Media Advisory

24 June 2015

Deputy Minister Landers to engage Heads of Mission of the Latin America and Caribbean Group

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, is scheduled to engage the Heads of Mission (Ambassadors, High Commissioners and/or their representatives) of the Latin America and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) accredited to South Africa in a Discussion Forum. The discussions will focus on opportunities for South Africa in Latin America. It is expected that the discussions will explore ways to expand relations between South Africa and GRULAC.

Media are invited as follows:

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2015

09:00-09:30 -- Arrival (Tea and Coffee)

09:30-09:35 -- Welcoming by Chairperson Mr Fadl Nacerodien: Chief Director PRAU

09:35-09:50 -- Opening remarks, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers

09:50-10:00 -- Contextual remarks by Ms Yolisa Maya: Deputy Director-General: Europe and Americas

10:00-10:15 -- Address by Ambassador of Argentina, Dean of the GRULAC group, Ambassador Carlos Sersale Di Cerisano

10:15-11:15 -- Statements by representatives of regional organisations

  • Statement on behalf of the Pacific Alliance by Ambassador Martha Cecilia Pinilla of the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia

  • Statement on behalf of CARICOM by High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer from the High Commission of Jamaica

  • Statement on behalf of MERCOSUR by Ambassador Daniel Castillos of the  Embassy of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

  • Statement on behalf the ALBA Grouping by Ambassador Mairin Moreno of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

11: 15-11:30 -- Tea break

11:30-11:50 -- Discussant: Dr Lyal White, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria

11: 50-12:10 -- Interactive discussion 

12:10-12:25 -- Summary by Dr Siphamandla Zondi: Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA

12:25-12:30 -- Closing remarks

Venue: Multi Purpose Centre, OR Tambo Building, DIRCO

RSVP: Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, 

Enquiries: Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


O.R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road



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