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South Africa concerned about developments in Sudan. South Africa is deeply concerned about the apparent ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan’s political transition.

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Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Second African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Meeting, in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, 25-26 October 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Second African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Meeting, in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, 25-26 October 2021.
Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Second African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Meeting, in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, 25-26 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor to participate in the Second African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, is scheduled to arrive in Kigali. Rwanda, tomorrow morning to participate in the Second African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Meeting, taking place on 25 and 26 October 2021.

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Message by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on the occasion of United Nations Day, Sunday, 24 October 2021. The Government and people of South Africa join the international community in celebrating the 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN).

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Minister Naledi Pandor pays a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Alassane Ouattara, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 21 October 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor pays a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Alassane Ouattara, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 21 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor concludes successful visit to Abidjan. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has concluded her successful visit to Abidjan, where she led a South African delegation at the inaugural Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of South Africa.

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Opening Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor at the Inaugural Session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of South Africa, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 21 Octoer 2021. Opening Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor at the Inaugural Session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of South Africa, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 21 Octoer 2021.

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Statement by Ambassador NN Mxakato-Diseko, Deputy Director-General, Global Governance and Continental Agenda, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, at the Opening Session of the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the Pelindaba Treaty (African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty), Thursday, 21 October 2021. It is my honour and great pleasure to participate in this opening session of the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the Pelindaba Treaty. It is my particular honour to welcome you all to South Africa, home of the Treaty establishing a nuclear-weapon-free African continent, the Pelindaba Treaty.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Planning and Development of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Ms Nialé Kaba, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 20 October 2021. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Planning and Development of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Ms Nialé Kaba, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 20 October 2021.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Téné Birahima Ouattara, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 20 October 2021. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr Téné Birahima Ouattara, in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, 20 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor leads South Africa’s delegation at the Côte d'Ivoire – South Africa JCC. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, is expected to arrive in Abidjan today, 19 October 2021, where she will lead a South African delegation at the inaugural session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of South Africa.

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Deputy Minister Botes concludes his Working Visit to Serbia and Bulgaria. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, has concluded his Working Visit to Serbia and Bulgaria, where took part in the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Bilateral Political Consultation, respectively.

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Minister Pandor participates in the 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 15 October 2021.

Minister Pandor participates in the 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 15 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor to participate in the AU Executive Council Meeting in Addis Ababa. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, is scheduled to visit Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, where she will participate in the 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU).

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Bilateral Political Consultation between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Zaritsa Dinkova in Sofia, Bulgaria, 15 October 2021. Bilateral Political Consultation between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Zaritsa Dinkova in Sofia, Bulgaria, 15 October 2021.

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Deputy Minister Alvin Botes addresses the hybrid Business Roundtable at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 14 October 2021. Deputy Minister Alvin Botes addresses the hybrid Business Roundtable at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 14 October 2021.

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G77 and China grouping proves its worth as South-South platform for countering hegemony of the North, Daily Maverick, by Alvin Botes, 13 October 2021. The G77 and China (132 states) has served as the bedrock for the global engagement and participation of developing countries in the UN General Assembly and UN agencies.

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Deputy Minister Botes at the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in Belgrade, Serbia, 12 October 2021. Deputy Minister Botes at the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in Belgrade, Serbia, 12 October 2021.

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Deputy Minister Alvin Botes delivers the South African Statement at the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in Belgrade, Serbia, 12 October 2021.

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes delivers the South African Statement at the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in Belgrade, Serbia, 12 October 2021.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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Statement by Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to Mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement, 12 October 2021. I wish to express my delegation’s sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Serbia, for hosting this High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the hospitality extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in this beautiful city of Belgrade.
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Deputy Minister Botes to visit Serbia and Bulgaria. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, is scheduled to visit Serbia and Bulgaria from 11 - 15 October 2021.

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Bilateral Talks between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, Dr Riad Malki, in Pretoria, South Africa, 8 October 2021. Bilateral Talks between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, Dr Riad Malki, in Pretoria, South Africa, 8 October 2021.
Bilateral Talks between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, Dr Riad Malki, in Pretoria, South Africa, 8 October 2021.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the visit of His Excellency, Dr Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine to the Republic of South Africa, 7 – 9 October 2021. At the invitation of Her Excellency, Dr Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Dr Riad Malki, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, paid an official visit to the Republic of South Africa from 7- 9 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor to host HE Dr Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine to the Republic of South Africa on an Official Visit from 7 to 9 October 2021. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine, Dr Riad Malki, during an official visit to South Africa from 7 - 9 October 2021.

