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President Jacob Zuma and Mrs Zuma arrive at Beijing's Capital International Airport, ahead of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 2 September 2015. President Jacob Zuma and Mrs Zuma arrive at Beijing's Capital International Airport, ahead of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 2 September 2015.


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President Zuma to attend the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War in Beijing. President Jacob Zuma has been invited by His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to participate in celebrations in Beijing on 03 September 2015 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War.

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Group photo of the First Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Ministerial Blue Economy Conference, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2-3 September 2015. Group photo of the First Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Ministerial Blue Economy Conference, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2-3 September 2015.
Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo meets with the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Ambassador K V Bhagirath, ahead of the IORA Blue Economy Conference, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2-3 September 2015.
Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo meets with the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Ambassador K V Bhagirath, ahead of the IORA Blue Economy Conference, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2-3 September 2015.


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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to lead a South African delegation at a Blue Economy conference in Mauritius. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will lead the South African delegation at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Blue Economy Conference in Mauritius from 2 – 3 September 2015.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful visit to the AUE. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded her successful visit to the United Arab Emirates, where she led a South African Government delegation at the inaugural South Africa-United Arab Emirates Joint Commission, which took place in Abu Dhabi on 31 August 2015.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, H E Ms Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State of the UAE, co-chair the inaugural SA - UAE JMC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30-31 August 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, H E Ms Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State of the UAE, co-chair the inaugural SA - UAE JMC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30-31 August 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, H E Ms Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State of the UAE, sign the minutes of the inaugural SA - UAE JMC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30-31 August 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, H E Ms Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State of the UAE, sign the minutes of the inaugural SA - UAE JMC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 30-31 August 2015.



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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Abu Dhabi for the Inaugural SA-UAE Joint Commission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, today (30 August 2015), to co-chair the Inaugural South Africa-United Arab Emirates Joint Commission.

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Family photo of South African and Iranian Deputy Ministerial Working Group Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 29-30 August 2015. Family photo of South African and Iranian Deputy Ministerial Working Group Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 29-30 August 2015.
Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo meets the Deputy Minister of Arab and African Affairs of Iran, Mr Amir Abdollahian, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 29-30 August 2015. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo meets the Deputy Minister of Arab and African Affairs of Iran, Mr Amir Abdollahian, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 29-30 August 2015.



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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Mfeketo: 6th SA-Iran Deputy Minister Working Group Meeting, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, 29 August 2015. At the outset, Your Excellency, please allow me to express my sincere appreciation for the gracious hospitality extended to my delegation and I by the Government and the People of the Islamic Republic of Iran. We bring with us the warm greetings of our President, President Jacob Zuma, as well as the Government and the People of South Africa.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to lead a South African delegation on a Working Visit to Iran. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo will lead a high-level delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran on a Working Visit from 29 to 30 August 2015.  Deputy Minister Mfeketo will be accompanied by the Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry and Energy, as well as senior officials from Trade and Industry, Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and National Treasury.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the Kingdom of Swaziland following the road accident. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to His Majesty King Mswati III, the Government and people of the Kingdom of Swaziland, following the accident on the Mbabane-Manzini Highway in Swaziland today, Saturday, 29 August 2015, that claimed the lives of many young women and left scores of others seriously injured.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to launch the Gertrude Shope Annual Dialogue on Conflict Resolution

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will launch an annual dialogue forum on conflict resolution and peace-making in Africa at an event that will also serve as a graduation ceremony for a group of women who have completed a training course on conflict resolution and mediation.

Date : Friday, 28 August 2015
Time :

13H00

Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : HlungwaniR@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma welcomes the signing of the final peace agreement by the President of the Republic of South Sudan. On behalf of the Government of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma wishes to congratulate His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan on the signing of the final Peace Agreement on 26 August 2015. The signing of this peace agreement will see the conclusion of the end to the almost two-year conflict that has seized South Sudan.

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Remarks by Hon. Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the media briefing on international developments, Imbizo Media Centre, Parliament, Cape Town, 26 August 2015. We invited you to this briefing today to share information on some of the work we are doing to advance our foreign policy objectives. Specifically, we will focus on the recent 35th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government; the launch of the South Africa-United Arab Emirates Joint Commission; and the upcoming visit by His Excellency, President Zuma, to China.

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Deputy Minister Landers to brief the media international developments

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers is scheduled to brief the media on international developments, including the outcomes of the recent 35th SADC Summit held in Botswana. The media briefing is scheduled as follow:

Date : Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Time :

12h00

Venue :

Imbizo Media Centre, Parliament

RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 26 August 2015. Current issues - Cabinet welcomed Unit 6 of Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Limpopo coming into full commercial operation and contributing 800 megawatts (MW) power into the national grid. The Medupi Power Station Project is a greenfield coal-fired power plant comprising six units rated in total at 4 764 MW installed capacity. President Jacob Zuma will launch this unit on 30 August 2015.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pays a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Niger and Head of Government, H E Bring Rafini, at the conclusion of her working visit, Niamey, Niger, 25 August 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pays a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Niger and Head of Government, H E Bring Rafini, at the conclusion of her working visit, Niamey, Niger, 25 August 2015.


