President Jacob Zuma to receive President and Mrs Sassou-Nguesso to the Republic of South Africa

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will receive President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo for a state visit to the Republic of South Africa scheduled for 08 and 09 April 2010.

Media interested in covering the event are requested to send details for easy access into buildings i.e. name and Surname, media house, ID/ passport no. to Matshepo Seedat (Presidency) on 082 679 9473/ Matshepo@po.gov.za

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

WEDNESDAY, 07 APRIL 2010

President and Mrs Sassou-Nguesso arrival, Welcome and received by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

 Photo Opportunity

Venue: Waterkloof Air Force Base

Time to be confirmed

THURSDAY, 08 APRIL 2010

Venue:           Union Buildings

07:30              : Members of the Media arrive at the Union Building ahead of the guard of honour and the Military band.

10:00              : Welcome Ceremony

                          Photo Opportunity

11:20              : Official proceeding:

                        Photo Opportunity: President Zuma and President Sassou- Nguesso, President Sassou Nguesso and Spouces.

12:30              : Official bilateral meeting: Media in attendance

- Opening and Welcome remarks by President J. Zuma
                       - Remarks by President Sassou- Nguesso
                       
 Media takes leave

13:30              : Signing of Agreements and Press Conference

                          Media in attendance

14:00              : Arrival of Media at Freedom Park ahead of the wreath laying ceremony
14:15              : Wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park on Isivivane

                         Photo Opportunity

15:00              : Deputy President to pay Courtesy call on President Sassou-Nguesso at Intercontinetal Hotel Towers, Sandton
                        Photo Opportunity

18:30              : Arrival of media at the Presidential Guest house ahead of the State Banquet
                        Venue: Gate 10
                        Presidential Guest House
                        Bryntirion Estate, Pretoria

19:20              : President Zuma receives President Sassou-Nguesso
           
                        Photo Opportunity

19:30              : Welcome remarks by President Zuma;
  Remarks by President Sassou-Nguesso

Media in attendance

End of Media Programme

For further information please contact Chief Director for Public Diplomacy Kgomotso Saul Molobi on 082 940 1647

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