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Minister Sisulu to travel to Moscow for the annual meeting of the SA-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will undertake a visit to Moscow, Russian Federation, where she will co-chair the 15th Session of the Annual South Africa-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC), scheduled for 19-21 November 2018.
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SA marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with four South East Asian nations.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Africa and several South East Asian Countries by hosting a seminar and a culture and heritage exhibition on Monday, 19 November 2018.

Date : Monday, 19 November 2018
Time : 08H30 – 14H00 (Members of the media must present their valid press cards on arrival.)
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : CossaD@dirco.gov.za; NetsiandaI@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838, MabayaN@dirco.gov.za
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Deputy Minister Landers to undertake a working visit to Switzerland. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will undertake a working visit to Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 November 2018.

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President Ramaphosa to co-chair the International Labour Organisation’s Global Commission on the Future of Work. President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 15 November 2018, arrived in Geneva, Swiss Confederation, where he will co-chair the Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), scheduled from 15 to 16 November 2018.
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European Union – South Africa Summit Joint Statement, Brussels, 15 November, 2018. We, the leaders of the European Union and South Africa, reaffirm the importance of our Strategic Partnership based on shared principles, equality and interests. We note that our meeting takes place 100 years after the birth of Nelson Mandela and is an opportunity to build on his unique legacy.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s SA-EU Summit Media Briefing Remarks, 15 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium. Let me begin by conveying the gratitude of my delegation for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality extended to us, in both Strasbourg and Brussels, by our friends and partners in the European Union.

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South Africa welcomes the lifting of Security Council sanctions against Eritrea. The South African Government has welcomed a resolution by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to lift sanctions against Eritrea.

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South Africa welcomes the Palestine-Israeli truce. The South African Government welcomes the ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Palestine and Israel following two days of Israel’s aerial attacks on Gaza. This latest flare-up is the worst since the 50-day conflict in 2014.
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Address by President Ramaphosa to European Parliament: South Africa – European Parliament, 14 November 2018, Strasbourg, France. It is a great honour and a privilege to address this gathering in the centenary year of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding father of our democratic nation, a revered statesman and a committed internationalist.

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Reaffirmation of historical ties and charting a new path of shared prosperity at the centre of President Ramaphosa’s interaction with President of European Parliament. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning held discussions with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg, France.

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President Ramaphosa arrives in the French Republic to address the European Parliament. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, 14 November 2018, arrived in Strasbourg, French Republic for the working visit to the European Union (EU).

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Minister Sisulu to travel to Moscow for the annual meeting of the SA-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will undertake a visit to Moscow, Russian Federation, where she will co-chair the 15th session of the annual South Africa-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC), scheduled for 19-21 November 2018.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa to undertake a Working Visit to the European Union. Pretoria - President Cyril Ramaphosa will on 14-15 November 2018 undertake a Working Visit to the European Union (EU) in Strasbourg, France and Brussels in Belgium.

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South Africa prepares for a two-year term at the Security Council. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has reached an advanced stage of its preparation for South Africa's third term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by hosting a workshop with the incoming, current and outgoing elected members (E10) of the UNSC.

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Speaking Notes for Deputy Minister Landers at Business Event Madrid, 13 November 2018. Introduction - I am honoured and delighted to be here in Madrid. We just completed very successful political Consultations between Spain and South Africa, a forum which continues to contribute positively towards deepening the political and economic ties between our two countries.

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts a briefing to appraise members of the press, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 November 2018. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts a briefing to appraise members of the press, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 November 2018.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts a briefing to appraise members of the press, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 November 2018.

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts a briefing to appraise members of the press, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 November 2018.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts a briefing to appraise members of the press, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 November 2018.
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Remarks by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on the occasion of the DIRCO monthly media briefing, Media Briefing Room, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, 12 November 2018. On this day, 12 November 2004, the Palestinian people laid to rest one of its leaders, President Yasser Arafat. His funeral was not a normal one as it started in Cairo, Egypt, another country, and ended up in the West Bank, Ramallah, where he was buried.
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Minister Sisulu to host scheduled monthly media briefing

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Monday, 12 November 2018, host a briefing to appraise members of the press about a number of developments relating to the implementation of South Africa’s foreign policy.

Date : Monday, 12 November 2018
Time : 11H00 – 13H00 (Members of the media are expected to arrive no later than 10h30 and must present their valid press cards.)
Venue : DIRCO Media Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : cossad@dirco.gov.za and netsiandai@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838, mabayan@dirco.gov.za
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Deputy Minister Landers to undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain to co-chair the 12th South Africa- Spain Annual Consultations with his counterpart, the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo scheduled for 12 November 2018.

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South Africa to host Czech Republic Political Consultations. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will host the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr Martin Tlapa for Political Consultations on 09 November 2018. The 2018 Political Consultations will focus on Trade and Investment, Tourism, Defence Cooperation and Science and Technology.

