Madiba internship programme
Member states of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has
been challenged to invest in the education of the youth as it is the most
powerful weapon to change the world.
Responding to this call, the 18th Indian Ocean Rim
Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting, which took place on Friday in
Durban, has resolved to establish the IORA Nelson Mandela Be the Legacy
The formation of the internship programme coincides with the
centenary celebrations of the late former South African president Nelson
Mandela, who is regarded as the father of IORA.
The programme is aimed at empowering young people under the
age of 30 years from IORA member states with work experience in their chosen
fields of study, said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
(Dirco) on Friday.
Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, who is also South Africa’s
High Commissioner to Mauritius, thanked IORA member states for honouring the
legacy of Madiba.
Princess Mandela-Dlamini told the IORA Council of Ministers
that Madiba believed that the key to empowering people is education.
Challenging IORA Member States to invest in young people,
Dirco Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Mandela “loved young people and he strongly
believed that education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change
The programme will be launched on 18 July 2019, the day
Madiba would have turned 101 years. Minister Sisulu indicated that South Africa
will submit its request for the first intake.
IORA was established through the vision of Mandela, when 14
member states launched the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional
Cooperation (IOR-ARC) in March 1997.
Currently, the membership of IORA is sitting at 21 member
states. These countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India,
Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Thailand,
and United Arab Emirates.
Speaking at the reception dinner, Minister Sisulu appealed
to IORA member states and dialogue partners to support South Africa in its
efforts to address the imbalances of the past through land redistribution
She emphasized that the land redistribution programme will
be within the confines of the law.
The Minister also expressed the country’s gratitude to the
IORA member states and dialogue partners for their support during South
Africa’s bid to attain a non-permanent seat at the United Security Council
(UNSC) for the period 2019-2020.