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ANC and Its Chinese Born Member of Parliament – Xiaomei Havard: The Redefinition of Political Dynamics in South Africa and the Rest of the World

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Xiaomei Havard

Brian Kazungu, 29/01/2021

Xiaomei Havard, a Chinese born business woman and electrical engineer who came to South Africa to study for a Doctorate in Computer Sciences has made history in Africa’s corridors of power by being appointed as a Member of Parliament for South Africa’s ruling party, ANC.

Her appointment comes as a replacement for the late Jackson Mthembu, a Minister in the Presidency who succumbed to Covid-19 complications last week.

A businesswoman who is active in China-South Africa business initiatives such as the SA-China Famous Female Business Council and Africa Federation of Chinese Women in Commerce and Industry, Xiaomei has put South Africa, ANC and politics in general under spotlight.

Commenting on social media reactions following her appointment, ANC’s Caucus Spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota said “ANC will remain true to its non-racist, non-sexist principles and not let the noise made by others keep it from governing the country”.

Over the years, South Africa has had to deal with a reputation of xenophobia especially against fellow black Africans and it is yet to be seen what will be the impact of Xiaomei’s appointment on people from other countries mostly in Africa who are now citizens of the rainbow nation.

In a conversation with iniAfrica news last year on the issues of membership eligibility in the ANC in relation to foreign nationals who may choose to be members of the party, ANC Joburg Regional Secretary, Dada Morero said foreign nationals were welcome to join the party.

“Foreign nationals may participate, however, they will not be eligible to vote in meetings but may participate in programmes, meetings and campaigns.” He said.

Even though many other countries including Zimbabwe, the United States of America and the United Kingdom have politicians whose ancestral origins are from other countries, Xiaomei stands out as she is a naturalised citizen compared to others who were born in the respective countries where they climbed the political ladder.

In Zimbabwe, educationist Fay Chung, a Zimbabwean politician of Chinese descendancy, as a member of the ruling part ZANU PF became a Minister of Education under Robert Mugabe’s Administration.

Chung was born, bred and educated in Zimbabwe.

The same also applies to Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London who was also born, bred and educated in Britain even though he is of Pakistan Indian roots.

More-so, recently, in the United States of America, Kamala Harris, a woman of what has been termed as African American and African Asian heritage was inaugurated as the Vice President of the country

America was also at once under the leadership of Barack Obama, another African American whose roots can be traced to Kenya.

The Connections2Communities (C2C) initiative which jointly organised the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Inauguration ceremony at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, South Africa together with the Pan African Business Forum commended ANC for political inclusivity and tolerance.

“Xiaomei’ appointment sends a message to all and sundry that life waits for nobody and that those who believe in a cause and take action in a community of persons will be recognised and be rewarded in the matrix of life as has been shown by the ANC” said one of the C2C members.”

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Picture Moments: Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame and The Re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s Book, When Minds Meet

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Mr Mutumwa Mawere, Mr Jagjit Singh and Dr Ladislas Agbesi

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Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021

04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021. Music and belly dancing kept attendees in the good mood.

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Pan Africa Business Forum President, Dr Ladislas Agbesi to Grace the Banking on Africa’s Future Induction Ceremony and Mutumwa Mawere’s Book Launch at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton

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Dr Ladislas Agbesi, Pan Africa Business Forum President

Brian Kazungu, 03/05/2021

Pan Africa Business Forum President (PABF) and Lash Consult Investments Chairman, Dr Ladislas Agbesi will be the Guest of Honour at the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, today.

The event, a collaborative initiative between Banking on Africa’s Future, Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society will be held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in this evening.

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In his pre-event statement, Dr Agbesi said “I am very humbled to join in the journey of greatness of people in the African Continent. When we are together and God is with us, no one will be against us”.

His organisation, the Pan Africa Business Forum is a multi-lateral, private sector driven organisation founded by a group of statesmen and new generation of entrepreneurs from several African countries who share a vision of Africa’s renaissance.

It operations are premised on the acceleration of socio-economic development of the African continent through a combination of carefully considered programmes and projects developed by Africans locally in collaboration with development partners outside the continent.

Banking on Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points of Light project resonates with the Pan Africa Business Forum’s Mission Statement which is “to empower current and future African generations through policy reforms and skills development with funding support from the business community by way of growth initiatives and social responsibility”.

The 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony which coincides with the re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s book ‘When Minds Meet’ is dedicated to celebrate and honor individuals who are recognized as shining examples since their efforts are helping to raise the African continent’s flag high.

Among the people to be inducted as light bearers because their work strategically positions Africa to reclaim its long lost glory are entertainment industry business mogul, Mr Frank Mohapi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink Studios situated in the Johannesburg CBD.

Cake Hier, Founding CEO, Ms. Neethu Lutchman, Siyazama Commodities and African Union Logistics Founding Director, Mr. Ravi Nadesan and Induction Foundry Technologies, Managing Director, Mr. Shaniel will also be inducted for the great work they are doing in their respective industries.

At the same event, businessman and author Mutumwa Mawere will be re-launching his book, , When Minds Meet, a literary masterpiece which touches on critical issues that must be considered for the African continent to deliver the promise of a better life to its citizens.

His book is a collection of articles that he wrote for various news publications on issues that are meant to form part of the conversations among Africans towards a better continent is a mind opening piece of literature on the realities that are prevailing in the continent.

Event host, The Royal India Restaurant is a high-end hospitality establishment located in what is known as the richest square mile in Africa – Sandton, Johannesburg.

It is a popular venue for special events because of its executive ambience and special Northern Indian cuisines plus it is also a favorite spot for movie productions, with SABC1 telenova, Family Secret being among some entertainment shows that are done in this elegant environment.

Oriental Fire Group Belly Dancers will provide the entertainment.

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JJ Singh Appreciation Day Videos and Pictures

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JJ (second from left) with friends

Brian Kazungu 19/04/2021

Recently, Africa Heritage Society declared the 4th of April as the JJ Singh Appreciation Day in honor of Mr Jagjit Singh, the ‘Punjab Boy’, a South African businessman, humanitarian and socialite who has been described as a royal man with a heart of gold.

The day which coincides with his birthday was an emotional encounter filled with pomp, funfair, civility, diversity and excellence.

Clad in elegant fashions, people from different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds including family, friends and business associates gathered at The Royal India Restaurant to celebrate Singh’s life of purpose which is characterized by tenacity, determination and courage.

Good music and some belly dancing spiced the mood in the serene Sandton area of Johannesburg which is regarded as the richest square mile in Africa.

Singh was showered with messages of honour and appreciation by notable and prominent figures in South Africa.

The event was organised by the fun loving and creative team called Birthday Club South Africa (BCLUBSA) in partnership with BMW Fast Track Racing, C2C and MTown Sherriff.

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