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September 2021
2021/09/19 South Africa to intensify efforts to get off the UK’s Red list
2021/09/18

South Africa’s message of condolences to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria on the passing of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

2021/09/11

Speaking Notes for Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the official hand-over of the Science laboratory and library at Siqongweni Senior Secondary School at Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg on 11 September 2021

2021/09/10

Minister Pandor to officially hand over the newly renovated Science Lab and the library to Siqongweni High School at Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg – 11 September 2021 at 09h00

2021/09/10

DIRCO parts ways with Director-General

2021/09/09 XIII BRICS Summit - New Delhi Declaration, 9 September 2021
2021/09/09 DIRCO and the Embassy of Vietnam to hand over masks to the Northern Cape Department of Education
2021/09/08

Minister Pandor to officially hand over the newly renovated Science Lab and the library to Siqongweni High School at Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg – 11 September 2021 at 09h00

2021/09/06

Minister Pandor conveys her condolences to Ms Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s family

2021/09/06

Ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea

2021/09/04

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes concludes visits to Poland and Romania

2021/09/03

Speaking Notes for Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue Forum, 3 September 2021

2021/09/02 Update on Afghanistan
2021/09/02

Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 1 September 2021

2021/09/01

South Africa is unable to receive Afghan refugees

August 2021
2021/08/31

Minister Pandor to participate in a panel discussion on the protection of women in conflict-affected environments

2021/08/30 Deputy Minister Botes visits Poland and Romania for Bilateral Political Consultations
2021/08/30

Minister Pandor to be a Keynote Speaker at the Opening Session of the Eighth Edition of the “AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science and Diplomacy

2021/08/24 Joint Communiqué issued by Dr GNM Pandor and Dr AK Abdul Momen at the conclusion of a Working Meeting held on 24 August 2021
2021/08/23

Minister Pandor to host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr AK Abdul Momen, during an Official Visit to South Africa from 22 - 25 August 2021

2021/08/23 Remarks by Minister Pandor on occasion of the launch of the Charlotte Maxeke African Women’s Economic Justice and Rights Initiative, 23 August 2021
2021/08/23

Celebrating the spirit of Charlotte Maxeke – pioneer, activist, artist, intellectual, internationalist and visionary, Daily Maverick, by Naledi Pandor, 23 August 2021

2021/09/22

Minister Pandor to launch a new initiative in honour of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke

2021/08/19

President Ramaphosa in discussion with President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia

2021/08/19

Minister Pandor to be a guest speaker at Stellenbosch University Women Alumnae Network

2021/08/18

Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 18 August 2021

2021/08/17 South African Government reaction to the unfolding situation in Afghanistan
2021/08/12

We stand with Palestine, The Star, by Dr Naledi Pandor, 12 August 2021

2021/08/11

Joint Communiqué issued by Amb. Raychelle Omamo and Dr Naledi Pandor at the Inaugural Session of the Kenya – South Africa Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), held on 11th August, 2021

2021/08/10

Minister Pandor travels to Kenya to inaugurate the South Africa – Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC)

2021/08/04

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 4 August 2021

2021/08/03

The global community must unite against vaccine racism and nationalism and defeat COVID-19 in honour of Madiba, Daily Maverick, by Naledi Pandor, 3 August 2021

 
July 2021
2021/07/28

South Africa objects to the African Union Commission Decision to grant Israel Observer Status

2021/07/22

Deputy Minister Botes to chair the Seventh Meeting of the South Africa – Chile Joint Consultative Mechanism on 22 July 2021

2021/07/21

Remarks by HE Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, at the Annual Observance of the Nelson Mandela International Day, 21 July 2021, New York, UN General Assembly Hall

2021/07/20 Minister Pandor to deliver the Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day
2021/07/20

Minister Pandor leads the South African delegation at the 16th South Africa – Russian Federation Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)

2021/07/15 Political Declaration adopted at the online Mid-Term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement under the Theme: “Non-Aligned Movement at the Centre of Multilateral Efforts in responding Global Challenges,” 13-14 July 2021
2021/07/15 Communiqué: Namibia – South Africa Political and Diplomatic Consultations, 14 - 15 July 2021, Namibia
2021/07/14

Minister Pandor travels to Windhoek, Namibia for Diplomatic and Political Consultations

2021/07/13 Statement by HE Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the Mid-Term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement under the Theme: “Non-Aligned Movement at the Centre of Multilateral Efforts in responding Global Challenges,” 13-14 July 2021
2021/07/12

Minister Pandor mourns the passing of Dr Ben Ngubane

2021/07/07

Minister Pandor leads South African delegation at the Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

