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Joint statement by the SADC Troika and leaders of the coalition of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Following the recent political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho, His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met the delegation of the Coalition Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho consisting of the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Thomas Motswahae Thabane, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing  and Hon. Morena T J Maseribane, Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation on 1 September 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma, to South African Ambassadors and High Commissioners stationed abroad, on the occasion of the 2014 Heads of Mission Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, 31 August 2014. I am happy to join you as you conclude the important Heads of Mission conference. I believe that everyone was given the opportunity to participate and to share ideas and views that will enrich our work, and build on what we have to achieve in our foreign policy mandate.

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Media statement on the security situation in Lesotho. The South African Government notes with great concern the unfolding security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho where the Lesotho Defence Force has taken over several key installations in the country.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to brief media on developments in Lesotho. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief the media on developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was hosted by Leanne Manas of SABC 2 Morning Live. SABC 2 Morning Live broadcasted from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was hosted by Leanne Manas of SABC 2 Morning Live. SABC 2 Morning Live broadcasted from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 August 2014.

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A BRICS book to be launched. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will jointly host an event with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) this Friday, 29 August 2014, at which a BRICS Publication/Book will be launched. All BRICS countries will be represented.
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President Zuma sends a message of condolence following floods and landslides in Japan. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the tragic loss of lives as a result of heavy rains which caused flash floods and landslides in Hiroshima.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to the Russian Federation. President Jacob Zuma is to undertake a Working Visit to the Russian Federation on 24-29 August 2014. The visit takes place after the successful Working Visit of President Putin to Durban, South Africa, and President Zuma’s Working Visit to Sochi, Russian Federation, in March and May 2013 respectively, as well as Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s successful Working Visit to the Russian Federation in September 2013, and the recent meeting on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Brazil.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 20 August 2014. Implementation of key government programmes - Cabinet commends the launch of another Sexual Offences Court in Bethlehem, Free State by Minister Michael Masutha. This forms part of government’s intervention programme in the fight against sexual violence against women, children and the vulnerable groups.
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Group photograph of the SADC Heads of State and Government, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 14 August 2014. Group photograph of the SADC Heads of State and Government, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 17-18 August 2014.

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President Zuma concludes working visit to the SADC Summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. President Jacob Zuma has concluded his working visit to Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, where he led the South African delegation to the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, which took place on 17-18 August 2014.

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Communiqué of the 34th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, August 17-18, 2014. The 34th Ordinary meeting of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe on 17th and 18th August 2014.

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President Zuma arrives in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, for the 34th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today arrived in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, where he will lead the South African delegation at the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 17-18 August 2014.

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President Zuma to lead the South African delegation to the 34th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma will lead the South African delegation to the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 17-18 August 2014 in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe.

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Minister Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Livingstone, Zambia ahead of the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. She is received by the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. W V Mavimbela, 14-15 August 2014. Minister Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Livingstone, Zambia ahead of the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. She is received by the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. W V Mavimbela, 14-15 August 2014.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting in Victoria Falls. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will arrive later today in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, to take part in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Meeting currently taking place on 14-15 August 2014.

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Group photograph of the SADC Ministers, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 14 August 2014 Group photograph of the SADC Ministers, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 14 August 2014.
Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, Deputy Director General, Ms Maud Dlomo, and Director General, Mr Jerry Matjila, from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation during the SADC Ministers Council Meeting, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 8-13 August 2014. Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Rob Davies, Deputy Director General, Ms Maud Dlomo, and Director General, Mr Jerry Matjila, from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation during the SADC Ministers Council Meeting, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 8-13 August 2014.

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Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the celebration of National Women’s Day, King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi, Durban, 09 August 2014. Malibongwe! Siyanibingelela nonke kulomcimbi obaluleke kangaka wokugubha iqhaza elabanjwa abantu besifazane emzabalazweni ezweni lakithi. In some societies, it is said that when a woman dies, so does the family.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pays a courtesy call on President Michelle Bachelet of the Republic of Chile at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 August 2014. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pays a courtesy call on President Michelle Bachelet of the Republic of Chile at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 August 2014.
President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile arrives in South Africa. She is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Bathabile Dlamini of the Department of Social Development, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 August 2014. President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile arrives in South Africa. She is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Bathabile Dlamini of the Department of Social Development, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 August 2014.

