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South Africa’s Foreign policy
The South African High Commission in Mozambique is the vehicle for the execution of South African Foreign Policy in Mozambique. South Africa’s foreign policy is laid out by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). The core of the South African Foreign Policy is reflected in the DIRCO’s Vision, Mission and Values. South Africa’s Foreign Policy is also shaped by its Constitutional, Legislative and Policy mandates as well as Relevant Court Rulings and Planned Policy Initiatives.

The DIRCO’s vision is an African continent which is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which contributes to a world that is just and equitable.


DIRCO is committed to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values, the African Renaissance and the creation of a better world for all.

DIRCO adheres to the following values:
  • Patriotism
  • Loyalty
  • Dedication
  • Ubuntu
  • Equity
  • Integrity
  • Batho Pele
South Africa’s Foreign policy is conducted against the background of a dynamic domestic, regional and global political and economic environment. South Africa will continue to strengthen political and economic relations with the aim of enhancing bilateral political and economic engagements by forging partnerships in the various regions of the world. Economic and political relations remain important vehicles for cooperation and promoting South Africa’s national priorities.

Africa continues to drive the vision of South Africa’s foreign policy and we will continue to support regional and continental processes to respond to and resolve crises, strengthen regional integration, significantly increase intra-African trade and champion sustainable development and opportunities in Africa. South Africa will align its foreign policy engagement with Africa’s Agenda 2063 to contribute to the socio-economic development of the African continent. The struggle for a better life in South Africa is intertwined with our pursuit of a better Africa in a better world.

The integration of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) remains critical for the economic development of the region and for South Africa’s global competitiveness. It is essential to strengthen political cohesion within SADC, through the alignment of interlinking and interconnected regional peace and security objectives, as well as ensuring political stability and economic vitality through strengthening governance and institutional capacity within SADC.

South Africa is committed to multilateralism and a rules-based international order and will continue to participate and play an active role in all fora of the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and their specialised agencies, funds and programmes, promoting the pillars of multilateral activity, namely global security, sustainable development, human rights and international law. South Africa remains resolute in its belief that the UN remains the most important vehicle for the advancement of the global development agenda and to address underdevelopment and the eradication of poverty. To this end, South Africa still upholds the belief that the resolution of international conflicts should be peaceful and in accordance with the centrality of the UN Charter and the principles of international law.   Should you wish to obtain more detailed information on South Africa’s Foreign Policy Objectives, especially in terms of the DIRCO’s Strategic Plan, please click here.

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