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South Africa condemns Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian territories. The South African Government remains gravely concerned at the intention of Israel to proceed with its unilateral action to annex strategic areas of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) in the West Bank and Jordan Valley, from 1 July 2020.

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Deputy Minister Botes to visit the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area at ORTIA. The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, at the invitation of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Southern Africa, Ms. Lola Castro, will visit the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, 01 July 2020.

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Deputy Minister Botes to visit the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area at ORTIA

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, at the invitation of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Southern Africa, Ms. Lola Castro, will visit the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, 01 July 2020.

Date : Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Time : 08H00
Venue : Terminal A Departures
OR Tambo International Airport
Kempton Park
RSVP :

Members of the media wishing to join the event are welcome to confirm with Ms. Kgopotso Rapakuana on 073 058 3876 (WhatsApp or SMS) or via email on rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), during the UN Security Council Meeting on Peace and Security in Africa: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, 29 June 2020. We thank Under-Secretary General, Rosemary DiCarlo, for her briefing and we welcome the participation of the representatives of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in our discussions today.
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Statement by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the Humanitarian situation in Syria, 29 June 2020. Allow me to thank the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Mark Lowcock, for his timely briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

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President Ramaphosa congratulates Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his election as President of Malawi. Chairperson of the Africa Union His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa has offered his congratulations to Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

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Communiqué of the Extraordinary African Union (AU) Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government Video-Teleconference Meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), 27 June 2020. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a Video-Teleconference Meeting of the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, on 26 June 2020, to discuss developments pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
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Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) Video Conference Meeting, The National Research Foundation, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa, 26 June 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor participates in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) Video Conference Meeting, The National Research Foundation, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa, 26 June 2020.

Photo: Kathlolo Maifadi / DIRCO
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Media Statement by South Africa on the commemoration of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, 26 June 2020. South Africa today joins the international community in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations.

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Statement by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), during the UN Security Council Meeting on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 25 June 2020. We wish to welcome Ms Deborah Lyons (Special Representative and Head of UNAMA) to the Council and thank her for her briefing on the situation in Afghanistan and the work of UNAMA.

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Statement by HE Mr A Botes, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the United Nations Security Council Open Video Teleconference Meeting on the Question of Palestine, Wednesday, 24 June 2020. Allow me to express my gratitude to you for calling this session today. Our deliberations should by no means be seen as business as usual.
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A3+1 Statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo delivered by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations (UN), 24 June 2020. I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3 +1 members of the Council namely, Tunisia, South Africa, Niger and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Statement by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), 23 June 2020. My delegation would like to express its gratitude to you for convening this meeting.

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South Africa congratulates the elected members of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2021-2022. President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 19 June 2020, congratulated Kenya, India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway on their election as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2021 to 2022.

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Statement by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Open Video Teleconference Briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 18 June 2020. At the outset, I would like to thank France for convening this meeting on refugees, which is timely as we will be observing World Refugee Day, this coming Saturday, on 20 June 2020.

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AU Chair to provide public update on continental strategy to fight COVID-19. His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU), will tomorrow, Thursday, 18 June 2020, provide a public update on the continent-wide effort to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 17 June 2020. It is now just over 100 days since the first case of Coronavirus was identified in South Africa. For 100 days we have been living in the shadow of one of the greatest threats to global health in over 100 years.
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African Union and FOCAC to co-host China-Africa Solidarity Summit on COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa will, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), participate in a virtual Extraordinary China-Africa Solidarity Summit against COVID-19 co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the AU.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the Political situation in Syria, 16 June 2020. Allow me to begin by thanking Special Envoy, Geir Pedersen and Ms Noura Ghazi for their briefings today.

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Courtesy Call on His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Rt. Honourable, Dr Moeketsi Majoro. His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, will receive the Right Honourable, Dr Moeketsi Majoro, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho today, 12 June 2020, at Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria.
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Communiqué of the Video-Teleconference (VTC) Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government with Chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities (RECS) of the African Union held on 11 June 2020. His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a video-teleconference Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government with the Chairpersons of the AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on 11 June 2020.
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Statement by Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, during the United Nations Security Council Meeting on the situation in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, 11 June 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, for convening this meeting.
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Deputy Minister Botes to host a webinar on Diplomacy and Youth in the age of COVID-19 pandemic

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, will lead a webinar on Diplomacy and Youth in the age COVID-19 pandemic.

