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  19-20 May: Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses students and other stakeholders at a symposium, North West University, Mahikeng Campus, Mahikeng, South Africa
  15 May: South Africa - Brazil Bilateral Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa
  11-12 May: South Africa - Tanzania Bi-National Commission (BNC), Dar es Salaam, Republic of Tanzania
  3-5 May: World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), Durban, South Africa
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on a Working Visit to Oman. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is visiting Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, today, 22 May 2017, where she is meeting representatives of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman as part of efforts to strengthen relations.

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President Zuma congratulates the President of Iran on his election victory. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani, who has won the Iranian presidential elections held on Friday, 19 May 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to address students in Polokwane

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 19 May 2017, address the Leadership and Transformation Seminar organised by the Black Management Forum (BMF) Student Chapter of the University of Limpopo in Polokwane.

Date : Friday, 19 May 2017
Time : 18H00
Venue : Meropa Casino
Polokwane
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


Deputy Minister Landers to address students in Polokwane and Mafikeng

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will address students and other stakeholders at a symposium at the North West University, Mahikeng Campus, under the theme: “Promoting Internationalisation and Social Cohesion.

Date : Friday, 19 May and Saturday, 20 May 2017
Time : 09H30
Venue : Great Hall
North West University
Mafikeng
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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Remarks by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation during the occasion of the NWU Symposium on Internationalisation and Social Cohesion, North West University, Mafikeng, 19 May 2017. I am indeed humbled to be afforded this opportunity to have this focused discussion with you. The agreed theme for our interaction today is “Promoting Social Cohesion and Internationalism”. I am grateful for the North West University for arranging this occasion and the attendance bears testimony to the hard work you have put into preparations thereof.

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Special Envoy of the President of South Africa, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Namibia, Mr Hage Geingob, Windhoek, Namibia, 18 May 2017. Special Envoy of the President of South Africa, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Namibia, Mr Hage Geingob, Windhoek, Namibia, 18 May 2017.

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African Regional Heads of Mission Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 15 - 17 May 2017. African Regional Heads of Mission Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 15 - 17 May 2017.

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Joint Statement issued at the conclusion of the SA-Brazil Bilateral meeting, 15 May 2017, Pretoria. On 15 May 2017 the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the BrazilianMinister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a Working Visit to Pretoria.

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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane after the conclusion of Bilateral Talks with the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, 15 May 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. Today I received and hosted my counterpart, the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a Working Visit to Pretoria. The Minister is accompanied by a high-level business delegation that is currently meeting with their counterparts here in Pretoria.

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Media Invite: SA - Brazil Bilateral Meeting

The media are invited to a press conference to be held at the conclusion of bilateral talks between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Brazilian counterpart, His Excellency Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.

Date : Monday, 15 May 2017
Time : 11H00
Venue : Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Brazilian counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, in Pretoria on Monday, 15 May 2017.

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Group photograph: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Dr Augustine P. Mahiga, at the South Africa - Tanzania Ministerial Session, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 10 May 2017. Group photograph: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Dr Augustine P. Mahiga, at the South Africa - Tanzania Ministerial Session, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 10 May 2017.

South African Ministers in attendance are Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, Minister of Water and Envorinmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, Minister of Transport, Mr Joe Maswanganyi, Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor and Minister of Defence, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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President Zuma concludes his State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania. President Jacob Zuma has this morning returned from his successful State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania where he had positive and fruitful talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, His Excellency John Pomba Magufuli in Dar es Salaam.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency President Zuma to the United Republic of Tanzania. At the invitation of His Excellency John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, paid a State Visit to Tanzania from 11-12 May 2017.

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Toast Remarks by H.E. President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the State Banquet hosted by H.E. President John Magufuli during South Africa's State Visit to Tanzania, 11 May 2017. I wish to thank you, Your Excellency, for your fraternal words of welcome. Indeed, we feel at home in Tanzania! Let me also convey our sincere gratitude for the well-known hospitality that has been extended to us since our arrival in this great City of Dar es Salaam.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the South Africa-Tanzania Business Forum Meeting held during State Visit and the Launch of the South Africa-Tanzania Binational Commission, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11 May 2017. It is my distinct pleasure to address the South Africa-Tanzania Business Forum attended by respective Captains of Industry, as we celebrate Africa Month. We are excited to be in Tanzania on a state visit, given the rich history between the two countries.

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Media Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma at the conclusion of the official talks of the State Visit and Inaugural South Africa-Tanzania BiNational Commission, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11 May 2017. Thank you for inviting me to visit this beautiful country, Tanzania, a country we hold in very high regard because of its sterling contribution to the liberation of many countries in our continent, including our own.

