Minister Dlamini Zuma to host the Board of Governors of the IAEA in Cape Town, 21 - 22 March 2009

Cape Town- South African Foreign Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will host a delegation of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday-Sunday 21-22 March in Cape Town.

The IAEA Board of Governors delegation is scheduled to arrive in South Africa later today, Friday 20 March at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg before departing for Cape Town where they will be received by Ambassador Abdul Minty.

Ambassador Minty is the only South African and African Union candidate for the post of Director-General of the IAEA to replace the outgoing Director-General Mohamed Al Baradei. In this regard, Ambassador Minty is bidding against a Japanese candidate.

During their visit to South Africa, the delegation will visit Koeberg Nuclear facility where they will receive a briefing on South Africa’s Nuclear Programme from representatives of the Ministry of Minerals and Energy, ESKOM as well as the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation.

The delegation will also visit the Ithemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, Spier Wine Estates, the Durbanville Wine Estate as well as the World Heritage Site, the former Robben Island prison. The delegation is expected to depart from South Africa on Sunday 22 March 2009.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
P/Bag X152

20 March 2009.



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