Date : Thursday, 11 June 2020
Time : 10H00 – 11H00
Event : Webinar on Diplomacy and Youth in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic
Media : Media wishing to join the webinar are requested to confirm with Ms Patience Mtshali on 083 376 9468 (WhatsApp or SMS) or via email on mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Register : Registration for the webinar on Diplomacy and Youth in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic
Enquiries : Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974
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Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday, 10 June 2020. Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - At its virtual meeting held on Wednesday, 10 June 2020, Cabinet received an updated report from the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).

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President Ramaphosa conveys condolences on the passing of President Pierre Nkurunziza. His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, has expressed his sadness at the untimely passing of Burundian President, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Statement by the South African Mission to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), 08 June 2020. At the outset I wish to thank the President and Prosecutor for their comprehensive reports.

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A3+1 Statement on Peacekeeping delivered by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, 04 June 2020. I would like to thank you for convening this important and timely meeting on Peacekeeping Operations when the world is dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the challenge of implementation of the mandates of these missions within the prevailing global health crisis.
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Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting held on Thursday, 4 June 2020. North High Court Judgment of Tuesday, 2 June 2020 - A special virtual Cabinet meeting was held today, Thursday, 4 June 2020, to discuss developments in South Africa’s efforts to save lives and protect livelihoods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Speaking Notes for President Cyril Ramaphosa for the First Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), 3 June 2020. I wish to express my appreciation to President Kenyatta for convening this important Summit on an issue that deeply affects each and every one of us. The Coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated that the nations of the world are profoundly interconnected and interdependent.
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South Africa’s Statement regarding protests in America following the death of Mr George Floyd. The Government of the Republic of South Africa has observed the protests in the United States of America, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd.

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India, Africa should accelerate UNSC reforms: South Africa’s BRICS Sherpa, India Writes Network, by Anil Sooklal, 1 June 2020. India and Africa should renew their joint efforts to accelerate reform and expansion of the UN Security Council, said Anil Sooklal, South Africa’s Sherpa for BRICS and G20, at a virtual conference held to mark the 2020 Africa Day.
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Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Video-Conference Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 May 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Video-Conference Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 May 2020.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Video-Conference Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 May 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor attends the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Video-Conference Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 May 2020.
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Outcome of SADC Council Of Ministers Virtual Meeting held on 29th May, 2020. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers Meeting was held virtually on 29th May, 2020 and was chaired by Hon. Prof. Palamagamba John Kabudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers.
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Statement delivered by African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and beyond, 28 May 2020. I wish to thank the organisers for convening this critical and timely event. The Coronavirus pandemic will have far-reaching impacts on human health, livelihoods, security, economic development and social stability.

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Minister Naledi Pandor leads a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 May 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor leads a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 May 2020.
Minister Naledi Pandor leads a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 May 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor leads a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 May 2020.

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Minister Pandor to lead webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will lead a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent. The webinar is planned for Thursday, 28 May 2020, from 09h00-10h00.

Date : Thursday, 28 May 2020
Time : 09H00 – 10H00
Event : Webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent
Enquiries : Media wishing to join the webinar are requested to confirm with the undersigned:

Nelson Kgwete, 0764313078
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Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Africa - Cabinet was briefed on the outcome of consultations undertaken by President Cyril Ramaphosa with various civil-society organisations, to ensure that the country’s progression from Level 4 to Level 3 of the national lockdown has the support and inputs of all social partners.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, 27 May 2020. It has been an honour to have H.E. Ms Kaljulaid, the President of the Republic of Estonia, address the Council today.

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Remarks by Chairperson of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Africa Day, 25 May 2020. On this day 57 years ago, the Organisation of African Unity was born. From the beginning it was dedicated to the idea that only through unity could Africa safeguard its independence and unlock its potential.

