Media Advisory

03 September 2012

Deputy Minister Fransman to deliver Keynote Address on Development and Humanitarian Assistance

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman will deliver a keynote address at a session on Development and Humanitarian Assistance in Africa organised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

South Africa’s role in the development of Africa has, through the years, gained prominence. The African Renaissance Fund has assisted with projects on the Africa Continent aimed at promoting democracy, humanitarian assistance, the prevention and resolution of conflict and good governance.

There has been an increased involvement by South African-based humanitarian and development organisations in Africa and the rest of the world. The most recent contributions and assistance in the crises in Somalia and Madagascar have shown that South African aid agencies are more than capable of providing relief to the people of Africa.

It is in this regard that DIRCO has organised a session where South African-based relief organisations will deliver presentations on how their work has benefitted countries in Africa at the most dire of times. This session will also provide an opportunity for participants to engage one another on issues of humanitarian and development assistance which may lead to future collaborations.

All media are invited as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Time: 08h30-12h00

Venue: DIRCO, Conference Room 1, OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Rd, Rietondale, Pretoria

RSVP: Mr Curtis Singo, / 072 625 7060

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


08:30 Registration
09:00 Opening Remarks and welcome by Mr Sivu Maqungo (Chief Director: East Africa, DIRCO)
09:10 Key Note Address by Deputy Minister Fransman
09:30 Presentation by ICRC
09:40 Presentation by Doctors without Borders
09:50 Presentation by Al-Imdaad Foundation
10:00 Presentation by Rescue SA
10:10 Presentation by Islamic Relief South Africa
10:20 Presentation by Netcare South Africa
10:30 Tea/Coffee Break
10:50 Presentation by Direct Aid International
11:00 Presentation by WFP
11:10 Response by National Disaster Management Committee
11:30 Response by South African Development Partnership Agency
11:50 Closing remarks
          Mr Pitso Montwedi (Chief Director: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, DIRCO)
12:00 Lunch


OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road





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