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Opening Remarks by H.E President Jacob Zuma during the official talks with President Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, 11 May 2017. Allow me, Mr President and Dear Comrade, to thank you for your kind and warm words of welcome. Mr President, permit me to also express my gratitude to you for inviting me on a state visit to this beautiful country.

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President Zuma arrives in United Republic of Tanzania for a State Visit. President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania for a State Visit and launch of the South Africa-Tanzania Binational Commission. The visit will further deepen South Africa’s economic, political, cultural and social relations with Tanzania.

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President Zuma to undertake a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania. President Jacob Zuma will undertake a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 11-12 May 2017. President Zuma will also co-chair the launch of the South Africa-Tanzania Bi-National Commission (BNC) with President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency John Pemba Magufuli.
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DIRCO embarks on a series of activities marking Africa Month. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has partnered with various institutions of higher education to mark Africa Month through a series of activities which include symposiums, exhibitions and public lectures. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which has transformed in the African Union (AU), was formed on 25 May 1963.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane opens the new High Commission of South African in Lilongwe, Malawi. She is joined by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of Malawi, Mr Austin Atupele Muluzi, in Lilongwe, Malawi, 9 May 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane opens the new High Commission of South African in Lilongwe, Malawi. She is joined by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development of Malawi, Mr Austin Atupele Muluzi, in Lilongwe, Malawi, 9 May 2017.

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President Zuma congratulates President Moon Jae-in on his victory. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated His Excellency, Mr Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, after he won the Presidential elections on 9 May 2017. President Zuma said: "South Africa looks forward to working with the South Korean Government under the leadership of President Moon to consolidate the already strong political, trade and investment cooperation between South Africa and the Republic of Korea."

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South Africa responds to media coverage on an internal Kenyan Government Memorandum. South Africa has taken note of the Kenyan media coverage following an internal Kenyan Government Memorandum in which public officials travelling to South Africa were requested to display caution during their visits.
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President Zuma sends condolences message to Tanzania following deadly bus crash. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to his Tanzanian counterpart, His Excellency President John Magufuli, following a bus crash in the Arusha region of Tanzania that has claimed more than 30 lives, leaving scores of others injured.

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President Zuma congratulates President-elect Macron on his victory. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mr Emmanuel Macron, President-elect of the Republic of France, following his victory on 07 May 2017 of the French presidential elections. President Zuma said: "South Africa looks forward to working with the French government under the leadership of Mr Macron to consolidate the already strong political, economic and trade ties between South Africa and France."

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President Zuma lauds Team South Africa on positive WEF outcomes. President Jacob Zuma has lauded Team South Africa on the success and positive outcomes achieved at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on 03-05 May 2017.

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Welcome Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, at the World Economic Forum Africa Regional Meeting 2017, Durban, 04 May 2017. Thank you Professor Schwab for your opening remarks. It is always a pleasure and honour for South Africa to host the Africa meeting of the World Economic Forum on behalf of Africa. Let me thank the Heads of State and Government who have taken time off their busy schedules to travel to South Africa to attend this important gathering.

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Mr Iqbal M Surve from Sekunjalo, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the President of Asia – Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Turkey British Telecommunications, Mr Kevin Taylor, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, Durban, South Africa, 3 May 2017. Group photograph: (left to right) Mr Iqbal M Surve from Sekunjalo, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the President of Asia – Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Turkey British Telecommunications, Mr Kevin Taylor, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, Durban, South Africa, 3 May 2017.

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President Zuma welcomes delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban. President Jacob Zuma extends a warm welcome to all delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) which is scheduled to take place in Durban from 3 – 5 May. The delegates include Heads of State and Government from the African continent,  global captains of industry and commerce and civil society leadership. They will meet at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, in Durban, under the theme "Achieving inclusive growth: responsive and responsible leadership".
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Closing Ceremony of the Second Africa - China Youth Festival, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 April 2017. Closing Ceremony of the Second Africa - China Youth Festival, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 April 2017.




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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Launch of the South Africa-China High Level People-To-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM). On 24 April 2017, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, hosted the Vice-Premier of State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Ms Liu Yandong in Pretoria, South Africa, for the launch of the South Africa-China High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM).

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Liu Yandong, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 April 2017.

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Speech delivered by the Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the opening of the South Africa–China High Level Dialogue, Pretoria, OR Tambo Building, 25 April 2017. I am truly honoured and privileged to welcome the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Her Excellency Liu Yandong and all of our distinguished guests and panellists to this High-Level Dialogue. This momentous High-Level Dialogue takes place within the context of the launch of the South Africa – China People to People Exchange Mechanism.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China

International Relations Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Tuesday, 25 April 2017, host the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Liu Yandong, for a bilateral meeting.

