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Biography of Ambassador Dennis Thokozani Dlomo

Ambassador Dennis Dlomo was born on 24 October 1964 in Volksrust, Mpumalanga. He began his career working at Whites’ Plumbing and Engineering Works. He held several positions at the University of Durban-Westville as a Political Science Student Assistant, Political Science Junior Lecturer and Secretary for the Council Committee on Racism, Sexism, Sectarianism, Political and other forms of Intimidation.He held various positions in the Intelligence field as a Director:

  • Supportive Training and Development at the Intelligence Academy, National Intelligence Agency

  • Deputy General-Manager: National Intelligence Estimates Board

  • General-Manager: Ministry of Intelligence Services

  • Head of Ministerial Services at the Ministry of Intelligence Services

  • Deputy Coordinator for Intelligence

  • Executive Secretary: Committee of intelligence and Security Services of Africa

  • Advisor at the Ministry of State Security

  • Acting Director-General at State Security Agency

  • Coordinator for Intelligence
Ambassador Dlomo served as a student leader at the University of Durban-Westville in the 1980s. He was detained under the State of Emergency under the apartheid regime and participated in a 24 day hunger strike.
He was under house arrest in Volksrust and was required to report twice a day at the local police station.He was involved in the resurfacing of the South African Communist Party following the unbanning and served as a member of the South African Communist Party Interim Leadership Group as well as being elected Regional Secretary and member of the Central Committee.
Ambassador Dlomo served as a member of the ANC in Reservoir Hills until he was required to resign from political activities to join the National Intelligence Agency in 1995.

Ambassador Dlomo participated in various intelligence training programmes offered by the National Intelligence Agency. He participated in various programmes for Directorship Development and is a member of the Institute of Directors for Southern Africa. He also participated in the African Union Security Sector Reform Training Programme.

Ambassador Dlomo has received various awards from the Ministry for Intelligence Services, Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa and from the Republic of Congo. The latter being a National Order of Peace (Commander Level).

2016 has been a busy year for the Embassy of South Africa. The embassy met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss and assess the progress and challenges relating to the implementation of agreements and outstanding commitments from the 6th BNC; as well as to prepare for a visit by the Director-General. We have also hosted or participated in a number of consultation meetings (with the AU, UN, political parties in Algeria and Western Sahara) to manage bilateral political relations and to promote the African Agenda, Agenda of the South and National Priorities. The Embassy also undertook a visit to the Wilaya of Annaba in March 2016 to explore scientific and economic cooperation, in this regard. 

We have participated in a number of events. Key amongst these was the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in March.

In January 2016 the Embassy made a tourism presentation for the Algerian Association for Diplomatic Spouses (AFDA), a small but affluent community in Algeria. In the same month, the Mission participated in the AFDA Fashion Show and International Lunch for Children on respectively.

Ambassador Dlomo was interviewed by Ennahar TV in March 2016 relating to bilateral political, economic and social relations with Algeria; and his general perceptions about the host country. In addition, the mission participated in the Pan African Cultural festival organised by the Community of Foreign African Students (C.E.E.T.O) in the Wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou.

It is with great honour that the Embassy can announce that President Zuma conferred the Order of the Companion of O.R. Tambo in silver on Ambassador Noureddine Djoudi for his steadfast support of the South African liberation movement during the hard times of oppression. Ambassador Djoudi stood in firm solidarity with the stalwarts of the liberation struggle and sacrificed to support the realisation of democracy. In 1962, when Nouerddine Djoudi was a young freedom fighter in the Algerian National Liberation Army, Mr Nelson Mandela and Mr Robert Reisha came to meet with the ALN High Command.   As the two ANC leaders could not speak Arabic or French, Noureddine Djoudi who was then summoned to serve as interpreter.  This unexpected, and somehow purely “accidental” event, was the start of a passionate commitment to fight for the liberation of South Africa.  With the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo he is recognised for his friendship shown to South Africa and a symbol of the warm relations between our two countries.

The year thus far has been a success for the Embassy, and more activities are planned. These include celebration of Freedom Day, Fun Run/Walk in honour of Nelson Mandela, a United Nations Simulation exercise with young Algerians, participation in the Algeria International Trade Fair (SAFEX) to promote South African – Algerian business relations, visits to Wilayas (provinces) and political and economic engagements, to advance South Africa’s national interests.

Ambassador Dennis Thokozani Dlomo
Head of Mission
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