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  21-23 May: 109th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers Session, Brussels, Belgium
  16-18 May: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) hosts workshop, Pretoria, South Africa
  15 May: President Cyril Ramaphosa receives Letters of Credence, Pretoria, South Africa
  15 May: President Cyril Ramaphosa attends the Goldman Sachs Conference for Investors, Johannesburg, South Africa
  8 May: 2019 National Elections (South Africa)
  3 May: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu meets with the South African Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese communities, Alberton, South Africa
  1 May: Workers Day (South Africa)
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Presidential Inauguration, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 May 2019
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Minister Sisulu calls on South Africans to make donations for flood relief in neighbouring countries affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai
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Presidential Inauguration 2019. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa has announced that the inauguration of the President-Elect will take place on Saturday, 25 May 2019 in the City of Tshwane.
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Presidential Inauguration Logistics. Members of the public are advised on the following arrangements for transportation and access to the stadium on the day of the inauguration.

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Street closures in the vicinity of Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield due to the Presidential Inauguration on 25 May 2019. The democratically elected President of South Africa will be inaugurated on 25 May 2019 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Loftus Versfeld is situated along Kirkness Street in Clydesdale.
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Statement of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the State of Readiness for the Presidential Inauguration. I would like to first welcome you and the thank you for coming to this briefing on preparations for the presidential Inauguration scheduled to take place on the 25th of May, at Loftus Stadium.

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Minister Sisulu challenges UN Country Team to support South Africa’s national priorities. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has received a Letter of Assignment from Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas following her appointment as the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to South Africa, the highest-ranking UN official in the country.

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A3 Joint Statement on the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 23 May 2019. On behalf of the African members of the Security Council, Côte d' Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, I would like to thank the Indonesian Presidency for organising this important Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.
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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 situation in Somalia, 22 May 2019. South Africa thanks Deputy SRSG Zenenga, ASG Ursulla Mueller and AU SRCC Francisco Madeira for their briefing and Secretary-General Mr António Guterres for his report.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Question of Palestine, Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Please allow me to begin by thanking Mr Mladenov for his briefing on the situation in the Middle East, particularly the question of Palestine and Mr Pierre Krahenbuhl for his briefing on the status of UNWRA.

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Update on South Africans injured in the roadside bomb blast in Egypt.The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) would like to confirm that the four South Africans who remained in Egypt for medical care after the roadside bomb blast that targeted the tourist's bus they were travelling on, have returned to South Africa this morning, 22 May 2019.
 

Deputy Minister Landers to lead the South African delegation to the 109th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers Session in Brussels, 21-23 May 2019. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will lead the South African delegation to the 109th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers and the 44th Session of the ACP-European Union Council of Ministers, scheduled to take place from 21–24 May 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on Iraq, 21 May 2019. We thank the Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, Ms Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for her briefing. South Africa supports the mandate renewal of UNAMI in its current format as it promotes the strengthening of the government of Iraq and its subsequent electoral processes.
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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 situation in Libya, 21 May 2019. South Africa thanks Special Representative Mr Ghassan Salamé for his briefing and Ambassador Jürgen Schulz for his report.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Briefing on Ukraine, 20 May 2019. We have supported the request for this meeting on the basis of consistency, having acceded to requests from other delegations for briefings on matters, which they regard as urgent and important.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, on the occasion of the coordinated Briefing of the Chairs of the 1267/1989/1373 &1540 Committees, 20 May 2019. It is with deep regret that I must once again begin my remarks with expressing South Africa’s condolences, on this occasion to the people of Burkina Faso, who recently suffered an attack at a place of worship.
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Update on the bus explosion in Egypt involving South Africans. This evening the South African Ambassador to Egypt, Ambassador Vusi Mavimbela, has informed the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, that twenty-eight (28) South Africans were part of the tourist group.
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The South African Government statement on the bus explosion in Egypt. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, has been informed by the South African Ambassador to Egypt, H.E. Mr Vusi Mavimbela, of the bus explosion near Cairo.

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DIRCO and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to host workshop in Pretoria

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), will on 16-18 May 2019 host a workshop on the ISA.

Date : Thursday, 16 May 2019
Time : 08H00
Venue : DIRCO Conference Room 1
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, RapakuanaK@dirco.gov.za, 073 058 3876
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, mabayan@dirco.gov.za, 083 645 7838
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President Ramaphosa to receive Letters of Credence

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, 15 May 2019, receive Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate who have been designated by the governments of twelve (12) countries to serve in diplomatic missions in South Africa.

Date : Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Time : 15H00 (media to arrive at 13H30 for the Ceremony)
Venue : Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse
Pretoria
Enquiries : Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
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President Cyril Ramaphosa to attend the Goldman Sachs Conference for Investors

President Cyril Ramaphosa will, tomorrow, 15 May 2019, attend and participate in an investor conference in Johannesburg hosted by the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Date : Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Time : 08H40
Venue :

Four Season Hotel in Westcliffe
Johannesburg

Enquiries : Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707
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Statement delivered by Ambassador Jerry Matjila during the Security Council Meeting on Peace and Security in Africa: G5 Sahel Joint Force, 16 May 2019. I wish to thank H.E. Mr. Alpha Barry, the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso for taking time to brief the Security Council on behalf of the G5 Sahel Presidency.

