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  29 Jul: Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing, the People’s Republic of China
  22 Jul: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  21 Jul: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane participates in a Mandela Day event at the Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre, Jouberton, Matlosana, South Africa
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  12 Jul: South Africa’s Centenary Commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood, Longueval, Somme, France
  11 Jul: State Visit by President Jacob Zuma to Paris, France
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South Africa joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attack in Afghanistan. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal killing of over 80 people and some 300 injured during an attack on a peaceful protest in Kabul on 23 July 2016. The Government of South Africa extends its sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to the Government and people of Afghanistan and the family of the deceased.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits China and Indonesia to strengthen political and economic relations. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will participate in, and also co-chair, the Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for 29 July 2016 in Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture at the North-West University under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 22 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture at the North-West University under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 22 July 2016.

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Public Lecture by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H. E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, 22 July 2016. I am honoured to present this Public Lecture in honour of our internationally revered leader, former President Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 98 on 18 July 2016. The theme of this Public Lecture is “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a Nelson Mandela Day charity event in Klerksdorp, Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre, Jouberton, Matlosana, South Africa, 21 Juy 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a Nelson Mandela Day charity event in Klerksdorp, Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre, Jouberton, Matlosana, South Africa, 21 Juy 2016.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits the North-West Province for a belated Mandela Day charity event and a public lecture

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to visit the North-West Province on 21 – 22 July 2016 to take part in a belated Mandela Day event at the Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre in Jouberton, under the City of Matlosana Local Municipality, and to deliver a public lecture at the North-West University in Potchefstroom under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”.

Date :

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Time : 09H00
Venue : Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre
Jouberton
Matlosana
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


Date :

Friday, 22 July 2016

Time : 10H00
Venue :

GKSA Hall
North-West University
Potchefstroom
c/o Molen and Meyer streets

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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27th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) Kigali, Rwanda, 17-18 July 2016.

27th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) Kigali, Rwanda, 17-18 July 2016.


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Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.

Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.


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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, on their way to attend the Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, on their way to attend the Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.

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South Africa expresses concern over the situation in the Republic of Turkey. The South African Government notes with concern political developments in the Republic of Turkey, following the attempted coup by a faction of the military, which took place yesterday evening, Friday, 15 July 2016.

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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in the Republic of France. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place on Thursday, 14 July 2016, in the French city of Nice during Bastille Day celebrations, which resulted in the deaths of 80 people, including children, and leaving scores injured.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane being interviewed by SABC on issues relating to the African Union (AU) Summit and the terrorist attacks in France, Kigali, Rwanda, 15 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane being interviewed by SABC on issues relating to the African Union (AU) Summit and the terrorist attacks in France, Kigali, Rwanda, 15 July 2016.

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016.








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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016.
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President Zuma congratulates Mr Brahim Ghali as the newly elected President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated H. E. Mr Brahim Ghali for his election as the Secretary-General of the POLISARIO Front and as the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

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South Africa expresses concern over the situation in the Republic of South Sudan. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has expressed great concern over the shooting incidences that took place in the past few days in the Republic of South Sudan, resulting in the deaths of over 100 people and leaving many injured. These shooting incidences threaten to draw back the promising gains made through the compromised Peace Agreement and the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity.

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Arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India. He is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 July 2016. Arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India. He is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 July 2016.


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Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of South Africa-India Business Forum, Pretoria, 08 July 2016. It gives me a great pleasure to address this august occasion that further marks the advancement of relations between South Africa and India. Our two countries enjoy deep ties dating back to many years.  We pride ourselves for having hosted Mahatma Gandhi, whose political consciousness was largely forged here in South Africa.