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Joint Press Statement on the Working Visit of Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to the Republic of Niger, 25 August 2015. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, visited Niger for bilateral consultations with Ms Aichatou Boulama Kane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Living Abroad of the Republic of Niger on 25 August 2015.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has a courtesy meeting with the President of the Union for the Republic Party (Ruling party), Mr Mouhamed Ould Maham, Nouakchott, Mauritania, 24 August 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has a courtesy meeting with the President of the Union for the Republic Party (Ruling party), Mr Mouhamed Ould Maham, Nouakchott, Mauritania, 24 August 2015.


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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful working visit to Mauritania. At the invitation of Her Excellency Vatma Vall Mint Soueina, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Her Excellency Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, undertook a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on 24 August 2015.

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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo pays a courtesy call on Foreign Minister, Mr Mahendra Bahadur Pamdey, of Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal, 21 August 2015. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo pays a courtesy call on Foreign Minister, Mr Mahendra Bahadur Pamdey, of Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal, 21 August 2015.



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Deputy Minister Mfeketo concludes official visit to Bangladesh and Nepal. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo has concluded her successful visit to Bangladesh and Nepal. While in Bangladesh, the Deputy Minister held bilateral discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Mr Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives at the Nouakchott International Airport for an official visit. She is received by Minister Fatma Vall Mint Soueinae and the Ambassador of South Africa to Mauritania, Mr Louise Pienaar; Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, 23 August 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives at the Nouakchott International Airport for an official visit. She is received by Minister Fatma Vall Mint Soueinae and the Ambassador of South Africa to Mauritania, Mr Louise Pienaar; Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, 23 August 2015.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to undertake working visits to Mauritania and Niger. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will undertake a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Republic of Niger, respectively, from 24-25 August 2015. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s visit to Nouakchott is at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania, Minister Vatma Vall Mint Soueina.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane honoured by the Nelson Mandela Library. The Nelson Mandela Library on Friday, 21 August 2015, honoured International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with a National Women's Award. The Library, which is based at the Protea Glen Secondary School in Soweto, said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane was chosen for the Award in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of human rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality and as a leader and role model for young women.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa leads a high-level SA government and business delegation to Japan 22-25 August 2015. A high-level South African government and business delegation led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to touch down in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday 22 August 2015 to consolidate political and economic bilateral relations between the two countries.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to receive a National Women Award from the Nelson Mandela Library

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 21 August 2015, receive a National Women Award from the Nelson Mandela Library at Protea Glen Secondary School.

Date : Friday, 21 August 2015
Time :

11H30 for 12H30

Venue :

Protea Glen Secondary School
14502 Wildchestnut Street
Protea Glen Ext 12
Soweto

RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to pay working visits to Bangladesh and Nepal. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will pay working visits to Bangladesh and Nepal in the period 19-21 August 2015. It will be the first ever visit by a South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation to both countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994.

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President Zuma expresses condolences over the passing away of the First Lady of the Republic of India. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to His Excellency President Pranab Mukherjee of the Republic of India following the passing away of his wife, First Lady Suvra Mukherjee, yesterday, Tuesday, 18 August 2015.

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Deputy President Ramaphosa welcomes SADC Double Troika reaffirmation of the SADC terms of reference for Commission of Inquiry into Lesotho. Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa today, Wednesday 19 August 2015 welcomed the decision of the SADC Double Troika meeting held in Botswana on Sunday to reaffirm the current terms of reference for the SADC Commission of Inquiry into Lesotho.

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President Zuma concludes a successful visit to Botswana for the SADC Summit. President Jacob Zuma has today, 18 August 2015, concluded a successful visit to Gaborone, in the Republic of Botswana, where he led the South African delegation at the 35th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Fifteenth Annual Regional Seminar on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Pretoria, South Africa, 18 August 2015 Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Fifteenth Annual Regional Seminar on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Pretoria, South Africa, 18 August 2015.


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Opening Remarks by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Fifteenth Annual Regional Seminar on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), 18 August 2015, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. It is my honour and great pleasure to address you this morning on behalf of the Government of South Africa and to welcome you to the 15th Annual Regional Seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law.
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President Jacob Zuma hands over chairship of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, Gaborone, Botswana. President Jacob Zuma has handed over chairship of the SADC Organ for Peace, Politics, Defence and Security to the Republic of Mozambique following South Africa’s one year tenure, and has thanked all Heads of State and Government for support during South Africa’s chairship of the Organ.

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President Zuma to lead a South African delegation to the SADC Summit in Botswana. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, will lead a South African delegation to the 35th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 17-18 August 2015 in Gaborone, in the Republic of Botswana, under the theme: "Accelerating Industrialisation of SADC Economies Through Transformation of Natural Endowment and Improved Human Capital.”

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The SADC Council of Ministers Meeting, Gabarone, Repubic of Botswana, 14-15 August 2015.
The SADC Council of Ministers Meeting, Gabarone, Repubic of Botswana, 14-15 August 2015.




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SA Government delegation takes part in a SADC Ministerial Meeting in Botswana. A South African Government delegation led by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, which also includes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is taking part in a meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers, taking place in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana, on 14-15 August 2015.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the People’s Republic of China following deadly explosion. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China, following an explosion at a dockside warehouse in the coastal city of Tianjin, South of Beijing, on Wednesday, 12 August 2015, that claimed at least 50 lives with approximately 700 hospitalised.

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