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Statement Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on Yemen, New York, 15 May 2019. Thank you for convening this meeting on Yemen. We thank the Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and the chair of the 2140 Sanctions Committee Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra of Peru, for their briefings.

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DIRCO Deputy Minister calls on young people to prioritise education as she gets her PHD degree. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Reginah Mhaule, has encouraged young people to pursue academic career.

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Statement by Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during, the Security Council Debate on the situation in Bosnia and and Herzegovina, 08 May 2019. We would like to thank you for convening this debate on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Statement by the Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Investing in Peace: Improving Safety and Performance of UN Peacekeepers, 07 May 2019. South Africa wishes to thank the Republic of Indonesia for organising the open debate on this important matter.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa sends condolences to the Russian Federation following a jet liner crash. President Cyril Ramaphosa, has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the Russian Federation following the crash of a jet passenger liner near Moscow yesterday, 5 May 2019, leaving 41 passengers dead and 37 injured.

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Minister Sisulu is humbled by donations to re-build communities following Cyclone Idai and KwaZulu-Natal floods. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has on behalf of the South African Government conveyed her immense gratitude to the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Mahash Saeed Al Hameli, for donating R1 million towards relief efforts in KwaZulu Natal and to Aspen Pharmacare for the donation of R50 000 also for KwaZulu-Natal and a further R250 000 for Mozambique.

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Address by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms LN Sisulu at the Conversation with the members of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Communities Alliance, Alberton, Johannesburg, 3 May 2019. Introduction - This is a year in which we are going to our Sixth General Election full of hope of the future and determined to recapture the state and put it into the hands of the people, and recreate the country that Mandela bequeathed to us.
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Minister Sisulu to meet with the South African Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese communities

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will today meet with the South African Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese (HIP) communities.

Date : Friday, 3 May 2019
Time : 18H00 to 18H30
Venue : Casa Da Madeira
46 Goodwood Road
New Market Agricultural Holdings
Alberton
RSVP :

Kgopotso Rapakuana at Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries :

Tuso Zibula, Zibulat@dirco.gov.za, 072 127 1565

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Monthly Media Briefing by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on the current affairs, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 April 2019.

Photo: DNS/Jacoline Schoonees
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Remarks by LN Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the DIRCO Monthly Media Briefing, 30 April 2019, DIRCO Media Centre. Introduction - Our briefing today will cover a number of areas we have been involved in over the past couple of weeks. These include international engagements such as the recent African Union (AU) Summit in Egypt; working visits; our term at the UN Security Council; an update on South Africans who voted abroad; consular matters as well as other current affairs issues affecting the work of the Department.

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Minister Sisulu to brief media on current affairs

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will brief media at the scheduled monthly media engagement, the briefing will cover recent AU Troika Meeting on Libya and Sudan held in Egypt, UNSC programme and other developments in SADC, Africa and the world.

Date : Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Time : 11H30 to 13H00
Venue : DIRCO Media Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP :

Kgopotso Rapakuana at Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za or 073 058 3876

Note : Members of the media must carry valid ID documents and press cards.
Enquiries :

Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, mabayan@dirco.gov.za, 083 645 7838

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Deputy Minister Landers assures SADC Observers that South Africa is fully committed to peace, security and development of the African continent. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, has assured members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) that South Africa has no no-go area zones.

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Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Mandate renewal of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) 30 April 2019. South Africa wishes to reiterate its unequivocal and strong support for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and the renewal of its mandate today for a period of six-months until 31 October 2019.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the UN Security Council Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Question of Palestine, Monday, 29 April 2019. Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank Ms Rosemary DiCarlo for her briefing regarding the situation in the Middle East, including the situation in Palestine.

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SA's foreign relations rest on common interests and goals – not political regimes, by Ndivhuwo Mabaya, News24, 29 April 2019. When South Africa reintegrated into international affairs, our foreign policy was conceptualised under Nelson Mandela's leadership. We live by the maxim that we "are at peace with the world and ourselves".
 
Media Statement on video and media statement issued by Gift of the Givers on South African journalist abducted in 2017. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has noted a media statement and video clip issued by Gift of the Givers on the abducted South African journalist, Shiraz Mohamed.
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President Ramaphosa sends his well wishes former President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Kenneth Kaunda on his 95th Birthday. The President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent his heartfelt birthday message to the former and first President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, on his 95th birthday which falls on 28 April.

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Voting Abroad in the 2019 National Elections – 27 April 2019. Voting abroad is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2019 from 7h00 to 19h00 at embassies, high commissions and consuls of the RSA. The date of voting abroad is not on the same date as voting inside of the Republic of South Africa on 8 May 2019.
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Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule to host a Youth Outreach Programme

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Reginah Mhaule, will on Friday, 26 April 2019 host a Youth Outreach Programme at Hebron Madibeng Local Municipality, North West.

