south africa

Watch Pharrell Williams as he gets to know "the most powerful generation of Africans in history."

US singer Pharrell Williams visited Emisebeni Primary School in Soweto to see the positive impact his collaboration with Woolworths is having on schools and communities in South Africa. Williams visit forms part of Woolworths’ strategic collaboration with the musician to highlight educational advancement, environmental awareness and social cohesion.

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States' government development finance institution, said it has approved funding for a $400 million solar farm in South Africa as part of new energy projects in emerging markets. [...] The company said the initiative was part of President Barack Obama's $7 billion plan to "Power Africa". Launched in 2013, the plan aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This article seeks to explain the Commonwealth of Nations as an organisation and its enduring power. The Commonwealth is an example of a concept that ought to be politically fraught. The (English) language-based association comprises a former imperialist power plus its dismantled empire of former colonies, protectorates, and mandates.

The Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation has raised concerns about the number of women employed in diplomatic work and who then go on to represent the country abroad. The Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Siphosezwe Masango, said more women need to be recruited into the diplomatic service.

China is utilizing its soft power assets to support its nation brand and win friends abroad. 

It is China’s heightened interest in South African media, however, which has raised questions about the country’s intentions and objectives which could be viewed as the seeking of “soft power”, or how it can leverage its perception and influence on the continent.