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President Zuma sends condolences to Italy following deadly earthquake. President Jacob Zuma, has today, Wednesday, 24 August 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Republic of Italy following the earthquake that struck central Italy, in the regions of Lazio and Umbria, which resulted in the deaths of tens of citizens and extensive damage in several towns.

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Programme of President Jacob Zuma, 24 August – 27 September 2016.
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President Zuma to attend the TICAD Summit in Kenya. President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 25 August 2016 travel to Kenya to participate in the 6th Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) taking place in Nairobi, in the Republic of Kenya. The TICAD process was initiated in 1993 as an advocacy platform for African Development specifically aimed at mobilising humanitarian aid and Official Development Assistance (ODA). TICAD is a partnership between Africa and Japan.
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Ambassador Nkosi to address a public seminar on Multilateralism and South African Foreign Policy at the University of Pretoria

Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, the Chief Operating Officer in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, will address a Public Seminar at the University of Pretoria on Friday, 26 August 2016, under the theme: “Multilateralism and South Africa’s Foreign Policy.”

Date :

Friday, 26 August 2016

Time : 11H45
Venue : Merensky Auditorium
Merensky Library
Hatfield Campus
University of Pretoria (use Lynnwood Road main entrance)
RSVP : Media wishing to attend, should please send the following details to mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za by latest Thursday, 25 August 2016 at 10h00
Enquiries : Laoura Lazouras, 083 564 2024
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Group photograph of the participants of the Sixteenth Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 August 2016. Group photograph of the participants of the Sixteenth Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 August 2016.
Meeting between Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Head of Regional Delegation, Pretoria - International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr Vincent Cassard, ahead of the Sixteenth Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law to be held at the OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 August 2016. Meeting between Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Head of Regional Delegation, Pretoria - International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr Vincent Cassard, ahead of the Sixteenth Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law to be held at the OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 22 August 2016.

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Luwellyn Landers MP, at the Sixteenth Annual Regional Seminar on the Implementation of Humanitarian Law, Pretoria, 23-26 August 2016. It is my honour and privilege to deliver an opening address on this auspicious occasion of the 16th Annual Regional Seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law. We have been convening these seminars for the past sixteen years in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Deputy Minister Landers to deliver opening remarks at the 16th Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will host the 16th Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law on 23-26 August 2016 in Pretoria under the theme: “Protection of persons and property in times of armed conflict.”

Date :

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Time : 08H30 – 10H00
Venue : DIRCO
Conference Room 1
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma sends condolences to Turkey following deadly terrorist attack. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to H. E. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Government and people of the Republic of Turkey, following a deadly attack that took place on Saturday, 20 August 2016, at a Kurdish wedding party in the city of Gaziantep, which left over 50 people dead and dozens injured.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers the Keynote Address at the Thirteenth Annual Top Woman Awards Ceremony, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, 18 August 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers the Keynote Address at the Thirteenth Annual Top Woman Awards Ceremony, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa, 18 August 2016.

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President Zuma congratulates His Excellency Evaristo Carvalho on his election as President of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Evaristo Carvalho for winning the presidential elections that were held in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe on 17 July and 07 August 2016.

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South African Government condemns wave of explosions across multiple cities in southern Thailand. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the wave of coordinated explosions across multiple cities in southern Thailand, including tourism hotspots of Trang, Surat Thani, Hua Hin and Phuket on the 11 and 12 August 2016, which resulted in the deaths of at least four people and wounding dozens more.

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South Africa to co-host the 2016 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East

The South African Government in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information will host the United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East. The purpose of the seminar is to sensitise public opinion, prevailing media coverage on the peace processes and to enhance dialogue between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Date :

Wednesday, 31 August - Friday, 02 September 2016

Time : 08H00 – 16H30
Venue : Conference Room 2
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
RSVP : registrationdpi@dirco.gov.za
Registration Form
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making themed: “Women in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building”, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2016.
Ms Gertrude Shope attends the Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2016. Ms Gertrude Shope attends the Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2016.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making

In honour of Women’s Month, the media are invited to the Gertrude Shope Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making themed: “Women in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building.” The event will take place on 11-12 August 2016 at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Date :

11 - 12 August 2016

Time : 08H30
Venue : Conference Room 1
Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : Patience Mtshali, mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma sends condolences to Pakistan following deadly terrorist attack. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to H. E. President Mamnoon Hussain, the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, following a terrorist attack that took place on Monday, 08 August 2016, at a hospital in the city of Quetta, which left at least 70 people dead and over 100 injured.

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Group photograph of President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and the SADC Foreign Ministers of the Eighteenth Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Maputo, Mozambique, 5 August 2016. Group photograph of President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and the SADC Foreign Ministers of the Eighteenth Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Maputo, Mozambique, 5 August 2016.

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Deputy Minister Landers concludes successful participation in the 18th Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers participated in the 18th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, which took place in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, on 4-5 August 2016.

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Deputy Minister Landers to co-chair the 18th Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will participate in the SADC meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, scheduled for 4-5 August 2016 in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the BRICS Bank, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, 1 August 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the BRICS Bank, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, 1 August 2016.



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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes visit to China. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded her visit to the People's Republic of China, where she co-chaired the Co-ordinators' Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which took place in Beijing. The meeting assessed progress in terms of the implementation of the commitments made at the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC, held in December 2015.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane participates in the Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane participates in the Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016.









