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State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament. It is a great honour and privilege to deliver this State of the Nation Address. This Address should have been delivered last week, but was delayed so that we could properly manage issues of political transition. I wish to thank Honourable Members and the people of South Africa for their patience and forbearance.

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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to Zimbabwe following the passing on of Mr Tsvangirai. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, has learnt with sadness of the passing (on 14 February 2018) of Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T).

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President Jacob Zuma sends condolences to the Russian Federation following plane crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of the Russian Federation following the plane crash that occurred in Moscow on Sunday, 11 February 2018, killing all passengers and crew members on board.

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Ubuntu Awards 2018 postponed. On Tuesday, 06 February 2018, the general public was informed by the Presidency and Parliament that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for Thursday, 08 February 2018, had been postponed. Consequently, events traditionally hosted post the SONA have been affected, including the Ubuntu Awards 2018. The event has accordingly been postponed until further notice.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the closing of the BRICS Sherpa Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, 6 ebruary 2018.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the closing of the BRICS Sherpa Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, 6 February 2018.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers closing remarks at the first BRICS Sherpa meeting. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the first meeting of BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas meeting Cape Town on 6 February 2018 that the priorities identified by South Africa will help guide BRICS as it enters its second decade of existence. South Africa took over as Chair of BRICS on 1 January 2018 and will host the 10th BRICS Summit in July 2018.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver closing remarks at a BRICS meeting in Cape Town

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, deliver closing remarks at the First Meeting of the BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas, which is underway in Cape Town.

Date :

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Time :  12H30
Venue : Taj Hotel
No 1 Wale Street
Cape Town
RSVP : By end of business day, 16H00 at mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete 076 431 3076
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Opening Remarks Mr KE Mahoai Director-General: Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 05 February 2018. It is my sincere honour to welcome you to South Africa for this, the First BRICS Sherpas Meeting under the auspices of South Africa’s Chairship. This city that we fondly call the ‘Mother City’ is steeped in the history of our country. Not far from here is the famous Robben Island, where our great leader Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen years out of twenty-seven years of incarceration.
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to deliver opening remarks at first meeting of BRICS Sherpas and Sous-Sherpas in Cape Town

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will on Monday, 04 February 2018, deliver opening remarks at the First Meeting of the BRICS Sherpas and Sous Sherpas. The meeting will take place in Cape Town.

Date : Monday, 04 February 2018
Time : 09H30
Venue :

Taj Hotel
No 1 Wale Street
Cape Town

RSVP : mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete 076 431 3076
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President Zuma returns from Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma has today, 30 January 2018, arrived back in South Africa from a successful visit to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, where he led the South African Government delegation to the 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which met from 28-29 January 2017 under the theme: "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation".

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President Zuma congratulates Prof Millar on winning prestigious AU Award. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated renowned South African scientist, Prof Robert Millar, on winning the prestigious African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Award today, 28 January 2018.

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President Zuma to host the Nelson Mandela Centenary Dinner on the margins of the AU Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma will today, 27 January 2018 host a Dinner to commemorate the Centenary celebrations of President Nelson Mandela on the sidelines of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place from 28-29 January 2018.

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Speaking Notes: Ambassador Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s BRICS Sherpa during the BRICS Stakeholder Roundtable on the 29th January 2018 in Pretoria. South Africa has now officially assumed the Chairship of BRICS for 2018 and will initiate the Calendar of Events with the hosting of the First BRICS Sherpa Meeting in Cape Town from 4 – 6 February 2018.
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Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Reception during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 27 January 2018. I welcome you to today’s important occasion to mark the Nelson Mandela Centenary. The year 2018 presents an opportunity for Africa and humanity as a whole to remember the legacy of this great icon, and to reflect on how we can make a meaningful contribution to promoting the ideals, principles and values that President Mandela stood for, ideals that were informed by Africa’s quest for freedom and prosperity.

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President Zuma to attend the AU Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma will travel to Addis Ababa in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place from 28-29 January 2018.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Switzerland, Davos to lead the South African delegation at the World Economic Forum 2018. Davos - The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa today arrived in Davos, Switzerland to lead, a high-level government, business and labour delegation to the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual meeting scheduled from 23-26 January 2018.
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South Africa and India meet to strengthen ties. South Africa and India convened the Foreign Office Consultations on 18 January 2018 in New Delhi, India. The Consultations form part of the structured mechanism which governs bilateral relations between the two countries. This mechanism comprises a Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) and the Foreign Office Consultations (FOC).

