Amb Rasool in the News Print E-mail
Monday, 26 February 2018 11:21

President Cyril Ramaphosa may have reduced foreign affairs to five sentences in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), but make no mistake, that is not an indication of the level of priority he attaches to international relations. It is through South Africa’s foreign relations that he will seek to achieve his domestic priorities.

The SONA was a clear articulation of those priorities - improving economic growth, which has been hovering around 1%, by increasing business confidence, wooing investors and expanding trade, which will translate into job creation and poverty reduction. These objectives cannot be achieved without a robust foreign policy that focuses on economic diplomacy.

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Amb Ebrahim Rasool Khutba Address: 29 December 2017: Transitions Print E-mail
Monday, 26 February 2018 11:18

In the great journey of any earthly life there are only two fixed points, the origin and the destination. In moments of great tragedy or loss these are the two fixed points we invoke to give comfort and meaning. We invoke it with finality – God has claimed that being! We evoke it with resignation – what can you do about it? And we invoke it with gratitude – the being has fulfilled its task.

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Ambassador Rasool's welcome reception speech
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:20



Credentials_Pic_1Ministers Present

Members of Congress

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Members of the Business Community both from South Africa and the USA

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentleman

I want to record my thanks to the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, for speaking here this evening and bringing his entire delegation to this function.  It means much to me, our Mission and the work we are tasked to do in the USA.  I want to thank those who have sponsored this event: SAA for the initiative and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the IMC for their support.  I want to thank also, and maybe especially, everyone here tonight at the Kennedy Centre for being here, and giving importance to our role as a Mission in the USA.  Minister Gordhan has a quality that needs to be global in its application but is possessed by a few: the ability to know clearly what are the principles and objectives we strive toward, but to understand how we reach them strategically and pragmatically.  I also want to express gratitude to President Zuma and South Africa – except for a few cold war warriors in the Cape – for the confidence they have shown in deploying me to probably one of the most challenging postings in the world.    You would also understand if I thanked my life partner Rosieda, for making the enormous personal and professional sacrifice to accompany me on this 4 year adventure – she has faced many ups and downs with me, but has never before had to sacrifice her career and be isolated from the big support group in the form of family and friends in South Africa.

Living in Dar ul-Shahadah, the safe place of witness
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 16:33


In a world filled with acronyms and post-modernist quests for self-identity, we have to ask ourselves: what exactly is Dar ul-Shahadah?

Shafiq morton_erDar ul-Shahadah – the safe abode of Islamic witness – is a term coined by contemporary thinkers such as Professor Tariq Ramadan and Ebrahim Rasool.

Ramadan, a grandson of the Islamic Brotherhood’s Hassan al-Banna, is the most recognised voice of Muslim Europe. Rasool, a son of the Cape Town soil and South African ambassador in the US, is a former provincial premier, parliamentarian and presidential advisor. A product of the anti-apartheid movement, he was in a group that broke away from the Muslim Youth Movement to form the Call of Islam, in the 1980s.

Directed by activists such as Farid Esack and Imam Hasan Solomon, Call of Islam believed that South African Muslims should join the anti-apartheid movement. They felt that Muslims should openly identify themselves with the objectives of the Freedom Charter. Not everybody agreed with Call of Islam’s integrationist principles at the time, and judging by recent events, when Rasool was accosted at Masjidul-Quds in Gatesville, there are, today, a confused few who still appear to have problems. But before we tackle that issue, Dar ul-Shahadah needs a little more definition.

City earns its stripes Print E-mail
Monday, 11 October 2010 00:00


Staff Writer

er-at-zebra-media-launchA HERD of 30 beautiful ornamental zebras galloped into Cape Town today to preach reconciliation, tolerance and peace ahead of the World Cup. The creatures arrived in town for a project by former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool and his new World for All Foundation, and are designed to catch the attention of World Cup tourists in celebration of the “South African miracle”. The zebras will graze at sites around the city, each painted in unique rich colours  by local artists and each offering a famous quote by Nelson Mandela. Quotes such as “ Anger is a temporary feeling-you soon forget it, particularly if you are involved in positive activities and attitudes” and “ I wanted South Africa to see that I loved even my enemies while I hated the system that turned us against one another” will be displayed. Rasool said: “ We thought that the African zebra allows us to warn against a tendency to view everything in terms of simple binaries, in black and white. The zebra should be one of few beautiful things in black and white, while almost everything else, especially human perspective, should learn to find beauty in complexity, in multicoloured dimension.”