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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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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.


Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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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.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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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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President Zuma to host the President of the Central African Republic on a Working Visit. President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 05 April 2017, host the President of the Central African Republic, His Excellency Professor Faustin-Archange Touadera at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

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SA sends condolences to the families of UN officials killed in the DRC. The South African Government expresses concern at the death of two members of the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as confirmed by the Secretary General of the United Nations on 28 March 2017.

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President Zuma declares a Special Official Funeral for Mr Ahmed Kathrada. President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Official Funeral for the late Rivonia Treason Trialist and stalwart of the liberation struggle for a free and democratic South Africa, Mr Ahmed Kathy” Kathrada, who sadly passed away in hospital this morning.

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Deputy Minister Landers to undertake an official visit to Central America. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, HE Mr Luwellyn Landers, will visit the Republic of El Salvador and the Republic of Honduras from 28 March to 04 April 2017 as part of South Africa’s continuing outreach to the countries of Latin America.

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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attack that took place at the United Kingdom Parliament in London on Tuesday, 22 March 2017,  which resulted in the deaths of several people, leaving scores injured.

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Human Rights Day Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, Victoria Sportsground, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, 21 March 2017. Molweni, sanibonani, We greet you all on this important occasion of the 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province. On Human Rights Day we celebrate and re-affirm our commitment to the hard-won human rights that are enshrined in the Constitution of our country.

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Deputy Minister Landers in collaboration with Parliaments Portfolio Committee on International Relations led a public dialogue on the current situation and South Africa's position on the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on 15 March 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

Picture by: Yolande Snyman

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Speech by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers on the occasion of a Public Dialogue on the struggle for independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, 15 March 2017, Parliament, Cape Town. 2017 has been declared the year of OR Tambo by our President. Comrade OR Tambo who was our longest serving ANC President, shaped our current foreign policy and the principles of international solidarity with oppressed nations including Western Sahara. This international solidarity is now an integral part of our foreign policy.

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DIRCO and Parliament co-host public dialogue on Western Sahara

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in collaboration with Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations led by H. E. Mr Luwellyn Landers will co-host a public dialogue on the current situation and South Africa’s position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on 15 March 2017 in Cape Town.

Date :

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Time :

12H30

Venue : Imbizo Centre
Parliament
Plein Street
Cape Town
RSVP : mtshalip@dirco.gov.za and mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 15 March 2017. Cabinet decisions - Cabinet deliberated on the Third Quarter Outcomes Performance Update Reports for the period October to December 2016, which monitor 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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Bilateral talks and press conference between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama, Pretoria, SOuth Africa, 13 March 2017.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoonees

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Media Remarks by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of the Bilateral Meeting with Her Counterpart, Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Pretoria, South Africa, 13 March 2017. We have just concluded our bilateral discussions, which have been characterised by the usual friendliness and camaraderie. The main objective of our meeting was to review our bilateral relations and cooperation between our sister Republics, and most importantly to provide the South African Government position and response to the recent incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Nigerian counterpart

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 Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency Geoffrey Onyeama.

Date :

Monday, 13 March 2017

Time :

11H30

Venue : Media Room
DIRCO, O. R. Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : MlangeniR@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Commonwealth Day Message from the Government of South Africa. Today, Monday, 13 March 2017, Commonwealth countries as a symbol of their solidarity, are celebrating Commonwealth Day under the theme “A peace-building Commonwealth.” The theme provides members with the opportunity to reflect on the status of the global community in which we live, where a rise in insecurity is gripping both developing and developed states, where the displacement of populations is growing and where our world is characterised by stark inequality, marginalization, exclusion, racism and sectarian divides.
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Speech by  Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Maite Nkoana Mashabane on the occasion of the 2017 International Women’s Day event in honour of Ms Charlotte Maxeke, Richards Bay, 11 March 2017. I am humbled and honoured to join you to day in celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day. I must therefore recognise all the women here today who serve as the nerve system for our families, communities and the entire nation.  As you are aware the 8th of March marks International Women’s’ Day which is commemorated globally. We are however entitled to celebrate this day either on the 8th and/or at any day during the month of March.
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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivering a key note address during a International Women's Day event held at the Umfolozi TVET College, Umhlathuze Municipality, Richards Bay on 11 March 2017 which is celebrated globally on 08 March.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoones

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Premier Mchunu to co-host International Women’s Day event

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Premier of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, Mr Willies Mchunu, will co-host an event to mark 2017 International Women’s Day, which is celebrated globally on 08 March.

