Media Statement

05 March 2014

Mr Ramaphosa visits South Sudan

Following his appointment as a Special Envoy to South Sudan, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission & Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), will from 05 to 12 March 2014 be visiting South Sudan and some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The President of South Sudan, HE President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, have individually requested HE President Jacob Zuma to assist in resolving the current challenges facing South Sudan.

Pursuant to these requests, President Zuma appointed Mr Ramaphosa as his Special Envoy to South Sudan.

South Africa has, since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, been actively supporting the African Union Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) projects in Sudan. South Africa’s involvement in PCRD is conducted under the umbrella of the AU Ministerial Committee on PCRD of the Sudan, which South Africa currently chairs.

To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the Government of South Sudan as part of a capacity-building programme taking place within the context of the AUPCRD in such areas as police, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional service.

South Africa and South Sudan signed on 24 September 2011 an Agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. The two sister countries later upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. The General Cooperation Agreement (GCA), which is an umbrella framework establishing formal bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, was signed on 08 April 2013.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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