Foreign Minister to lead South African Delegation to London Solidarity Conference, London, United Kingdom, Friday, 3 - Saturday, 4 June 2005

Washington - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will lead a South African delegation to the London Solidarity Conference scheduled for Friday-Saturday 3-4 June 2005. Minister Dlamini Zuma will undertake the visit to London following her current visit to the USA where she is part of President Thabo Mbeki's delegation for a bilateral political discussion with US President George Bush in Washington.

The conference entitled, "South Africa's 2nd Decade of Freedom: Developing Partnerships and Solidarity between Britain and South Africa," is a follow-up to the London Solidarity Conference held in October 2003 to review progress and developments since the advent of democracy in 1994 in South Africa.

Minister Dlamini Zuma will present an address entitled, "The Challenges of South Africa's 2nd Decade of Freedom: The South African Perspective," on Saturday, 4 June 2005.

Participants in the Conference will include South Africa's High Commissioner to London, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, British Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn MP, United Kingdom High Commissioner Designate to South Africa Paul Boateng, Frank Dobson MP and Hugh Bayley MP.

The Solidarity Conference celebrates the support of the British people, acting mainly through the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, in the fight against apartheid. The movement also worked for the freedom of all Southern African countries that were still under colonial and apartheid rule.

Upon conclusion of the Solidarity Conference, Minister Dlamini Zuma will depart for Abuja, Nigeria where she will lead the South African delegation to a meeting of the African Union Committee on the Reform of the United Nations.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
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1 June 2005


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