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Let’s work together to create a just global order that radiates the values of Nelson Mandela, Daily Maverick, by Naledi Pandor, 21 July 2020. The pandemic has caused mass destruction of an already brittle global socio-economic landscape. At this moment of re-imagining President Mandela, we should be re-emboldened to create a new vision, based on a moral and ethical foundation of our current international system.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Open Video Teleconference Meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, 21 July 2020. We wish to welcome the participation of Mr Miguel Berger, the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, in today’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine and for presiding over our deliberations here today.

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Remarks by HE Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa at the Informal Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of the Formal Recognition of the two United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize Laureates and annual Observance of the Nelson Mandela International Day 20 July 2020, (Virtual Meeting). On behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Africa and His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, it is an honour for me to deliver these remarks marking the 102nd birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
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Minister Pandor to participate in a Virtual Meeting of the UN General Assembly to observe the annual Nelson Mandela International Day. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will participate in a virtual meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to observe the annual Nelson Mandela International Day. The virtual meeting is planned for Monday, 20 July 2020, from 16h00-17h30 (South African time) and can be viewed via webcast on UN WebTV (http://webtv.un.org).

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Minister Pandor congratulates Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng following her appointment to a UN role. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng following her appointment to an important position at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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South Africa’s Message of Condolence on the passing of US Congressman and Civil Rights Activist, John Lewis. The Government of South Africa has learned with great sadness about the death of US Congressman and renowned Civil Rights Activist, Mr John Lewis.
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Statement by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the Nelson Mandela Day Outreach Programme and Virtual Celebration, 17 July 2020. It is my singular honour to participate in this year’s Nelson Mandela Day outreach programme in commemoration of President Mandela’s towering legacy. All me to begin, most regrettably, by expressing my deepest condolences to the Mandela family on the loss of their daughter and sister so tragically sad moment.
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Statement of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations Security Council regarding the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict by Dr GNM Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, 17 July 2020. I would like to thank the Federal Republic of Germany for convening today’s open debate on women, peace, and security: sexual violence in conflict.
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Joint Press Release: 14th European Union - South Africa Ministerial Political Dialogue, July 2020 (by Video Conference). The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Mr Josep Borrell Fontelles; and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Dr Naledi Pandor, co-chaired the 14th Session of the Ministerial Political Dialogue in the context of the Strategic Partnership on 14 July 2020, by video-conference.

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Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the 2020 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for every Woman, Every Child, 13 July 2020. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this event, which addresses some of the most important issues facing humanity today. The Coronavirus pandemic is testing the social, economic and political resilience of many countries around the world but more especially developing countries.

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Minister Pandor expresses her condolences on the passing of Zindzi Mandela, South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has learnt with shock of the news of the passing of South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Ms Zindzi Mandela.

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on progress in the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 12 July 2020. This evening, as I stand here before you, our nation is confronted by the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy. For more than 120 days, we have succeeded in delaying the spread of a virus that is causing devastation across the globe. We delayed the spread of the virus by working together and by maintaining our resolve.

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Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting of Friday, 10 July and 12 July 2020. Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Cabinet received a status report from the National Coronavirus Command Council.

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Middle East peace plan must guarantee sovereign equality between Palestine and Israel Daily Maverick, by Alvin Botes, 10 July 2020. South Africa, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, will continue to support all efforts aimed at the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state, existing side-by-side and in peace with Israel, within internationally recognised borders.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Video Teleconference (VTC) Security Council Meeting on Peace Operations and Human Rights, 7 July 2020. The Minister of Defence of Germany, HE Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, it is an honour to have you, your Excellency Chair this debate.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa, during the Security Council Video Teleconference (VTC) Meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Peace and Security, 2 July 2020. I thank the President, Minister Heiko Maas, for convening this briefing on the maintenance of peace and security focusing on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 Alvin Botes visits the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area, OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Kempton Park, South Africa, 1 July 2020. Deputy Minister Alvin Botes visits the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area, OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Kempton Park, South Africa, 1 July 2020.
Deputy Minister Alvin Botes visits the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area, OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Kempton Park, South Africa, 1 July 2020.

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes visits the COVID-19 Humanitarian Staging Area, OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Kempton Park, South Africa, 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 United Nations Security Council Meeting on the Implementation of Resolution 2231, 30 June 2020. South Africa continues to welcome the JCPOA as one of most important diplomatic achievements in the area of nuclear non-proliferation, since the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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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.

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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.
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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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Statement on the Virtual Cabinet Meeting of 24 June 2020. South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Plan - Cabinet received a progress report on the SAA business rescue process from the IMC on the SAA, chaired by the Public Enterprises Minister Mr Pravin Gordhan.

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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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President Ramaphosa congratulates new Burundi President on his election and inauguration. His Excellency President Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, congratulates the President of Burundi, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye on his election and inauguration as President of Burundi today.

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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 President Cyril Ramaphosa by Lesotho Prime Minister 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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President Ramaphosa convenes Virtual Meeting of the AU Bureau and Regional Economic Communities. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union Chairperson, will chair a virtual meeting of the African Union (AU) Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government and Chairpersons of AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

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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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COVID-19: Chronicles of a South African diplomat in Nigeria, Opinionista, Daily Maverick, by Bobby J Moroe, 29 May 2020. As the world’s skies began to shut down, with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading, travellers abroad scrambled to get home and governments laid on repatriation flights.
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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.

Photos: Katlholo Maifadi / DIRCO
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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 HE 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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The angst of being a locked-down South African diplomat in Brazil, Opinionista, Daily Maverick, by Ntsiki Mashimbye, 25 May 2020. The greatest causes of anxiety among diplomatic officials, both in Brasilia and São Paulo, is the health of family and friends in South Africa, especially those with elderly and vulnerable parents, and siblings.

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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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The Continent celebrates 57th Africa Day. On 25 May 2020, the African continent will mark the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The day is marked annually as Africa Day.

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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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President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulates new Lesotho Prime Minister. His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union, has congratulated Dr Moeketsi Majoro on his appointment as the new Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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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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Updates on Repatriations of South Africans stranded abroad. 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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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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