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  August: Women's Month (South Africa)
  17 Aug: Launch of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB), Sandton, South Africa
  16 Aug: Official closing of the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting and Secretariat briefings, Pretoria, South Africa
  15 Aug: Official opening of the Council of Ministers Meeting ahead of the 37th SADC Summit, Pretoria, South Africa
  14 Aug: Media Briefing by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and incoming Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, Pretoria, South Africa
  11 Aug: SADC Directorates briefs media ahead of the 37th SADC Summiti, Pretoria, South Africa
  9-20 Aug: 37th SADC Summit, Pretoria, South Africa
  9 Aug: Women's Day (South Africa)
  5 Aug: Working Visit  by President Jacob Zuma to Lusaka, Zambia
  5 Aug: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane visits the Uthando House and Mshadza Special Care Centre, Mshadza, Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister-President of Flanders, Mr Geert Bourgeois, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 August 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister-President of Flanders, Mr Geert Bourgeois, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 August 2017.




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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a Courtesy Call from the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Mr Chen Xiaodong, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 August 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a Courtesy Call from the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Mr Chen Xiaodong, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 August 2017.


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South Africa condemns the terrorist attack in the Kingdom of Spain. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attack in Barcelona and Cambrils on 17 August 2017 which caused the death of 13 innocent people including children and injuries to at least 100 others.

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South Africa sends condolences to the Republic of Portugal following the death of 13 people in Madeira. The South African Government is saddened by the loss of life suffered when 13 people were killed and 49 injured (at least seven very seriously, including two children) when a tree collapsed on participants attending the Festa de Nossa Senhora do Monte religious festival in Madeira on 15 August 2017.

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37th SADC Summit Media Programme, 8 - 20 August 2017
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Communiqué of the 37th Summit SADC of Heads of State and Government OR Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Pretoria, South Africa, 19th – 20th August 2017. The 37th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at OR Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria, in the Republic of South Africa on 19th and 20th August 2017.

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Closing Statement by SADC Chairperson, H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, Dirco, Tshwane. We have now come to the end of the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit whose adopted theme is "Partnering with the Private Sector in developing Industry and Regional Value Chains". This theme was carefully developed to build on the themes of the Republics of Zimbabwe and Botswana and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
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President Jacob G. Zuma and Incoming Chair of SADC, on the occasion of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017. President Jacob G. Zuma and Incoming Chair of SADC, on the occasion of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017.

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Acceptance Speech by His Excellency President Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and Incoming Chair of SADC, on the occasion of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, Pretoria. I am truly honoured to welcome you, the leaders of our regional family of nations, to the Republic of South Africa for the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.
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Opening Ceremony of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017. Opening Ceremony of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017.








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Opening Ceremony of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017.
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Welcome Statement by Incoming SADC Chairperson H.E Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and Host of the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit, DIRCO, Pretoria. I am honoured to welcome you to South Africa on the occasion of the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.
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President Jacob Zuma and other Heads of State and Government meet for the SADC Double Troika Summit, Conference Centre, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 August 2017. President Jacob Zuma and other Heads of State and Government meet for the SADC Double Troika Summit, Conference Centre, O R Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 August 2017.

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Decision on Diplomatic Immunity relating to an alleged assault case in Sandton. On Wednesday, 16 August 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe invoked immunities of Dr Grace Mugabe in relation to the alleged case of assault widely reported in the media.
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Message of Solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone on the occasion of the floods and mudslides that have killed more than 400 people and displaced many. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region has learnt with sadness the demise of over 400 Sierra Leone nationals who have died in one of the worst floods in Africa, which have devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital and disrupted normal life.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the launch of the New Development Bank (NDB) Africa Regional Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, 17 August 2017. We are truly delighted to share this extremely important occasion with you. The launch of the Africa Regional Centre of the New Development Bank is a historic occasion as it marks the strengthening of the BRICS formation and also underlines the BRICS commitment to the development of the African continent and emerging markets.

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President Zuma to preside over the official launch of the African Regional Centre of the BRICS New Development Bank

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, will preside over the launch of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB) on 17 August 2017. The President will be joined by the President of the NDB, Mr Kundapur Vaman Kamath, cabinet ministers, NDB executives and other dignitaries.

Date : Thursday, 17 August 2017
    1. Photo opportunity
Venue : 15 Daisy Street
Time : 08H30
 
    2. Press Briefing
Venue : The Michelangelo Hotel
163 West Street
Sandown
Sandton
Time : 12H00
RSVP : Jabulani Mulambo - Jabulani.Mulambo@treasury.gov.za and cc Mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Closing Session, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Closing Session, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017.

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SADC Press Conferences - Acting Director of Gender, Social and Human Development, Ms Lomthandazo Mavimbela, and Acting Director Infrastructure, Mr Phera Ramoeli, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017. SADC Press Conferences - Acting Director of Gender, Social and Human Development, Ms Lomthandazo Mavimbela, and Acting Director Infrastructure, Mr Phera Ramoeli, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017.

