receive from the embassies, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Diplomatic Missions, International Organisations and foreign nationals as we pounded the pavement to build “win win” relationships.

I would like to close by observing that the Diplomatic Informer deplores the recent wave of xenophobic attacks that South Africa has experienced in recent times. We will strive to support the nation in its efforts towards peace, nation building and international harmony, through the dissemination of positive messages to our readers and global citizenry at large.

Thank you all for joining us on this long, exciting and fulfilling journey of engagement!
Siyabonga, Enkosi, Re a leboga, Dankie, Zikomo, Dankeschon, Daalu, Merci, Gracias, Grazie, Obrigado, Asanteni, Tatenda, спасибо 谢谢, ありがとうございまし.

THE TEAM

The Diplomatic Informer Team of Contributors is from diverse backgrounds and brings with them a variety of skills and experience, as well as knowledge of the Unique South African and International Fraternity. It is with great assurance that the team will connect to the targeted audience and bring readers the right digital and print content they will love.

For their great contributions and hard work, I would like to thank the following people:
Mr. Vincent G. Malunga, Lorraine Kljajic, Rudi & Karien Dreyer (Creative Pair), Joao Felix Novela, Calvin Modirapila and Grace Phiri. Antoinette Wessels (Former Editor-In-Chief), thank you for all the support and smooth handover.