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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host a National Women Consultative Forum on Agenda 2063

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

Date :

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Time : 08H30
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
RSVP :

ramatshelan@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete on 076 431 3078
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Statement on SA citizens affected by the church building collapse in Nigeria. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is closely monitoring the tragic event unfolding at a guesthouse at the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, in Lagos, Nigeria. Officials from the South African Mission in Lagos are at the scene liaising with rescue workers and government authorities in an attempt to establish whether any South African citizens have been affected by the disaster.

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Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa during a group photo of the sitting for the SADC Double Troika Summit plus the DRC and the United Republic of Tanzania, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014. Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, during a group photo of the sitting for the SADC Double Troika Summit plus the DRC and the United Republic of Tanzania, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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Communiqué of the Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government plus the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014. The Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government (henceforth referred to as Summit) was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 15 September 2014.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane opens the SADC Troika Ministerial Meeting ahead of the SADC Troika Summit. Seated next to her is the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane opens the SADC Troika Ministerial Meeting ahead of the SADC Troika Summit. Seated next to her is the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014.

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President Zuma to host a SADC Troika Summit to consider developments in Lesotho and the DRC. The Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, has called for a sitting of the SADC Double Troika Summit plus the DRC and the United Republic of Tanzania, scheduled for Monday, 15 September 2014 in Pretoria.

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President Zuma to host a SADC Troika Summit to consider developments in Lesotho and the DRC

The Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, has called for a sitting of the SADC Double Troika Summit plus the DRC and the United Republic of Tanzania, scheduled for Monday, 15 September 2014 in Pretoria.

Date :

Monday, 15 September 2014

Time :

16h30 for 17h00 (Opening remarks) & 22h00 (Summit Communiqué)

Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
RSVP :

Please provide the following details to HlungwaniR@dirco.gov.za: Full names, designation, ID/Passport number, media house. You will also be expected to present a valid ID document on arrival and a media card.

Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladirmir Makei, during Bilateral Consultations at the O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladirmir Makei, during Bilateral Consultations at the O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2014.

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the Joint Press Conference with His Excellency Mr Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Pretoria, 12 September 2014. It is my great pleasure to once again welcome the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, His Excellency Vladimir Makei, and his delegation to South Africa. This is Minister Makei's first Official Visit to our country.

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

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will receive His Excellency Minister Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, on Friday, 12 September 2014, for bilateral consultations in Pretoria.

Date :

Friday, 12 September 2014

Time : 12H30 (Joint Press Conference by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and H.E. Minister Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus)
Venue : Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Bilateral Discussions between South Africa and Australia are held at the O R Tambo Building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014. Bilateral Discussions between South Africa and Australia are held at the O R Tambo Building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomes the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, as she arrives for Bilateral Consultations, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomes the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, as she arrives for Bilateral Consultations, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014.

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the Joint Press Conference with the Honourable Minister Julie Bishop, MP Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Pretoria, 11 September 2014. I warmly welcome Her Excellency, Minister Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia and her delegation to South Africa.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to receive her Australian counterpart for bilateral consultations

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will receive the Honourable Minister Julie Bishop, MP Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, today, 11 September 2014, for bilateral consultations in Pretoria.

Date :

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Time : 11H45 (Joint Press Conference by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Honourable Minister Julie Bishop, MP Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia)
Venue : Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with his Cuban counterpart, Deputy Minister Ana Teresita González Fraga, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with his Cuban counterpart, Deputy Minister Ana Teresita González Fraga, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 September 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to host Cuban Counterpart

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr Luwellyn Landers will host his Cuban counterpart, Mrs Ana Teresita González Fraga who will be in Pretoria for the SA-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM).

Date :

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Time : 09H25
Venue : Department of International Relations and Cooperation
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Curtis Singo, 072 625 7060 / Singoc@dirco.gov.za
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to receive her Australian and Belarusian counterparts for bilateral consultations. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will receive the Honourable Minister Julie Bishop, MP Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, today, 11 September 2014, and His Excellency Minister Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, on Friday, 12 September 2014, respectively, for bilateral consultations in Pretoria.
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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo holds bilateral discussions with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon James Duddridge, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 September 2014. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo holds bilateral discussions with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon James Duddridge, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 September 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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Statement by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, on the occasion of the joint media briefing with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic State of Iran, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Pretoria, 09 September 2014. Let me begin by once again welcoming Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and his delegation to South Africa for the Fifth Deputy Ministerial Working Group between our two countries.

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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a Press Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 September 2014. Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a Press Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 September 2014.
Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo co-chairs the Fifth Meeting of the South Africa - Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group with her counterpart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Pretoria, South Africa, 8-9 September 2014.

Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo co-chairs the Fifth Meeting of the South Africa - Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group with her counterpart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Pretoria, South Africa, 8-9 September 2014.

Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host Fifth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will co-chair the Fifth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group with her counterpart, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Pretoria on 08-09 September 2014.

Date :

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Time : 11H00 (Joint Press Conference)
Venue : Media Room
Department of International Relations and Cooperation
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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President Zuma welcomes signing of peace agreement in Mozambique. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the peace agreement between the President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency Mr Armando Guebuza, and the leader of RENAMO, Mr Afonso Dhlakama, on 05 September 2014.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on Tuesday, 09 September 2014.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host Fifth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will co-chair the Fifth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group with her counterpart, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Pretoria on 08-09 September 2014.

