BRICS looking into art and humanitarian cooperation

China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin said on Friday that members of the BRICS bloc can collaborate in many spheres. Collaboration in art and in humanitarian affairs is being investigated said Putin.

He further said “be it in the field of finance or economic partnerships, BRICS brings meaningful content to various areas. Art and humanitarian cooperation are all possible.

“We are thinking about it and we will discuss with our colleagues and look at agendas in this direction.”

The Russian President said all this in interaction with Indian and Russian young innovators. India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Putin were interacting with 20 talented students, 10 from India and another 10 from Russia – the students are currently part of a collaboration workshop in ITT-Delhi.

 “We can work together in many areas like artificial and intelligence and human intelligence,” he added.


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Official Statement by SA Government on Heritage Day 2018

Heritage Day on 24 September recognise and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape.”

South Africans are encouraged to visit these institutions to contribute to their sustainability and relevance in addressing societal problems. Citizens are also encouraged to participate in community dialogues which will be held at these heritage institutions.

Communities are encouraged to safeguard and protect our cultural heritage and institutions for future generations.

We must work to ensure that our diverse cultures and heritage reflect all our identities without any distortions.

South Africans should take pride by living in a country with the following eight declared World Heritage sites:

Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Robben Island
  • Maluti-Drakensberg Park
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • Khomani Cultural Landscape

These sites are of great significance to all South Africans and should be preserved for the future generations.

Follow the conversation using #HeritageDay

(Source: GOV.ZA)

South Africa to introduce Kiswahili as a school subject from 2020

The South Africa basic education department will be adding three more subjects to the school curriculum from the year 2020. The subjects Kiswahili, Marine Studies and Computer Coding will become part of the school curriculum, a decision that was approved by the South African Council of Education Ministers.

As reported by, the subjects will be made available to public, private and independent schools. Minister for basic education, Angie Motshekga stated when talking about the addition of Kiswahili as another education language, it has the power to expand to countries that never spoke it and has the power to bring Africans together.

The learning of Kiswahili by South African School kids will help to create social strong bond among fellow Africans from an early age. Kiswahili being an official African Union language could also help decolonizes the Africa and become common language of the African people among the multiple languages spoken on the continent and around the world if widely adapted.

Reports from the state that in terms of Marine studies, the education department will cooperate with Two Oceans Aquarium to develop the curriculum. The Marine Studies subject will include segments of biology, oceanography, environmental sustainability and human interactions with the ocean.

The last subject to be added to the curriculum is computer coding not much detail was revealed to exactly what will be include in the computer coding program. But it’s believed the addition of computer coding is part of the planning in getting South Africa ready for the 4th industrial revolution.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka


BRICS Cultural Cooperation: South African living in China

One of the key aspects of the BRICS partnership is the cultural cooperation between the five countries.  This has led to citizens from the five countries finding employment and getting to study full-time in different BRICS countries. The BRICS Journal team sat down with a student from the Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei, China, to find out about the cultural experience for a South African living in China.

Thamsanqa Ngcezulla, a 23-year-old from Welkom, South Africa, got a scholarship four years ago to go study in China, where he is currently studying BCOM Accountancy at the Wuhan University. He highlights how excited he was at first to move to a different country, but the anxiety kicked in when he finally arrived there, a new environment, new country, different language and different overall experience at only 19 years old. One of the key challenges for him was the language barrier, he had to start first with learning Chinese at University before he can proceed with the rest of his course.

One of the advantages for him being in a foreign country was being surrounded by 119 students from his country who were also part of the scholarship program. The first thing that was emphasised when they got to China was that “you should never say no when a Chinese person offers you something”, Thamsanqa highlights how giving Chinese people are and they always ready to share with the next person, refusing their offer is offensive to them. Another highlight for Thamsanqa in his four year stay in China was their love for the Chinese culture, everywhere you go their music is played, they wear traditional attires and they celebrate their food.

The young man also stated that every time he visits South Africa for school holidays, he cannot wait to get back to China because of the warm and accommodating nature of the Chinese people. Once he got used to the food and finding familiar brands in the Chinese store, it became easy for him to feel at home in China, highlighting that he is always impressed by the Chinese technological advances, the convenience of the sub-ways and how affordable things are in the country. In a few years he will be finished with his qualification and stated that if he does get a chance to stay longer in China he will use it.

