From left to right: Ms Brigitte Ӧppinger Walchshshofer, Austrian Ambassador to South Africa; Ms RenateTenbusch, Director of the South Africa Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Ambassador Marcus Cornaro, Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa; Advocate M Cassimjee, Director: Regional Organisations of the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Dr Lesley Masters, Senior Researcher and lecturer at the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy & Foreign Policy at UJ; and Prof Chris Landsberg, Director of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy & Foreign Policy at UJ.
THE implications of BREXIT for South Africa and Africa, the growing emphasis on South-South solidarity, and the recalibration of South Africa’s relations with the European Union (EU) were among the themes explored during a two-day workshop aimed at strengthening SA–EU relations, held at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 21-22 July 2016.
Hosted by the NRF Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at UJ, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa (FES), the workshop gave scholars and practitioners from both Europe and South Africa an opportunity to review and comment on key aspects of the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan.
Following the workshop, Prof Chris Landsberg, director of the NRF Chair in African Diplomacy & Foreign Policy, stated: ‘In the context of the global economic and financial crisis in 2008, as well as the BREXIT debacle which is reshaping internal EU relations, this workshop has played an extremely significant role in clarifying the perspectives of various analysts and role players on the ways in which the vital relations between South Africa and the EU are understood and are unfolding.’
He added that the workshop had also provided a valuable opportunity for exploring relations between the EU and the rest of the continent.
Key contributions were made by Ms Renate Tenbusch, Director of the South Africa Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Advocate M Cassimjee, Director: Regional Organisations of the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); and Ambassador Marcus Cornaro, Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa.