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Remarks by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations at the Seminar to mark the 20th anniversary of the African Union, hosted by the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 18 May 2022
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DIRCO rejects reports of ISIS fighters returning to South Africa. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has, in recent days, noted false and irresponsible newspaper reports indicating that hundreds of former ISIS fighters have been repatriated to South Africa through a “secret operation” carried out since 2019.

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Minister Naledi Pandor’s Remarks to Learners at Zinikeleni Secondary School, 20 May 2022. It is an honour to be with you today, ahead of our President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Imbizo, which will take place later this morning not far from your school.

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Investment Seminar to be held in Kimberley

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Mr. Alvin Botes, in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Government, through the office of the Premier, will host a seminar aimed at showcasing investment opportunities in the Northern Cape Province.

Date : Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Time :

08h00

Venue : Mittal Seperepere Convention Centre
Kimberley
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Standalone BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations Meeting and the First BRICS Plus Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue. On 19 May 2022, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, participated in the virtual edition of the Fifth Standalone BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Meeting as well as the First BRICS Plus Foreign Minister’s Dialogue with counterparts from emerging markets and developing countries

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Minister Pandor to officially hand over computers to Zinikeleni Secondary School in Carolina, Mpumalanga Province. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will officially hand over laptops to Zinikeleni Secondary School in Carolina, Mpumalanga Province.

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Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the seminar with the theme: “Pan-Africanism in current times”, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 May 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the seminar with the theme: “Pan-Africanism in current times”, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 May 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Remarks by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations at the Seminar to mark the 20th anniversary of the African Union, hosted by the University of Cape Town, on 18 May 2022. It is a great pleasure for me to deliver these remarks as part of our celebration of the birth of Africa’s premier organisation, the African Union (AU), the successor of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

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Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the Public Lecture to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the African Union (AU), with the theme: “Africa in 2063: Removing obstacles to prosperity”, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 May 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the Public Lecture to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the African Union (AU), with the theme: “Africa in 2063: Removing obstacles to prosperity”, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 May 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Africa in 2063 – Removing obstacles to prosperity, Dr GNM Pandor, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, University of Cape Town, 17 May 2022. Allow me to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude for the warm welcome and for allowing us to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the African Union at the University of Cape Town.

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Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini and the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, of the African Union, Madame Benita Diop, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022. Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini and the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, of the African Union, Madame Benita Diop, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022.

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Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini and the Assistant State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr Simon Geissbuhler, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022. Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini and the Assistant State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr Simon Geissbuhler, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022.

Photo: Yolande Snyman / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini co-chairs the Fourth Capital Level Meeting of the Global Network of National Focal Points of Women, Peace and Security, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022. Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini co-chairs the Fourth Capital Level Meeting of the Global Network of National Focal Points of Women, Peace and Security, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2022.

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Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini arrives in Geneva to Co-Chair the Fourth Capital Level Meeting of the Global Network of National Focal Points of Women, Peace and Security. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has today arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, to co-chair the Global Network of Focal Points on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) taking place in Geneva from 18-19 May 2022.

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Economic Assistance Agreement with the Republic of Cuba. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has responded to a Parliamentary Question from the Democratic Alliance (DA) relating to the Economic Assistance Package (EAP), of R350 Million to Cuba, signed on 03 February 2012 in Pretoria.

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Minister Pandor to speak at two events in Cape Town marking the AU’s 20th anniversary. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will speak at two events in Cape Town this week marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of the African Union (AU).

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Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the book launch, "Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter", by late former Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 May 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the book launch, "Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter", by late former Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 May 2022.

Minister Naledi Pandor speaks at the book launch, "Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter", by late former Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 May 2022.

Photos: Yandisa Monakali / DIRCO

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Minister Pandor to speak at the book launch - Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter by late Former Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will speak at the launch of a book; Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter, by late former Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim.

Date : Monday, 16 May 2022
Time :

17h00

Venue : University of Pretoria
The Auditorium; Future Africa
Hillcrest Campus
Hatfield
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President extends condolences on passing of UAE President His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. President Cyril Ramaphosa has on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa extended his deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the passing away of His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
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Minister Naledi Pandor tables the Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation’s (DIRCO), Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor tables the Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation’s (DIRCO), Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on the occasion of the Budget Vote, 12 May 2022. South Africa has continued to conduct its foreign relations in accordance with the values and principles set out in our Constitution.
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Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation by Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022.

Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation by Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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International Relations and Cooperation, Budget Vote Speech, Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini, 12 May 2022. As the world continues to grapple with the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have had to confront dwindling budgets and do more with less.

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Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022.

Budget Vote Speech for 2022 of the Department of International and Cooperation by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 May 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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International Relations and Cooperation, Budget Vote Speech, Deputy Minister Alvin Botes, 12 May 2022. This speech is dedicated to the foresight and fortitude of one of the penholders of the South African Freedom Charter, Professor ZK Matthews.
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DIRCO condemns the killing of Aljazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, allegedly by the Israeli Defence Force on Wednesday, 11 May 2022.

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Minister Pandor to table the Department of International and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) Budget Vote. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will virtually table her Department’s Budget Vote Speech in Parliament on Thursday, 12 May 2022, at 14h00.
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Opening Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Official Talks on the occasion of State Visit by Guinea-Bissau President Embaló, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 28 April 2022. On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, I welcome you and your esteemed delegation to our country on the occasion of this state visit.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, Ms Suzi Carla Barbosa, on the sidelines of the State Visit, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 April 2022. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, Ms Suzi Carla Barbosa, on the sidelines of the State Visit, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 April 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Minister Naledi Pandor receives the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, ahead of his State Visit, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 April 2022.

Minister Naledi Pandor receives the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, ahead of his State Visit, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 April 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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President Ramaphosa to host President Embaló of Guinea Bissau on State Visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 28 April 2022, host His Excellency General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, on a State Visit to Pretoria.

CEREMONIAL PROCEEDINGS (Photo opportunity)
Date : Thursday, 28 April 2022
Time :

08h30 (Ceremonial proceedings)

Venue : Union Buildings, Amphitheatre
Pretoria
RSVP : Media are required to RSVP by submitting personal details including name, surname, media house and ID number, to Tsakane Khambane on 082 084 5566 / tsakane@presidency.gov.za or Kearabetswe Mabatle at kearabetswe@presidency.gov.za by no later than 10h00 on Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Enquiries : Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa
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Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue in a Panel Discussion Conversation on: "Women Leadership and Sustainable Development Goal", New Delhi, India, 27 April 2022. Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue in a Panel Discussion Conversation on: "Women Leadership and Sustainable Development Goal", New Delhi, India, 27 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini attends the inauguration of the South African stand at the AAHAR 2022, Pragati Hall, New Delhi, India, 27 April 2022. Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini attends the inauguration of the South African stand at the AAHAR 2022, Pragati Hall, New Delhi, India, 27 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue Panel Discussion Conversation on: "Digital doses" with the focus on equitable access to health technology, New Delhi, India, 26 April 2022.

Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue Panel Discussion Conversation on: "Digital doses" with the focus on equitable access to health technology, New Delhi, India, 26 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO

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Meeting between Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini and the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, New Delhi, India, 26 April 2022. Meeting between Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini and the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, New Delhi, India, 26 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi, India, 25-27 April 2022. Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participates in the Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi, India, 25-27 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini arrives in India to attend the Raisina Dialogue. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has arrived in India on an Official Visit from 24 to 27 April 2022.

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South Africa expresses concern at developments in Jerusalem. South Africa is appalled by the increased violence and heightened tensions in Jerusalem, particularly at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the restrictions placed on religious sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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President extends condolences on passing of former President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya. President Cyril Ramaphosa has on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa extended condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Kenya following the passing away of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC). At the invitation of His Excellency President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, paid a Working Visit to South Africa on 22 April 2022, on the occasion of the Fifth Session of the Bi-National Commission between the two countries.
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Closing Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Plenary Session of the Fifth South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission, 22 April 2022. We have come to the end of our bilateral discussions, which have been frank and cordial in equal measure.

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Opening Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Plenary Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission, 22 April 2022, Pretoria. I am pleased to welcome you and your delegation to South Africa. It is indeed a pleasure to co-chair this Summit Meeting of the Fifth Session of South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission alongside you.

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President Ramaphosa to host President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana for a Bi-National Commission. His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday, 22 April 2022, host His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana for the Fifth Session of the Bi-National Commission of Cooperation (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana.
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Minister Naledi Pandor receives the President from the Republic of Botswana, HE Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, for the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 April 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor receives the President from the Republic of Botswana, HE Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, for the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 April 2022.

Minister Naledi Pandor receives the President from the Republic of Botswana, HE Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, for the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 April 2022.

Photos: Yandisa Monakali / DIRCO

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South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission to take place in Pretoria. The President of the Republic of South Africa, HE Cyril Ramaphosa, is scheduled to host his counterpart from the Republic of Botswana, HE Mokgweetsi Masisi, on the occasion of the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), which will take place on Friday, 22 April 2022.

