Eritrea – South Africa Relation Developed in Leaps and Bounds: Amb. Iqbal Jhazbhay

By Salaa Media,

Former South African Ambassador to Eritrea, Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay conducted a radio interview with the South African Channel Islam International about his experience and reflections as the third South African accredited ambassador to Eritrea that lasted from 2012 – 2016.

Ambassador Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay is a multi-skilled ambassador, scholar, senior manager, advisor and activist. He formulates, advocates, and defends policy positions and, is a well-known international scholar and manager. He also do researches and writes.



  • (Courtesy of Biniam Berhe @biniamb)

    In this interview, Ambassador Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay explores the Eritrean vision and steadfastness of its people and leadership; religious and ethnic harmony; the critical role of the Eritrean diaspora; peace and stability; Geo-strategic importance, the rich natural resources; the negative media campaign and animosity from big powers; constructive role on Red Sea and Horn of Africa Region; existing and potential partnership between Eritrea and South Africa.

    He skilfully links and eloquently explains the recent and the past; his personal and the official experience and reflections; the challenges and opportunities during his tenure as South African envoy to Eritrea.

    Take a moment to listen the interview. I am sure it will be worth your while.

  • Eritrean

    Love Ambassador Iqbal. Sorry to see him go.

    • Tea’zabi

      Since he is a friend of your mafia boss, yes, you don’t have any option except loving him.

      • Kerenite

        Tea’zabi – You smell like an A**** from south of the border. We can smell an A**** Tigray from a mile away. Go away!

        • B.Adal

          Let me try the fill-blank question … Is “GAME” the right answer?
          Next time, if you don’t want to say Agame, just say A-Game 🙂

  • Big Listen

    What a superb interview. Every scholar, journalist, diplomat and layman who is interested in getting to know the country of Eritrea and why it is the way it is needs to take a listen to this illuminating and stimulating interview with Professor Ambassador Iqbal of South Africa. It’s very educational. I loved it.

    • Tea’zabi

      ……………………………………………..interested in getting a contract for his country’s companies………………

  • Aoura

    His Excellency Ambassador Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay to Eritrea has given us a credible and eyewitness testimony and provide us with accurate assessment of his four year and four month service (tenure) with objective and fact analysis in all fields; name it from political, religion, governance, economical development and military aspect of the present situation in Eritrea.
    Those who perceive this radio interview as unreliable and untrustworthy are those who brother Adal call them low IQ patients , those who follow and believe the Ethiopian owned web-sites (Eritrean) clients and of course those who are traitors. Please, Allah/God give them Mercy.

    • HIDROM

      Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay, was there to see how the Eritreans, the :”can do” people, build a nation brick by brick from the ground. Yes you have been there to what the Eritrea can do, Can Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay help it but speak the truth, Here is Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay to have come to Eritrea and learned a lesson from Shaebia.

      Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay, thanks for your words of wisdom. And please come back to Asmara for rest and recreation at GHODENA HARNET ot KOMBISHTAT. Please make Asmara you second “Cape Town”

      • Tea’zabi

        Here is Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay to have come to Eritrea and learned a lesson from Shaebia.

        What lesson…..he lied for the sake of contracting for South African companies on the looted minerals

      • Tea’zabi

        The truth you are talking about is like the JUSTICE and DEMOCRACY in the name of PF.

    • wedinakfa

      Niceeeeee Aoura!!!

    • Tea’zabi

      The IQ of humans that support their tormentor is an IQ of donkeys

      • Tea’zabi

        Ohh, Tea’zabi you don’t know that even donkeys if their owner torment them they take an action like a donkey last year in the city of Hasahisa in Sudan that was suffering under a cruel owner who don’t feed him well and riding loading it 24 hours. The donkey finally committed a suicide by throwing himself from the main bridge that links Khartoum with Madani.

    • B.Adal

      LOL … Excellent.

  • YapiYapo

    Very informative. We need more videos like this to educate our citizens, and let Africa know there is another way besides depending on foreign aid from countries that are stealing resources.

  • Eritraen

    Interesting interview , very observant, honest and far sighting ambassador

  • B.Adal

    Thank you Ambassador Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay.
    I have hope that one day, we will have you or someone like yourself in the top leadership of African Union.