Issue 18 | 02 August 2012


Tribute paid to all Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers for their commitment, dedication, sacrifices to focus on the historic mission.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomao

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane delivering the opening address

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele
leading South Africa’s delegation

From the left: Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Home Affairs Minister and AUC incoming chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Correctional Services Minister, Mr Sbu Ndebele and International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Mr  Marius Fransman

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION MINISTER, MS MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE has urged the southern African region and the rest of the continent to stand united in support of the incoming AUC Commission chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlaimini-Zuma.

“We carry a burden of responsibility to our citizens and the continent of Africa to establish a strong and viable regional political landscape that is underpinned by principles of democratic governance and political stability able to reap the potential social and economic dividend that will flow from inter-regional trade and effective regional economic integration,’ the Minister said.

Ministers from the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, chaired by South Africa, convened in Pretoria for their 14th meeting on 30 and 31 July to chart a way forward for the region and the upcoming Summit in August in Mozambique.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane thanked the committee on their support, hard work and campaigning that saw Dr Dlamini Zuma winning the tightly contested election.

“We stood united in our view that the principle of rotation in the AU and its Organs should be respected. Most importantly, we argued successfully that the Southern Region is long overdue in having its chance to lead this august continental body.”

The Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) also considered reports on the mediation process in Madagascar, elections in the region, the security situation in the region, including an update on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and progress reports. All of these were handed over to the incoming chair of the Organ, Tanzania.

Presence of the two leaders in the meeting was an indication of their commitment towards a lasting solution to end the political crisis in the country.
(Main picture) President Jacob Zuma arrives at Desroches Island, Seychelles for the SADC Troika meeting on Madagascar. With him is President of Seychelles, Mr James Michel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles, Mr Jean-Paul Adam, and Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman.
(Top left) President Zuma with President Michel meeting with Madagascar leaders Mr Andry Rajoelina and Mr Marc Ravalomanana.
(Bottom left) Deputy Minister Fransman with Seychelles President Michel and Mr Rajoelina and Mr Ravalomanana.

THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY’S (SADC) ORGAN TROIKA has agreed that the political leaders of Madagascar should reconvene to conclude the outstanding issues stemming from the implementation of the roadmap.

This was the outcome of the SADC Troika Summit aimed at resolving the Malagasy political crisis which was presided over by President Jacob Zuma in Seychelles. The President was accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Mr Marius Fransman, who serves as President Zuma’s Special Envoy on Madagascar. South Africa is the current chair of the SADC Organ Troika on Politics and it is in this capacity that Deputy Minister Fransman facilitated the meeting between the Malagasy political leaders. The meeting took place under the auspices of the SADC Roadmap on Madagascar. The Seychelles hosted the meeting in its capacity as chair of the Indian Ocean Commission and as a SADC member state.

The meeting saw President Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Mr Marc Ravalomanana, meeting face-to-face for the first time. The Indian Island has been in crisis since 2009.

US Secretary of State,
Ms Hillary Clinton

Bilateral relations between South Africa and the United States are strong. The current US administration has expressed an interest in partnering with SA both domestically and regionally.

is scheduled to undertake a visit to South Africa from 4 to 7 August 2012 for the second meeting of the South Africa-United States Strategic Dialogue.

In April 2010, Ms Clinton and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signed a memorandum of understanding, laying out a framework for strategic dialogue between the US and South Africa. The strategic dialogue reinforces cooperation in key areas, such as health, education, food security, law enforcement, trade, investment, energy, and nonproliferation but it by no means constrains the other areas.

The US continues to support South Africa’s domestic priorities and has sought to align its assistance programmes and projects with South Africa’s national priorities. The US is currently the third largest trading partner for South Africa, as well as a significant investor. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) provides many South African exports with duty-free access to the US and has favourably contributed to a trade surplus with the USA. AGOA is due for renewal in 2015.

South Africa enhances its cooperation with the IAEA.

Signing of the agreement between South Africa and the IAEA earlier this year in April. Main picture from left to right IAEA Director-General, Mr Yukiya Aman, Ambassador Abdul Minty (Governor of South Africa to the IAEA Board of Governors, 1995-2012) and Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo (Governor of South Africa to the Board of Governors)


SOUTH AFRICA HAS CONTRIBUTED R15 MILLION in support of the IAEA efforts to improve veterinary laboratory capacities in Sub-Saharan African countries affected by transboundary diseases. The funds were paid from the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund on 20 July 2012. The contribution will be used by the Joint Food and Agricultural Organisations (FAO)-IAEA Division’s veterinary laboratory network, which was successful during the Rinderpest eradication campaign. Partner institutions of this project include the FAO, as well as the Governments of Japan and the United States of America. The total cost of this project is approximately €3 million and will be implemented over a four year period.

The visit forms part of the year-long celebrations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s

PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA WILL ON 4 AUGUST 2012 DEPART FOR KINGSTON, Commonwealth of Jamaica, for a working visit at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Ms Portia Simpson Miller. The President will be accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman.

The visit will further enhance the strong bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries; recognise the role played by Jamaica in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa; and celebrate Jamaica’s achievements as an independent, stable and constitutional parliamentary democracy.

South Africa and Jamaica have agreed to celebrate the African National Congress’ Centenary and Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee jointly in 2012.

President Zuma is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Simpson Miller and will exchange views on strengthening relations between the two countries, as well as on issues of mutual concern, both in the bilateral and multilateral spheres.

Jamaica and South Africa signed an Agreement for Cooperation in the Fields of Arts and Culture in 2009.

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