Minister Dlamini Zuma Arrives in Cuba Ahead of the Joint SA-Cuba Bilateral Commission

Havana - South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived in Cuba, yesterday, Monday 26 September from Bahamas, ahead of the Joint South Africa-Cuba Bilateral Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday 28-29 September in Havana.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is leading a delegation of senior South African government officials comprising among others, South Africa's Ambassador to Cuba Thenjiwe Mtintso, Directors-General of Health, Public Works and Social Development Thami Mseleku, James Maseko and Vusi Madonsela respectively, Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General Ndumiso Ntshinga, Ambassador Mbulelo Rakwena and the Minister's political advisor Tiny Maya.

The Joint Commission meeting will be preceded, today Tuesday 27 September, by a meeting of experts in the fields of foreign affairs, health, education, public works, agriculture, housing, transport, social development, trade and industry, science and technology, water affairs and forestry.

The Joint SA-Cuba Bilateral Commission was established in February 2001 with a view to strengthening and consolidating economic, scientific, technical and business co-operation between the two countries.

At a political level, South Africa and Cuba enjoy friendly and cordial relations developed during the struggle against apartheid and formalised into state to state relations with the dawn of peace, democracy and justice in South Africa in 1994.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at +27 82-990-4853

C/O South African Mission-Havana

27 September 2005

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