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  27 Feb-1 Mar: High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34),Geneva, Switzerland
  20-24 Feb: SADC Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) Meeting, Dar-Es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
  22 Feb: 2017 National Budget Speech to Parliament by Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, Cape Town, South Africa
  18-19 Feb: Working Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Beijing, People's Republic of China
  16-17 Feb: G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Bonn, Germany
  11 Feb: Third Annual Ubuntu Awards, Cape Town, South Africa
  9 Feb: State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of Parliament by President Jacob Zuma, Cape Town, South Africa
  6 Feb: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Ms Retno Marsudi, for Bilateral Talks, Cape Town, South Africa
  3 Feb: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, Hon. Gebran Bassil, Pretoria, South Africa
  3 Feb: Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO), Ezulwini, Swaziland
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South Africa and Russia celebrate 25 years of formal diplomatic relations. The Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation will mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations tomorrow, 28 February 2017. Bilateral relations between the two countries were established on 28 February 1992.

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Deputy Minister Landers to participate in the High-Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will participate in the High-Level Segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC34), scheduled for 27 February – 01 March 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to attend SADC meeting in Tanzania. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African government delegation at the meeting of the SADC Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) taking place in Dar-Es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, from 20 to 24 February 2017.

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2017 Budget Speech to Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 February 2017. I have the privilege to present our Government’s budget for the fiscal year 2017/18, and the framework for the next three years. I am mindful, in the context of our own transformation challenges and the stresses in the global environment, of Oliver Tambo’s unwavering vision.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes a successful working visit to the People's Republic of China. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Sunday, 19 February 2017, concluded a successful working visit to Beijing in the People's Republic of China, where she met with her counterpart, Foreign Minister WANG Yi and paid a courtesy call on Vice Minister of Finance SHI Yaobin.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in the People's Republic of China on a working visit. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Saturday, 18 February 2017, arrived in Beijing, in the People's Republic of China, on a working visit.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful participation in the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bonn. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today concluded a successful working visit to Germany where she led the South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bonn from 16-17 February 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead the SA delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bonn. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Wednesday, 15 February 2017, arrived in Germany where she will lead the South African delegation to the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled for 16-17 February 2017 in Bonn.

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Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 15 February 2017. Implementation of Government Programmes – Cabinet welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) under the theme "Radical Transformation of the Economy”. This was at the halfway mark of this Fifth Administration’s term of office which saw 2017 being declared the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo and the year of deepening unity.

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President Jacob Zuma congratulates the new President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, H.E. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of Somalia, following the Presidential Elections held on 8 February 2017.

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State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament, Cape Town, 9 February 2017. Thank you Madam Speaker and Madam Chairperson for this opportunity to address the joint sitting of Parliament. An illustrious son of our country, President Oliver Reginald Tambo, would have turned 100 years old this year, had he lived
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane conducts fruitful bilateral talks with Indonesian counterpart. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Monday, 06 February 2017, received Ms Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, for bilateral talks in Cape Town.

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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of the Working Visit of Minister Gebran Bassil of Lebanon, OR Tambo Building, 3 February 2017. We have just concluded our bilateral discussions which have been characterised by the usual friendliness and comradeship. The Government of South Africa attaches great importance to the ties that have been built between our country and the Republic of Lebanon and we look forward to enhancing our relations further.
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President Zuma conveys condolences to the Democratic Republic of the Congo regarding the passing away of Mr Étienne Tshisekedi. The South African Government has learnt with sadness about the passing of Mr Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) Party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Lebanese counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Lebanese counterpart, Hon. Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon, on Friday, 03 February 2017, in Pretoria for bilateral discussions.

Date :

Friday, 03 February 2017

Time :

12H00 (Joint Press Conference)

Venue : Media Room
DIRCO, O.R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma returns from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma has returned to Pretoria, after concluding his Working Visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia where he attended the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa, held under the theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth".

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Deputy Minister Landers to lead the SA delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will lead the South African delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers responsible for Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO), scheduled for 3 February 2017 in Ezulwini, in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

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Preparations for the State of the Nation Address 2017. President Jacob Zuma has called a Joint Sitting of Parliament on 9 February 2017 to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and preparations are continuing in earnest within government to ensure its success.

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President Zuma to attend the AU Summit in Ethiopia. President Jacob Zuma will travel to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) from 28-31 January 2017 under the theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth".