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Joint Statement between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of India on the occasion of the official visit of H. E. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India to the Republic of South Africa (8 July 2016). On the invitation of His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, paid an official visit to the Republic of South Africa from 7 to 9 July 2016.  Prime Minister Modi in his first visit to South Africa was accompanied by a delegation comprising senior government officials.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma at the Media Conference, following the Official Talks with Prime Minister Modi of India, Pretoria, 08 July 2016. It is a great honour for South Africa to host His Excellency Prime Minister Modi of India. This is a very important visit for our country, given the relations between South Africa and India. The visit has certainly further strengthened the already warm historical relations between the two countries, and has taken cooperation to a higher level.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 July 2016. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - In improving the lives of our people, Cabinet welcomes the launch of the Ncora Bulk Water Treatment Works Project in the Eastern Cape by President Jacob Zuma. The R64 million water treatment plant is estimated to benefit 17 887 families from 208 villages in the four surrounding area. It has created 188 jobs, with local people, youth and women being major beneficiaries

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Transcript of Minister Nkoana-Mashabane's Media Briefing on 4 July 2016 related to Brexit. Question by RFI: "Question is on the visit to France. I would like to ask you about the importance of this visit in the context of Brexit and how that's going to change South Africa's relations with France especially accessing the EU market".

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2016.






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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2016.
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Media Remarks by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on International Developments, DIRCO, Pretoria, Monday, 04 July 2016. When we presented the Budget Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to Parliament in May 2016, we said we will continue during the course of this financial year to pursue our foreign policy objectives, which include consolidating the African Agenda and strengthening consolidating South-South relations.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to address the media on international developments

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will address the media on international developments, including the upcoming Official Visit of the Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi, President Zuma’s State Visit to France and the mid-year Summit of the AU, scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda.

Date :

Monday, 04 July 2016

Time : 12H00
Venue :

DIRCO Media Briefing Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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India and SA forge ahead, The New Age, 04 July 2016. The upcoming official visit to South Africa by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will serve to cement and strengthen the excellent bilateral relations which exist between South Africa and India. South Africa and India share common values and objectives which were forged during the struggle against colonialism and for liberation and democracy in South Africa.
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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo receives the SAIIA Young Leaders Declaration, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 June 2016. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo receives the SAIIA Young Leaders Declaration, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 June 2016.


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Welcome Remarks by DM Mfeketo, at the DIRCO engagement with the Delegates of the 2016 SAIIA Young Leaders Conference, 30 June 2016. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to DIRCO and this first engagement with the SAIIA Young Leaders Programme. When the proposal to allow delegates from this Conference was made, DIRCO welcomed the opportunity to engage with young leaders like yourselves, as you represent not only South Africa but also the future of this country.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to receive 2016 Young Leaders Declaration

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has partnered with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to host a youth dialogue in Celebrating the Youth month under the theme ‘Young South Africans taking the lead in creating a sustainable future’. The Summit will be addressed by Deputy Minister Mfeketo.  After the conference the Young Leaders will present a declaration to the Deputy Minister.

Date :

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Time : 13H00
Venue : OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : mtshalip@dirco.gov.za; media@saiia.org.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SA extends condolences to Turkey following the terror attacks on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. On behalf of the Government and the people of Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey, in particular the families of the deceased and injured, following the terror attacks on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday evening, 28 June 2016, which claimed the lives of scores of people and leaving many injured.

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Communiqué: Double Troika Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, Gaborone, Republic of Botswana, 28 June 2016. The Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on 28 June 2016.

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President Zuma arrives in Botswana for the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has this evening arrived in Botswana, ahead of the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika scheduled to be held in Gaborone, on 28 June 2016. It is anticipated that the Extra-Ordinary Summit will consider the political and security situation in the SADC region, paying particular attention to the situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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Relative Calm Returns to the City of Tshwane. Government is making notable progress in stabilising and stamping out acts of criminality in and around the City of Tshwane. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested 150 suspects in connection with various crimes such as public violence, burglary, theft, possession of unlicensed firearms and the possession of suspected stolen property.
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Territorial dispute regarding the South China Sea. South Africa has noted with concern the recent trend in the global arena to politicise the situation pertaining to the South China Sea. South Africa supports the position that the sovereign states that are directly concerned should resolve their relevant disputes through direct consultations and negotiations, on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with international law, as well as to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

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Statement on Cabinet Meeting of 22 June 2016. Implementation of key government programmes - Cabinet deliberated on the fourth quarter progress reports of the implementation of the government Programme of Action (PoA) and the outcomes. Government is making progress by addressing challenges and intervening to close the gaps in the implementation of the PoA.

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SA sends a message of condolences to the US following Orlando tragedy. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has sent a message of condolences to the Government and the people of the United States of America following the shooting in Orlando, Florida, which has left about 50 people dead and scores injured. The South African Government has noted the comments by President Obama following the shooting, describing the incident as an "act of terror."

