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  • 29 Jul 2022 17:38 | Anonymous

    UNESCO appoints South Africa's Marwala UN University Rector in Japan - CNBC Africa

    26 July, Tokyo ― The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce that Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa, currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, has been appointed as the next Rector of UNU.

    Prof. Marwala will take office as Rector of the United Nations University on 1 March 2023 for a five-year term, succeeding current Rector Dr David Malone (2013‒2023). In the role of UNU Rector, Prof. Marwala will hold the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He will be based at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The official announcement of Prof. Marwala’s appointment was made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on 25 July. As stipulated by the UNU Charter, the UNU Rector is selected and appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, chosen from a panel of candidates nominated by the UNU Council.

    The Secretary-General said of the appointment: “I look forward to working with Tshilidzi Marwala, drawing on his expertise, and benefiting from UNU’s thought leadership as we work towards fulfilling Our Common Agenda while building on the successful work of his predecessor, David Malone, under whom UNU evolved into the UN’s policy-focused think tank, trusted by UN agencies, Member States, and many others.”

    Since 2018, Prof. Marwala has served as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), a university of more than 50,000 students and nearly 6,000 academic and support staff. His previous positions with the University of Johannesburg included Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Internationalization (2013‒2017) and Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (2009–2013).

    Prof. Marwala previously had served as Associate Professor and then full Professor at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa; 2003‒2008); as Executive Assistant to the Technical Director, South African Breweries (2001–2003); and as Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Imperial College (UK; 2000–2001).

    Prof. Marwala is the author of more than 20 books ― most recently, Leadership Lessons from Books I Read (2021) and Closing the Gap: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa (2020) ― as well as dozens of book chapters, journal papers, and conference papers. He has also published more than 200 magazine articles and newspaper op-eds, primarily on topics of artificial intelligence, big data, and the fourth industrial revolution.

    Prof. Marwala holds a PhD degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK), as well as a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University (USA).

    On behalf of the governing Council of the United Nations University, Council Chair Prof. ‘Funmi Olonisakin said of the appointment: “I wish Prof. Marwala a warm welcome and look forward to working with him in realizing the important mission of UNU as a convenor and in bringing the research and policy communities in the Global South and North closer together.”

    The United Nations University, with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, was established in 1975 as a global research and teaching organization; UNU currently has institutes in 12 countries worldwide. The overarching goal of the University is to contribute to global sustainable development that will enable both present and future generations to live a decent life in peace, freedom, safety, and good health.

    In carrying out its work, UNU focuses on research, teaching, and capacity building, and provides science-based advisory services as a United Nations system think tank. UNU maintains close cooperative relationships with other United Nations system organizations (agencies, programmes, commissions, funds, and convention secretariats) and works in both formal and informal partnerships with leading universities, research institutions, and public sector organizations all over the world.

    Welcoming his successor, UNU Rector David Malone said: ”I am delighted to be succeeded by a very distinguished academic leader from the Global South, and will ensure an orderly and productive transition that will serve UNU’s mission, research, and excellent team and, of course, my designated successor as he prepares to join UNU on March 1, 2023.”

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  • 24 Jul 2022 12:48 | Anonymous

    The Springbok Women's team for the first Test of their Japan Tour 2022 feature a prolific return and a new cap. The squad was revealed on 22 July 2022. Picture: Twitter/@WomenBoks

  • 19 Jul 2022 13:44 | Anonymous

    This week, in honour of Nelson Mandela, we feature a young artist, Thamsanga Mfuphi, from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Despite facing numerous challenges, especially with the recent Kwa-Zulu Natal floods, where this artist lost virtually everything, Thamsanga still strives to create inspirational pieces such as Njabulo, today's featured painting.

    We at SACCJ would like to assist artists from South Africa to gain more international exposure and will be having an event in due course to do just that. If you want to learn more about Thamsanga, please email us directly at

  • 18 Jul 2022 09:18 | Anonymous

    Nelson Mandela Day

  • 12 Jul 2022 16:09 | Anonymous

    Japan-South Africa Summit Meeting

    On June 27, commencing at 6:30 p.m. (local time) for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of #Japan, who is visiting #Germany for the #G7 Summit, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Matamela Cyril RAMAPHOSA, President of the Republic of #SouthAfrica.

  • 11 Jul 2022 07:41 | Anonymous

    South Africa Wales Rugby Championship

  • 9 Jul 2022 12:17 | Anonymous

    SA's ambassador to Japan Smuts Ngonyama pays tribute to the late ex-Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe

  • 9 Jul 2022 12:13 | Anonymous


    I have learned with sadness and shock of the passing of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Abe’s family, friends and colleagues, as well as the Government and people of Japan as a close and special partner to our nation.

    The violence that claimed Prime Minister Abe’s life is a call on all of us to work for non-violence, peace and tolerance in all parts of the globe.

    I have been privileged to have a close association with Prime Minister Abe during my term as Deputy President and President of the Republic.

    I recall my warm and productive interactions with Prime Minister Abe during my August 2015 visit to Japan as where we made significant progress in strengthening our bilateral relations, especially in the economic sphere, as well as South Africa’s cooperation with Japan in addressing issues on the global agenda.

    I reflect similarly on my participation as President of the Republic in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama in August 2019.

    Prime Minister Abe convened this platform under the theme “Advancing Africa’s development through Technology, Innovation and People”, which sought to further deepen trade and investment, capacity and skills development, networking and people’s exchange between African nations and Japan.

    Soon after TICAD, I had the pleasure to return to Japan to experience Prime Minister Abe and the government and nation of Japan hosting people from all over the world for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with characteristic efficiency and hospitality.

    For the championship final on Saturday, 2 November 2019, I had the honour of sharing a Yokohama International Stadium stand with Prime Minister Abe as we witnessed the Springboks triumph as world champions. His warm embrace and handshake at the final whistle embodied the relationship between our two countries.

    It is my wish that the people of Japan and South Africa will find solace in the legacy Prime Minister Abe established in Japan, globally and in the depth of relations between our two countries.

    May his soul rest in peace.



The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 2008 to promote trade and commerce as well as enhance friendship and cultural understanding between the two nations. The SACCJ strives to be a reliable first point of contact for businesses and individuals related to South Africa in Japan, and to provide our members with access to a wealth of information and contacts to assist in their projects, ventures and businesses.



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