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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
introduced its quarterly magazine Ubuntu – South Africa’s Public Diplomacy in action
in August 2012 to:

  • communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s foreign policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals
  • give in-depth analysis and information on key departmental issues ranging fro current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as
    well as international work done by other government departments, business and parastatals.
Issue 25, September 2021:

Special features in Issue 25 include:

  • Let us, together, with the UN, write a new history for humankind
  • BRICS is of immense strategic importance to South Africa
  • We stand with the people of Palestine
  • Honouring the spirit of Charlotte Maxeke
  • Peace and justice must co-exist for both to thrive
  • Celebrating 100 years of rugby between New Zealand and South Africa
  • Liberation Heritage: Tsietsi Mashinini
  • Rebuilding the tourism sector post-COVID-19
  • Africa has a great strategic plan: Now it needs to roll up its sleeves and take action
  • The first-ever dictionary of South Africa’s Kaaps language has launched – why it matters
  • SA Paralympians inspire the nation
  • The man behind the blades uplifting our youth
  • Proudly South African: Our Tokyo Olympic medalists
  • Flying the flag
  • These South African resorts are some of the best in the world
  • South African jewellery brand shines in Las Vegas
Issue 24, June 2021:

Special features in Issue 24 include:

  • Liberation heritage: Ray Alexander-Simons
  • Remembering the legacy of the Young Lions of 1976: The power of youth as agents of social change
  • Capturing the Soweto Uprising: South Africa’s most iconic photograph lives on
  • Africa’s free trade area offers great promise. But only if risks are managed with resolve
  • SA Reserve Bank celebrates 100 years of excellenc
  • Rooibos tea: EU protection is good news for South African agriculture
  • A portal designed especially for informal businesses could be a game-changer
  • The SDGs and South Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Commission recommendations
  • Accelerating digital transformation in challenging times with national, regional and international initiatives
  • COVID-19 has shown that following the same road will lead the world over a precipice
  • Progress made but world set to miss environment-related Sustainable Development Goals – UN report
  • An ancient San rock art mural in South Africa reveals new meaning
  • Flying the flag
Issue 23, March 2021:

Special features in Issue 23 include:

  • Liberation heritage: Ambassador Priscilla Jana: A human rights icon
  • How values, interests and power must shape South Africa's foreign policy
  • Six reasons why Africa's new free trade area is a global game changer
  • Strengthening regional tourism integration and cooperation
  • Blockchain and South Africa’s foreign policy
  • What African countries can expect from Biden: And what they should ask for
  • Why it pays to link products to places – and how African countries can do it
  • “Atoms for Development” in Africa
  • South African astronomy has a long, rich history of discovery – and a promising future
  • SKAO is born: Launch of international observatory signals new era for radio astronomy
  • Gigantic galaxies discovered with the MeerKAT telescope
  • Step up climate-change adaptation or face serious human and economic damage – UN report
  • Flying the flag


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