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Deputy Minister Landers to lead the SA delegation to the Joint Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the SADC Ministers of Environment and Natural Resources, and of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. I am honoured to address this important and timely seminar titled: “Reinvigorating South Africa’s leadership role in the International Human Rights Treaty Monitoring System: Possibilities for enhanced impact”.

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South African Government conveys condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran following the Plasco Building collapse. The Government and people of South Africa convey their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the collapse of the historic high-rise Plasco Building in Iran’s capital, Tehran, which caught fire on Thursday, 19 January 2017, leaving over 70 people dead and scores injured.

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Latest developments in The Gambia following the swearing in of President Adama Barrow. The South African Government has congratulated President Adama Barrow following his swearing in as the new President of The Gambia, on 19 January 2017 at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

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Call for public to vote for finalists in the 2017 Ubuntu Awards’ public vote categories. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the 3rd Annual Ubuntu Awards on 11 February 2017 in Cape Town. The Awards will be held under the theme: “OR Tambo… in his footsteps.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 20 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Winterveldt.


Date :

Friday, 20 January 2017

Time :

10H00 - 16H00

Venue :

Winterveldt
Tshwane

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to embark on a Back-to-School campaign in Free State Province

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Thursday, 19 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign at St Paul and Tshipinare Primary Schools in Thaba Nchu, Free State Province.

Date :

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Time :

12H00

Venue : St Paul Primary School & Tshipinare Primary School
Thaba Nchu
Free State
RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za, rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma sends condolences to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates following the death of five diplomats in Afghanistan. On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of United Arab Emirates on the death of five of its diplomatic officials in a bomb blast on 10 January 2017 in Afghanistan.

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Developments in The Gambia following Presidential Elections. On 6 December 2016, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma issued a statement congratulating President-elect Adama Barrow following presidential elections that were held in The Gambia on 01 December 2016.
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Address by Deputy Minister Mfeketo during the Back to School Program at Bonga Primary School, 11 January 2017, Gugulethu, Cape Town. It is indeed a testimony to our need to deliver quality education in our lifetime that so many stakeholders have gathered here today for the 2017 back to school program.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Germany following former Federal President Herzog’s death. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Germany following the passing on of former Federal President Roman Herzog.

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Right Of Reply: South Africa Is NOT Abdicating Its Role As A Stabilising Force In Africa, The Huffington Post SA, 11 January 2017. South Africa will also continue to promote peace, security and stability within the region and the continent. During the course of the year 2017, South Africa will take over the leadership of two important institutions. We will assume the role of Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Indian Ocean RIM Association (IORA).

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South African Government condemns attack on Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem.President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s condolences to the government of Israel for the attack on its four young cadet soldiers killed in the truck incident that took place yesterday in East Jerusalem.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Portugal following former President Mário Soares’ death. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Portugal following the passing on of former President Mário Soares.

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President Zuma sends condolences on the passing of former President of Iran Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the passing of former President and Chairperson of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Conclusion Statement on the Working Visit to South Africa by His Excellency President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic hosted by President Jacob Zuma. President Jacob Zuma today, 06 January 2017, hosted His Excellency President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on a Working Visit to South Africa at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

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President Zuma to host the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on a Working Visit

President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, on 06 January 2017, host President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), for a Working Visit to the Republic of South Africa at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

Date : Friday, 06 January 2017
Time :

09H00

Venue : Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House
Pretoria
Enquiries :

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

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Independence of Western Sahara is an inalienable right, by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Daily Maverick, 4 January, 2017. This week’s working visit to South Africa by President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is significant as it comes at a critical time when we marked the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the SADR, founded in 1976, and the continuing illegal occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco.
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Foreign visits must be coordinated and seek to advance South Africa's foreign policy and national interests. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) wishes to place it on record that the recent trip to the city of Taipei in Taiwan, undertaken by Councillor Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, was in breach of South Africa's foreign policy and is highly regretted.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences to the Russian Federation following the Tu-154 plane crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Russian military plane Tu-154 that crashed into the Black Sea today, Sunday, 25 December 2016.

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Statement on the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) condemning the continued illegal settlement activities of Israel in the Palestinian West Bank. The South African Government welcomes the adoption, on 23 December 2016, of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 condemning the continued illegal settlement activities of Israel in the Palestinian West Bank.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Mexico following deadly fireworks blast.President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the people of Mexico following a massive explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City’s suburb of Tultepec on Tuesday, 20 December 2016, which has left at least 29 people dead and 70 injured.

