Media Statement

30 September 2022

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini concludes visit to West Africa

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has concluded her visit to West Africa, where she visited Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Deputy Minister began her visit in Monrovia, Liberia, where she handed over 79 200 doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine.

Whilst in Liberia, the Deputy Minister met the Minister of Justice, Minister Musa Dean. The Deputy Minister also paid a courtesy visit to the Vice President, Dr Jewel Howard Taylor. During the discussions, the Deputy Minister congratulated the Government and the people of the Republic of Liberia on achieving the milestone of their Bicentennial Anniversary – celebrating 200 years of freedom and Pan-African Leadership.

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini concluded her visit by engaging the Liberian Business Sector, where she noted that South African businesses were increasing their presence and adding the value of their investments in Liberia. The Deputy Minister also highlighted that Liberia’s stability and her inter-related economic ties with South Africa makes the country a natural strategic partner for South Africa.

The Deputy Minister also visited Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she handed over 79 200 doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine which was manufactured in South Africa, Sierra Leone and South Africa established diplomatic relations in August 1998 and enjoy warm relations. Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini met her counterpart, Professor David J Francis. The two Deputy Ministers discussed the need to further enhance bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Sierra Leone. Deputy Minister also met with the Ministers of Water Resources and Tourism.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO,082 884 5974

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