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  20 Jan: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane embarks on a Back-to-School campaign in the Winterveldt, Tshwane, South Africa
  19 Jan: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane embarks on a Back-to-School campaign, St Paul and Tshipinare Primary Schools, Thaba Nchu, Free State, South Africa
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The Annual UBUNTU Awards 2017
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Call for public to vote for finalists in the 2017 Ubuntu Awards’ public vote categories. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the 3rd Annual Ubuntu Awards on 11 February 2017 in Cape Town. The Awards will be held under the theme: “OR Tambo… in his footsteps.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 20 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt.


Date :

Friday, 20 January 2017

Time :

10H00 - 16H00

Venue :

Winterveldt
Tshwane

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Free State Province

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Thursday, 19 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign at St Paul and Tshipinare Primary Schools in Thaba Nchu, Free State Province.

Date :

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Time :

12H00

Venue : St Paul Primary School & Tshipinare Primary School
Thaba Nchu
Free State
RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za, rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma sends condolences to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates following the death of five diplomats in Afghanistan. On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of United Arab Emirates on the death of five of its diplomatic officials in a bomb blast on 10 January 2017 in Afghanistan.

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Developments in The Gambia following Presidential Elections. On 6 December 2016, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma issued a statement congratulating President-elect Adama Barrow following presidential elections that were held in The Gambia on 01 December 2016.
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Address by Deputy Minister Mfeketo during the Back to School Program at Bonga Primary School, 11 January 2017, Gugulethu, Cape Town. It is indeed a testimony to our need to deliver quality education in our lifetime that so many stakeholders have gathered here today for the 2017 back to school program.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Germany following former Federal President Herzog’s death. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Germany following the passing on of former Federal President Roman Herzog.

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Right Of Reply: South Africa Is NOT Abdicating Its Role As A Stabilising Force In Africa, The Huffington Post SA, 11 January 2017. South Africa will also continue to promote peace, security and stability within the region and the continent. During the course of the year 2017, South Africa will take over the leadership of two important institutions. We will assume the role of Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Indian Ocean RIM Association (IORA).

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South African Government condemns attack on Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem.President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s condolences to the government of Israel for the attack on its four young cadet soldiers killed in the truck incident that took place yesterday in East Jerusalem.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Portugal following former President Mário Soares’ death. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Portugal following the passing on of former President Mário Soares.

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President Zuma sends condolences on the passing of former President of Iran Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the passing of former President and Chairperson of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Conclusion Statement on the Working Visit to South Africa by His Excellency President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic hosted by President Jacob Zuma. President Jacob Zuma today, 06 January 2017, hosted His Excellency President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on a Working Visit to South Africa at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

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President Zuma to host the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on a Working Visit

President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, on 06 January 2017, host President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), for a Working Visit to the Republic of South Africa at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

Date : Friday, 06 January 2017
Time :

09H00

Venue : Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House
Pretoria
Enquiries :

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

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Independence of Western Sahara is an inalienable right, by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Daily Maverick, 4 January, 2017. This week’s working visit to South Africa by President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is significant as it comes at a critical time when we marked the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the SADR, founded in 1976, and the continuing illegal occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco.
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Foreign visits must be coordinated and seek to advance South Africa's foreign policy and national interests. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) wishes to place it on record that the recent trip to the city of Taipei in Taiwan, undertaken by Councillor Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, was in breach of South Africa's foreign policy and is highly regretted.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences to the Russian Federation following the Tu-154 plane crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Russian military plane Tu-154 that crashed into the Black Sea today, Sunday, 25 December 2016.

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Statement on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) condemning the continued illegal settlement activities of Israel in the Palestinian West Bank. The South African Government welcomes the adoption, on 23 December 2016, of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 condemning the continued illegal settlement activities of Israel in the Palestinian West Bank.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Mexico following deadly fireworks blast.President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the people of Mexico following a massive explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City’s suburb of Tultepec on Tuesday, 20 December 2016, which has left at least 29 people dead and 70 injured.