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Meeting with United Sates Embassy and United States Chargé d'Affaires. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) met with the United States Embassy and the United States Chargé d'Affaires on 15 January 2017 - which is also Martin Luther King Day in the United States - to express South Africa's concerns with regard to the reports about statements that were allegedly made by President Donald Trump with regard to Africa and certain other countries.

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Government to demarche US embassy official. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will on Monday, 15 January 2017, demarche the Charges de Affaires (the second in charge) of the Embassy of the United States of America in Pretoria following the recent disturbing comments attributed to President Donald Trump.

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President Jacob Zuma sends condolences to the Madagascar following a deadly cyclone. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Republic of Madagascar following a deadly cyclone that hit the island, killing more than 40 people and leaving scores of others unaccounted for.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes her successful visit to Rabat. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashahane, has concluded her successful visit to Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, where she led a South African Government delegation at the African Union's (AU) Ministerial Conference on Migration, which took place on 09 January 2018.

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South Africa welcomes the first High level Talks in almost two years between the two Koreas. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation welcomes the first high-level bilateral meeting in almost two years between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which took place on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 at the truce village of Panmunjeom near the inter-Korean border.

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AU Ministerial Conference on Migration, Statement by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 09 January 2018. Allow me at the outset to express my heartfelt appreciation to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Government and people of the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting this important meeting of the African Union. My delegation and I have been received with warm hospitality and for that we express our appreciation.

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President Zuma to Host President Kenyatta of Kenya in Durban. President Jacob Zuma will, on Thursday, 11 January 2018, hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at Dr John Dube residence in Durban. President Kenyatta is on his first working visit to South Africa since his inauguration on 28 November 2017.

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South Africa and China celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations. Having established formal ties on 01 January 1998, the Republic of South Africa and the People's Republic of China have reached the important  milestone on 01 January 2018 of 20 years of formal diplomatic relations.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the African Union's (AU) Ministerial Conference on Migration, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 9 January 2018. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the African Union's (AU) Ministerial Conference on Migration, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, 9 January 2018.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to attend AU meeting on migration in Rabat. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashahane is scheduled to attend the African Union's (AU) Ministerial Conference on Migration, which will bring together AU Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, on 09 January 2018.

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President Zuma congratulates Mr George Weah on his election victory in Liberia. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President-elect of the Republic of Liberia, Mr George Weah, who has won the Liberian Presidential runoff elections held on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. President Zuma further congratulated the people of the Republic of Liberia for conducting peaceful Presidential runoff elections.

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Statement on the missile intercepted over Riyadh. The South African Government was shocked at the news of yet another deadly missile being intercepted over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Last month the Saudi defence system intercepted a missile that was reportedly targeted at the Riyadh International Airport.

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South Africa concerned about the situation in Yemen. The South African Government is very concerned about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, including the death of the former President of Yemen, Mr Ali Abdullah Saleh and the calls from some quarters for revenge.

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South Africa’s position on the unilateral decision taken by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which undermines Middle East Peace Process. South Africa maintains a principled position that unilateralism threatens the global balance of power, security and stability in a relatively volatile environment. International cooperation, dialogue and consultation is therefore critical to ensure peaceful interaction among states.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 6 December 2017.Cabinet convened for its last 2017 meeting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Cabinet Decisions - Cabinet approved the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2016-2026 for implementation. The NTSS is anchored on five strategic pillars, namely marketing, facilitation of ease of access for tourists, enhance visitor experience, destination management and broad-based benefits.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Science Energy and Technology of Jamaica, Dr Andrew Wheatley, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 December 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Science Energy and Technology of Jamaica, Dr Andrew Wheatley, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 December 2017.

Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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Public invited to nominate South Africans for the 2018 Ubuntu Awards. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the fourth Annual Ubuntu Awards on Saturday, 10 February 2018, in Cape Town. The Ubuntu Awards were launched in 2015 to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through diligent service in their respective fields. South Africa prides itself on these global ambassadors.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host the Post Africa Cup Amateur Tournament Award Ceremony

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will be hosting the Post Africa Cup Amateur Tournament Award Ceremony Cape Town, Western Cape Province on the 3rd of December 2017.

Date : Sunday, 03 December 2017
Time : 18H00
Venue :

Portuguese Club
Milnerton grounds
Cape Town
Western Cape

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa on Cooperation on Peace and Security with a special focus on Youth during the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, 30 November 2017. South Africa is honoured to introduce the thematic session on African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) Cooperation on peace and security with a focus on youth, on behalf of the African Union.
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President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government at the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth Summit of the African Union - European Union, Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, 29 November 2017. President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government at the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth Summit of the African Union - European Union, Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, 29 November 2017.

