Historically, South Africa and Canada have a relationship based on shared values in support of equality, democracy, peace and prosperity and is rooted partially in Canada’s international role in dismantling the apartheid system, says Dr David Hornsby, International Relations lecturer at Wits.
“However, these countries often find each other on opposing sides of important problems. The conflicts in Libya, Syria, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan and the International Criminal Court arrest warrant for President Bashir of Sudan have resulted in complex relations. This, combined with an apparent decreasing engagement by Canada in South Africa, leaves many within each corridor of government wondering if they are really allies,” continues Hornsby.
The real value of the relationship between South Africa and Canada will come under the spotlight next week at a conference, entitled The Canada-South Africa Relations colloquium, hosted by Wits and the South African Association of Canadian Studies. The conference takes place from 14 to 15 May 2012 at the South African Institute for International Affairs, located at Wits.
Her Excellency Adèle Dion, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa will open the conference while Ambassador John Davies, Chief Director for North America at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation will sit in the concluding panel.
Conference topics include: South African foreign policy, Canadian Foreign investment in SA, South African representations in Canadian media; and A view from the Diaspora: South African’s living in Canada, among others. Click here to view the programme. For event details, click here.
For more information and media interviews, please contact Dr Hornsby on 082 065 8195.