Bringing you some highlights as December speeds along:
The world celebrated International Human Rights Day on Monday which added on to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
South Africa commemorated this anniversary on Friday and President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation from Constitution Hill praising the UDHR’s absolute renunciation of “ideologies and doctrines that seek to divide” the nation.
Congolese doctor, Denis Mukwege, and Yazidi activist, Nadia Murada, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday for their efforts in ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
For 20 years, Doctor Mukwege has treated the physical and emotional trauma the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo sustained during the war. Murada is a UN Ambassador for Victims of Human Trafficking. The recipients hope that this will raise awareness of sexual violence and make the world aware of it.
As part of the agreement the presidents of North and South Korea signed at a summit in September, North Korea blew up 10 guard posts on their side of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), while South Korea demolished 10 of their own with excavators in November.
The DMZ was one of the most armoured places in the whole world. However, since the inter-Korea Summit in April, the two sides are actually demilitarised the area. Only 35 unarmed men on each side remain as guards.
For the first time since Korea was divided, soldiers from each side crossed the border in peace on Wednesday. Their only mission was to confirm that the posts were indeed torn down.
In some SA politics:
With the elections coming up, the ANC in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng will have their list conferences to nominate candidates for the provincial legislatures and National Assembly.
And in sports:
Springbok 7’s team won bronze this weekend during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens that took place in Cape Town. They defeated New Zealand 10-5 after having lost to Fiji in the semi finals.
South African favourite, Louis Oosthuizen, won his very first South African Open title on Sunday at the Randpark Golf Club.
Cape Town City has signed former Orlando Pirates forward, Kermit Erasmus.
Some news from the weekend:
Religious leaders gathered in Rosebank, Cape Town, to peacefully discuss ways to prevent the conflicts caused by religious misunderstandings. They helped the people in attendance gained a deeper understanding of the religions represented on the day.