(By Ntsikelelo Kuse)

Culture through Dance – BRICS Journal Issue 6

Dance is one of the purest expressions of self and identity. Whether it’s the proudly joyful umhlanga dance of South Africa, the vibrant bursting colors of the dragon dance of China, the breathtaking and nuanced bharatanatyam of India, the dizzying athletic display of Russia’s kalinka or Brazil’s sensual wildly passionate samba we see them and

immediately recognize in them the people they represent and if we look close enough we find a little bit of ourselves. With BRICS reaching the decade milestone we must move beyond the cold stoic numbers of economic prudence and engage with each other in an increasingly human manner. What better way than saying let us dance and dance and dance!

(Find the Picture Essay on BRICS Journal Issue 6)

Brazil’s Museum burns down destroying 200 years of Knowledge

Rio’s National Museum (Portuguese: Museu Nacional) burnt down yesterday. The museum which has stood for 200 years housed a collection of Egyptian, Greco-Romanartifacts and some of the first fossils discovery in Brazil.  According to The Guarding the Museu Nacional is the oldest and high-ranking historical and scientific museum in the country.

The fire started after the museum closed on Sunday, there has not been any report of injuries or deaths but the loss of historical and cultural artifacts is immeasurable. Environmental Minister Marina Silva has called the destruction of the museum a ‘lobotomy of the memories of Brazil’.

The destruction from the fire was made worse due to the fire trucks running out of water and the fire hydrants in area having no water supply. It’s not clear exactly how the fire began, but the build was old fill with flammable materials there were cuts to funding and the museum had fallen behind on it repairs and maintenance, reports The Guardian.

Some of the item destroyed in the fire includes a 12,000 year-old skeleton and the oldest in the Americas, fossils, dinosaurs, and a meteorite found in 1784 and other items brought to brazil which signaled its independence from Portugal.

Source:  The Guardian

The BRICS Film Festival showing at Durban Playhouse

Side-lining the 10th BRICS summit, the BRICS Film Festival will be hosted by the City of Durban and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) at Durban Playhouse. The film festival aims to strengthen and highlight social diversity and cultural development in BRICS countries. The film festival is free and open to the public.

The opening night, 22 July 2018 will be start off with a film titled Mandela, (5 minutes videos from each member of the BRICS bloc), celebrating and commemorating the life of SA icon Nelson Mandela. The film will then be followed by performances of dance and music.

Members of BRICS submitted five films each and only two films will be selected, by an independent panel from each member. The National Film Foundation (NFVF) is arranging the prestigious event.

Each country in the bloc will have a day to show five of their best recent films, in all genres. South Africa will be showcasing their five best films on Monday 23 July; Tuesday 24 July Russia; Wednesday 25 July India; Thursday; 25 July China and on Friday 27 July Brazil will be showcasing.

Two of the five films played will be completion entries. The best films, chosen by the independent panellists will be awarded on the final day – 27 July 2018.

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

SA, India and Brazil designers to take part in London (IFS) 2019 Fashion week

Three designers from BRICS countries are set to exhibit at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) at London Fashion week 2019. The three form part of 16 emerging designers selected by the IFS in collaboration with the British Council. Countries to be represented in the prestigious fashion gathering include African countries, Rwanda and Kenya.

South African representative, Thebe Magugu is a designer whose brand focuses on ready-to-wear clothing for women. Magugu – who is also an accessory designer – is inspired by women who played a role in his life. “He characterises his work as sleek” says the British Council. The designer exhibited in the IFS earlier in the year.
India claimed a win at last year’s IFS. The talent representing India is Naushad Ali, a designer who is constantly reinventing and redefining simplicity through Indian designs. The designer, deemed minimalist, creates modern clothing cut which are incorporated with Indian traditional designs. Ali makes women clothing from handwoven fabrics sourced in the country.

Brazilian designer, David Lee will represent his country. “David has a profound understanding of how clothes can mediate these questions and seeks meaning in fashion’s personal and collective histories,” reports the British council.

The 16 represented countries are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Georgia, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and Vietnam, who will all showcase men’s and ladieswear.

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane
Image: Rema Chaudhary

2018 FIFA World Cup Group Stages Review

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has seen many goals, with every game having at least one goal so far. Russia the host nation has shown dominance in Group A by defeating Saudi Araba and Egypt, only falling to Uruguay who showed their class in a 3-0 victory. Russia’s defeat didn’t matter though, as both Uruguay and Russia advance to the knockout stages of the tournament, while Saudi Araba and Egypt were knocked out.

