Media Advisory

13 May 2014

DIRCO to host Discussion Forum on South Africa-Poland relations

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Relations (SAIIA), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to South Africa and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), will host a discussion forum entitled “Poland and South Africa towards 2030”.

2014 marks both the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa and the 25th anniversary of democracy in Poland.  This Discussion Forum will reflect on mutual interest which will enhance cooperation between South Africa and Poland for a better future within a regional and global framework.

All media are invited as follows:

Date:  Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Time: 09:30 – 12:30

Venue: Conference Centre 1, DIRCO, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria


09:30 – 10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Remarks by Programme Director
                       Mr Fadl Nacerodien
                       Chief Director: Policy Research and Analysis Unit, DIRCO

10:10 – 10:25 “Reflections on South Africa- Poland Relations”
                        Ambassador Rapulane Molekane
                        Deputy Director-General: Europe, DIRCO

10:25 – 10:40 “Poland and South Africa working together now and in the future”
                        H. E. Ms Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz
                        Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to South Africa  

10:40 – 11:00 “Poland in the European Union: a Vision for 2030”
                        Dr Jakub Wisniewski
                        Head: Department of Strategy and Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11:00 – 11:20 “Poland’s Eastern Policy”
                        Dr Jarosław Cwiek-Karpowicz
                        Head: Research Office at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

11:20 – 11:40 “South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030”
                        Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
                        Chief Executive: South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

11:40 – 12:20 Interactive Discussion

RSVP: Ms Juanique Bowman,

Enquiries: Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road



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