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South African journalist and her Kenyan colleague have been given their travel documents.The High Commissioner of South Africa in Tanzania, Mr Thami Mseleku, has informed the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, that the passports of a South African journalist and that of her Kenyan colleague have been returned.

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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to the people of Zimbabwe following bus crash. President Cyril Ramaphosa has learned with great sadness of the horrific accident which has claimed 47 lives in Zimbabwe.

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RSA journalist and Kenyan colleague released from detention in Tanzania. South African journalist Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague who were detained by law enforcement in Tanzania last night have been released, they are safe and relieved that they are now with the High Commissioner of South Africa, High Commissioner Thami Mseleku.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 7 November, 2018. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Issues in the Environment – Presidential Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit - Cabinet welcomes the successful deliberations of the Presidential Gender Based Violence and Femicide Summit held on 01 and 02 November.

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IORA Member States establish “The IORA Nelson Mandela be the Legacy Internship Programme” in honour of Mandela. The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting which took place on 02 November 2018 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, has honoured former President Nelson Mandela by establishing “The IORA Nelson Mandela Be the Legacy Internship Programme.”

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DIRCO clarifies Denel - Saudi Investments media report. The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has noted with concern an article in the Mail and Guardian “Saudi stake in Denel is off, says minister”, dated 02 November 2018, suggesting that the proposed investment by Saudi Arabia on Denel has not proceeded due to a “personal matter”.

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Opening Remarks and Country Statement by L N Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the IORA Council of Ministers Meeting, 2 November 2018, Durban, South Africa. Before I begin, let me express our sincere condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia in respect of the Lion Air JT610 airplane crash and the deadly earthquake and tsunami in the Central Sulawesi Island, as well as to the other Member States that have experienced tragic national disasters recently.
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Minister Sisulu to host Council of Ministers Meeting of Indian Ocean Rim Association

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Friday, 02 November 2018 host the 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Date : Friday, 2 November 2018
Time : 09H00
Venue :

Elangeni Hotel
Durban

Enquiries :

Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, MabayaN@dirco.gov.za / 083 645 7838 OR Tuso Zibula on 072 127 1565

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South African Government welcomes the release of William Endley from South Sudan. The South African Government welcomes the decision by H.E President Salva Kiir of South Sudan to pardon South African national, Mr William Endley, as a gesture of peace.

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South Africa notes situation in Western Sahara on the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). South Africa notes the adoption of Resolution 2440(2018) by the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Western Sahara to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for the next six month effective from 01 November 2018.

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President Ramaphosa concludes a successful visit to Germany. President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a successful working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany where he attended the G20 Investment Summit and the G20 Compact with Africa Conference.
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Deputy President Mabuza conveys well wishes to the Government and people of South Sudan. In his capacity as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, Deputy President David Mabuza sends his well wishes to the Government and the people of South Sudan on the joyous occasion of National Peace Celebration that is taking place in Juba in South Sudan today, 31 October 2018.

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South Africa expresses support to Cuba ahead of the voting in the UN General Assembly on Cuba’s resolution on ending the economic embargo imposed by the USA. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed South Africa’s support for Cuba’s annual resolution on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America (USA) against Cuba,” which will be voted on in the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

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Remarks by President Ramaphosa during the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 30 October 2018. Thank you for this opportunity to share some insights on a partnership between Africa and the G20 that has great potential to transform the lives of the citizens and the fortunes of the businesses represented by the leadership gathered here today.
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Media Briefing on the 18th IORA Council of Ministers Meeting

Members of the media are invited to a media briefing on the upcoming 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting scheduled for 02 November 2018 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Date : Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Time : 11h00
Venue :

Elangeni Hotel
Durban

RSVP : morwes@dirco.gov.za and rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838, mabayan@dirco.gov.za

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President Ramaphosa commends German investment in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended German investors for their continued engagement with South Africa. There are around 600 German companies in South Africa, employing more than 100 000 South Africans.

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President Ramaphosa congratulates H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde on her election as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected by the Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday, 25 October 2018.

 

President Ramaphosa to invite investment in South Africa and the continent. President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Tuesday 30 October 2018, engage with heads of state and government and leaders of the global private sector as part of his participation in the G20 Compact with Africa Conference and the G20 Investment Summit.

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South Africa and Germany to deepen bilateral ties. South Africa and Germany are poised to strengthen bilateral relations and to work together closely in pursuit of African development and global peace and security.

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President Ramaphosa congratulates the President-elect of Brazil. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President-elect of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E. Jair Bolsonaro, on his election as the next Brazilian President.

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South Africa sends condolences to Indonesia following plane crash. The South African Government has sent a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Indonesia following the plane crash on the morning of 29 October 2018.