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Deputy Minister Landers to meet with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will meet with the Rt Hon James Duddridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, in Pretoria on Monday, 08 September 2014.

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Update on His Holiness The Dalai Lama's visa application. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has received written confirmation from the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in India indicating that His Holiness has cancelled his planned visit to South Africa.

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SA High Commission in India confirms visa application by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The South African High Commission in New Delhi, Republic of India, has received a visa application from the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama for a planned visit by His Holiness to South Africa.

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First Meeting of the South Africa - China Inter-Ministerial Joint Working Group, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 3-4 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with Minister Goa Hucheng. First Meeting of the South Africa - China Inter-Ministerial Joint Working Group, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 3-4 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with Minister Goa Hucheng.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the State Councillor of China, Mr Yang Jiechi, at the Great Hall of The People, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 3-4 September 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the State Councillor of China, Mr Yang Jiechi, at the Great Hall of The People, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 3-4 September 2014.

Pictures: Unati Ngamntwini
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane in China to co-chair the first meeting of the South Africa-China Inter-Ministerial Joint Working Group on Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, to co-chair the first meeting of the South Africa-China Inter-Ministerial Joint Working Group on Cooperation scheduled for 03-04 September 2014.

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President Zuma conveys condolences following the passing of Australian High Commissioner. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Australia, following the passing of the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Graeme Wilson.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 3 September 2014. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - Cabinet welcomes the official opening by President Zuma of the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington, Northern Cape, on 2 September 2014. This comes four days after another new hospital was opened by Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in Natalspruit, Gauteng.
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Joint Statement by the SADC Troika and leaders of the coalition of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Following the recent political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho, His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation met the delegation of the Coalition Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho consisting of the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Thomas Motswahae Thabane, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing  and Hon. Morena T J Maseribane, Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation on 1 September 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Bheki Cele; and New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr Richard Mann; listen as delegates introduce themselves attending the New Zealand - South Africa Workshop on Food Safety Systems for Export, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 September 2014. Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Bheki Cele; and New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr Richard Mann; listen as delegates introduce themselves attending the New Zealand - South Africa Workshop on Food Safety Systems for Export, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 September 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma, to South African Ambassadors and High Commissioners stationed abroad, on the occasion of the 2014 Heads of Mission Conference, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, 31 August 2014. I am happy to join you as you conclude the important Heads of Mission conference. I believe that everyone was given the opportunity to participate and to share ideas and views that will enrich our work, and build on what we have to achieve in our foreign policy mandate.

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President Jacob Zuma addresses the Heads of Missions Conference at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Head Quarters, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 August 2014. President Jacob Zuma addresses the Heads of Missions Conference at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Head Quarters, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 August 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Media statement on the security situation in Lesotho. The South African Government notes with great concern the unfolding security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho where the Lesotho Defence Force has taken over several key installations in the country.

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Department of International Relations and Cooperation Spokesperson, Mr Clayson Monyela, briefs the media on recent activities in the Kingdom of Lesotho, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 August 2014. Department of International Relations and Cooperation Spokesperson, Mr Clayson Monyela, briefs the media on recent activities in the Kingdom of Lesotho, O R Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 August 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to brief media on developments in Lesotho

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief the media on developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho. . The media briefing is scheduled as follows:

Date :

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Time : 15H00
Venue : Media Briefing Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 0764313078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was hosted by Leanne Manas of SABC 2 Morning Live. SABC 2 Morning Live broadcasted from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was hosted by Leanne Manas of SABC 2 Morning Live. SABC 2 Morning Live broadcasted from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 August 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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A BRICS book to be launched. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will jointly host an event with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) this Friday, 29 August 2014, at which a BRICS Publication/Book will be launched. All BRICS countries will be represented.
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President Zuma sends a message of condolence following floods and landslides in Japan. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the tragic loss of lives as a result of heavy rains which caused flash floods and landslides in Hiroshima.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to the Russian Federation. President Jacob Zuma is to undertake a Working Visit to the Russian Federation on 24-29 August 2014. The visit takes place after the successful Working Visit of President Putin to Durban, South Africa, and President Zuma’s Working Visit to Sochi, Russian Federation, in March and May 2013 respectively, as well as Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s successful Working Visit to the Russian Federation in September 2013, and the recent meeting on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Brazil.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 20 August 2014. Implementation of key government programmes - Cabinet commends the launch of another Sexual Offences Court in Bethlehem, Free State by Minister Michael Masutha. This forms part of government’s intervention programme in the fight against sexual violence against women, children and the vulnerable groups.
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Group photograph of the SADC Heads of State and Government, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 14 August 2014. Group photograph of the SADC Heads of State and Government, Elephant Hills Resort Conferences Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 17-18 August 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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President Zuma concludes working visit to the SADC Summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. President Jacob Zuma has concluded his working visit to Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, where he led the South African delegation to the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, which took place on 17-18 August 2014.

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Communiqué of the 34th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, August 17-18, 2014. The 34th Ordinary meeting of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe on 17th and 18th August 2014.

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