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Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the Opening Ceremony of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation (GESDA) Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the Opening Ceremony of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation (GESDA) Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the Opening Ceremony of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation (GESDA) Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2021.

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Minister Pandor to deliver a keynote address at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation Summit. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremony of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipation (GESDA) Summit, scheduled to start at 15h00, today, 07 October 2021.
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South Africa and the Netherlands pleased with the success of the virtual Global Cyber Policy Dialogue. South Africa and the Netherlands, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation America and Research ICT Africa, co-hosted a successful virtual Global Cyber Policy Dialogue for Southern Africa on Wednesday, 06 October 2021.
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Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Dr Ahmed Hassen Al-Hammadi, OR Tambo Building, in Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2021. Bilateral Meeting between Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Dr Ahmed Hassen Al-Hammadi, OR Tambo Building, in Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2021.

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Meeting between HE Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and HE Dr Ahmed Hassen Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, HE Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will host her Qatari Counterpart, HE Dr Ahmed Hassen Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, on Thursday, 7 October 2021 in Pretoria.

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Minister Pandor to lead a South African delegation during an Extra-Ordinary virtual SADC Council of Ministers, 6 October 2021. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will lead the South African delegation during an Extra-Ordinary virtual SADC Council of Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 06 October 2021.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa participates in the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique, in Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021. President Cyril Ramaphosa participates in the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique, in Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021.

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Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique, in Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika Plus the Republic of Mozambique, in Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021.

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Communiqué of the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Plus the Republic of Mozambique, 5th October, 2021. The Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of theHeads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus the Republic of Mozambique, hereafter called Summit, was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 5th October, 2021.

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DIRCO ends employment relationship with Chief Financial Officer. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has terminated its employment relationship with Chief Financial Officer, Mr Caiphus Ramashau.
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Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of 29 September 2021. Issues in the environment - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccine roll-out - Cabinet is encouraged by the millions of people in South Africa who have chosen to vaccinate against COVID-19, with over 17 million vaccine doses administered to date.

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South Africa and the United Kingdom co-hosted the Inaugural SA – UK Dialogue. On 28 September 2021 the Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom held the first ever ICT Cyber Dialogue.

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Statement by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the Commemoration of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 28 September 2021. Eight years ago, in December 2013, South Africa supported the adoption of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/32, which declared 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
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South Africa and United Kingdom to co-host Cyber Dialogue. The Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom will co-host the inaugural Information Communication Technology (ICT) Cyber Dialogue on Tuesday, 28 September 2021.

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Minister Pandor concludes visit to the UN General Assembly. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, concluded her visit to New York on Friday, 24 September 2021, where she participated in person at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) held under the theme: “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations.”

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Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Conference on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), New York, USA, 23 September 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Conference on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), New York, USA, 23 September 2021.

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Statement by HE Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 23 September 2021. We join today’s General Debate from around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the nature of multilateral engagement, of diplomacy, of business, of basic human interaction.

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Statement by Her Excellency Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, on the occasion of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, 23 September 2021. South Africa is pleased to participate in the UN Food Systems Summit, and we commend the UN Secretary-General for this important initiative.

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Statement by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, on the occasion of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Article XIV Conference, 23 September 2021.South Africa welcomes the convening of the Article XIV Conference to encourage ratification and universalisation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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Remarks by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the Official Opening of the South African Cultural Centre in New York, USA, on 23rd September 2021. I thank you all for finding time to be with us on this special evening in these new premises of both the South African Consulate in New York as well as the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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Statement by President Ramaphosa on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, 22 September 2021. It is 20 years since the world adopted the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. And it is 25 years since the people of South Africa adopted a democratic Constitution.

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Intervention by HE Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, at the High-Level UN General Assembly Roundtable Meeting to commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, 22 September 2021. South Africa is pleased that we are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the DDPA under the important theme “Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent”.

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Minister Naledi Pandor attends the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76), New York, USA, 22 September 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76), New York, USA, 22 September 2021.
Minister Naledi Pandor attends the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76), New York, USA, 22 September 2021.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, New York, USA, 20 September 2021.

Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, New York, USA, 20 September 2021.

