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21st December 2016 Lagos, Nigeria

Bisola Dawon

by Bisola Dawon

Science and Innovation Officer

SCIENTISTS AND STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGING AT THE SOUTH AFRICA SCIENCE FORUM 2016

The second South Africa Science Forum 2016, which was held from December 8 -9 at the International Convention Centre of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa (SA) was a great opportunity for SIN Officers (Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria) to meet and interact with various […]

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26th March 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

UKinSouthAfrica hosted a GREAT Britain zone at SciFest Africa 2015

Last week had a distinctly technical flavour for me, with the arrival of Professor Robin Grimes, the Foreign Secretary’s Chief Scientific Adviser making his second official visit to South Africa. Prof Grimes gave a lecture in Pretoria hosted by the National Science and Technology Forum on the UK’s Nuclear Energy Vision to a packed room of scientists, journalists and officials(recordings available). […]

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3rd March 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Today’s friends, tomorrow’s leaders…

Guest Blogger: Patrice Madurai As my season at university draws to an end, I have found myself being more deliberate, more present. In South Africa I am part of the “one percent” which is by and large a minority that has had the honour and privilege of receiving tertiary education. I’ve always dreamed of being successful […]

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30th January 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Climate change: calculating the risk – and opportunity

This week the UK Government launched the Global Calculator, a free and interactive website that allows anyone to test out different solutions to climate change and find out what it really takes to stop global warming. Climate change often feels like such a massive and nebulous problem, and so for me it has been fascinating […]

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6th November 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Supporting Women of the future

Supporting women’s progression both in the Diplomatic Service and outside has long been a passion of mine. A flying visit to the UK last week with South African Ministers allowed me to do both – and with really satisfying results. The project began with an invitation to select some young South African businesswomen for the […]

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16th October 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Tackling Global Inequalities

Today has been labelled ‘Blog Action Day: Let’s Talk About Inequality.’ To mark this occasion I wanted to share some thoughts on what the UK is doing to promote women’s rights and to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. The promotion and protection of women’s rights is more than a moral obligation.  It […]

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16th May 2014 Cape Town, South Africa

Simon Atkinson

by Simon Atkinson

Deputy Head of Mission, Cape Town

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Guest blogger Andrew Carter: 17 May is an important date in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) calendar – a time for people around the world to celebrate sexual and gender diversities, and say ‘no’ to homophobic and transphobic discrimination, prejudice and violence. Working in South Africa, I am hugely impressed by the progressive constitution […]

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9th May 2014

Jonathan Allen

by Jonathan Allen

Former Ambassador to Bulgaria

South Africa’s politics and prosperity at a pivotal moment

As South Africans prepared to go to the polls Wednesday in the Republic’s fifth democratic national election since its first in 1994, I sat here in Chicago – 9,000 miles away and seven hours behind – keeping up with the news over a cup of tea and a heap of quickly-disappearing buttermilk rusks, South Africa’s crunchy pastry perfect […]

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14th April 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

100 days to go to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Guest Blogger Deputy High Commissioner Martin Reynolds: Today is the last major milestone to the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on 23 July 2014.  Its only 100 days to go before Scotland opens its arms to the Commonwealth with the start of one of the most impressive sporting festivals in the world.  By that […]

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20th March 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Marking South Africa’s Human Rights Day

Friday 21 March is South Africa’s Human Rights day. It commemorates the Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960, when 69 people died and 180 were wounded after the police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against the restrictive pass laws imposed on non-white citizens. The protest was a stand by ordinary […]

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