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  18-19 Jun: BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  12-16 Jun: Session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria
  10 Jun: Sixteenth Africa - Nordic Dialogue of Foreign Ministers, Abuja, Nigeria
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  8 Jun: Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo hosts an outreach programme, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  8 Jun: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the Cuban Embassy, hosts a discussion forum with Mr Fernando González, one of the Cuban 5 and the President of the Cuban Institute for Peoples Friendship (ICAP), Pretoria, South Africa
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President Zuma to host DRC President Kabila on an Official Visit to South Africa. President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 25 June 2017, host the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), His Excellency President Joseph Kabila Kabange, during his official visit to South Africa to attend the 10th Session of the South Africa-Democratic Republic of Congo Bi-National Commission (BNC) scheduled to take place in Pretoria.

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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the 10th Session of the Bi-National Commission with the DRC, 24 June 2017, Pretoria. It is with great honour and privilege that I welcome you all to the 10th Session of the Bi-National Commission between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I particularly extend a special welcome to you, Honourable Minister Leonard She Okitundu and your delegation.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her DRC counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Saturday, 24 June 2017, host her counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Léonard She Okitundu, on the occasion of the 10th session of Bi-National Commission between South Africa and the DRC. On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma will host President Joseph Kabila Kabange during his official visit to South Africa to attend the BNC.

Date : Saturday, 24 June 2017
Time : 09H00
Venue :

O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria  

RSVP : mtshalip@dirco.gov.za / mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma concludes a successful visit to Swaziland for the SACU Summit. President Jacob Zuma has today, 23 June 2017, concluded a successful visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland, where he led the South African delegation at the 5th Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) Summit Heads of State and Government.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Botswana following Former President Masire’s passing. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, as well as the Government of Botswana following the passing away on 22 June 2017 of Former President Sir Ketumile Masire.

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President Zuma arrives in Swaziland for the 5th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit. President Jacob Zuma has this evening arrived in the Kingdom of Swaziland ahead of the 5th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit to be held on 23 June 2017.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 21 June 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town. Issues in the environment - Cabinet reflected on the recent announcements by the three major ratings agencies. All three ratings agencies raised similar issues such as the slow pace of growth-enhancing reforms, the performance of state-owned companies (SOCs) and political risks, among other issues.

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President Zuma sends condolences to the Federal Republic of Germany following former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s passing. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Germany following the passing on of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi; Foreign Minister of Brazil, Aloysio Nunes; Minister of State for External Affairs of India, Dr VK Singh; Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov; during BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 18-19 June 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi; Foreign Minister of Brazil, Aloysio Nunes; Minister of State for External Affairs of India, Dr VK Singh; Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov; during BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 18-19 June 2017.

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Media Note of the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, 18-19 June 2017, Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 18-19 June 2017 in Beijing, China.

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Opening Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 19 June 2017. Allow me, first of all, to thank you His Excellency, Minister Wang Yi, for hosting us for this first formal meeting of the BRICS Ministers for Foreign Affairs and International Relations.  We are honoured to be here and look forward to our deliberations.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, during a Bilateral Meeting ahead of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 18 June 2017.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, during a Bilateral Meeting ahead of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 18 June 2017.


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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Beijing for the BRICS Foreign Ministers' Meeting. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Beijing, People's Republic of China, last night, 17 June 2017, where she will participate in the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, hosted by the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Wang Yi.

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SA-led June Session of the Board of Governors of the IAEA successfully concludes its deliberations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors concluded its June week-long session on Thursday, 15 June 2017, under the leadership of Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Vienna.

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Media Accreditation for the 37th SADC Summit in Pretoria. South Africa will assume the role of Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in August 2017, taking over from the Kingdom of Swaziland. The country will host the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government from 09th – 20th August 2017 in Pretoria. 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 Africa calls for calm in the Kingdom of Lesotho. The South African Government calls for calm in the Kingdom of Lesotho following the killing on the night of 14 June 2017 of Ms Lipolelo Thabane, wife of Prime Mister-elect Tom Thabane. South Africa calls on law enforcement authorities to expeditiously investigate the crime and bring the perpetrator/s to justice.