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Joint Declaration by South Africa and Chile, 8 August 2014. Bilateral discussions between President Jacob Zuma and President Michelle Bachelet and their respective delegations took place at the Union Buildings, Pretoria on 8 August 2014, at the start of President Bachelet’s official State Visit to South Africa from 8-10 August 2014.

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Media statement by President Jacob Zuma at the conclusion of official talks with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 08 August 2014. We have just concluded successful official talks with Her Excellency President Michelle Bachelet of Chile. We are very happy to host President Bachelet for this important state visit, which will surely further enhance relations between our two countries.

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Opinion Piece by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane entitled: "United Global Action Needed", The New Age Newspaper, 08 August 2014. As we celebrate two decades of freedom, we are provided with an opportunity to conduct an honest assessment of the journey we have travelled so far and what it has meant for South African women.

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President Zuma to host President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile

President Jacob Zuma will on Friday, 08 August 2014, host the President of the Republic of Chile, Her Excellency Dr Michelle Bachelet Jeria, for a State visit to South Africa. This will be President Bachelet’s first visit to the Republic of South Africa.

Media Programme

Date :

Friday 08 August 2014

Time : 10H00 (media to arrive at 08H30)
Venue : Union Buildings
Pretoria
RSVP : Nthabiseng Ramatshela on 082 675 089 3/ ramatshelan@dirco.gov.za or Hlomani Baloyi on 083 276 1295 / hlomanibaloyi@gmail.com
Enquiries : Zanele Mngadi on 082 330 1148 / Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 / Nelson Kgwete on 076 431 3078
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Photo opportunity: Arrival of President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of the Republic of Chile

The President of the Republic of Chile, Her Excellency Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, who will undertake a State Visit from 08-10 August 2014 to the Republic of South Africa, will arrive in Pretoria on Thursday, 07 August 2014 as follows:

Date :

Thursday, 07 August 2014

Time : 21H00
Venue : Waterkloof Air Force Base
Pretoria
RSVP : Ms Nthabiseng Ramatshela at ramatshelan@dirco.gov.za / 082 675 0893
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Developments in Libya. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation wishes to inform prospective South Africans travelling to Libya and those currently resident in Libya that the prevailing security situation in Libya is cause for great concern.  The situation remains volatile and unpredictable. Due to the intensity of fighting in Tripoliand Benghazi at present and the wider instability throughout Libya, South Africansare advised to consider their travel with due circumspection.

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President Jacob Zuma sends condolences to the People’s Republic of China. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the People’s Republic of China following a devastating earthquake in Yunnan Province on 3 August.

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Declaration of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Committee on Palestine at the Ministerial Level, held in Tehran on 04 August 2014. The Ministers of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement met in Tehran on 4 August 2014 to address the crisis situation being faced by the Palestinian people, particularly brutally military aggression committed by Israel in July and August 2014 against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of more than 1 857 Palestinians and the wanton destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes.
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 August 2014. Women’s Month/ National Women’s Day celebrations - Cabinet welcomes plans for the national Women's Day celebrations and all activities planned throughout the month of August. President Jacob Zuma will lead the national event to be held at King Zwelithini Stadium, in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, on 9 August 2014 under the theme: “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Charter and 20 Years of Freedom: together moving non-racial and non-sexist South Africa forward

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President Jacob Zuma delivers an address at the National Press Club, Washington DC, USA, 4 August 2014. President Jacob Zuma delivers an address at the National Press Club, Washington DC, USA, 4 August 2014.