2021/07/01 Deputy Minister Botes holds Political Consultations with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic
2021/07/01

Ongoing political and security situation in the Kingdom of eSwatini

 
June 2021
2021/06/30

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 30 June 2021

2021/06/29

Matera Declaration on Food Security, Nutrition and Food Systems. A Call to Action in the time of the COVID – 19 pandemic and beyond

2021/06/29

South Africa reiterates its support for multilateral efforts aimed at tackling global challenges

2021/06/28

Minister Pandor arrives in Italy for G20 Ministers’ Meetings

2021/06/27

Minister Pandor travels to Italy to represent South Africa in the G20 Ministers’ Meetings

2021/06/24

South Africa contacts French authorities following the ill treatment of opera star Pretty Yende

2021/06/23

Communiqué of the Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, 23rd June, 2021, Maputo, Mozambique

2021/06/23

Deputy Minister Botes concludes Working Visit to Turkey

2021/06/17

Deputy Minister Botes undertakes Working Visit to Turkey

2021/06/15

Minister Pandor to lead a South African delegation to a SADC-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue on 16 June 2021

2021/06/11

South Africa declares diplomats persona non grata for abusing diplomatic privileges

2021/06/11

South Africa sends condolences to Pakistan following a train crash in the Sindh province

2021/06/09

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 9 June 2021

2021/06/08

Statement by Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the importance of upholding the principles of self-determination and non-discrimination: Justice for the Palestinian People, 8 June 2021

2021/06/04

Joint Statement at the conclusion of the Working Visit to South Africa by Dr Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, 04 June 2021

2021/06/03

Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor, on the occasion of the Minister’s Dinner with Heads of Mission from the Asia and Middle East Region resident in Pretoria, 3 June 2021

2021/06/03

South Africa and Cuba commemorates 27 years of diplomatic relations based on solidarity and cooperation

2021/06/02

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes Debate on the Presidency Budget Vote, Parliament, Cape Town, 2 June 2021

2021/06/02

Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations

 
May 2021
2021/05/31

Minister Pandor to participate in a virtual Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations

2021/05/30

South Africa welcomes the adoption of the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Ensuring respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel

2021/05/28 Contribution to the Joint Sitting by Dr GNM Pandor, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: Debate on the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution, 28 May 2021
2021/05/28

Joint Communiqué at the conclusion of the Official Discussions of the State Visit of His Excellency French President, Emmanuel Macron, to South Africa

2021/05/26 Address by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, on the occasion of the Panel Discussion marking Africa Month, University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus, 26 May 2021
2021/05/26 Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 26 May 2021
2021/05/25

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini to participate in a panel discussion focussing on Africa Month at the University of Limpopo

2021/05/25 Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor, handing over humanitarian support to the Republic of Zimbabwe, 25 May 2021
2021/05/23

South Africa to deliver tonnes of maize meal to support Zimbabwe victims of 2019 flooding

2021/05/23

Minister Pandor to welcome Members of Pan-African Parliament

2021/05/21

Minister Pandor to host the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Frederick Shava, on a Working Visit to South Africa

2021/05/20

Budget Speech by Dr Naledi Pandor, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 20 May 2021

2021/05/20 Statement by Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 20 May 2021
2021/05/20

Statement by Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 20 May 2021

2021/05/20

Media Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, on the occasion of the Budget Vote in Parliament on 20 May 2021

2021/05/19

Minister Pandor to address Media at 10h00 ahead of DIRCO Budget Vote Speech at 14h00 - 20 May 2021

2021/05/16

Statement by Ambassador Mathu Joyini, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the United Nations Security Council Video Teleconference Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question, 16 May 2021

2021/05/16

BRICS Deputy Ministers to discuss the situation in the Middle East

2021/05/14

South African Government strongly condemns Israel’s unjust attacks on civilians in Palestine especially on the most vulnerable, children, women and the elderly

2021/05/12

President Akufo-Addo to grace opening of PAP Session

2021/05/12 Keynote Address by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes at the Symposium focusing on the role South Africa plays in fostering multilateralism in Africa and the rest of the world on Wednesday, 12 May 2021
2021/05/12

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 12 May 2021

2021/05/10

Deputy Minister Botes to anchor a symposium on South Africa’s role in fostering multilateralism

2021/05/08

Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque

2021/05/06

South Africa and the UK holds a Joint Ministerial Commission in the UK

2021/05/03

Minister Pandor to attend the Group of Seven (G7) Foreign and Development Ministerial Meeting on 4 and 5 May 2021, in London, UK

 
April 2021
2021/04/21

Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of 21 April 2021

2021/04/14

Deputy Minister Botes to host the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