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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane participates in the Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016.
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Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Summit, Friday, 29 July 2016, Beijing, People's Republic of China. At the outset, allow me to express my profound personal gratitude on behalf of the South African Government to the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China, and the people of this Great Country for hosting all the representatives from African countries, including the guests of honour from regional and international organisations here today.

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Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Mr Wang Yi, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Mr Wang Yi, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016.
Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, Mr Gao Hucheng, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016. Bilateral Meeting between Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, Mr Gao Hucheng, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 29 July 2016.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits China and Indonesia to strengthen political and economic relations. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will participate in, and also co-chair, the Co-ordinators Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for 29 July 2016 in Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China.

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Welcome Remarks by Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on the occasion of the Palestinian Forum for Dialogue, Cape Town, 24 July 2016. It is to me a great honour to welcome this gathering of distinguished personalities and committed anti-colonialists. As President Jacob Zuma declared when President Mahmoud Abbas visited our shores two years ago, Palestinians must regard South Africa as their liberated zone.

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South Africa joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attack in Afghanistan. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal killing of over 80 people and some 300 injured during an attack on a peaceful protest in Kabul on 23 July 2016. The Government of South Africa extends its sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to the Government and people of Afghanistan and the family of the deceased.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture at the North-West University under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 22 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers a public lecture at the North-West University under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 22 July 2016.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Public Lecture by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H. E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, 22 July 2016. I am honoured to present this Public Lecture in honour of our internationally revered leader, former President Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 98 on 18 July 2016. The theme of this Public Lecture is “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a Nelson Mandela Day charity event in Klerksdorp, Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre, Jouberton, Matlosana, South Africa, 21 Juy 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a Nelson Mandela Day charity event in Klerksdorp, Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre, Jouberton, Matlosana, South Africa, 21 Juy 2016.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits the North-West Province for a belated Mandela Day charity event and a public lecture

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to visit the North-West Province on 21 – 22 July 2016 to take part in a belated Mandela Day event at the Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre in Jouberton, under the City of Matlosana Local Municipality, and to deliver a public lecture at the North-West University in Potchefstroom under the theme: “Reflections on the Value of Patriotism in Diplomacy”.

Date :

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Time : 09H00
Venue : Emmanuel Disability and Old Age Centre
Jouberton
Matlosana
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


Date :

Friday, 22 July 2016

Time : 10H00
Venue :

GKSA Hall
North-West University
Potchefstroom
c/o Molen and Meyer streets

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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27th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) Kigali, Rwanda, 17-18 July 2016.

27th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) Kigali, Rwanda, 17-18 July 2016.


Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.

Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.


Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, on their way to attend the Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo of Rwanda, on their way to attend the Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Meeting, Kigali, Rwanda, 16 July 2016.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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South Africa expresses concern over the situation in the Republic of Turkey. The South African Government notes with concern political developments in the Republic of Turkey, following the attempted coup by a faction of the military, which took place yesterday evening, Friday, 15 July 2016.

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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in the Republic of France. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place on Thursday, 14 July 2016, in the French city of Nice during Bastille Day celebrations, which resulted in the deaths of 80 people, including children, and leaving scores injured.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane being interviewed by SABC on issues relating to the African Union (AU) Summit and the terrorist attacks in France, Kigali, Rwanda, 15 July 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane being interviewed by SABC on issues relating to the African Union (AU) Summit and the terrorist attacks in France, Kigali, Rwanda, 15 July 2016.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016.








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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, opens the Executive Council of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU Summit), Kigali, Rwanda, 10-18 July 2016.
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President Zuma congratulates Mr Brahim Ghali as the newly elected President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated H. E. Mr Brahim Ghali for his election as the Secretary-General of the POLISARIO Front and as the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

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South Africa expresses concern over the situation in the Republic of South Sudan. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has expressed great concern over the shooting incidences that took place in the past few days in the Republic of South Sudan, resulting in the deaths of over 100 people and leaving many injured. These shooting incidences threaten to draw back the promising gains made through the compromised Peace Agreement and the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity.

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Arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India. He is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 July 2016. Arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India. He is received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 July 2016.


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Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of South Africa-India Business Forum, Pretoria, 08 July 2016. It gives me a great pleasure to address this august occasion that further marks the advancement of relations between South Africa and India. Our two countries enjoy deep ties dating back to many years.  We pride ourselves for having hosted Mahatma Gandhi, whose political consciousness was largely forged here in South Africa.

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Joint Statement between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of India on the occasion of the official visit of H. E. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India to the Republic of South Africa (8 July 2016). On the invitation of His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, paid an official visit to the Republic of South Africa from 7 to 9 July 2016.  Prime Minister Modi in his first visit to South Africa was accompanied by a delegation comprising senior government officials.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma at the Media Conference, following the Official Talks with Prime Minister Modi of India, Pretoria, 08 July 2016. It is a great honour for South Africa to host His Excellency Prime Minister Modi of India. This is a very important visit for our country, given the relations between South Africa and India. The visit has certainly further strengthened the already warm historical relations between the two countries, and has taken cooperation to a higher level.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 July 2016. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - In improving the lives of our people, Cabinet welcomes the launch of the Ncora Bulk Water Treatment Works Project in the Eastern Cape by President Jacob Zuma. The R64 million water treatment plant is estimated to benefit 17 887 families from 208 villages in the four surrounding area. It has created 188 jobs, with local people, youth and women being major beneficiaries

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