Date :

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time :

09H30

Venue : Umfolozi TVET College
Umhlathuze Municipality
Richards Bay
Kwa-Zulu Natal
RSVP : Ms Patience Mtshali, mtshalip@dirco.gov.za; Mr Mdu Ncalane, ncalanevm@umhlathuze.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, on Friday, 10 March 2017, in Pretoria.

Picture by: Jacoline Schoonees

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Qatari counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, on Friday, 10 March 2017, in Pretoria. The meeting follows the successful State Visit by President Jacob Zuma to the State of Qatar in May 2016.

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President Zuma concludes a successful participation in the IORA Leaders' Summit and State Visit to Indonesia. President Jacob Zuma has today, 09 March 2017, returned to Pretoria after a successful State Visit to Indonesia,  which was preceded by his participation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit in Jakarta, on 6-7 March 2017, at the invitation of His Excellency President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia.
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SA-led IAEA Board of Governors re-appoints Director General Yukiya Amano. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, under the leadership of its Chair, Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, took a decision on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, to re-appoint, by acclamation, Mr Yukiya Amano, for a third term as the Director General of the organisation for the period 1 December 2017 – 30 November 2021. The Board’s decision will be ratified by the IAEA General Conference in September 2017.

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Jakarta Concord: The Indian Ocean Rim Association: promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean. Recalling the fundamental principles and objectives of the IORA Charter; Adhering to the rights and obligations under international law including those under the Charter of the United Nations and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Recalling also the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2832 (XXVI) on the “Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace” to maintain peace and stability in the region and to establish the Zone of Peace.

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Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia. Unequivocally condemning all acts of terrorism and offering sincere sympathy to victims, their families, and the people of affected countries. Acknowledging that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes a serious threat to regional and international peace and security, undermining economic development and social cohesion.

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Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma at the Media Briefing during the State Visit to Indonesia, 8 March 2017. I wish to thank President Widodo for inviting me to visit Indonesia. South Africa and Indonesia share a very strong historical bond of friendship that stretches back to the sixteen hundreds, when the first people of Indonesian descent arrived on South Africa’s shores, as slaves of the Dutch.

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President Zuma and President Widodo inspecting the guard of honour during the official welcoming ceremony at the Istana Medeka Presidential Palace, 08 March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Media Statement by President Jacob Zuma, at the conclusion of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit, 7 March 2017. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, and the people of Indonesia for the warm hospitality we have received. I also extend my sincere appreciation to the IORA Troika of Foreign Ministers for their leadership of the Association.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma to the Leaders’ Summit in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), at the IORA Leaders’ Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 07 March 2017. Let me convey my sincere appreciation to our gracious host and Chair, President Joko Widodo, for hosting the first Leaders’ Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, marking the 20th anniversary of IORA.

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Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma at the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 06 March 2017. It is an honour for me to address you at this first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Business Summit. Let me extend our gratitude to our gracious host, His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, for a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality since our arrival here in Jakarta.

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Group photograph of the Ministers in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association, 06 March 2017.

Picture by: Yolande Snyman
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Remarks by H.E Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and incoming Chair of IORA, on the occasion of the Press Conference of the Council of Ministers Meeting in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Monday, 06 March 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia. South Africa extends its appreciation to the Honourable Minister Retno Marsudi and the Government and people of Indonesia for the warm hospitality we have received and for making the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting such a success.
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President Zuma congratulates Ghana on its 60th anniversary of independence. President Jacob Zuma and President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana held a telephone conversation this evening, Sunday, 05 March 2017. President Zuma congratulated President Akufo-Addo on the milestone occasion of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary tomorrow, 6 March 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead the South African delegation to the IORA Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, today, Sunday, 05 March 2017, where she is leading a South African government delegation to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting on Monday, 06 March 2017.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 1 March 2017. Implementation of Government Programmes - Cabinet supports the commitments made in the 2017 National Budget to advance radical economic transformation and draw more South Africans into the economy towards inclusive growth. In the main the budget acknowledges that growth without transformation would only reinforce the inequitable patterns from the past.

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Deputy Minister Landers concludes working visit Geneva, Switzerland. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has today, Thursday, 02 March 2017, concluded his working visit to Geneva, Switzerland, where he took part in the High-Level Segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34), held on 27 February – 01 March 2017.

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Statement by Deputy Minister Landers at the High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Tuesday, 28 February 2017, Geneva, Switzerland. My delegation congratulates you on your election to preside over the 11th Cycle of the Human Rights Council (HRC). We are confident that you and members of your bureau will successfully manage the affairs of the Council during the course of this year. Be assured of our support in your collective stewardship of the business of the Council.

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