Date : Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Time : Media to arrive at 08H00
Venue : OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 26 April 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at the Union Buildings, on the eve of the 23rd national Freedom Day celebrations. President Jacob Zuma chaired the Cabinet meeting, which welcomed the new Members of the Executive who further complement the existing leadership in government in spear heading implementation of government’s Programme of Action for radical economic transformation and inclusive socio-economic growth.

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South Africa hosted the Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada for the 11th meeting of the South Africa - Canada Annual Consultations. The South African Government has today, 25 April 2017 hosted the Deputy Minister of Global Affairs of Canada, Mr Ian Shugart, for the 11th meeting of the South Africa-Canada Annual Consultations, which was co-chaired by Acting Director-General, Mr Kgabo Mahoai.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Chinese Vice Minister of Education, Mr Tian Xuejun, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 April 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Chinese Vice Minister of Education, Mr Tian Xuejun, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 April 2017.


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South Africa to host the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China for the launch of the High-Level People-To-People Exchange Mechanism. The South African Government will from 24-27 April 2017 host the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Liu Yandong, for the inaugural session of the South Africa-China High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM).

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Deputy Minister Landers signs MoU on Political Consultations with Ecuador. The Deputy Minister of International Relations, Mr Luwellyn Landers, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations between the Department of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador.
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The Minister of Small Business Development South Africa, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, with Minister of Economy & Commerce of Qatar, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 April 2017. The Minister of Small Business Development South Africa, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, with Minister of Economy & Commerce of Qatar, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 April 2017.
The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, arrives at Waterkloof Air Force Base. He is received by Minsiter Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 April 2017. The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, arrives at Waterkloof Air Force Base. He is received by Minsiter Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 April 2017.


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President Zuma hosting the Emir of Qatar on a State Visit. President Jacob Zuma is tonight, 11 April 2017, hosting the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani who is on a two day State Visit to South Africa.

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Minister Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, during a Press Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 April 2017. Minister Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, during a Press Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 April 2017.

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Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the media briefing following the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, 11 April 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. Let me take this opportunity to once again welcome you to South Africa. South Africa and the Netherlands share strong historical and cordial relations that date back to the 1600s.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Netherlands counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders, on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, in Pretoria.

Date : Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Time :

12H30

Venue : Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : LedwabaL@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Netherlands counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr. Bert Koenders, on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, in Pretoria.

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Group photograph (left to right): Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo, Ambassador Amar Sinha of India, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh Sri, Ambassador Gong Xiaosheng of China, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov of the Russian Federation, and Ambassador Ligia Maria Scherer of Brazil, Visakapatnam, Republic of India, 11-12 April 2017. Group photograph (left to right): Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo, Ambassador Amar Sinha of India, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh Sri, Ambassador Gong Xiaosheng of China, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov of the Russian Federation, and Ambassador Ligia Maria Scherer of Brazil, Visakapatnam, Republic of India, 11-12 April 2017.
Bilateral Meeting of South Africa andthe Russian Federation at the Meeting of BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East, Visakapatnam, Republic of India, 11-12 April 2017. Bilateral Meeting of South Africa andthe Russian Federation at the Meeting of BRICS Special Envoys on Middle East, Visakapatnam, Republic of India, 11-12 April 2017.


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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in Egypt and Sweden. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Sunday, 09 April 2017, which resulted in the deaths of scores of people.
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Deputy Minister Landers concludes successful working visit to Central America. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded his Working Visit to Central America, where he visited the  Republic of El Salvador from 30 March to 01 April and the Republic of Honduras from 02 to 04 April 2017. 

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Joint Communique on the occasion of the Bilateral meeting between President Jacob Zuma and President Faustin Archange Touadera. On 5 April 2017, His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, hosted His Excellency, Prof. Faustin Archange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic, for a meeting during his working visit to South Africa.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane congratulates Ambassador Mamabolo on his appointment as head of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has congratulated South Africa’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo, who has been appointed as Joint Special Representative and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

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President Zuma sends condolences to Peru and Colombia following flooding and landslides. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Peru and Colombia following flooding and landslides in parts of the Lima Region, Peru, on 14 March 2017 and the South-western city of Mocoa, Colombia, on Saturday,  01 April 2017.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences to Russia following the attack in St Petersburg. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Russia Federation following an explosion at a subway station in the city of St Petersburg on 03 April 2017 that has left scores of people dead and others injured.

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South Africa condemns Israel’s settlement expansion. The South African government has learnt with shock and dismay of plans by the Government of Israel to further expand its settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank.

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