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Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation from the Republic of Botswana, Mr Lemogang Kwape, co-chair the Ministerial Segment of the Fifth South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Pretoria, South Africa, 21 April 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation from the Republic of Botswana, Mr Lemogang Kwape, co-chair the Ministerial Segment of the Fifth South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Pretoria, South Africa, 21 April 2022.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation from the Republic of Botswana, Mr Lemogang Kwape, co-chair the Ministerial Segment of the Fifth South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), Pretoria, South Africa, 21 April 2022.

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Opening Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor on the occasion of the Ministerial Session of the Fifth Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana, Pretoria, 21 April 2022. Let me start by extending a warm welcome to your Excellency, Dr Lemogang Kwape.
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Minister Pandor and her counterpart to co-chair Ministerial Segment of the South Africa – Botswana BNC

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, and her counterpart from the Republic of Botswana, Minister Lemogang Kwape. will co-chair the Ministerial Segment of the Fifth South Africa – Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) on Thursday, 21 April 2022, in Pretoria.

Date : Thursday, 21 April 2022
Time :

10h00

Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : Patience Mtshali, mtshalip@dirco.gov.za, 083 376 9468
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President postpones Saudi Arabia visit to focus on Kwazulu-Natal disaster. President Cyril Ramaphosa has postponed a working visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to focus on government’s intervention in the KwaZulu-Natal flood disaster.

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Communiqué of the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SAMIM Personnel Contributing Countries and the Republic of Mozambique, 12th April, 2022. The Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique, hereafter designated as Summit, was held virtually on 12th April, 2022.
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Minister Naledi Pandor delivers a Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 April 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor delivers a Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 April 2022.
Minister Naledi Pandor delivers a Keynote Address at the Gala Dinner hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 April 2022.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor, Dinner hosted by the Charlotte Maxeke Institute, Saturday, 9 April 2022. It is a great privilege for me to address you at this special dinner hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in honor of the work that is being done by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in preserving the legacy of Charlotte Maxeke.
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Minister Pandor to deliver a keynote address at the Gala Dinner function hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute to honour DIRCO’s role in preserving Mama Charlotte Maxeke’s legacy

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will, this evening, deliver a keynote address at the Gala Dinner function, hosted by the Charlotte Mannyi-Maxeke Institute in partnership with Freedom Park to honour the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) role in preserving Mama Charlotte Maxeke’s legacy.

Date : Saturday, 09 April 2022
Time :

18h30 for 19h00

Venue : Freedom Park
Pretoria
Media RSVP :

Naomi Madima on 060 961 3851 or naomi@freedompark.co.za

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Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor, joined by the Director-General, Mr Zane Dangor; Permanent Representatives of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), Ambassadors Mathu Joyini (New York) and Mxolisi Nkosi (Geneva); on the developments regarding the on-going Ukraine / Russia conflict, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 April 2022. Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor, joined by the Director-General, Mr Zane Dangor; Permanent Representatives of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), Ambassadors Mathu Joyini (New York) and Mxolisi Nkosi (Geneva); on the developments regarding the on-going Ukraine / Russia conflict, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 April 2022.
Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor, joined by the Director-General, Mr Zane Dangor; Permanent Representatives of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), Ambassadors Mathu Joyini (New York) and Mxolisi Nkosi (Geneva); on the developments regarding the on-going Ukraine / Russia conflict, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 April 2022.

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, during the Media Briefing on the Russia / Ukraine Conflict, 08 April 2022. We thought it useful for us to engage with you on South Africa’s approach to the conflict in Ukraine to date.

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Media Briefing on ongoing Ukraine / Russia Conflict

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, joined by the Director-General, Mr Zane Dangor; Permanent Representatives of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), Ambassadors Mathu Joyini (New York) and Mxolisi Nkosi (Geneva), will tomorrow at 10h00 brief the media on the developments regarding the on-going Ukraine / Russia conflict.

Date : Friday, 08 April 2022
Time :

10h00 (Media to arrive at 09h00)

Venue : Media Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP :

Kgopotso Rapakuana on 073 058 3876 / Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

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Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South African Heads of Mission Conference, 7 April 2022. It is good to be here at the first Heads of Mission Conference since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak fundamentally changed our world.