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Opinion piece by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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South Africa expresses concern over the current incidence with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The South African Government expressed concern about the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and condemns any outbreak of violence. These incidences threaten the hard-won democratic gains made by the DRC through the past two elections. 

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South African Government condemns attacks in the Federal Republic of Germany and the Swiss Confederation. President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Government and people of Germany following what appears to have been a terrorist attack that occurred on Monday evening, 19 December 2016, when a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing over 10 people and injuring nearly 50. 

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South African Government condemns killing of Russian Ambassador to Turkey. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Russian Federation and in particular, to the family of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, following his assassination on Monday evening, 19 December 2016, in Ankara.

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Presence in SA of former First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar. The South African Government has noted with concern some media reports about the presence of Dr Riek Machar in South Africa. Some of these media reports claim that Dr Riek Machar is under house arrest in South Africa

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International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster
briefing, 13 December 2016

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South African Government condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Yemen, Turkey and Somalia. President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the governments and people of Yemen, Turkey and Somalia following the terrorist attacks that occurred this weekend in Aden, Istanbul and Mogadishu, respectively, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of people.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Nigeria and Egypt. President Jacob Zuma has today, Sunday, 11 December 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Nigeria and Egypt following tragedies that occurred this weekend at churches in these two fellow African countries.
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President Zuma congratulates the President-elect Akufo-Addo of Ghana. On behalf of Government and people of South Africa, H.E President Jacob Zuma has today congratulated Mr Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of the Republic of Ghana following the elections that were held on 7th December 2016.

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South Africa opposes “Land Grab” Bill tabled before the Israeli parliament. The South African Government received with shock the news that on Wednesday, 07 December 2016, members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) for the Jewish Home Party tabled the Regulations Bill whose purpose is to legitimise the continuing annexation of Palestinian land for settlement construction. The Bill has already been condemned by Israel’s Attorney-General, stating that it breaches local and international law.  Opposition parties correctly described it as a “land grab” move.

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Joint Communique on the occasion of the State Visit of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu. At the invitation of His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, paid a State Visit to South Africa from 8 to 9 December 2016.

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Press Conference Remarks by President Jacob Zuma after official talks with President Edgar Lungu of the Republic of Zambia, on the occasion of the State Visit to South Africa by President Lungu, 8 December 2016. Allow me, to firstly express my heartfelt gratitude to my dear brother, His Excellency President Lungu for accepting my invitation for a State visit to South Africa. The State visit is a further manifestation of the depth of relations between South Africa and Zambia.

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President Zuma to host Zambia President on a State Visit

President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday, 08 December 2016, host the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Lungu for his State Visit to the Republic of South Africa, in Pretoria.

Official Welcoming Ceremony:

Date : Thursday, 08 December 2016
Time :

09H00 (Media to arrive at 07H30)

Venue :

Union Buildings
Pretoria

Enquiries : Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za
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How Cuba stood with Africa, by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, TNA, 8 December 2016. Last week South Africa joined the world in celebrating the life of one of the great heroes of the 20th century, former president Fidel Castro, who passed away, aged 90, on November 25. Castro left his mark on history as a renowned internationalist and anti-imperialist, who selflessly supported the struggles of the oppressed and the exploited.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the Republic of Indonesia following a deadly earthquake. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Indonesia following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, 06 December 2016, killing nearly 100 people.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK-661 that crashed in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today, Wednesday, 07 December 2016.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Lungu, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base ahead of his State Visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Lungu, at the Waterkloof Air Force Base ahead of his State Visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Zambia, Mr Harry Kalaba, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of Zambia, Mr Harry Kalaba, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 December 2016.


Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees
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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Joint Commission for Cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zambia, Pretoria, 07 December 2016. It is my great pleasure to welcome you, Minister and your esteemed delegation to South Africa on this occasion of the inauguration of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between our nations.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her Zambian counterpart ahead of President Lungu’s State Visit to South Africa

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Zambian counterpart, Minister Harry Kalaba, on Wednesday, 07 December 2016, in Pretoria on the occasion of the inaugural session of the South Africa-Zambia Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC). The two Ministers will co-chair the JCC, which meets ahead of the State Visit to South Africa by the President of Zambia, His Excellency Edgar Lungu.

Date : Wednesday, 07 December 2016
Time :

10H00 (Opening Remarks)
11H00 (Closing Remarks)

Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Conference Room 1
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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