Picture: Katlholo Maifadi
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South Africa condemns and denounces the reported slave trade of African Migrants in Libya. South Africa joins the international community in strongly condemning the disturbing reports of auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. These inhumane acts are incongruent with the ideals of the African Union and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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Advisor to the President of Palestine on Foreign and International Relations, Dr Nabeel Shaath, speaks at the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Seminar: The Year of O R Tambo and The Palestinian Struggle under Apartheid Rule, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 November 2017. Advisor to the President of Palestine on Foreign and International Relations, Dr Nabeel Shaath, speaks at the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Seminar: The Year of O R Tambo and The Palestinian Struggle under Apartheid Rule, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 November 2017.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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South Africa condemns deadly terrorist attack in Egypt. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt following the horrendous and unjustifiable terrorist attack that took place on 24 November 2017 on the Sufi al-Rawdah mosque, Egypt, where a large number of congregants were killed and scores injured.

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President Jacob Zuma and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, witness the signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, Union Buildings, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017.

Picture: Katlholo Maifadi
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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency, Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, to the Republic of South Africa, 24 - 25 November 2017. At the invitation of His Excellency Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, paid a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from 23 - 25 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, at the public lecture, under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, at the public lecture, under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017.

Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, arrives at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 November 2017. President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, arrives at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 November 2017.


Picture: Katlholo Maifadi
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Angolan President Lourenço to deliver public lecture in Pretoria

Following official talks with the President of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of his first State Visit to South Africa, the President of the Republic of Angola, His Excellency Mr João Lourenço, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, 24 November 2017, in Pretoria under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”.

Date :

Friday, 24 November 2017

Time : 14H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and copy mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SA government conveys condolences to Nigeria following suicide bomb blast. The Government and people of South Africa wish to convey a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Nigeria following a suicide bomb blast on 21 November 2017 that has left over 50 people killed and many injured.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, attend the SADC Troika plus Chair Meeting, SADC Headquarters, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, attend the SADC Troika plus Chair Meeting, SADC Headquarters, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017.

Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moito of Botswana, co-chair the Ministerial Meeting of the Fourth Session of the South Africa - Botswana Bi-National Commission, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moito of Botswana, co-chair the Ministerial Meeting of the Fourth Session of the South Africa - Botswana Bi-National Commission, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017.

Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to Botswana for the 4th Session of the SA-Botswana Bi-National Commission. President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to participate in and co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana on 17 November 2017.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 15 November 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at Tuynhuys, Cape Town. Issues in the environment – Investment - Cabinet welcomes Ford Motor Company’s R3-billion investment into the Silverton Plant, Pretoria, Gauteng. This investment will result in the creation of direct and indirect jobs due to the expected increased production of its Ford Ranger model.

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President Zuma sends condolences message to earthquake-hit countries. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Governments and the people of the Iraq and Iran following a deadly earthquake which erupted on 12 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of External Relations from the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of External Relations from the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 November 2017.


Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of Bilateral Talks with the Angolan Minister of External Relations, Mr Manuel Domingos Augusto, 09 November 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria.Today I received and hosted my counterpart, Minister of External Relations, Mr Manuel Domingos Augusto, on a Working Visit to Pretoria. The Minister is accompanied by senior officials from Angola.

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South Africa condemns the missile strike at the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia. South Africa wishes to express its condemnation of the attempted ballistic missile strike directed towards the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was intercepted close to the King Khalid International Airport on 4 November 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Angolan counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her counterpart as part of a working visit from the Republic of Angola, Mr Manuel Domingos Agusto, Minister of External Relations on the 09 November 2017.

Date : Thursday, 09 November 2017
Time : 11H30 for 12H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Media Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts the Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Joanna Wronecka, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 November 2017. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts the Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Joanna Wronecka, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 November 2017.

Picture: Katlholo Maifadi
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Comoros, Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Comoros, Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 November 2017.


Picture: Yandisa Monakali
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South Africa condemns the terrorist attack in New York City. The South African Government unequivocally condemns the terrorist attack in New York City, United States of America, on 31 October 2017, which has caused the death of eight innocent civilians and injured many others.
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Cabinet met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Issues in the environment - Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) 2017 - Cabinet welcomes the MTBPS delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, in Parliament, Cape Town, last week.

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