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DIRCO and the Gift of the Givers make a donation to cyclone-hit Madagascar. Following an urgent appeal by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar to respond to the emergency situation fomented by the cyclone “Chedza” and the on-going floods since January 2015, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has partnered with the Gift of the Givers Foundation to provide humanitarian assistance to Madagascar.

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SA condemns the recent attack in Kazakhstan. The South African Government condemns the cowardly attack which took place on 5 June 2016 in the city of Aktobe in Western Kazakhstan, which claimed the lives of 6 people. The South African Government sends it deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Middle East on razor edge, The New Age, 09 June 2016. South Africa participated in the recent conference in Paris aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process, which collapsed in 2014 with the outbreak of what has become known as the Fifty-Day Gaza War.
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Remarks by Deputy Minister L Landers on the occasion of the DIRCO Provincial Roadshow to the KZN Provincial Cabinet, Provincial Legislature and Provincial Government, 8 June 2016. I am pleased to lead the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) team on this occasion of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Roadshow. This is the second Provincial Roadshow following the one we undertook to the Free State Province in September 2015.

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Government displeased with the manner in which the alerts about South Africa were handled. The South African government takes the threat of violent extremism and terrorism very seriously. It is a global phenomenon that no nation can claim immunity from. As part of their work, our security agencies are in constant liaison with foreign intelligence services represented in South Africa. Their work includes information exchanges on threats presented by violent extremism and terrorism.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 8 June 2016. We have noted the reviews by international rating agencies Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, which reaffirmed South Africa’s investment grade credit rating and maintained its stable outlook. The rating reviews affirm the continuing work by government to turn the economy around and give the country the necessary space to continue implementing its intervention plans.

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Family photograph of the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016. Family photograph of the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Mr Jean Marc Ayraultm, during the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Mr Jean Marc Ayraultm, during the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) International Conference, Paris, France, 3 June 2016.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful participation in the Middle East Peace Initiative Ministerial Meeting in Paris. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has today, Friday, 3 June 2016, participated in a Ministerial Meeting  on the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) in Paris, France,  at the invitation of the French Foreign Minister, Mr Jean Marc Ayrault.

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Joint Communiqué: Middle East Peace Initiative, Paris, June 3, 2016. The Participants met in Paris on June 3, 2016 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They reaffirmed that a negotiated two-state solution is the only way to achieve an enduring peace, with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the Paris Middle East Peace Conference.The Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will on Friday, 3 June 2016, attend an international conference on the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) in Paris, France, at the invitation of the French Foreign Minister, Mr Jean Marc Ayrault.

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Cuba: first among equals, The New Age, 02 June 2016. South Africa and Cuba mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral relations this year. We chose to mark this landmark event during the pas month of May, which was designated as Africa Month and which marks the founding on May 25, 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs the condolences book on the passing of President Mohamed Abdelaziz of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 June 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs the condolences book on the passing of President Mohamed Abdelaziz of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) at the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 June 2016.

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South Africa expresses its condolences to the people of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on the passing of President Mohamed Abdelaziz. President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of South Africa, expresses his deepest condolences to the Saharawi people on the passing away of President Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary-General of the Polisario Front.

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Deputy Minister Landers arrives in Papua New Guinea for the ACP Council of Ministers' Meeting. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers arrived in Papua New Guinea today, 29 May 2016, to attend the Ministerial Meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, scheduled for 30 June 2016. The meeting will be succeeded by the 8th ACP Summit on 31 May to 01 June 2016.

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Minister Ebrahim Patel to lead a South African a delegation to the 8th Summit ACP. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel will lead a South African delegation to the 8th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to be held in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea from 31 May to 01 June 2016.

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South Africa has no objection to CPJ being granted observer status by ECOSOC. In accordance with our Constitution,  laws and policies, South Africa supports freedom of expression and the role that Journalists play in democracy and free societies. Journalists play a key role in the consolidation of democracy, transparency and good governance.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attends the opening of the Fifteenth Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting, Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, 26-27 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attends the opening of the Fifteenth Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting, Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, 26-27 May 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Opening Dinner of the Fifteenth Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting, Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, 26-27 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Opening Dinner of the Fifteenth Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting, Oslo, Kingdom of Norway, 26-27 May 2016.



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