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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mahatma Gandhi has his share of followers not only in India but in South Africa, the place where he practised law and formulated the philosophy of Satyagraha, or non-violent resistance.

This was aptly clear from the horde of crowd, close to 3000 people that turned up for the annual charity walk organised in commemoration of the Mahatma in Johannesburg.

The latest edition of the walk marked the double celebration of the 30th anniversary of the walk and the centenary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa.

The celebrations of the Gandhi Walk hosted in the sprawling Indian township of Lenasia, south of here, saw participation from ministers, beauty queens and media personalities.

The Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, and Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam were also in attendance.

The star attraction at the event, however, were two Gandhi look-alikes clad in the traditional dhoti worn by the iconic Indian leader. Looking the perfect picture of the aged Gandhi, 80-year-old Thakor Ramjee travelled 600 km to join the event.

Two trees were also planted on the premise of the Gandhi Hall in Lenasia to mark the milestone events.

The walk was originally started as a fundraiser to complete the community hall named after the iconic leader.After the completion of the project, the event continued to raise funds for a variety of charitable and welfare organisations.

The walk was followed by an all-day entertainment Mela of Indian and South African dance and songs.

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Indian Companies Invested Over $4 Billion in South Africa, says CII

According to the report, leading Indian companies such as Wipro, state-run Coal India, Cipla, Jindal Steel and Power, Mahindra and Mahindra have recently made investments in South Africa.

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PwC Chief Executive (Southern Africa) Dion Shango said:
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Indian companies have invested over $4 billion in South Africa and created 18,000 direct jobs in the continent’s biggest economy, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Sunday

According to a new CII report “Indian Industry’s Inclusive Footprint in South Africa – Doing business, doing good”, prepared jointly with British advisory multinational Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), there are 140 Indian companies operating in South Africa whose contributions go beyond foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country, and include key CSR and skill development initiatives.

“Indian companies operating in South Africa are not just investing funds and creating jobs, but are actively contributing to the upliftment of the communities in which they operate,” a CII release said here.

According to the report, leading Indian companies such as Wipro, state-run Coal India, Cipla, Jindal Steel and Power, Mahindra and Mahindra have recently made investments in South Africa.

According to the report, leading Indian companies such as Wipro, state-run Coal India, Cipla, Jindal Steel and Power, Mahindra and Mahindra have recently made investments in South Africa.
Indian companies invest in South Africa, pixabay

“In the healthcare sector, the entry of Indian pharma companies Ranbaxy and Cipla brought in drastic reduction in the cost of anti-retroviral drugs in South Africa, saving thousands of lives. Indian companies are taking steps to transfer skills to South Africans, particularly in the IT sector,” it said.

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In a statement, CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said: “The report highlights the journey of the historic and economic relationship between India and South Africa, looking at the key sectors where Indian companies are thriving.”

PwC Chief Executive (Southern Africa) Dion Shango said: “Indian companies are demonstrating their commitment to sustainable development in South Africa across education and healthcare schemes to job creation, agricultural projects and empowering women.”

A focus on ethical business practice comes through in the report, as this is of critical importance for Indian companies operating in South Africa, the statement added. (IANS)

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