The group stages so far have been filled with moments of brilliance, like the tournament form of one Cristiano Ronaldo helping Portugal forge a draw against neighbours Spain, in the battle of the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish footballer Diego Costa, has also shown his class bagging a brace against Portugal and securing the only goal when Spain played the Iranians in the Group B fixtures. The Group ended very predictably though, as both Morocco and Iran were eliminated and Spain and Portugal advancing.

Group C on the other hand is one of the dullest groups, with France going just enough to gain victories over both Australia and Peru. The only interesting thing about this group was the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) coming into play with the awarding of penalties and the time delays it came with. Many football analysts have welcomed VAR but have called for the decisions taken using the system to be shortened. Group C saw France and Demark advanced while Australia and Peru took flights home.

Group D which hold Argentinean star Lionel Messi is another group which has failed to live up to projections, Messi struggling to gain a footing in every match Argentina has played only being able to play at high level against Nigeria. After Argentina’s performers against Iceland (1-1) and losing (0-3) to Croatia many have questioned Messi’s mentality at a national level.

Group D also include Nigeria’s Super Eagles which has been very clawless in their match against Croatia losing 2-0, Croatia not only defeated the Super Eagles they also put 3 goals pass Messi’s Argentina. Nigeria unfortunately became the victim of a desperate Argentina, which eliminated them in the last game of the tournament. Both Nigeria and Iceland were sent home, with Croatia and Argentina advancing.

Tournament favorite Brazil, first game against Switzerland didn’t go accord to plan as the Swiss held on for a 1-1 draw. They did make up for it by finishing 2 goals to zero against Costa Rica in in the second round of Group E fixtures. Brazil predictably won their last game against the Serbians, finishing top of the Group and advancing to the knockout stage. Switzerland did enough to finish second which mean Serbia and Costa Rica were sent packing.
Group F saw Sweden and Mexico advance and former champs Germany and South Korea knocked out. Group F is probably the group with the biggest shock of the tournament so far, when Mexico defeated World Cup holds Germany (0-1) as well as a second shock defeat from South Korea (2-0) in their last game securing their elimination from the World Cup and maintaining the curse of the champions. Many fans have questioned Germans coach Joachim Löw World Cup team selection while he is also considering rising from the post.

Group G housing England and Belgium is one of the more predictable groups, both teams won against Tunisia and Panama, and are set to advance. Both teams on paper look very formidable, and both judging from their first games, look like possible contender for the World Cup Champions title. In the last game however, Belgium edged out England to top the group, while England finished second and Tunisia and Panama return home.

Group H saw the shock defeat of Colombia by Japan (2-1), Japan becoming the first Asian nation to defeat South American opposition at the World Cup. Senegal seemed to be the only African hope in the tournament, but a defeat from Colombia left the Senegalese equal in points with Japan. Unfortunately Senegal become the first team to be eliminated by the FIFA fair play Rule, which states if teams have equal points, equal head to head goals, then the one with the most yellow cards is eliminated.

Players of the Group Stages: Harry Kane
Team of the Group Stages: Belgium

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Dr Judy Dlamini and Dr Zanelle Mngadi vie for first black female chancellor of Wits

University of the Witwatersrand has confirmed that Dr Judy Dlamini and Dr Zanelle Mngadi have emerged as the candidates to replace former chief justice Dikgang Moseneke. 

The announcement comes after the university made a call for nominations to fill the chancellor vacancy in April 2018.

The Director of alumni relations at Wits, Peter Maher said: “Of the two candidates‚ it is guaranteed that one will be the next chancellor”.

Moseneke’s term ends in November this year, and the university hopes to fill the position before then.

Head of Communications at the university, Shirona Patel and the Director Maher confirmed that around 160‚000 graduates‚ full-time academic stuff‚ and retired academics with 10 consecutive years of service with the university‚ make up the university’s largest statutory body of persons eligible to participate in the election process.

Dlamini is a businesswoman‚ entrepreneur‚ author and philanthropist. She holds an MBChB (Natal)‚ DOH (UFS)‚ MBA (Wits) and DBL (Unisa).

Mngadi is an academic and renowned turn-around strategist. Her qualifications include: a BComm (Hons), an LLB, MCom‚ MBA and PhD.

Source: businesslive