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Opinion piece by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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South Africa expresses concern over the current incidence with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The South African Government expressed concern about the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and condemns any outbreak of violence. These incidences threaten the hard-won democratic gains made by the DRC through the past two elections. 

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South African Government condemns attacks in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Swiss Confederation. President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Government and people of Germany following what appears to have been a terrorist attack that occurred on Monday evening, 19 December 2016, when a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing over 10 people and injuring nearly 50. 

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South African Government condemns killing of Russian Ambassador to Turkey. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Russian Federation and in particular, to the family of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, following his assassination on Monday evening, 19 December 2016, in Ankara.

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Presence in SA of former First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar. The South African Government has noted with concern some media reports about the presence of Dr Riek Machar in South Africa. Some of these media reports claim that Dr Riek Machar is under house arrest in South Africa

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International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster
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South African Government condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Yemen, Turkey and Somalia. President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the governments and people of Yemen, Turkey and Somalia following the terrorist attacks that occurred this weekend in Aden, Istanbul and Mogadishu, respectively, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of people.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Nigeria and Egypt. President Jacob Zuma has today, Sunday, 11 December 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Nigeria and Egypt following tragedies that occurred this weekend at churches in these two fellow African countries.
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President Zuma congratulates the President-elect Akufo-Addo of Ghana. On behalf of Government and people of South Africa, H.E President Jacob Zuma has today congratulated Mr Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of the Republic of Ghana following the elections that were held on 7th December 2016.

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South Africa opposes “Land Grab” Bill tabled before the Israeli parliament. The South African Government received with shock the news that on Wednesday, 07 December 2016, members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) for the Jewish Home Party tabled the Regulations Bill whose purpose is to legitimise the continuing annexation of Palestinian land for settlement construction. The Bill has already been condemned by Israel’s Attorney-General, stating that it breaches local and international law.  Opposition parties correctly described it as a “land grab” move.

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Joint Communique on the occasion of the State Visit of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu. At the invitation of His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, paid a State Visit to South Africa from 8 to 9 December 2016.

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Press Conference Remarks by President Jacob Zuma after official talks with President Edgar Lungu of the Republic of Zambia, on the occasion of the State Visit to South Africa by President Lungu, 8 December 2016. Allow me, to firstly express my heartfelt gratitude to my dear brother, His Excellency President Lungu for accepting my invitation for a State visit to South Africa. The State visit is a further manifestation of the depth of relations between South Africa and Zambia.

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President Zuma to host Zambia President on a State Visit

President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday, 08 December 2016, host the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Lungu for his State Visit to the Republic of South Africa, in Pretoria.

Official Welcoming Ceremony:

Date : Thursday, 08 December 2016
Time :

09H00 (Media to arrive at 07H30)

Venue :

Union Buildings
Pretoria

Enquiries : Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za
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How Cuba stood with Africa, by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, TNA, 8 December 2016. Last week South Africa joined the world in celebrating the life of one of the great heroes of the 20th century, former president Fidel Castro, who passed away, aged 90, on November 25. Castro left his mark on history as a renowned internationalist and anti-imperialist, who selflessly supported the struggles of the oppressed and the exploited.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the Republic of Indonesia following a deadly earthquake. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Indonesia following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, 06 December 2016, killing nearly 100 people.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 that crashed in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today, Wednesday, 07 December 2016.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Lungu, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base ahead of his State Visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Lungu, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base ahead of his State Visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Zambia, Mr Harry Kalaba, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Zambia, Mr Harry Kalaba, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016.


Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees
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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Joint Commission for Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zambia, Pretoria, 07 December 2016. It is my great pleasure to welcome you, Minister and your esteemed delegation to South Africa on this occasion of the inauguration of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between our nations.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Zambian counterpart ahead of President Lungu’s State Visit to South Africa

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Zambian counterpart, Minister Harry Kalaba, on Wednesday, 07 December 2016, in Pretoria on the occasion of the inaugural session of the South Africa-Zambia Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC). The two Ministers will co-chair the JCC, which meets ahead of the State Visit to South Africa by the President of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Lungu.