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Speech delivered by Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations & Cooperation during a debate in Parliament, Tuesday 13 June 2017, Building a Better Africa & a Better World. This debate takes place after the successful celebrations of Africa Month in May 2017. Pan-Africanism must serve as the foundation for today’s debate during which we will demonstrate our commitment to its ideals and values.
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Joint Statement: 8th South Africa-United States Annual Bilateral Forum, 8 June 2017. The Embassy of the United States of America hosted the South African Government for the 8th Annual Bilateral Forum (ABF), on 8 June 2017, in Pretoria.The ABF takes place under the auspices of the South Africa-United States Strategic Dialogue, which was established in 2010 by the former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Namibia following the passing away of Mr Toivo ya Toivo. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, has on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of Namibia, following the passing on of the anti-apartheid activist, independence hero and former Minister Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits Nigeria for the Nordic-Africa Dialogue. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to arrive in the Federal Republic of Nigeria later today, 09 June 2017, where she will take part in the 16th Africa-Nordic Dialogue of Foreign Ministers, scheduled for 10 June 2017 in the capital, Abuja.

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South African Government conveys condolences to the Republic of Zimbabwe following a tragic bus accident that killed 43 people and injured 24 passengers. The Government and people of South Africa convey their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Zimbabwe, following a tragic bus accident on 7 June 2017, along the Harare-Chirundu Highway, which veered off the road and rammed into a tree, leaving 43 people dead and 24 injured.

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President Jacob Zuma receives the Letters of Credence from nine Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at the Credentials Ceremony, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 June 2017. President Jacob Zuma receives the Letters of Credence from nine Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at the Credentials Ceremony, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 June 2017.

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DIRCO hosts Member of Cuban 5. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the Cuban Embassy, hosted a discussion forum with Mr Fernando González, one of the Cuban 5 and the President of the Cuban Institute for Peoples Friendship (ICAP), on 8 June 2017 at O.R. Tambo Building.

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South Africa is concerned about the Crisis in the Gulf Region. The South African Government has noted the decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and several other countries to sever diplomatic and other ties with the State of Qatar. The SA Government also notes that the Gulf region is very important for world trade especially energy as well as regional peace and stability.
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President Zuma sends a message of condolence message to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar following the disappearance of a military plane. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, especially families, friends and colleagues of all the victims, following the disappearance of a military aircraft on 7 June 2017.
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South Africa condemns the Twin Terror Attack in Tehran. The South African Government has noted with shock and dismay the news of a twin terrorist attack in the Iranian capital on Wednesday (07 June 2017). We condemn in the strongest possible terms this cruel act that left thirteen innocent people dead and forty-two injured.
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host an outreach programme in Port Elizabeth

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will host an outreach programme in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, where she is expected to interact with the community on South Africa’s roles and responsibilities in the world.

Date :

Thursday, 08 June 2017

Time : 14H00
Venue : Njoli Taxi Rank
Port Elizabeth
RSVP : MtshaliP@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 4313078

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 7 June 2017. Issues in the Environment - Cabinet reiterates President Jacob Zuma’s call for South Africans to unite against violence and abuse of women and children, and calls on all South Africans to take urgent steps to eradicate this scourge in our communities.

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South Africa condemns latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. The attack, which took place on the night of 03 June 2017 in the city of London, claimed the lives of several people and left others injured.

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South African Government reacts to United States of America’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The international community regards climate change as the single biggest threat to wellbeing, health and socio-economic development facing humanity this century. Its impacts are widespread, unprecedented and disproportionately burdens to the poorest and most vulnerable.

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SA sends condolences to Sri Lanka following mudslide. The Government and people of South Africa convey their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Sri Lanka following a mudslide that killed at least 200 people and left over half a million Sri Lankans displaced.

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Keynote Address by Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo at the Workshop in Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 Dakar Conference. Thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning on this occasion in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the historic Dakar Conference which took place in 1987.

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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo speaks at the Africa Day Publice Lecture, CPUT, Belleville, Cape Town, South Africa.

Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo speaks at the Africa Day Publice Lecture, CPUT, Belleville, Cape Town, South Africa.


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Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to host Africa Day Public Lecture

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms N Mfeketo will host an Africa Day Public Lecture on Friday, 26 May 2017 in celebration of 54 years since the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was re-launched in 2002 in Durban as African Union (AU).

Date :

Friday, 26 May 2017

Time : 15H00
Venue : CPUT
Major Hall
Belleville
Cape Town
RSVP : MtshaliP@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Salome Baloi, 083 778 7142

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the DIRCO's COO, Ambassador Nkosi, at a post DIRCO Budget Vote Public Lecture, Cape Town, South Africa, 26 May 2017.

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the DIRCO's COO, Ambassador Nkosi, at a post DIRCO Budget Vote Public Lecture, Cape Town, South Africa, 26 May 2017.


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Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to host Post Budget Vote Public Lecture

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr L Landers will host a Post Budget Vote Lecture on Friday, 26 May 2017.