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President Ramaphosa arrives in Germany for G20 Compact with Africa Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, 29 October 2018, arrived in the Federal Republic of Germany to attend the G20 Compact with Africa Conference scheduled for 29 to 30 October 2018 in Berlin.

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South Africa sends a message of condolences to the USA following the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, H.E. President Cyril Ramaposa has sent a message of condolences to the Government and the people of the United States of America (USA) following the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, 27 October 2018, which left 11 people dead and scores injured.

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President Ramaphosa to participate in the G20 Africa Summit. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday, 28 October 2018, embark on a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany to attend the G20 Africa Conference scheduled for 29 to 30 October 2018 in Berlin.

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Statement on the outcomes of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the success of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference - which has generated announcements of investment of R290 billion - as the beginning of a new narrative on investment in South Africa.

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Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South Africa Investment Conference, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 26 October 2018. I am pleased to welcome you all to this inaugural investment conference. We are pleased and humbled that you have responded to the call by the government and the people of South Africa to participate in this conference and thus be part of a new dawn in our country.

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President Ramaphosa to lead the South Africa Investment Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African government in hosting the three-day South Africa Investment Conference 2018 which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, ‪from tomorrow, ‪Thursday, 25 October 2018.

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2018 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement Speech, The economy at a crossroads, Minister of Finance, TT Mboweni, 24 October 2018.
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South African statement on the occasion of United Nations Day. The Government and people of South Africa joins the international community in celebrating the anniversary of the United Nations on United Nations Day, which is the day marking entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 24 October 2018. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Issues in the environment - Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) - Cabinet welcomes the maiden MTBPS by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, which is based on the strong conviction that South Africa can be renewed.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2018 South African Heads of Mission (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2018 South African Heads of Mission (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2018.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2018 South African Heads of Mission (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2018 South African Heads of Mission (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2018.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 2018 South African Heads of Mission (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2018.

Photos: DNS/Yandisa Monakali

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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South African Heads of Mission Conference, OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, 23 October 2018. It is a great pleasure to join you at this biennial gathering that brings together our country’s global envoys to assess our progress in advancing our country’s interests on the continent and around the world.
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President Ramaphosa to address the 2018 Heads of Mission Conference

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, address the 2018 Heads of Mission Conference (HOM) at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria.

Date : Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Time : 09H00 (Media to arrive at 08H00.)
Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP :

Media wishing to cover the event should send their details to Cossa Dolly at cossad@dirco.gov.za and Kgopotso Rapakuana at rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries :

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson on 072 854 5707

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Communiqué of the Second Session of the Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, held in Pretoria, on 21 and 22 October 2018. The Second Session of the Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates was held in Pretoria on 21 and 22 October 2018.
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Minister Sisulu to host Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates

South Africa - United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Media Briefing

Date : Monday, 22 October 2018
Time : 13H00 (Media to arrive by 12h45.)
Venue :

DIRCO Media Briefing Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

 

Address by Minister Linidiwe Sisulu at the Heads of Missions (HOM) Conference

Date : Monday, 22 October 2018
Time : 15H00 (Media are requested to arrive at 12h30. Members of the media are also expected to present their valid press cards at the gate.)
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : Cossa Dolly at cossad@dirco.gov.za and rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya at mabayan@dirco.gov.za, 083 645 7838
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2018 Heads of Missions (HOM) Conference, Pretoria, South Africa 21-25 October 2018.

2018 Heads of Missions (HOM) Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa 21-25 October 2018.

Photo: DNS/Jacoline Schoonees

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DIRCO to host the 2018 Heads of Missions Conference

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the 2018 Heads of Missions (HOM) conference from 21 to 25 October 2018 under the theme: “A new dawn: Inclusiveness of South Africa’s foreign policy which aims to promote a better South Africa, Africa and the world.”

Opening Session

Date : Monday, 22 October 2018
Time : 08H00 – 10h30
Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

 

Media Briefing

Date : Monday, 22 October 2018
Time : 12H00 – 13H00
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
 

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa

Date : Monday, 22 October 2018
Time : 08H00 – 12H30
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : Cossa Dolly at cossad@dirco.gov.za and rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or Mabayan@dirco.gov.za
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President Ramaphosa mourns the passing of the widow of the former Swedish Prime Minister. President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa and people of South Africa have joined the world in mourning the sad passing of Lisbet Palme (87), the widow of the former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

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South Africa expresses concern regarding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The South African Government joins the international community in expressing its concern regarding reports about the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, whilst in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Deputy Minister Landers to undertake a working visit to Tunisia. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers will undertake a Working Visit to Tunis, Tunisia, from 17 to 18 October 2018.

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Media accreditation for the Meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers. South Africa is scheduled to host the 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meetings from 31 October-02 November 2018 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Council of Ministers will take place under the theme: “IORA – Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through Enhanced Co-operation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development.”

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