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Address by President Jacob Zuma to the National Press Club, Washington DC, United States of America, 4 August 2014. It is an honour and a pleasure to be able to speak to you today from the same podium that our President Nelson Mandela spoke at, 20 years ago as South Africa's first democratically elected president. I would like to thank the National Press Club for providing this unique opportunity for us to talk about our country’s journey towards a truly non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to participate in the emergency meeting of the NAM Committee on Palestine. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo, accompanied by President Zuma’s Special Envoys to the Middle East, Dr Zola Skweyiya and Mr Aziz Pahad, will attend an emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Committee on Palestine, scheduled for 04 August 2014, in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a media briefing on the upcoming United States - Africa Leaders’ Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a media briefing on the upcoming United States - Africa Leaders’ Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014.

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on international developments, 01 August 2014, OR Tambo Building. Our briefing this morning will focus on the upcoming United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Washington DC, United States of America, on the 5th and 6th August 2014.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s public programme for Friday, 01 August 2014

Date :

Friday, 01 August 2014

Event : Media briefing on international developments, focussing on the US-Africa Leaders' Summit

Venue: DIRCO Media Briefing Room, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria
Time: 09H30
     
Event   Delivery of a paper at UNISA on SA’s tenure as BRICS Chair

Venue: Senate Hall, Theo Van Wijk Building, UNISA Main Campus, Pretoria
Time: 10H00
     
Event : Public lecture in Polokwane in honour of Mandela

Venue: Flora Park Comprehensive Primary
Time: 18h00
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a public lecture on South Africa’s tenure as the BRICS Chair, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a public lecture on South Africa’s tenure as the BRICS Chair, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 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: ”South Africa’s Chairpersonship of BRICS – from Durban to Fortaleza”, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Friday, 01 August 2014. It is a great honour and privilege for me to deliver this address today, in partnership with the Institute for Global Dialogue. I must accordingly express my sincere gratitude to the IDG, in particular, Dr Siphamandla Zondi, for inviting us to give our perspective on South Africa’s chairpersonship of BRICS.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver a paper on SA’s tenure as Chair of BRICS

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to deliver a paper at an event jointly organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) focussing on “South Africa’s Chairpersonship of BRICS: From Durban to Fortaleza”.

Date :

Friday, 01 August 2014

Time : 09H30
Venue : Senate Hall
2nd Floor
Theo van Wijk Building
UNISA Main Campus
Pretoria
RSVP :

LazourasL@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Deputy President Ramaphosa travels to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for Presidential inauguration. The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, will depart South Africa on Friday, 01 August 2014, to represent His Excellency President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect, Mahomed Ould Abdel Aziz, of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, scheduled for Saturday 02 August 2014 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

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Media statement on the visit of the Presidential Envoys to the Middle East, Imbizo Media Centre, Cape Town, 31 July 2014. As part of our contribution to international diplomatic efforts towards the resolution of Israeli-Palestine conflict, we as Special Envoys appointed by President Zuma travelled to both Israel and Palestine, to convey South Africa’s grave concern over the escalating violence, the civilian displacement and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in particular and the West Bank in general.
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Presidential Envoys to brief the media on their visit to Israel and Palestine

The team of envoys appointed by President Jacob Zuma, which includes former Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad and former Minister and High Commissioner Zola Skweyiya, has returned from their visit to Israel and Palestine and will brief the media on the outcomes of the visit.

Date :

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Time : 12H30
Venue :

Imbizo Media Centre
Parliament
Cape Town (video link to GCIS, Pretoria)

RSVP :

LazourasL@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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SA condemns terrorist attack in the People’s Republic of China. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks which took place in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in Northwest China on 29 July 2014. The South Africa Government condemns all forms and manner of terrorism.

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The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) hosts a BRICS Think Tank Seminar. Professor Olive Shisana, Chair of the South African BRICS Think Tank, provides feedback from the Fortaleza - Brazil BRICS Sixth Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 July 2014. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) hosts a BRICS Think Tank Seminar. Professor Olive Shisana, Chair of the South African BRICS Think Tank, provides feedback from the Fortaleza - Brazil BRICS Sixth Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 July 2014.

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Statement by the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on the situation in Gaza, Palestinian Territory, 26 July 2014. The SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO) meeting in Swakopmund, Namibia, noted with grave concern the blatant and disproportionate attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, by the State of Israel which has resulted in the deaths and suffering of defenseless Palestinian civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly.

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