33rd Schonland Lecture - St Andrew's College

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33rd Schonland Lecture

The second Schonland lecture of the year and the 33rd since its inception was delivered by Ashwin Pienaar and dealt with his time affiliated with the Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO) and his reflections on what he learnt about diplomacy. More than this, Mr Pienaar was able to give the pupils and staff who attended this lecture some clear, tangible “takeaways” in terms of how to view the world and navigate one’s future. The timing of the lecture could not have been more perfectly timed, and the question-and-answer session saw many questions linked to the brewing South Africa/Russia/USA diplomatic row asked. It was refreshing to see South Africa in a new light, regionally, and to think about how the complexity of political relationships, at an international level.

My sincere thanks to Mr Pienaar for delivering such a considered and fascinating lecture.

Lastly, I would just like to acknowledge two people. For both, this was their last Shonland Lecture.

Andrew Stuart-Watson has been far more than our chief sherry pourer! He delivered the previous Schonland lecture and helped organizing many. Thank you, Andrew, for all your help and support.

Aidan Smith was instrumental in starting the Schonland lecture and I have to say it is something that, conceptually, has resonated with me during my time here. I would like to thank him for the opportunity to run it. We hope he will accept our offer to do one more lecture in the near future!

Joe Orsmond