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Official closing of the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting and Secretariat briefings

The Chair of the SADC Council of Ministers and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will deliver closing remarks at the two-day SADC Council of Ministers' meeting on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Lawrence Stergomena Tax, will also speak at the closing of the meeting.

Date : Wednesday, 16 August 2017
    1. Media briefings
Venue :

DIRCO Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria  

Time : 14H00
 
    2. Closing ceremony of the Council of Ministers' meeting
Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria  

Time :

16H30

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SABC Morning Live Breakfast Session at the 37th SADC Summit with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017. SABC Morning Live Breakfast Session at the 37th SADC Summit with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017.


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Acceptance of Chairpersonship of the SADC Council of Ministers by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Tuesday 15 August 2017. It is with great honour and privilege that I welcome you all to the 37th SADC Council of Ministers. I am especially pleased to welcome you to the OR Tambo Building in the year declared by our Government as the year of Oliver Reginald Tambo, who is also affectionately known as OR Tambo to our people and one of the most outstanding leaders of the liberation struggle who mobilised international solidarity against apartheid and contributed to shaping the vision of a post-apartheid democratic South Africa.

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Group photograph of the SADC Council of Ministers, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017.
Group photograph of the SADC Council of Ministers, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2017.

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Official opening of the Council of Ministers Meeting ahead of the 37th SADC Summit

His Royal Highness Prince Hlangusemphi, Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland, will hand over the Chairpersonship of the SADC Council of Ministers to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, during the opening of the two-day meeting of Ministers on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. The Council consists of Ministers from each of the fifteen SADC Member States and oversees the work of the SADC Secretariat.

Date : Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Time : 08h30 for 09H00
Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria  

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Media Briefing by Hon. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and incoming Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, Monday, 14 August 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. As it has become customary to SADC, we invited you with the view to share information on the upcoming meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers scheduled to take place here in Pretoria from Tuesday to Wednesday August 15-16, 2017, in preparation of the 37th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of States and Government.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the SADC Executive Secretary to brief the media on the 37th SADC Summit

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the Executive Secretary of SADC, H.E Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, will brief the media on the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government that is being hosted by South Africa under the theme: “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”. The official Summit programme began on 10 August 2017 with the meeting of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials.

Date : Monday, 14 August 2017
Time : 11H00 – 13H00
Venue :

Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria  

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Launch of Implementation of National Projects under The SADC Trade Related Facility Programme, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 August 2017.

Launch of Implementation of National Projects under The SADC Trade Related Facility Programme, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 August 2017.

Left to right: Dr Mamba Mandla, Mr Mubita Luwabelwa SADC Secretariat, Jabulani C Mabuza, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Swaziland and EU Representative, Mr John Taylor.

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The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and Ambassador Ralf Andreas Breth, from Germany launch the second edition of The SADC Success Stories Book, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 August 2017. The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and Ambassador Ralf Andreas Breth, from Germany launch the second edition of The SADC Success Stories Book, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 August 2017.

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Media Briefing Session with the SADC Acting Director of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Bentry Chaura, ahead of the 37th SADC Summit, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2017. Media Briefing Session with the SADC Acting Director of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Bentry Chaura, ahead of the 37th SADC Summit, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2017.

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SADC Directorates to brief media ahead of the 37th SADC Summit

SADC Directors responsible for Infrastructure and Services, the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation as well as Social and Human Development will brief the media on the progress of implementing SADC Programmes in the respective sectors ahead of the 37th SADC Summit.

Date : Friday, 11 August 2017
Time : 10H00 - 12H00
Venue :

O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, receives a Courtesy Call from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2017. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, receives a Courtesy Call from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 August 2017.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Liberia, Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the OR Tambo International Airport State Protocol Lounge. Amohetswe Motholo (5) hands over flowers to the President, and Minister Bathabile Dlamini is also present, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 August 2017.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the President of Liberia, Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the OR Tambo International Airport State Protocol Lounge. Amohetswe Motholo (5) hands over flowers to the President, and Minister Bathabile Dlamini is also present, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 August 2017.

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Joint Communiqué on the Occasion of the State Visit to South Africa by H.E. Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, 11 August 2017. On 11th of August 2017, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Jacob Zuma, hosted the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during the State Visit held in Pretoria.

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President Zuma congratulates the President of Kenya on his election victory. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, who has won the Kenyan presidential elections held on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

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President Jacob Zuma congratulates President Kagame on his election victory. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa congratulated the President of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Mr Paul Kagame, for winning the Rwandan Presidential Elections held on Friday, 04 August 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to donate goodies to charities in Mpumalanga Province

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to visit the Mpumalanga Province on Saturday, 05 August 2017, where she will join Premier David Mabuza in donating goodies to two charities situated in Mshadza, outside Hazyview, Uthando House and Mshadza Special Care Centre.