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Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 24 May 2020. It is exactly 10 weeks since we declared a national state of disaster in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Since then, we have implemented severe and unprecedented measures – including a nation-wide lockdown – to contain the spread of the virus.
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Shaping the Global Agenda through Partnerships, The Diplomatic Society, by Anil Sooklal, 24 May 2020. We are passing through a stage in human history that will remembered as among the most challenging periods that humanity has endured. COVID – 19 has globalised the oldest and most significant threat to human existence.
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Virtual Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor on the Repatriation of stranded South Africans abroad, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 May 2020. Virtual Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor on the Repatriation of stranded South Africans abroad, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 May 2020.
Virtual Media Briefing by Minister Naledi Pandor on the Repatriation of stranded South Africans abroad, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 May 2020.

Photos: Yandisa Monakali / DIRCO
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Speaking Notes by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on Repatriations of South Africans stranded abroad, 21 May 2020. Following the declaration of the State of Disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which saw South Africa implementing the national lockdown on 26 March 2020, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has facilitated the repatriation of 5 239 South Africans stranded abroad (by air).

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Minister Pandor to virtually brief Media on Repatriation of stranded South Africans abroad - Thursday, 21 May 2020, 08h45 for 09h00 - 10h00

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will, tomorrow, Thursday, 21 May 2020, at 09h00 – 10h00, brief media on Repatriation of stranded South Africans abroad via Microsoft Teams.

Date : Thursday, 21 May 2020
Time : 08h45 for 09H00 – 10H00
Event : Virtual Media Briefing via Microsoft Teams
RSVP : Members of the media interested in covering the briefing are requested to forward their e-mail addresses to kgweten@dirco.gov.za or ngqengelelel@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Mr Lunga Ngqengelele, +27 82 566 0446, ngqengelelel@dirco.gov.za

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A3+1 Statement on Somalia delivered by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, 21 May 2020. I would like to thank you for convening this important and timely meeting on Somalia. I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3+1, namely Niger, South Africa, Tunisia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Statement by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa: Africa Dialogue Series 2020: COVID-19 and Silencing the Guns in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities: 20 May 2020. I thank you for the honour of being invited to address this important Africa Dialogue Series on the theme, COVID-19 AND SILENCING THE GUNS IN AFRICA: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, in our capacity as Chairperson of the African Union.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on Venezuela, 20 May 2020. We thank you for convening this meeting and thank Under-Secretary-General, Rosemary DiCarlo, for her informative briefing.

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Statement by Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, 20 May 2020. Let me begin by thanking Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov for his briefing here today.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the situation in Libya, 19 May 2020. Allow me to thank Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) in Libya, Ms Stephanie Williams, for her detailed briefing on the latest political, security and economic developments in Libya for the period under review.

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Statement by the South African Mission to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Open Video Teleconference Meeting on the Humanitarian situation in Syria, 19 May 2020. I would like to thank Mr Lowcock for his comprehensive and frank briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.
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Remarks by the President of the Republic of South Africa and African Union Chair, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, during the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly, 18 May 2020. It is my privilege to address the World Health Assembly. We are in the midst of the most serious public health emergency our world has experienced in over a hundred years.

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Statement by the South African Mission to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Open Video Teleconference on the Political situation in Syria, 18 May 2020. Let me begin by thanking Special Envoy Geir Pedersen for his briefing on the political situation in Syria.

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Annexation is a threat to Palestine’s existence. The South African Government expresses its deep concern and strongly condemns the planned execution of Israel’s provocative plan to annex the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Video Teleconference Security Council Meeting on Yemen, 14 May 2020. We thank Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, for their briefings.

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 13 May 2020. This week, our country reached a sad moment in the progression of the Coronavirus pandemic, as we recorded our 219th death from the disease. Every life lost is a tragedy. These 219 people who passed away had families, they had dependents, friends and colleagues.
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Statement on the Special Cabinet Meeting of 12 and 13 May 2020. A Special Cabinet Meeting was held on a virtual platform on 12 and 13 May 2020. Cabinet was apprised through the National Coronavirus Command Council on progress achieved and challenges experienced in the implementation of Level 4 of the Risk-Adjusted Approach towards reducing the spread of COVID-19.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Video Teleconference Security Council Meeting on Iraq, 12 May 2020. We thank the Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, Ms for her insightful briefing.