2021/04/08 Communiqué of the Extraordinary Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, 8th April 2021
2021/04/07

Deputy Minister Botes makes follow-up visit to the Western Cape

 
March 2021
2021/03/30

China’s shared future for mankind, IOL, by Anil Sooklal, 30 March 2021

2021/03/30

South Africans evacuated from Mozambique; mortal remains repatriated

2021/03/29

Distressed South African citizens in Mozambique accounted for

2021/03/28

Minister Pandor visits the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait

2021/03/27

South Africa reinforces its Mission in Mozambique in the wake of attacks

2021/03/26

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini embarks on a Back-to-School campaign in Limpopo

2021/03/25

Statement on the occasion of the Meeting of the Annual Consultations between the Republic of South Africa and Canada held on 25 March 2021

2021/03/24

Statement on the virtual Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 24 March 2021

2021/03/22

President Ramaphosa to attend funeral of His Excellency President John Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania

2021/03/19

President Ramaphosa to host Working Visit by President Masisi of Botswana

2021/03/18

President expresses condolences at the passing of President Magafuli of the Republic of Tanzania

2021/03/16

Media Statement on the Virtual Meeting between the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigrant Affairs of the Republic of Yemen, Dr Ahmed Bin Mubarak, 16 March 2021

2021/03/11 Minister Pandor to lead a South African delegation to a virtual Meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers on 12 and 13 March 2021
2021/03/10

Statement on virtual Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 10 March 2021

2021/03/09

Joint Press Statement – Meeting of the Leaders’ Network with United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, 9 March 2021

2021/03/09

South Africa observes Commonwealth Day

2021/03/08

Webinar Address by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the Motsepe Foundation’s International Women’s Day Summit, 08 March 2021

2021/03/04

Minister Pandor to visit schools in Stellenbosch as part of DIRCO’s “Back to School Campaign”

2021/03/04

Speech by Minister Naledi Pandor on the occasion of the Parliamentary Debate on the Cuban doctors in South Africa, 04 March 2021

 
February 2021
2021/02/27

Minister Pandor conveys South Africa’s message of condolences to Botswana on the passing of former Foreign Minister Archie Mogwe

2021/02/24

Statement on virtual Cabinet Meeting of 24 February 2021

2021/02/17 Debate of State of the Nation Address by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, 17 February 2021
2021/02/13

South Africa condemns drone attacks directed at various targets in Saudi Arabia

2021/02/11

State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Parliament, Cape Town, 11 February 2021

2021/02/10 South Africa congratulates Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza’s on his appointment to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
2021/02/10

Statement on virtual Cabinet Meeting of 10 February 2021

2021/02/05

South Africa hands over chairship of the African Union

2021/02/04

President Ramaphosa and Prime Minister Modi affirm strong relations between South Africa and India

2021/02/04

As Africa unites to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we also pin our hopes on the AU Peace Fund to silence the guns, Daily Maverick, by Naledi Pandor, 4 February 2021

2021/02/03 Opening Remarks by the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Naledi Pandor, delivered during the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, on 3 - 4 February 2021
2021/02/01

South Africa condemns the detention of leaders in Myanmar

 
January 2021
2021/01/26

President Ramaphosa to address virtual World Economic Forum Davos Dialogues

2021/01/25

Ambassador Mathu Joyini, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations delivers her maiden statement on Security Council Reform

2021/01/22

Statement by HE Deputy Minister Alvin Botes during the virtual commemoration of the entry into force, of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 22 January 2021

2021/01/22

South Africa welcomes the entry-into-force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

2021/01/20

Address by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the Chatham House London Virtual Engagement, 20 January 2021

2021/01/20

Minister Naledi Pandor conveys condolences on the passing away of His Excellency, Dr General (Rt) Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe

2021/01/20

Minister Pandor to reflect on South Africa’s tenure in the UNSC and as the chair of the African Union, 20 January 2021 at 16h00

2021/01/19

Welcoming Remarks by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the virtual Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week 2020, 19 January 2021

2021/01/19

Minister Pandor to deliver the opening address for AUDA NEPAD 6th Annual Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa

2021/01/19

Statement on virtual Special Cabinet Meeting of 19 January 2021

2021/01/16

South Africa welcomes forthcoming elections in Palestine

2021/01/12 Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Working Visit by H E Mr Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, 12 January 2021
2021/01/11

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on progress in the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 January 2021

2021/01/11

Minister Pandor saddened by the passing away of Ambassador Kubheka

2021/01/11 Minister Pandor to host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H E Mr Sabri Boukadoum, on a Working Visit to South Africa
2021/01/01

South Africa completes its two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council

 
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