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  28-29 Nov: First Session of Regular Diplomatic Consultations at Ministerial Level, Baku, Azerbaijan
  28 Nov: President Jacob Zuma hosts President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda, in Pretoria, South Africa
  25 Nov-10 Dec: 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children
  22 Nov: Sixth Session of the South Africa - China Bi-National Commission (BNC), Cape Town, South Africa
  18 Nov: Fourteenth Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) between South Africa and the Russian Federation, Pretoria, South Africa
  14-17 Nov: Working Visit by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Poland
  14-15 Nov: Ninth South Africa - Germany Bi-National Commission, Berlin, Germany
  11 Nov: Third Session of the Botswana - South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC), Pretoria, South Africa
  10-11 Nov: Working Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, to Pretoria, South Africa
  9-15 Nov: Official Visit by Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo to the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
  9 Nov: Media Launch of the 2017 Annual UBUNTU Awards, Pretoria, South Africa
  9 Nov: Fourth EU - South Africa Structured Dialogue Forum on Human Rights, Brussels, Belgium
  8 Nov: African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya at the Level of Heads of States and Government, Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  3 Nov: Inaugural Session of the Zimbabwe - South Africa Bi-National Commission, Harare, Zimbabwe
  2 Nov: Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe - South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Harare, Zimbabwe
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The Annual UBUNTU Awards 2017
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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, 9 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.


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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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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, sign a MOU after the Fourteenth Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, sign a MOU after the Fourteenth Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a one-on-one meeting with the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a one-on-one meeting with the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2016.

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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the concluded 14th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) with the Russian Federation, 18 November 2016, DIRCO, Pretoria. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending this press conference on our just successfully concluded 14th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) with the Russian Federation.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sergey Donskoy, will co-chair the 14th Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) between South Africa and the Russian Federation, on 18 November 2016 in Pretoria.

Date : Friday 18 November 2016
Time :

10H00 (Opening remarks)

Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Conference Room 2
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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DIRCO calls on public to nominate distinguished persons for the 2017 Ubuntu Awards.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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Deputy Minister Mfeketo concludes successful visit to Central Asia. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo has today, 15 November 2016, concluded her successful visit to Central Asia. The visit focussed mainly on intensifying South Africa’s relations with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and to explore the expansion of areas of cooperation, with specific focus on economic cooperation and academic exchanges.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host the 14th Session of the South Africa – Russian Federation Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC). International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergey Donskoy, will co-chair the 14th Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) between South Africa and the Russia on Friday, 18 November 2016, in Pretoria. 

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 16 November 2016. Implementation of Government Programmes - The quarterly outcomes progress reports were presented to Cabinet for the period 1 July to 30 September 2016. These reports monitor the implementation of Government’s Programme of Action in line with the provisions of the Medium Term Strategic Framework and the National Development Plan.

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Ninth South Africa - Germany Bi-National Commission, Berlin, Germany, 14-15 November 2016. Ninth South Africa - Germany Bi-National Commission, Berlin, Germany, 14-15 November 2016.
Working Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 14-15 November 2016. Working Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 14-15 November 2016.
Courtesy Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Speaker of Parliament, Ms B Stamm, Bavarian Landtag, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 15 November 2016. Courtesy Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Speaker of Parliament, Ms B Stamm, Bavarian Landtag, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 14-15 November 2016.
Working Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 14-15 November 2016. Working Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 14-15 November 2016.



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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane undertakes Working Visit to Germany. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to Munich, Bavaria, on 14-15 November 2016, before proceeding to Berlin to co-chair the 9th SA-Germany Bi-National Commission.
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Deputy Minister Landers undertakes a three-nation working visit to Europe. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will undertake a working visit to the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Poland, respectively, from 14-17 November 2016 for bilateral political consultations.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Third Session of the South Africa Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC). At the invitation of His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana, visited South Africa on 11 November 2016.

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Opening Remarks by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the 3rd Bi-National Commission between South Africa and Botswana, Pretoria, 11 November 2016. It is a great pleasure and privilege to once again welcome you to South Africa, My Brother, President Khama, and your distinguished delegation. Allow me to take this opportunity to once more extend our very warm and heartfelt congratulations to the Government and the people of Botswana on their 50th Independence Anniversary.