Date : Saturday, 05 August 2017
Venue 1 : Uthando House
Mshadza
Hazyview
Mpumalanga Province
Time : 08H00
     
Venue 2 : Mshadza Sports Ground
Mshadza
Hazyview
Mpumalanga Province
Time : 14H00
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, DIRCO, 076 431 3078 / Mokope Taiwe, Premier's Office, 082 802 8460
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Release of Mr McGowan. Mr Stephen Malcolm McGowan, a South African national, was kidnapped in November 2011 in Timbuktu, Mali, by Al Qaeda militants whilst on holiday. He was kept in captivity since then. The family, the South African government as well as the South African and international community have since then been campaigning for his release.

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DIRCO and State Security Minsters to brief the media on Mr McGowan’s release. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and the Minister of State Security, Hon. David Mahlobo, will brief the media on the release of Mr Stephen McGowan from captivity in Mali. Mr McGowan was taken hostage by militants whilst on a tour of Mali in 2011.

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President Zuma to visit Zambia. President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 05 August 2017, undertake a working visit to Lusaka, Zambia where he will officially open the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show as a Guest of Honour, at the invitation of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane hosts the third Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will host the third Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum on Conflict Resolution and Peace-making on 04 August 2017.
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Update on media arrangements for the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit. South Africa will host the 37th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Head Office of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, OR Tambo Building, Rietondale, Pretoria, from 10—20 August 2017. The Summit will take place under the theme: “Partnering with the Private Sector in developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.

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South African Government deplores the launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The South African Government deplores the latest launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which again violates the obligations of the DPRK under various UN Security Council resolutions, including 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016).

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SA condemns the attack on AMISOM troops in Somalia. The South African Government joins the African Union and international community in strongly condemning the cowardly attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers on 31 July 2017 in the Somali capital , Mogadishu resulting in the death of at least twelve (12) and injury of seven (7).

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 1 August 2017. Cabinet met at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Tuesday, 1 August 2017. Cabinet Decisions - South Africa commemorates Women's Month in August, as a tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver keynote address at a PAWO event. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will this morning, 31 July 2017, deliver the keynote address at the Pan-African Women’s Day Inter-Generational Dialogue at the OR Tambo Building in Pretoria. The event is being held under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving Africa Forward”.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo in Iran on an official visit. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, is in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, where she is scheduled to meet her counterpart, Dr Jaberi Ansari, today (31 July 2017).
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Deputy Director-General for Africa in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Xolisa Makaya, briefing the media on South Africa's hosting of the 37th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), scheduled to take place on 19 – 20 August 2017, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 July 2017. Deputy Director-General for Africa in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Xolisa Makaya, briefing the media on South Africa's hosting of the 37th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), scheduled to take place on 19 – 20 August 2017, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 July 2017.

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Remarks by Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. N Mfeketo during the of Mandela Month celebration at Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 28 July 2017. I am happy to celebrate Mandela Month with you right at its tail end. I could not join you on the official day of the 18th of July because I was abroad on official duty. Mr Veerasamy, who joins me here on stage, also comes from a long trip abroad; he came back to country especially for this programme.

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Media Briefing by Mr EX Makaya, Deputy Director-General for Africa, on the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, Thursday, 27 July 2017. The 37th SADC Ordinary Summit will take place three days before the Republic of Angola holds its general elections, scheduled for 23rd August 2017. The elections in Angola will see President dos Santos stepping down after thirty seven years as President.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to mark Nelson Mandela Day in Cape Town. The Deputy Minister of International Relations, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will on Friday, 28 July 2019, in collaboration with Carbonado Energy, commemorate Nelson Mandela Day. The Deputy Minister will launch the adoption of an underprivileged school.

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DIRCO to brief the media on SA's hosting of the 37th SADC Summit. The Deputy Director-General for Africa in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Xolisa Makaya, will brief the media on South Africa's hosting of the 37th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), scheduled to take place on 19 – 20 August 2017 in Pretoria.

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Conclusion of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ held in Tanzania. A South African Government delegation led by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded its successful visit to Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, where the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met on 20-21 July 2017.

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Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo meeting with her counrterpart Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mr Akylbek Kamaldinov.


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The SA Government calls for the release of a Palestinian Legislative Council member. The South African Government notes with concern the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of Palestinian Legislative Council member, Ms Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested in Ramallah (Area A and under Control of the Palestinian Authority) on 2 July 2017 by the occupying Israeli military.

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Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo and South Africa's Ambassador in Astana Ms Keitumetsie Matthews during a press confernce at Expo 2017 Astana, Future Energy

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Mfeketo at the South African National Day, Expo 2017, 18 July 2017. It is a great honour and pleasure to celebrate the occasion of South Africa’s National Day with you in Astana. May I also start by congratulating the Government and People of Kazakhstan, for an outstanding EXPO 2017 that is not only colourful and exciting, but speaks directly to one of the major challenges that the world is currently facing, namely energy.
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