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  11 Apr: Deputy Minister Fransman embarks on an outreach programme, Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa
  10 Apr: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture on SA’s Foreign Policy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Mr Ramaphosa Conlcudes Visit to South Sudan. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, Special Envoy to South Sudan, has concluded his second visit to South Sudan where he held discussions with President Salva Kiir and other stakeholders on the process to resolve the on-going conflict.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits Brazzaville for the SA-Congo Joint Commission for Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Wednesday, 16 April 2104, co-chair the Second Session of the South Africa-Congo Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) with her Congolese counterpart, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Basile Ikouebe, in Brazzaville.

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SA sends condolences to Nigeria following blast. The South African Government sends its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following a blast today, 14 April 2014, which has killed many people. The South African Government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism. South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her counterpart, H E Mr Lourence Fall, Minister of Forreign Affairs and Expatriate Guineans, for a Bilateral Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts her counterpart, H E Mr Lourence Fall, Minister of Forreign Affairs and Expatriate Guineans, for a Bilateral Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2014.

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Remarks by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between the Republic of Guinea, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, 14 April 2014. We have just concluded our bilateral discussions within the framework of the 2nd session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation, which was characterised by cordial and cooperative interaction aimed at deepening the long-standing bilateral relations between our two countries.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to host Minister Francois Lounceny Fall for the 2nd SA-Guinea JCC

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Guinean counterpart, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Guineans, Mr Francois Lounceny Fall who will be in South Africa for the 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation [JCC] between South Africa and Guinea.

Date :

Monday, 14 April 2014

Time : 12H10 - 12H40
Venue :

Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : Singoc@dirco.gov.za / 072 625 7060
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Fransman to embark on an outreach programme in Beaufort West

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman, will undertake a Public Participation Programme in Beaufort West, Western Cape on Friday, 11 April 2014.

Date :

Friday, 11 April 2014

Time : 15h00 (Media to arrive at 14h30)
Venue :

Kwa-Mandlenkosi Stadium
Beaufort West
Western Cape

RSVP : Ms Juanique Bowman, bowmanj@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses students at the Science Stadium Building, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 April 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses students at the Science Stadium Building, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 April 2014.

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Speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,  on the occasion of a Public Lecture on : “Celebrating 20 years of South Africa’s Democracy: Reflections on Foreign Policy, Highlights and Challenges”, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Thursday, 10 April 2014. Please allow me to take a moment and express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the management and staff of the University of Witwatersrand for the warm and cordial reception. Our singular appreciation goes to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Habib, who has warmly welcomed us in a way that makes us feel at home.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver a public lecture on SA’s Foreign Policy at Wits

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to deliver a public lecture on South Africa’s Foreign Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand. The speech will focus on post-apartheid South Africa’s role on the African continent and the world.

Date :

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Time : 12h30 - 14h00 (Media to arrive at 12h00)
Venue :

Science Stadium
West Campus
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg

RSVP : Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes working visit to Brussels. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today concluded a working visit to Brussels, where she led the South African delegation to the Fourth Africa-European Union (EU) Summit, which took place on 02-03 April 2014, under the theme: “Investing in Peace, Prosperity and People.”

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The Outbreak of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in the Republic of Guinea. The South African Government has learnt with great shock and sadness following the outbreak of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in the Republic of Guinea that resulted in the loss of lives.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives at the Fourth Africa-European Union (EU) Summit, Belgium, Brussels, 2-3 April 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives at the Fourth Africa-European Union (EU) Summit, Belgium, Brussels, 2-3 April 2014.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Brussels for the 4th Africa-EU Summit. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Tuesday, 01 April 2014, arrived in Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium, where she is leading the South African delegation to the 4th Africa-European Union (EU) Summit, scheduled for 02-03 April 2014 under the theme: “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.”

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead the SA delegation to the Africa-EU Summit. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead the South African delegation to the 4th Africa-European Union (EU) Summit scheduled for 02-03 April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, under the theme: “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.”

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Press Statement on the Situation in Ukraine. The South African Government reiterates its concern regarding developments in Ukraine. South Africa calls upon both the Russian Federation and Ukraine to engage in dialogue and cooperation in the interest of the stability of the broader region.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, 26 March 2014, concluded her Working Visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, where she led a South African Government delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), which took place on 24-25 March 2014 in The Hague.

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United States - South Africa Strategic Dialogue: Fifth Annual Bilateral Forum to advance bilateral partnership. The Department of International Cooperation and Relations hosted the U.S. Mission in Pretoria for the fifth Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF) under the United States – South Africa Strategic Dialogue.

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President Zuma to take part in a regional mini summit in Angola. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, will travel to Luanda, Republic of Angola, today, 24 March 2014, to take part in a mini summit of the International Conference of African Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), scheduled for 25 March 2014.
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Chairperson's Statement on the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting held on 24 March 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane convened a BRICS Foreign/International Relations Ministers’ meeting on Monday, 24 March 2014 on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting was attended by Minister Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, Minister Salman Khurshid of the Republic of India, Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China and Ambassador Carlos Antonio Paranhos, Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
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SA government sends condolences following a ferry boat accident in Uganda. The South African Government extends its condolences to the Governments of the Republic of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo following a ferry boat accident that is believed to have claimed over 100 lives in Uganda.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead a South African delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Sunday, 23 March 2014, arrived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a working visit. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a delegation, which includes Mr Dikobe Ben Martins, Minister of Energy, to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), scheduled for 24-25 March 2014 in The Hague.