Date : Wednesday, 07 December 2016
Time :

10H00 (Opening Remarks)
11H00 (Closing Remarks)

Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Conference Room 1
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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President Zuma congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia. President Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow on his election as President of The Gambia following presidential elections that were held on 01 December 2016.
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President Zuma to host Zambia President on State Visit. President Jacob Zuma will host President Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia for a State Visit to South Africa from 07 to 09 December 2016. The visit is aimed at deepening and strengthening of the already existing good political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the struggle.
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Closing date for public to nominate distinguished persons for the 2017 UBUNTU Awards is nearing. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the Annual Ubuntu Awards on 11 February 2017 in Cape Town. The Awards will be held under the theme: “OR Tambo… in his footsteps”.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful visit to Azerbaijan. South Africa and Azerbaijan have agreed to establish a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in a bid to elevate relations and facilitate greater volumes of trade. The agreement was announced by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and her Azerbaijan counterpart, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov, at the conclusion of their bilateral talks in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. 

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Tribute by President Jacob Zuma on the passing of El Commandant Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former President of the Republic of Cuba At the Mass Memorial Rally Plaza de la Revolucion  Havana, Cuba, 29 November 2016. The people and government of the Republic of South Africa learned with sadness of the passing of one of the greatest revolutionaries of our time and one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, Comrade President Fidel Castro Ruz.
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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following a chartered aircraft crash carrying a Brazilian football team. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Federative Republic of Brazil, especially the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of a chartered plane that crashed over a mountainous region in Colombia this morning.

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President Zuma to attend funeral of the late President Fidel Castro. President Jacob Zuma will travel to Havana, Cuba to attend the funeral of the late former President of Cuba, His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away on Friday 25 November 2016 at age 90.

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Joint Press Briefing by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016. Joint Press Briefing by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016.
Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pays a courtesy call on the President of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilham Aliyev, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pays a courtesy call on the President of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilham Aliyev, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016.


Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees

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Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the joint press briefing with Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 November 2016. I would like take this opportunity to once again thank you, Excellency Minister Mammadyarov, for the kind welcome and hospitality extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in your beautiful capital city, Baku.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane undertakes a Working Visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will undertake a Working Visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, from 28-29 November 2016. The purpose of the Working Visit is to hold the 1st Session of Regular Diplomatic Consultations at Ministerial level, agreed to through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Pretoria in February 2014.
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President Zuma to host President Museveni of Uganda. President Jacob Zuma will this afternoon, 28 November 2016, host his Ugandan counterpart, H. E. President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.
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President Zuma sends condolences to Cuba following former President Castro's death. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of Cuba, following the passing on of former President Fidel Castro.
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The 6th Plenary Session of South Africa-China Bi-National Commission, held in Cape Town, South Africa. On 22 November 2016, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa co-chaired the 6th Bi-National Commission with the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr LI Yuanchao. The Commission received and deliberated on reports of the Sectoral Committees on foreign relations, trade and investment, science and technology, mining, energy and education.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa To Host Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao For The Sa-China Bnc, Tuynhuis, Cape Town, Tues 22 Nov 2016. Cape Town- Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at Tuynhuis, Cape Town, host the Vice President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr LI Yuanchao, for the 6th Session of the South Africa-China Bi-National Commission (BNC) aimed at consolidating bilateral political, economic and trade relations between the two countries.

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President Zuma sends condolences to the Republic of India following fatal train accident. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, H. E. President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to H. E. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government and people of the Republic of India following the fatal train accident in northern Uttar Pradesh this morning, which has claimed the lives of scores of people and left many injured.

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President Zuma sends condolences to the Republic of Mozambique following deadly explosion. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique following the deadly explosion of a fuel tanker in northern Mozambique on Thursday, 17 November 2016, that claimed at least 73 lives with over 100 injured.

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