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Minister Pandor arrives in New York for the UN General Assembly. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has today, Monday, 20 September 2021, arrived in New York, where she will be participating in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

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South Africa to intensify efforts to get off the UK’s Red List. The Government of South Africa is puzzled at the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to keep South Africa on the Red List of countries facing stringent restrictions and high costs when entering the UK.

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South Africa’s message of condolences to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on the passing of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa expressed her deepest condolences to the Government and people of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria following the passing on of former President His Excellency Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Statement on virtual Cabinet Meeting of 14 September 2021. The virtual Special Cabinet Meeting was held before the commencement of the Cabinet Lekgotla.

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Minister Naledi Pandor hands over a newly refurbished Science Laboratory and the library, Siqongweni High School, Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 11 September 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor hands over a newly refurbished Science Laboratory and the library, Siqongweni High School, Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 11 September 2021.

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Speaking Notes for Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the official hand-over of the Science laboratory and library at Siqongweni Senior Secondary School at Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg on 11 September 2021. I am pleased to participate in this momentous occasion which marks the official handover of the Scientific Laboratory and Library to Siqongweni Senior Secondary School.

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Minister Pandor to officially hand over the newly renovated Science Lab and the library to Siqongweni High School at Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg – 11 September 2021 at 09h00

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will officially hand over a newly refurbished Science Laboratory and the library to Siqongweni High School at Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg.

Date : Saturday, 11 September 2021
Time :

09h00

Event :

Official hand over of newly renovated Science Lab and Library

Venue : Siqongweni High School
No. 297 Phezulu Road
Imbali Unit 13
Pietermaritzburg
Enquiries :

Mr Lunga Ngqengelele – MLO – Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation – 082 566 0446

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DIRCO parts ways with Director-General. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has terminated its employment relationship with Director-General, Mr Kgabo Mahoai.

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Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and Ambassador Huang Van Loi, of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Pretoria, donate masks to the Northern Cape Department of Education for distribution to schools, Kimberley, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, 10 September 2021.

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and Ambassador Huang Van Loi, of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Pretoria, donate masks to the Northern Cape Department of Education for distribution to schools, Kimberley, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, 10 September 2021.

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DIRCO and the Embassy of Vietnam to hand over masks to the Northern Cape Department of Education

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, and the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Pretoria, HE Huang Van Loi, will donate masks to the Department of Education in the Northern Cape Province, for distribution to schools.

Date : Friday, 10 September 2021
Time :

11h00

Event : Hand over masks to the Northern Cape Department of Education
Platform :

The event will be streamed live on:

Twitter: @DIRCO_ZA
Facebook: DIRCOza

Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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XIII BRICS Summit - New Delhi Declaration, 9 September 2021. We, the Leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa held the XIII BRICS Summit under the theme ‘BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’ on 9 September 2021 under the Chairship of the Republic of India.
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Minister Pandor conveys her condolences to Ms Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s family. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has conveyed her heartfelt condolences to Ms Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s family, friends and colleagues, following the announcement of her passing this morning.

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Ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea. The South African Government notes with great concern the ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea following the apparent coup d'état that took place on 5 September 2021.

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Deputy Minister Alvin Botes concludes visits to Poland and Romania. The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, has concluded his Working Visit to Poland and Romania for Political Consultations with the Polish Undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Pawel Jablonski and the Romanian State Secretary, Mr Cornel Ferutã.

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Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the 2021 virtual Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 September 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the 2021 virtual Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 September 2021.

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Speaking Notes for Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, 3 September 2021. Let me begin by being really excited about the elastreous list of women leaders who are going to be part of the forum.

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Update on Afghanistan. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed that there is only one (1) registered South African national remaining in Kabul. Thirty-five (35) South African nationals have been assisted to leave Kabul on various evacuation flights.
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Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 1 September 2021. Issues in the Environment - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccine roll-out. Cabinet was apprised by the Department of Health on the progress of the Vaccination Roll-out Programme, which included epidemiology (the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health) and surveillance.

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South Africa is unable to receive Afghan refugees. The South African Government notes the overtures made to the country to consider receiving a number of Afghanistan refugees who have sought refuge in Pakistan.
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Meeting between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cornel Feruță, for Bilateral Political Consultation, Bucharest, Republic of Romania, 2 September 2021.

Meeting between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cornel Feruță, for Bilateral Political Consultations, Bucharest, Republic of Romania, 2 September 2021.