Date : Friday, 26 April 2019
Time : 10H00
Venue : Itsoseng Community Hall
Hebron
North West
RSVP : cossad@dirco.gov.za and rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, mabayan@dirco.gov.za / 083 645 7838
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on Ukraine, 25 April 2019. We note that today’s discussion is taking place as requested by Ukraine in its letter dated 24 April 2019.

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Final Communiqué of the AU Troika Committee and the AU High-Level Committee on Libya, in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, 23 April 2019. At the invitation of President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the current Chair of the African Union HE President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Cairo has hosted Summit-level meeting the AU Troika Committee and the AU High-level Committee on Libya to address the situation in Libya.
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South Africa calls for a united UN Security Council in dealing with violence against women. South Africa has called on members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to work in concert to comprehensively deal with violence against women, which is one of the most pervasive human rights violations during times of conflict.
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Statement by South Africa during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Conflict, 23 April 2019. At the outset, allow me to congratulate you, Minister Heiko Maas, and the Permanent Mission of Germany for organising this debate.

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President Ramaphosa undertakes Working Visit to Arab Republic of Egypt. President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 22 April 2019 departed South Africa to undertake a Working Visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt to attend an emergency African Union (AU) Troika Summit convened to discuss the political and security situations in the Republic of Sudan and Libya.

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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to the people and Government of Sri Lanka following terrorist attack. On behalf of the South African people and Government, the President of South Africa, His Excellency, Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, has conveyed condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Sri Lanka following terrorist bombings of several churches over the Easter Weekend that claimed the lives of over 200 people.

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Foreign Policy Review Report, 17 April 2019. Foreign Policy Review: a strategic reflection and critical appraisal of the orientation and implementation of South Africa’s foreign policy.
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Minister Sisulu to brief media on the Ministerial Review Panel final report

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will tomorrow, 17 April 2019, receive a final report from the Ministerial Review Panel on its review of South Africa’s foreign policy.

Date : Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Time : 11H30
Venue : DIRCO Media Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
Note : Media to arrive by 11H00
RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana at Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za and Kgweten@dirco.gov.za / 076 431 3078
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, mabayan@dirco.gov.za, 083 645 7838
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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 Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), 17 April 2019. We would like to express our appreciation to you for convening this meeting.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on Yemen, New York, 15 April 2019. Thank you for convening this meeting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

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Keynote Address by L N Sisulu, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at the Dr Phyllis Naidoo Memorial Lecture, Senate Chamber I, Westville Campus University Of Kwazulu-Natal, 12 April 2019. “Key International Relations issues facing South Africa”. It is an immense pleasure for me to address the Dr Phyllis Naidoo Memorial lecture today.
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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2019 Dr Phyllis Naidoo Memorial Lecture

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Friday, 12 April 2019, deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Dr Phyllis Naidoo Annual Memorial Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Activity One:
Date : Friday, 12 April 2019
Time : 13H30
Venue : Hilton Hotel (TBC)
 
Activity Two:
Date : Friday, 12 April 2019
Time : 18H00
Venue : Senate Chamber
Westville Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal
RSVP : by Thursday, 11 April 2019 to Kgopotso Rapakuana, rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za or 073 058 3876.
Enquiries : Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or mabayan@dirco.gov.za
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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 the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, 10 April 2019. My delegation wishes to welcome the Secretary-General to the Council.

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The Malawi Government thanks the people of South Africa for relief donations. The South African Government has handed over relief donations from South African companies, religious organisations and ordinary South Africans to the peoples of Mozambique and Malawi.

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, meet with the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions representing African countries in South Africa, 5 April 2019. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, meet with the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions representing African countries in South Africa, 5 April 2019.

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Minister Sisulu and Minister Cele to hold a follow-up meeting with Heads of the Diplomatic Missions

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, and Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele, will tomorrow, 05 April 2019, meet with the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions representing African countries in South Africa.

Date : Friday, 5 April 2019
Time : 10H00 for a photo opportunity (Media to arrive by 09H30)
Venue : OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP :

Kgopotso Rapakuana at Rapakuanak@dirco.gov.za or 073 058 3876

Enquiries : Mr Tuso Zibula, zibulat@dirco.gov.za, 072 127 1565 OR Reneilwe Serero at 071 492 0073/SereroR@saps.gov.za
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers delivers a keynote address for the Public Lecture on South Africa's priorities in the United Nations Security Council, Ethekwini City Hall, Durban, South Africa, 5 April 2019. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers delivers a keynote address for the Public Lecture on South Africa's priorities in the United Nations Security Council, Ethekwini City Hall, Durban, South Africa, 5 April 2019.

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Statement by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at a Public Lecture on South Africa’s two-year non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), 05 April 2019, Durban. I wish to begin by thanking you for joining us today at this public lecture convened by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in collaboration with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

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Deputy Minister Landers to deliver public lecture on SA’s UN Security Council tenure

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will on Friday, 05 April 2019, deliver a Public Lecture focusing on the priorities identified by South Africa for its two-year tenure in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Date : Friday, 5 April 2019
Time : 10H00 – 13H00
Venue : Durban City Hall
Durban
KwaZulu-Natal Province
RSVP : Mr Nelson Kgwete, KgweteN@dirco.gov.za, 076 431 3078
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