Date : Friday, 26 May 2017
Time : 10H00
Venue : Imbizo Media Centre
Parliament
(Video link to GCIS, Pretoria)
RSVP : MtshaliP@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Salome Baloi, 083 778 7142
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Budget Vote Speech by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2017. Budget Vote Speech by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2017.



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Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation delivered by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane: 25 May 2017, Cape Town. It is an honour to present this year’s Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in the year of O R Tambo. The year 2017 has been declared by our government as the year of O R Tambo, 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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Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation delivered by Deputy Minister Mfeketo: 25 May 2017, Cape Town. This year marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the liberation struggle stalwart and the longest serving President of the African National Congress, Oliver Reginald Tambo, South Africa’s chief diplomat in exile.
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Address by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers on the occasion of the Budget Vote 6 Statement on Thursday, 25 May 2017. I am humbled to address you on this important occasion. This session coincides with Africa day which is celebrated every year on 25th May to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which is now the African Union (AU).
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a SABC Africa Day Dialogue, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2017.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a SABC Africa Day Dialogue, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2017.




Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver DIRCO's Budget Vote Speech to Parliament

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will deliver the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to Parliament on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Date : Thursday, 25 May 2017
Time : 10H00
Venue : Westin Hotel
Cape Town
Enquiries :

Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 24 May 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town. Issues in the environment - Cabinet is concerned with the rising incidences of abuse and violence against women in our society.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane congratulates former Ethiopian counterpart on his election as Director-General of the World Health Organisation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane extends South Africa’s congratulations to the Ethiopian Government, on the election of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as the next Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland on 23 May 2017.

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South Africa – Hungary Senior Officials Meeting and the Signing of MOU on Water Resource Management between the Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, and the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Ambassador Bus, 23 May 2017. South Africa – Hungary Senior Officials Meeting and the Signing of MOU on Water Resource Management between the Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, and the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Ambassador Bus, 23 May 2017.

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South Africa condemns the suspected terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning what appears to be a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in Manchester on Monday, 22 May 2017, resulting in the unfortunate deaths and injuries of numerous children and youths.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on a Working Visit to Oman. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is visiting Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, today, 22 May 2017, where she is meeting representatives of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman as part of efforts to strengthen relations.

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President Zuma congratulates the President of Iran on his election victory. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani, who has won the Iranian presidential elections held on Friday, 19 May 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses students at the Black Management Forum Student Chapter, Polokwane, South Africa, 19 May 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses students at the Black Management Forum Student Chapter, Polokwane, South Africa, 19 May 2017.


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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to address students in Polokwane

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 19 May 2017, address the Leadership and Transformation Seminar organised by the Black Management Forum (BMF) Student Chapter of the University of Limpopo in Polokwane.

Date : Friday, 19 May 2017
Time : 18H00
Venue : Meropa Casino
Polokwane
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


Deputy Minister Landers to address students in Polokwane and Mafikeng

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will address students and other stakeholders at a symposium at the North West University, Mahikeng Campus, under the theme: “Promoting Internationalisation and Social Cohesion.

Date : Friday, 19 May and Saturday, 20 May 2017
Time : 09H30
Venue : Great Hall
North West University
Mafikeng
Enquiries :

Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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Remarks by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation during the occasion of the NWU Symposium on Internationalisation and Social Cohesion, North West University, Mafikeng, 19 May 2017. I am indeed humbled to be afforded this opportunity to have this focused discussion with you. The agreed theme for our interaction today is “Promoting Social Cohesion and Internationalism”. I am grateful for the North West University for arranging this occasion and the attendance bears testimony to the hard work you have put into preparations thereof.

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Special Envoy of the President of South Africa, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Namibia, Mr Hage Geingob, Windhoek, Namibia, 18 May 2017. Special Envoy of the President of South Africa, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Namibia, Mr Hage Geingob, Windhoek, Namibia, 18 May 2017.

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African Regional Heads of Mission Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 15 - 17 May 2017. African Regional Heads of Mission Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 15 - 17 May 2017.



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Joint Statement issued at the conclusion of the SA-Brazil Bilateral meeting, 15 May 2017, Pretoria. On 15 May 2017 the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the BrazilianMinister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a Working Visit to Pretoria.

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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane after the conclusion of Bilateral Talks with the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, 15 May 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. Today I received and hosted my counterpart, the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a Working Visit to Pretoria. The Minister is accompanied by a high-level business delegation that is currently meeting with their counterparts here in Pretoria.

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Media Invite: SA - Brazil Bilateral Meeting

The media are invited to a press conference to be held at the conclusion of bilateral talks between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Brazilian counterpart, His Excellency Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.

Date : Monday, 15 May 2017
Time : 11H00
Venue : Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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