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Minister Naledi Pandor addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

Minister Naledi Pandor addresses the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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Minister Naledi Pandor being interviewed by Morning Live at the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

Minister Naledi Pandor being interviewed by Morning Live at the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 April 2022.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO

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Address by HE Dr Naledi Pandor, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to the South African Heads of Mission Conference, 7 April 2022. I would like to warmly welcome you to the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference, the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and since my appointment. The theme for our conference is: “Positioning South Africa’s Diplomacy to Advance our Domestic Priorities.

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President Ramaphosa to address Diplomatic Heads of Mission Conference

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 07 April 2022, address the opening session of the 2022 Heads of Mission Conference (HoMC22), which is a platform for strategic discussion among South Africa’s internationally deployed senior diplomats.

Date : Thursday, 07 April 2022
Time :

09h00 (Media arrival at 08h00)

Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
   

Members of the media are requested to send their details to Kgopotso Rapakuana on 073 058 3876 / Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za

Media
Enquiries
:

Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President on 083 575 7440

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Statement by Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa, on the Resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, 07 April 2022. South Africa is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict in Ukraine, the loss of lives and the deteriorating humanitarian situation.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 April 2022. Issues in the environment - Fourth South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC) - Cabinet welcomed the successful conclusion of the Fourth SAIC held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on Thursday, 24 March 2022, which saw domestic and international investors pledging new investments in our country.

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Minister Naledi Pandor during the Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 April 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor during the Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 April 2022.
Minister Naledi Pandor during the Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 April 2022.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Minister Naledi Pandor during a pre-media briefing at the Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 April 2022. Minister Naledi Pandor during a pre-media briefing at the Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 April 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Opening Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique in Pretoria – 03 April 2022. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to South Africa to consider the important agenda items before us.

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SADC Troika Ministerial Meeting to take place on Sunday, 03 April

Members of the media who have applied for accreditation are invited to the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, scheduled for Sunday, 03 April 2022.

Date : Sunday, 03 April 2022
Time : 14h00 for 14h30
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
Enquiries : Ms Patience Mtshali, +27 (83) 376-9468
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Minister Pandor wishes Mr Dangor well as the new DG of DIRCO. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Mr Zane Dangor on being appointed the Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

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Update on media arrangements for the SADC Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini. As Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, South Africa will convene the Ministerial Meeting of the SADC Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini on Sunday, 03 April 2022, in Pretoria.

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South Africa calls for humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and dialogue, mediation and diplomacy to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict in the UN General Assembly. Today, the United Nations General Assembly considered resolutions on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.-

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Explanation of Vote on the humanitarian resolution in Ukraine on the occasion of the Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly on 24 March 2022. South Africa is deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries.

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Minister Pandor on the Court Ruling regarding the South African Humanitarian Aid to Cuba. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor has, this morning, reacted to the Court Ruling yesterday regarding South Africa’s humanitarian aid to Cuba.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 23 March 2022. Issues in the environment - National State of Disaster - The South African Government responded to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) global pandemic by declaring the National State of Disaster in March 2020, in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).

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South Africa to host SADC Extra-Ordinary Organ Troika Summit. The media are invited to apply for accreditation to the SADC Extra-Ordinary Organ Troika Summit plus the Republic of Mozambique, the Kingdom of eSwatini and Personnel Contributing Countries, to be held from 04-05 April 2022 in Pretoria.

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South Africa Chairs the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. South Africa has assumed responsibility as the Chair of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) that is taking place at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from 14 – 25 March 2022.

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Parliamentary Debate Speech for the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, for Parliamentary Debate on Russia – Ukraine Crisis, Tuesday, 15 March 2022. After the democratic elections in 1994, South Africa ceased to be the pariah of the world; it regained its rightful place in Africa, in the United Nations and in the family of nations.

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South Africa observes Commonwealth Day. South Africa joins the other Commonwealth member states in marking Commonwealth Day today 14 March 2022, under the theme: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”

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Acting Director-General, Ambassador Nonceba Losi, and the Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Mr Bharat Raj Paudyal, sign a Declaration of Intent on Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Nepal, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 March 2022.

Acting Director-General, Ambassador Nonceba Losi, and the Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Mr Bharat Raj Paudyal, sign a Declaration of Intent on Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Nepal, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 March 2022.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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South Africa and Nepal sign new agreement. The Acting Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Nonceba Losi, and the Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Mr Bharat Raj Paudyal, signed a Declaration of Intent on Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and Nepal on Thursday, 10 March 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Deputy Minister Botes concludes Working Visit to Norway and Sweden. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, has concluded his Working Visit to Norway and Sweden, which took place from 07 – 11 March 2022.

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