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  25-28 Oct: Working Visit by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to Havana, Cuba
  25 Oct: Annual Diplomatic Fair to celebrate 20 Years of Democracy, Pretoria, South Africa
  22 Oct: Second Session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation, Luanda, Republic of Angola
  20 Oct: Third Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Luanda, Republic of Angola
  17 Oct: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Dr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, for bilateral consultations, Pretoria, South Africa
  17 Oct: Eight Policy Consultative Forum between South Africa and the Republic of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  15-17 Oct: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane leads the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to Mozambique for the General Election, Maputo, Mozambique
  15-17 Oct: Visit by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to Maseru, Lesotho
  12 Oct: International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, Cairo, Egypt
  9-10 Oct: Visit by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Botswana for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission, Gaborone, Botswana
  9 Oct: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063, Pretoria, South Africa
  9 Oct: Unveiling of the Bust of Nelson Mandela by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow, Scotland
  6-9 Oct: 14th Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Perth, Australia
  2-3 Oct: Launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission, Maputo, Mozambique
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Diplomatic Fair to celebrate 20 Years of Democracy

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the City of Tshwane, will host the annual Diplomatic Fair at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The 2014 Diplomatic Fair takes places under the theme: “Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa.”

Date :

Saturday, 25 October 2014 (ENTRANCE IS FREE)

Time :

09H00 – 18H00 (Exhibitions, Cultural Festival)

Venue :

Union Buildings Southern Lawns (along Stanza Bopape Street)
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Statement by SADC Facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Signing of the Masuru Security Accord - Maseru 23 October 2014. The SADC Troika of Heads of State and Government meeting held in Pretoria on 15 September 2014 mandated the SADC Facilitation Mission to assist the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho in addressing their current political and security challenges.

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Deputy Minister Landers to undertake a Working Visit to Cuba. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will lead a South African delegation to Havana, Cuba for a working visit scheduled for 25-28 October 2014. The working visit will highlight the celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and significantly, the achievement of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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South African delegation participates in a meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation in Angola. A South African Government delegation comprising of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo; Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson; and the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Obed Bapela, participated in the Second Session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation, held in Luanda, Republic of Angola, on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

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Deputy Director General for Americas and Caribean, Ms Yolisa Maya, meets with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Ms Alejandra Liriano, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 21 October 2014. Deputy Director General for Americas and Caribean, Ms Yolisa Maya, meets with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Ms Alejandra Liriano, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 21 October 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Communiqué of the Third Joint ICGLR - SADC Ministerial Meeting, 20 October 2014, Luanda, Republic of Angola. The Third Joint ICGLR/SADC Ministerial meeting was held on 20th October 2014 in Luanda, Republic of Angola. The meeting was co-chaired by H.E Georges Chikoti, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola and Chairperson of the ICGLR Regional Inter Ministerial Committee (RIMC) and Hon. Simbarashe S. Mumbengegwi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe and Chair of SADC Council of Ministers.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane leading a South African delegation at the Joint Ministerial Meeting of the SADC and ICGLR in Angola. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is leading a South African delegation at the 3rd Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), taking place in Luanda, Republic of Angola, on Monday, 20 October 2014.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Dr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, during their meeting at the OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Dr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, during their meeting at the OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 October 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Media Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on occasion of the 2nd South Africa-Mexico Bi-National Commission (BNC), Pretoria – 17 October 2014. Our diplomatic relations with Mexico were established in 1993 and the South African Embassy opened in Mexico City in 1994.  So our presence in Mexico is as YOUNG as our democracy in South Africa, which still leaves significant scope for further growing our bilateral engagements.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to receive her Mexican counterpart for bilateral consultations

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will receive the Honourable Dr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, on Friday, 17 October 2014 for bilateral consultations.

Date :

Friday, 17 October 2014

Time : 14H45 (Signing Ceremony followed by Joint Press Conference)
Venue : Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Mozambique - Statement by Hon. Maite Nkoana–Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Republic of Mozambique 17 October 2014. I welcome you to this gathering, to share the preliminary findings of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) on the 2014 Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Assemblies Elections. I thank you all for honouring our invitation.

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Statement by the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and Cooperation on the Situation in Madagascar. The SADC Region is saddened by the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Madagascar stemming from the return to the country by Former President, H.E. Marc Ravalomanana and his subsequent detention.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to undertake Working Visit to the Republic of Korea. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will co-chair the 8th Policy Consultative Forum together with His Excellency LEE Kyung-soo, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of the Republic of Korea, on 17 October 2014, in Seoul, Korea.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead SADC Electoral Observation Mission to Mozambique for the General Elections. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, where she is leading the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM) to Mozambique on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

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SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to return to Lesotho ahead of the reconvening of Parliament. Pretoria – SADC Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to the Kingdom of Lesotho, from Wednesday, 15 October 2014 until Friday, 17 October 2014, ahead of the reconvening of the country’s Parliament by His Majesty, King Letsie III.

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Group photograph - International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014. Group photograph - International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014.
Wide view of the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014. Wide view of the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her statement at the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her statement at the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, Cairo, Egypt, 12 October 2014.

Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concluded her visit to Cairo in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where she represented the South African Government today in the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza.”

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Speech by H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the International Donors Conference on Palestine: Reconstructing Gaza, 12 October, Cairo. I would like to thank the Government and the People of Egypt for the warm hospitality accorded to us since our arrival in Cairo. Our presence here today in this august gathering is indicative of the importance the international community attaches to the resolution of the conflict between Palestine and Israel.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Cairo for the International Conference on Palestine. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived this evening in Cairo, Egypt, where she is representing the South African Government in the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, scheduled for Sunday, 12 October 2014.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the Cairo Conference on Palestine. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will represent the South African Government in the International Donors’ Conference on Palestine, entitled “Reconstructing Gaza”, scheduled for Sunday, 12 October 2014, in Cairo, Egypt.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax; and Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo during the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax; and Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo during the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax meei with the Vice President of Botswana, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, ahead of the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax meei with the Vice President of Botswana, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe, ahead of the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, meet at the SADC Head Office, ahead of the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, meet at the SADC Head Office, ahead of the Launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Botswana, in Gaborone, Botswana, 9-10 October 2014.

Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees

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Remarks by the Hon Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the 2014 General Elections in the Republic of Botswana, 10 October 2014, Fairground, Gaborone, Botswana. On behalf of the Chairperson of the SSDC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, H.E Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, I take this opportunity to welcome you all to the launch of this SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM).

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Botswana for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana, today, 09 October 2014, ahead of the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission, scheduled for Friday, 10 October 2014.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo concludes her Working Visit to Perth, Australia. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, has today successfully concluded her working visit to Perth, Australia. During the working visit, South Africa had been officially confirmed as the next Vice Chair for the period 2015-2017 and Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) following Indonesia in 2017-2019.

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Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) – Mozambique, October 2014. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Mozambique for the 2014 general elections was launched on Friday, 03 October 2014 at the VIP Hotel.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosts a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 October 2014.

Picture: Yolande Snyman
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Keynote Address by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the Civil Society National Consultative Forum on the African Union Agenda 2063, DIRCO, Pretoria, Thursday, 09 October 2014. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on this important occasion of national consultation with the Civil Society on African Union Agenda 2063.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063 The International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host a Civil Society Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063 in Pretoria.

Date :

Thursday, 09 October 2014

Time : 08H00 for 09H00
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
O. R. Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : Laoura Lazouras at lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / 083 564 2024 or Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani at hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete on 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo participates in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Meeting, Perth, Australia, 6-9 October 2014. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo participates in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Meeting, Perth, Australia, 6-9 October 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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Opening Statement by Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the 14th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of IORA, Perth, Australia, 09 October 2014. It is my pleasure to represent South Africa at this 14th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Minister Nkoana-Mashabane requested that I convey her regret in not being able to attend today’s meeting, but asked that I kindly convey her warmest wishes to Your Excellencies representing IORA Member States present here today.

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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo addresses South Africans living in Perth during a Public Participation Programme (PPP), Perth, Australia, 6-9 October 2014. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo addresses South Africans living in Perth during a Public Participation Programme (PPP), Perth, Australia, 6-9 October 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
Address by Deputy Minister Mfeketo on the occasion of a Public Participation Programme (PPP) visit to South Africans leaving in Australia as part of IORA Conference Engagements Thursday, 9 October 2014. Your Excellency High Commissioner Mqulwana; Your Excellency Ambassador Sooklal; Senior Officials of DIRCO; Fellow South Africans and your honoured guests; President of the Australia Africa Business Council, Councillor Bill Repard; Ladies and Gentlemen; I bring you warm and fraternal greetings from the leadership of South Africa and all her people.
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Honary Consul Brian Filling, Lord Provost of Glasgow Ms Sadine Docherty, the Artist Ms Deidre Nichols and High Commissioner Obed Mlaba, Glasgow, Scotland, 9 October 2014. Honary Consul Brian Filling, Lord Provost of Glasgow Ms Sadine Docherty, the Artist Ms Deidre Nichols and High Commissioner Obed Mlaba, Glasgow, Scotland, 9 October 2014.

Picture: South African High Commission, London, United Kingdom
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Unveiling of the Bust of Nelson Mandela by Glasgow City Council. The Glasgow City Council will this morning unveil a statue of former President Nelson Mandela in the City Chambers. This follows an announcement made by Lord Provost of Glasgow City Council on Mandela Day this year that the City had commissioned the bust. At the time of making the announcement, Lord Provost pronounced that the bust will “act as a lasting legacy of former President Mandela and as a permanent reminder of Glasgow’s long standing support for the people of South Africa”.
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Statement on the passing away of a Diplomat from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria. The South African Government has noted with serious concern and sadness news of the murder of a Moroccan diplomat in Pretoria, Mr Noureddine Fatmi, First Secretary responsible for Consular Affairs at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria.
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South Africa condemns terrorist attack in Homs, Syria. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of more than 30 schoolchildren aged between six and nine years and left many more injured in the city of Homs, Syria.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to undertake a Working Visit to Australia. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will lead a South African delegation to the 14th Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), scheduled for 06-09 October 2014 in Perth, Australia. The IORA is an organization of 20 coastal Member States who share the Indian Ocean.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Mozambique, VIP Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique, 3 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the launch of the SADC Observer Mission to Mozambique, VIP Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique, 3 October 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, addresses the media after paying a courtesy call on President Armando Guebuza, Maputo, Mozambique, 2 October 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, addresses the media after paying a courtesy call on President Armando Guebuza, Maputo, Mozambique, 2 October 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers pay a courtesy call on President Armando Guebuza, Maputo, Mozambique, 2 October 2014.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers pay a courtesy call on President Armando Guebuza, Maputo, Mozambique, 2 October 2014.

Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees

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SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Republic of Mozambique Launch - Statement by Hon. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Republic of Mozambique General Elections, to be held On 15 October 2014 - 03 October 2014, Hotel VIP, Maputo, Mozambique. On behalf of the Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, H.E Jacob G Zuma,   I rise to welcome you all to this, the launch of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2014 General Elections in the Republic of Mozambique.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane visits Mozambique for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is visiting Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, on 02-03 October 2014 for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission. At the recent SADC Summit in Zimbabwe, South Africa was unanimously elected by the 15 SADC Heads of State and Government to chair the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
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Maseru Facilitation Declaration - Communiqué by SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The SADC Double Troika of Heads of States and Government plus DRC and Tanzania meeting in Pretoria on 15 September 2014 mandated us as the SADC Facilitation Mission, to facilitate dialogue among all political and other role players in the Kingdom of Lesotho as part of efforts to assist the country to return to constitutional normalcy, political stability and restoration of peace and security.
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President Zuma conveys a message of condolence to Japan. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolence to the Government and people of Japan, following the loss of life of Japanese hikers as a result of the volcano eruption at Mount Ontake on Saturday, 27 September 2014.
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Minister Maite Nkaona-Mashabane and the Greek Ambassador to South Africa, Ms Maria Diamantopoulou, sign an agreement, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkaona-Mashabane and the Greek Ambassador to South Africa, Ms Maria Diamantopoulou, sign an agreement, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 September 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Update on efforts to repatriate mortal remains of deceased South Africans from Nigeria, 28 September 2014. Government sympathises with the next of kin, relatives, friends and communities of the deceased South Africans who lost their lives at the Synagogue Church of all Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, on 12 September 2014. We would like to assure them that we understand their frustration and anguish of waiting for their loved ones to be returned home for a proper send-off.

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Deputy Minister Landers briefs the media on international developments focussing on efforts within the SADC region to entrench democratic governance, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 September 2014. Deputy Minister Landers briefs the media on international developments focussing on efforts within the SADC region to entrench democratic governance, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 September 2014.

Picture: Yolande Snyman
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Statement by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, on international developments, 25 September 2014, DIRCO, Pretoria. Today’s briefing will focus on the upcoming elections in the SADC region. As you would recall, at the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Zimbabwe, South Africa was unanimously elected by the 15 SADC Heads of State and Government to chair the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

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Deputy Minister Landers to brief media on international developments

Members of the media are invited to a briefing by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, on international developments, focussing on efforts within the SADC region to entrench democratic governance.

Date :

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Time : 11H00
Venue : DIRCO
Media Briefing Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement delivered on the occasion of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly General Debate by President Jacob Zuma, New York, USA, 24 September 2014. I would like to congratulate you Mr President and your country Uganda on assuming on behalf of the continent of Africa the responsibility to be President of this august body for the 69th session. The theme that you have chosen for this general debate and the 69th session Mr President, namely, “Delivering on and implementing the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, is timely and most appropriate.

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Acceptance Remarks by President Jacob Zuma, on being Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership, at the OGP Heads of State and Government Level Side Event, at the 69th United Nations General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2014. I rise on behalf of the people of South Africa with whom we have worked hard in the last twenty years to build a truly, democratic and free society. We are proud of the remarkable progress we have made, though we still have many challenges to address.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs a SADC - MCO Ministerial Meeting, at the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), New York, USA, 22 September 2014. Seated next to her is the SADC Executive Secretary, Ms Stergomena Lawrence Tax. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs a SADC - MCO Ministerial Meeting, at the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), New York, USA, 22 September 2014. Seated next to her is the SADC Executive Secretary, Ms Stergomena Lawrence Tax.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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Opening Statement by Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, Permanent Representative and Governor of South Africa to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the occasion of the 58th Session of the General Conference of the IAEA, 22 September 2014, Vienna, Republic of Austria. This year again we have the participation of many Ministers and senior officials from Member States. I welcome them all to this session of the General Conference and, at the same time, I would like to note that this high level participation enhances the standing of the IAEA as the foremost forum for international cooperation in the peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy.

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Update on the situation affecting SA Citizens in Lagos. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media; fellow South Africans, Good evening - The Inter-Ministerial Task Team established to coordinate government’s response to the collapse of a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, where South African citizens lost their lives and others sustained injuries would like to announce the evacuation of 26 injured South African citizens from Lagos back home to South Africa.

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