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Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of National Human Rights Day Commemoration, Sharpeville, 21 March 2014. We are commemorating a sad day in our history. Here in Sharpeville, on 21 March 1960, the police opened fire and killed a total of 69 people and wounded 180 others. They were protesting against unfair laws and were demanding their basic human rights.

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Address by Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim entitled “20 Years of South Africa and Multilateralism: Returning to the fold,” University of KwaZulu Natal, 19 March 2014. Thank you for the invitation to address you today.  It is indeed an honour for me to once again visit the University of KwaZulu Natal and to engage with you on South Africa’s foreign policy and international achievements over the past two decades, with specific focus on our multilateral engagement.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 19 March 2014. Cabinet’s decisions on current issues and upcoming events - Cabinet welcomed the release of the Twenty Year Review South Africa Report 1994–2014, by President Jacob Zuma, which is testimony to the progress government has made to ensure a better life for all.

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Foreign Policy Briefing. During the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma reflected on how Democratic South Africa’s foreign policy was shaped during the fierce international campaign to isolate the apartheid state. He also emphasised how Africa is at the centre of South Africa’s foreign policy.
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Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim addresses the "10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Establishment of the Pan-African-Parliament", Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 March 2014. Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim addresses the "10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Establishment of the Pan-African-Parliament", Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 March 2014.

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Message of Solidarity delivered by Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim on behalf of H E Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the 4th Session of the 3rd Parliament of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa – 18 March 2014. Allow me to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the invitation extended to us to address this house on this historic occasion of the tenth year of the founding of the Pan African Parliament. On behalf of the South African government and its people, we wish this august institution a happy tenth anniversary.
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During the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma reflected on how Democratic South Africa’s foreign policy was shaped during the fierce international campaign to isolate the apartheid state. He also emphasised how Africa is at the centre of South Africa’s foreign policy.
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Deputy Minister Ebrahim to address Pan-African Parliament. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will address the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) under the theme “10th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Pan-African Parliament.”
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Deputy Minister Ebrahim to deliver public lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim, will deliver a public lecture on South Africa’s foreign policy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The theme of Deputy Minister Ebrahim’s address will be on “ 20 Years of South Africa and Multilateralism: Returning to the fold”.

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Media Statement on Recent Developments Pertaining to South Africa and Rwanda Relations. Let us take a step back and recall incidents that resulted in us acting against certain criminal elements who have sought to undermine South Africa's territorial integrity. You will recall that in June 2010, there was an attack on the life of General Kayumba Nyamwasa, an asylum seeker and former Rwanda Army General.
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Mr Cyril Ramaphosa concludes visit to South Sudan. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, the Special Envoy to South Sudan, concluded his visit to South Sudan and some countries that are part of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) involved in the efforts to find a resolution to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. The Special Envoy undertook this visit to familiarise himself with the unfolding events in South Sudan and to meet with key role-players.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host an event marking International Women’s Day

On Friday, 14 March 2014, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will host an event in Pretoria marking International Women’s Day.

Date :

Friday, 14 March 2014

Time : Guests and media to arrive at 10H30

Programme starts at 11H00 and ends at 12H45
Venue :

Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : BowmanJ@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes Working Visit to the Republic of Chile. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, Wednesday, 12 March 2014, concluded a successful working visit to Santiago, the Republic of Chile, where she represented South Africa at the inauguration ceremonies of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

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Deputy President Motlanthe to undertake an Official Visit to the Republic of Poland. The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe, will undertake an Official Visit to the Republic of Poland from 14-15 March 2014 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, His Excellency Donald Franciszek Tusk.

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Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the release of the 20 Year Review: South Africa 1994 to 2014, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria, 11 March 2014. Thank you for joining us on this important occasion. The year 2014 represents a historic milestone of twenty years of freedom and democracy in our country. It is an occasion to reflect on what has been achieved in our country over the past twenty years, by South Africans working together.

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Commonwealth Day Message: Monday, 10 March 2014. Today, Monday, 10 March 2014, Commonwealth countries as symbol of their solidarity, celebrate Commonwealth Day under the theme “Team Commonwealth”. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent and equal sovereign nations bound together by a shared heritage of history, tradition, language and culture.
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SA Government to address alleged abuses against prisoners in Mozambique. The South African Government has taken note of media reports alleging that South African female prisoners in Mozambique are subjected to sexual abuse and related conditions of hardship. The South African government views these allegations in a serious light. The matter will be brought to the attention of the Mozambican authorities for further investigations.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to attend inauguration of Chilean President-elect, Michelle Bachelet. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has, today, Friday, 07 March 2014, arrived in Santiago, the Republic of Chile, where she will represent South Africa at the inauguration ceremonies of the new Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet.

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Press Statement on the visit to South Africa by Dr Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dr Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, paid an official visit to South Africa from 4 to 7 March 2014 at the invitation of Mr Max Sisulu, the Speaker of the National Assembly. In addition to his meeting with Mr Sisulu, Dr Larijani also held discussions with President Jacob Zuma on issues of bilateral and international concern.

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Deputy Minister Fransman to represent SA at the SADC Council of Ministers. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman, is scheduled to lead a South African delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting, which will take place on 10-11 March 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes working visit to Switzerland. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has on Thursday, 06 March 2014, concluded her working visit to Geneva, Switzerland where she participated in the high-level segment of the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

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President Zuma to Receive Letters of Credence. President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 06 March 2014, receive letters of credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a credentials ceremony that will take place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

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Mr Ramaphosa visits South Sudan. Following his appointment as a Special Envoy to South Sudan, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission & Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), will from 05 to 12 March 2014 be visiting South Sudan and some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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