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South African Government hasn’t pulled the plug on Qatar to repatriate South Africans. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has noted with disappointment a press statement alleging that the South African Government has pulled the plug on Qatar Airlines to repatriate South Africans.

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Statement by Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Open Video Teleconference Meeting on Bosnia & Herzegovina, 6 May 2020. We would like to thank the High-Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Valentin Inzko, for the latest report of his Office on the political, security and humanitarian situation in the country.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Briefing on the International Criminal Court and the Situation in Libya, 05 May 2020. South Africa expresses its appreciation to the Prosecutor, Ms Fatou Bensouda, for her briefing provided today on the situation in Libya.

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Declaration of the Online Summit-level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19, 4 May 2020. We, the Heads of State and Government, having met through video conference at the Online Summit-level Meeting of the NAM Contact Group in response to COVID-19, under the theme of “United against COVID-19 pandemic” on 4 May 2020, upon the initiative of HE Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, with a view to making an effective contribution to the global efforts in tackling the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
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Repatriations of South Africans stranded abroad. Since the announcement of the State of Disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which saw South Africa implementing a lockdown on 26 March 2020, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has facilitated the repatriation of over 3000 South Africans stranded abroad (by air).

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Communiqué of the Teleconference Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State and Government with Chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities of the AU, 29 April 2020. His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a teleconference Meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government with the Chairpersons of the AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on 29 April 2020.

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Remarks by African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Virtual Meeting with AU Regional Executive Communities Chairs, 29 April 2020. Allow me to express my deep gratitude to you, the Chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities of the AU, for availing yourselves to discuss the scourge of COVID-19 on the continent.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the Political Situation in Syria, 29 April 2020. I would like to also thank Special Envoy Geir Pedersen for his comprehensive briefing on the political situation in Syria.

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Statement by Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria, 29 April 2020. Thank you also Under-Secretary-General Mark Lowcock for his comprehensive briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on Venezuela, 28 April 2020. Thank you for convening this video-teleconference (VTC) meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Venezuela.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on the United Nations Stabilisation Force in Abyei (UNISFA), 28 April 2020. I would like to express my delegation’s gratitude to you for convening today’s meeting.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UNSC Video Teleconference Open Meeting entitled: “Towards the 5th Anniversary of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda: Accelerating Implementation of Resolution 2250 and 2419”, 27 April 2020. At the outset, I would like to thank the United Nations Secretary-General, HE Antonio Gueterres, and our excellent trio of youth activists and briefers for their comprehensive and enlightening briefing this morning.

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Minister Naledi Pandor welcomes the Cuban Medical Brigade, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 April 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor welcomes the Cuban Medical Brigade, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 April 2020.

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Minister Naledi Pandor welcomes the Cuban Medical Brigade, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 April 2020.
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Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on the arrival of Cuban Medical Brigade at Waterkloof Air Force Base, 26 April 2020. I wish to convey our deep gratitude and sincere appreciation for Cuba's solidarity and prompt response to our request to send a multi-disciplinary team of experts and health professionals to work alongside the South African health professionals in our response to COVID-19.

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President participates in global collaboration on COVID-19 tools. President Cyril Ramaphosa participated today, Friday, 24 April 2020, in the World Health Organisation’s launch of a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable global access to new COVID-19 essential health technologies.
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A3+1 Statement delivered by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, during the Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the Transition of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), 24 April 2020. I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3+1 member states of the Council namely Niger, Tunisia, South Africa and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 23 April 2020. It has been exactly seven weeks since the first case of the Coronavirus was confirmed in our country. Since then, all our lives have changed in fundamental ways. As a nation we have been forced to take aggressive action against an invisible enemy that threatened our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation this evening, Thursday 23 April 2020, at 20h30 on measures the country continues to undertake to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Statement by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, Thursday, 23 April 2020. Allow me to begin by reiterating South Africa’s position on the situation between Palestine and Israel.

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Remarks by African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Virtual Meeting of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Meeting with African Business Leaders, 22 April 2020. Allow me to begin by welcoming all the members of the AU Bureau of the Assembly: President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya and President Ibrahim Keita of the Republic of Mali.
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