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Meeting between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Head of the Polish Foreign Services, Dr Arkady Rzegocki, on the margins of Bilateral Political Consultation, Warsaw, Republic of Poland, 31 August 2021. Meeting between Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Head of the Polish Foreign Services, Dr Arkady Rzegocki, on the margins of Bilateral Political Consultation, Warsaw, Republic of Poland, 31 August 2021.

Photo: Yandisa Monakali / DIRCO
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Deputy Minister Botes visits Poland and Romania for Bilateral Political Consultations. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, will visit Poland and Romania from 31 August 2021 to 02 September 2021, where he will co-chair Bilateral Political Consultations with the Polish Head of Foreign Service, Dr Arkady Rzegocki, and the Romanian State Secretary, Mr Cornel Ferutã, respectively.

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Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the virtual Event themed “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spaces,”, hosted in partnership with the Governments of Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and the United States, in Pretoria, South Africa, 31 August 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the virtual Event themed “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spaces,”, hosted in partnership with the Governments of Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and the United States, in Pretoria, South Africa, 31 August 2021.

Photo: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO

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Minister Pandor to participate in a panel discussion on the protection of women in conflict-affected environments. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor will, this afternoon, 31 August 2021 at 15h00, participate in a virtual event themed “Ensuring Protection for Full and Equal Participation in Peacebuilding and Political Spaces,” hosted in partnership with the Governments of Kenya, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

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Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the virtual Opening Session of the Eighth Edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 August 2021.

Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the virtual Opening Session of the Eighth Edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 August 2021.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO

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Minister Pandor to be a Keynote Speaker at the Opening Session of the Eighth Edition of the “AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will this afternoon, 30 August 2021 at 14h00, be a keynote speaker during the Opening Session of the Eighth Edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Foreign Minister from the Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 August 2021. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Naledi Pandor and the Foreign Minister from the Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 August 2021.

Photo: Yandisa Monakali / DIRCO
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Joint Communiqué issued by Dr GNM Pandor and Dr AK Abdul Momen at the conclusion of a Working Meeting held on 24 August 2021. The Working Meeting between the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Dr GNM Pandor, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, took place in Pretoria, South Africa on 24 August 2021.

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Minister Pandor to host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, during an Official Visit to South Africa from 22 - 25 August 2021. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will host the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, during an Official Visit to South Africa from 22-25 August 2021.

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Minister Naledi Pandor delivers a Keynote Address at the launch of the virtual Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic, Justice and Rights (AWEJR) initiative, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 August 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor delivers a Keynote Address at the launch of the virtual Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic, Justice and Rights (AWEJR) initiative, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 August 2021.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Remarks by Minister Pandor on occasion of the launch of the Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic Justice and Rights Initiative, 23 August 2021. It is a great honor for me to address you today on such a historic occasion when we launch the Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic Justice and Rights Initiative.
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Minister Pandor to launch a new initiative in honour of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will on Monday, 23 August 2021, deliver the keynote address at the launch of the Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic, Justice and Rights (AWEJR) initiative.

Date : Monday, 23 August 2021
Time :

08h00

Platform :

The event will be streamed live on:

Twitter: @DIRCO_ZA and
Facebook: DIRCOza

Enquiries :

Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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Celebrating the spirit of Charlotte Maxeke – pioneer, activist, artist, intellectual, internationalist and visionary, Daily Maverick, by Naledi Pandor, 23 August 2021. While being the first black woman in the many spaces she operated in, Charlotte Maxeke understood that for meaningful representation of women, she needed to rally other women to amplify their voice in the struggle for gender equality.

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President Ramaphosa in discussion with President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia. President Cyril Ramaphosa placed a call yesterday, Wednesday 18 August 2021, to Zambian President-Elect, Hakainde Hichilema, to wish the incoming leader and the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia well for the Presidential term.

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Minister Naledi Pandor is guest speaker at the Stellenbosch University virtual Women Alumnae Network (SWAN), Pretoria, South Africa, 20 August 2021. Minister Naledi Pandor is guest speaker at the Stellenbosch University virtual Women Alumnae Network (SWAN), Pretoria, South Africa, 20 August 2021.

Photo: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Minister Pandor to be a guest speaker at Stellenbosch University Women Alumnae Network. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will be a guest speaker at the Stellenbosch University Women Alumnae Network (SWAN) to be held virtually, tomorrow, Friday, 20 August 2021, at 13h00 – 14h00.

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