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President Zuma to host President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana. South Africa and Botswana will deepen their economic cooperation as President Jacob Zuma tomorrow, 11 November 2016, hosts his Botswana counterpart, His Excellency President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama on the occasion of the 3rd Session of the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria.

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Communiqué: The 5th Round of Kazakhstan – South Africa Political Consultations, Astana, Kazakhstan, November 11, 2016. The 5th round of the Political Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa (hereinafter referred as the Parties) was held on November 11, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Mfeketo at the 5th Round of Bilateral Consultations between South Africa and Kazakhstan, Astana, 11 November 2016. I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for hosting the 5th Round of Bilateral Consultations and for the warm hospitality afforded once again to me and my delegation. I am of the opinion that this Round of Consultations will be a very special one as it is hosted against the backdrop of Central Asian Countries’ 25th Celebration of Independence.
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Working Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, to South Africa to attend and co-chair the Third Session of the Botswana - South Africa Bi-National Commission with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 November 2016. Working Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, to South Africa to attend and co-chair the Third Session of the Botswana - South Africa Bi-National Commission with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 November 2016.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Importation of agricultural and regulated products into the Republic of South Africa during the festive season. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.
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Joint Press Release: The Fourth EU-South Africa Structured Dialogue Forum on Human Rights. The 4th EU-South Africa Structured Dialogue Forum on Human Rights took place on Wednesday 9th of November 2016 in Brussels. As Strategic Partners, both parties share a commitment to democracy, human rights, good governance, tolerance and respect for the rule of law.
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President Zuma congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump on his election victory in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on 08 November 2016.

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DIRCO to launch the 2017 Annual Ubuntu Awards

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will launch the 2017 annual Ubuntu Awards on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 in Pretoria where media will be briefed on this prestigious annual event and the procedures for nominations in the Awards’ six, categories.

Date :

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

Time : 11H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Diplomatic Guesthouse
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

RSVP : Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / 083 564 2024
Enquiries :

Ms Salome Baloi, 083 778 7182

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President Zuma concludes a successful Working Visit to Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma has returned to South Africa after concluding a successful Working Visit to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia where he attended the African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya meeting to review and discuss the peace and security situation in Libya.
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to undertake official visit to Central Asia. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will pay an official visit to two Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan, from 9 to 13 November 2016, and from 14 to 15 November 2016. Whilst Deputy Minister Mfeketo has visited Kazakhstan previously, it will be the first visit by a South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to Turkmenistan since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Replies to Questions in the National Council of Provinces, Cape Town, 09 November 2016. On progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS -The global struggle to end AIDS has recently been given a major boost with the start this month of a ground-breaking HIV vaccine trial in South Africa. It is significant that this vaccine trial, regarded as the most important scientific study in the world of HIV, is led by South African scientists in almost all aspects of the research.

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President Zuma arrives in Ethiopia to attend the African Union High Level Committee on Libya. President Jacob Zuma has this morning, 08 November 2016, arrived in Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the African Union High Level Committee on Libya at the Level of Heads of States and Government scheduled to take place today.

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President Zuma to attend African Union High Level Committee on Libya. President Jacob Zuma will travel to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the African Union High Level Committee on Libya at the Level of Heads of States and Government scheduled to take place tomorrow, on 08 November 2016.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Inaugural Session of the Zimbabwe – South Africa Bi-National Commission: 3 November 2016. At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, attended and co-chaired the Inaugural Session of the Bi-National Commission Summit which was held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 03 November 2016.

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President Zuma to visit Zimbabwe for the Inaugural Session of the SA-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission. South Africa is to further strengthen relations with Zimbabwe to a higher level this week, when President Jacob Zuma visits Harare to attend the inaugural session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission, to take place on 3 November 2016.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane co-chairs the Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe - South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Mr Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2 November 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane co-chairs the Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe - South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Mr Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2 November 2016.






Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane co-chairs the Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe - South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe, Mr Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2 November 2016.
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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the 1st Session of the Bi-National Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe, Harare, 02 October 2016. I would like to begin by thanking you, Honourable Minister Mumbengegwi, for your warm words of welcome extended to my delegation. My Dear Comrade, your warm and kind words of welcome have made us feel at home in this beautiful country, Zimbabwe. It is absolutely important to reaffirm that Zimbabwe is a second home to many South Africans.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to co-chair the Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will co-chair the Inaugural Ministerial Session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Harare today, Wednesday, 02 November 2016, together with her counterpart, H.E Mr Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 1 and 2 November 2016. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - Cabinet congratulates Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the team at National Treasury for delivering a balanced and well thought-out budget. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) provides an opportunity for civil society, labour and business to work together with government to achieve the economic objectives of our country.
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South Africa joins nations of the world in ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. South Africa has ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and has since submitted its instrument of ratification to the Depository under the United Nations Secretary-General in New York. Ratification of the historic treaty, adopted at the 21st international climate change talks in France on 12 December 2015, was assented to by the National Council of Provinces on 27 October 2016, and the National Assembly yesterday, 1 November 2016.
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers meets with the Deputy Minister of Norway, Ms Tone Skogen, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2016.

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers meets with the Deputy Minister of Norway, Ms Tone Skogen, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2016.


Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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DIRCO to host annual Diplomatic Fair

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with Proudly South African, will host the annual Diplomatic Fair on Saturday, 29 October 2016, at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, under the theme: “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of O.R. Tambo”.

Date :

Saturday, 29 October 2016 (entrance is free)

Time : 09H00 – 18H00 (exhibitions and cultural festival)
Venue : Union Buildings Southern Lawns (along Stanza Bopape Street)
Pretoria
RSVP : Ms Semakaleng Rachidi, rachidis@dirco.gov.za  or Mr Reshoketswe Mlangeni, mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078 / Laoura Lazouras, 083 564 2024

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is being interviewed by SABC on South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal (ICC), Pretoria, South Africa, 28 October 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is being interviewed by SABC on South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal (ICC), Pretoria, South Africa, 28 October 2016.


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South Africa welcomes UN resolution on the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. South Africa welcomes the adoption on 27 October 2017 of a resolution entitled "Taking forward multilateralism nuclear disarmament negotiations" by a Committee of the UN General Assembly responsible for disarmament and international security.
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Bali Communiqué, 27 October 2016. We, the Ministers of the Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen met in Bali, Indonesia, for the 16th meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) on 27 October 2016.
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Statement delivered by Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo at the 16th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting, Bali, Indonesia, 27 October 2016. Allow me to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Honourable Minister Retno Marsudi and Indonesia for the warm and friendly hospitality that my delegation and I have experienced in the beautiful city of Bali.

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2016 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement Speech, by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, 26 October 2016. It is my privilege to present the twentieth Medium Term Budget Policy Statement for consideration of the House and all South Africans.
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to participate in the 16th Meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers in Bali, Indonesia. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will lead South Africa’s delegation to the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The Meeting will convene on 27 October 2016 in Bali, Indonesia, and will include Foreign Ministers from IORA Member States, including representatives from IORA Dialogue Partners.

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BRICS economic plans advanced, The New Age, 26 October 2016. Africa regional centre of the New Development Bank links BRICS and the African continent. We have just returned from the eighth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit, which also marked the 10th anniversary since the first meeting of BRICS foreign ministers in New York in 2006, which instituted the partnership.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the State of Qatar on the passing of former Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. President Zuma, has today, Tuesday, 25 October 2016, on behalf of the South African Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the people of the State of Qatar following the passing of former Qatari Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, at the age of 84 years.
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President Jacob Zuma’s Oral Replies to Questions in the National Council of Provinces, 25 October 2016. What is the influence of the (a) rating agencies and (b) results of their findings on the different agreements and commissions entered into between South Africa and other countries (details furnished)? Credit rating agencies assess the ability of debtors to pay back the money they owe. Depending on their assessment, they then issue credit ratings for sovereign borrowers such as our government.

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