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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.

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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.
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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.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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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President Ramaphosa to engage African business leaders. In line with decision of the Extended African Union Bureau Meeting held on the 3rd April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, chair a virtual meeting of business leaders on the continent to discuss the continental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to this challenge.

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on further Economic and Social Measures in response the COVID-19 Epidemic, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 21 April 2020. It is 25 days since South Africa began a nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. It has demanded of you great fortitude and endurance. It has caused you much suffering and required much sacrifice. Once again, I salute you and I thank you.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Meeting on Protecting Civilians affected by Conflict Induced Hunger, 21 April 2020. At the outset, South Africa wishes to thank the Dominican Republic for convening this briefing to address the link between hunger and conflict.
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Statement on the Special Cabinet Meeting of 20 April 2020. A virtual Special Cabinet Meeting was held on Monday, 20 April 2020, to among other things, deliberate on the consolidated report on the socio-economic recovery plan post the COVID-19 National Lockdown.

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DIRCO assures stranded South Africans of its commitment to assist them to return back home. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) continues to facilitate the repatriation of South Africans stranded in various cities across the world.

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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, 16 April 2020. We thank Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and OCHA Under-Secretary-General Mark Lowcock, for their briefings.

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South Africa expresses concern at the President of the United States of America's announcement to cut funding to the WHO. The Government of the Republic of South Africa is very concerned and alarmed at the announcement by the President of the United States of America to cut funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) with immediate effect.
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Statement on the Special Cabinet Meeting of 15 April 2020. A virtual Special Cabinet Meeting was held today, 15 April 2020, to discuss the socio-economic recovery plan post the COVID-19 National Lockdown.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Consultations regarding Syria-Chemical Weapons, 15 April 2020. Let me begin by thanking the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, for a detailed and factual briefing.

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Minster Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, receive donations from the Government of the People’s Republic of China of Humanitarian Aid for COVID-19 to South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, South Africa, 14 April 2020. Minster Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, receive donations from the Government of the People’s Republic of China of Humanitarian Aid for COVID-19 to South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, South Africa, 14 April 2020.
Minster Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, receive donations from the Government of the People’s Republic of China of Humanitarian Aid for COVID-19 to South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park, South Africa, 14 April 2020.

Photos: Jacoline Schoonees / DIRCO
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Speaking Notes for Minister GNM Pandor at the Humanitarian Aid donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China for COVID-19, OR Tambo International Airport, 14 April 2020. We are gathered here today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached all corners of the world, and, specifically, to show our deep appreciation to the Chinese Government for the medical supplies which have been donated to the Republic of South Africa.
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South Africa reiterates its position on the recognised Right to Self-Determination of the People of Western Sahara. An article that was published online in ‘mapnews.ma’, which translated into English is the ‘Moroccan Press Agency’, has put out a misleading report on South Africa’s and indeed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recent debate on the occupied territory in the Western Sahara.

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African Union Chair, President Cyril Ramaphosa, appoints Special Envoys to mobilise international economic support for continental fight against COVID-19. The Chairperson of the African Union, President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr Donald Kaberuka, Mr Tidjane Thiam and Mr Trevor Manuel as Special Envoys of the African Union to mobilise international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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South Africa concerned about the allegations of discrimination and stigmatisation of Africans in China. As Chair of the African Union, South Africa is deeply concerned about reports of alleged ill-treatment of African nationals in China, including the forceful testing, quarantining for COVID-19, and other inhuman treatment.

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Communiqué of the Bureau of the African Union Executive Council Teleconference Meeting held on Thursday, 9 April 2020. Dr Naledi Pandor, the Chairperson of the African Union Executive Council and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa convened a Teleconference Meeting of the Bureau of the AU Executive Council on 9 April 2020.

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Message by President Cyril Ramaphosa on COVID-19 Pandemic, Thursday, 9 April 2020. At midnight tonight, it will be exactly two weeks since our country entered into an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. During the course of these last two weeks, your lives have been severely disrupted, you have suffered great hardship and endured much uncertainty.

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President to address the nation. President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 9 April 2020 address the nation on the continuing efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. The President’s address follows a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council held yesterday, 8 April 2020 and consultations that the President would have held during the course of the day with various social partners during the course of the day.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Closed Security Council Video Teleconference Meeting on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), 9 April 2020. Thank you for convening this timely briefing on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
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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 COVID-19, 9 April 2020. I thank the Secretary-General for his comprehensive and informative briefing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the issues that fall under the mandate of the Council.

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African Union reaffirms its unwaivering support to the WHO, 8 April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is already the most serious health emergency in generations, and it is far from over. The Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed our ways of life; impacted on the capacities of our health infrastructure and has disrupted the economic supply value chain with attendant negative impact on global economies.
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Communiqué of the African Union Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 03 April 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (convened a second and follow-up Teleconference Meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government, on 3 April 2020, to discuss the African response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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DIRCO welcomes the first group of repatriated South Africans. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is pleased to announce that 16 South Africans who were stranded in Dubai and Doha, respectively, have been successfully repatriated back to South Africa.
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Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, at Media Briefing to update Government’s Lockdown Intervention Measures on COVID-19, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 March 2020. Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, at Media Briefing to update Government’s Lockdown Intervention Measures on COVID-19, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 March 2020.
Minister Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, at Media Briefing to update Government’s Lockdown Intervention Measures on COVID-19, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 March 2020.

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Speaking Notes for the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, at the Press Briefing on South Africa’s Response to COVID-19 pandemic – 31 March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and is giving rise to problems and challenges that governments across the world are struggling to deal with. Over the last two months the world has changed dramatically and this impacts on governance challenges.

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Media Briefing to update Government’s Lockdown Intervention Measures on COVID-19

Ministers representing the COVID -19 National Command Council will update the nation on the status of the COVID 19 lockdown in South Africa.

Date : Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Time : 14h00
Venue : GCIS Auditorium
Tshedimosetso House
1035 Francis Baard Street
Hatfield
Pretoria
RSVP : Pheliswa@gcis.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr William Baloyi on 083 390 7147
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