Media Statement

25 November 2015

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Malta for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Malta, where she is leading the South African delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2015), scheduled for 25-29 November 2015 under the theme: "The Commonwealth – Adding Global Value".

Adding Global Value refers to using the Commonwealth’s strengths in the international arena to influence and effect change globally on issues that the international community is seized with.

CHOGM 2015 is taking place in the context of several prominent international developments and events, namely the commemoration on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the United Nations.

The CHOGM Agenda will focus on global developments and challenges, including Climate Change, Violent Extremism and Radicalisation, Migration as well as implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, which was adopted by Heads of State at the United Nations.

South Africa was a founding member of the Commonwealth but found herself expelled in 1961 due to the apartheid policies of the then government. South Africa re-joined the Commonwealth in 1994, shortly after the first democratic elections. In November 1999 South Africa both hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Durban and assumed the Chair for the next two years.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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