Published 07 June 2018, Kailene Pillay, Daily News 

Durban – India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, believes that South Africans need to pay heed to Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of non-violence now more than ever.

Swaraj was the guest of honour at a commemorative dinner for Gandhi held at the Pieter­maritzburg City Hall on Wednesday.

Thursday marks 125 years since Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement was born.

“Both Gandhi and Mandela gave hope to this Earth. They gave hope to those facing injustice and discrimination. They gave hope to those developing countries. They gave hope to generations to come by ensuring that their values and principles are forever enshrined in our constitution and our lives,” she said.

Dignitaries from India and South Africa gathered at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall for the dinner, which was hosted by the High Commission of India South Africa, and supported by the Indian Ministries of External Affairs and Culture, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memorial Committee.

Among the guests were former eThekwini speaker Logie Naidoo, businessmen Dr Iqbal Surve, Vivian Reddy and Kay Makan, and Gandhi’s granddaughter, Ela Gandhi.

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Published 06 June 2018, by Luyolo Mkentane, Business Report

JOHANNESBURG – The South African chapter of the BRICS Business Council is currently engaged in talks with its counterparts from the rest of the economic bloc to find common ground on forest certification.

South Africa’s Slauzy Mogami yesterday said they were working to ensure that the BRICS agriculture working committee had consensus before the council’s meeting next month.

Mogami said the local unit had already met Russian and Chinese counterparts in the past few weeks to reach common ground on pertinent issues such as a market mechanism to promote the sustainable use and management of forests.

“We plan to have weekly meetings with our counterparts until we hold the council meeting.

“one of the themes for our chairpersonship is food security,” said Mogami.

“We want to play a significant role in food security in the BRICS countries, and hopefully in the rest of the world.”

Mogami was briefing the BRICS Business Council chairperson, Dr Iqbal Survé, and Working Group chairpersons on progress ahead of the Durban meeting.

Sekunjalo Investments executive chairperson, Dr Iqbal Survé, who chairs the chapter, said South Africa was ready to host the meeting.

Survé said the group had already engaged various stakeholders.

Survé said the council’s working groups were the engine of the BRICS Business Council.

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