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The Beijing Axis hosts the cadets of the South African Johnny Makhathini Ubuntu Diplomatic Corps Programme
Monday, 09 May 2016 02:24



BEIJING - 9 May 2016 – The Beijing Axis Associate Director Haiwei Huang talks about Doing Business in China with a group of cadets under the aegis of the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (DIRCO) Johnny Makhathini Ubuntu Diplomatic Corps Programme.

The Johnny Makhathini Ubuntu Diplomatic Corps Programme is a biennial twelve-month long cadet learnership course run by South Africa’s DIRCO. Aimed at training cadets for a career in international relations, the programme delves into both the practical and theoretical components on a variety of subjects within the sphere of international affairs. The programme was named after Johnstone “Johnny” Mfanafuthi Makhathini, the late freedom fighter and head of international affairs for South Africa’s liberation movement, who died while in exile in Zambia in 1988.


Mission visits form part of the practical component of training for the cadets and has proven to be a valuable exercise for the cadets to apply and practice the skills that they have acquired during their academic training. Each cadet will be expected to compile a report on the visit, which will be assessed by the Diplomatic Academy and moderated by official at the Business Unit that they are currently attached to at DIRCO. The Embassy of South Africa in Beijing is one of the strategic learning destinations for the four cadets who will be in Beijing from 23 April 2016 – 7 May 2016.


On 5 May 2016, The Beijing Axis’ Associate Director Haiwei Huang welcomed Mathilda Daniel, Vuyo Lingwati, Lihle Mancoba and Sabina Mokono, along with Brand South Africa’s Tebogo Lefifi and David Gontse. He talked about the fundamentals of Doing Business in China, and its relevance for SA Inc, as well as answered questions about the day-to-day operations of The Beijing Axis.