President Thabo Mbeki to lead South African Delegation to SADC Heads of State and Government Summit

Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki, supported by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will lead a senior South African government delegation to the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in Maseru, Lesotho scheduled from Thursday - Friday, 17-18 August 2006.

President Mbeki's participation in the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through among others South Africa's participation and strengthening SADC institutions.

Minister Dlamini Zuma early this week led a senior South African government delegation to the Council of Ministers meeting from Tuesday - Wednesday, 15-16 August 2006.

Summit is expected to deliberate on the following issues:

  • Elections in the region particularly the post-election situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • The implementation of the SADC integration agenda;
  • Progress on the Financing, Design and Construction of the new SADC Headquarters;
  • Review the regional situation with regard to:
    • Economic and Social situation;
    • Agriculture and Food Security;
    • Gender;
    • HIV and Aids;
  • The African Union including the implementation of NEPAD and a progress report on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • Preparations for the International Conference on Poverty Alleviation; and
  • Receive reports from the:
    • Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation; and

President Mbeki and Minister Dlamini Zuma are expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 18 August 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4863

Department of Foreign Affairs
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15 August 2006

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