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President Jacob Zuma congratulates the Prime Minister-Elect of Mauritius. H.E President Jacob Zuma has extended his profound congratulations to Sir Anerood Jugnauth on his election to the position of Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius following a resounding victory by his party in the country’s legislative elections that were held on 10 December 2014

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Statement on the terrorist incident in Australia. The South African Government today added its voice to those of other governments who condemned in the strongest language the hostage taking of customers in a restaurant in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. 

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South African Government condemns terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The South African Government has today, 16 December 2014, joined the international community in condemning in the strongest possible terms the inhumane and barbaric terrorist attack against a school in the city of Peshawar in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which is reported to have claimed the lives of over 130 people, mostly children.

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Agreements signed on Zuma’s state visit to China cement co-operation and will bolster investment and growth, writes Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, earlier this month was significant as it coincided with the end of the year. Designated by both leaders as the 2014 Year of South Africa in China, it provided a unique opportunity to showcase South Africa’s economic, political and cultural achievements.

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President Zuma to receive the President of South Sudan on a Working Visit. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, will host His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, who will undertake a Working Visit to South Africa scheduled to take place in Cape Town on 12 December 2014.

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South Africa’s former Ambassador Welile Nhlapo to deliver the Eritrea–South Africa Festival (ERISA) Public Lecture. Eritrea’s governing party, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), and the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Asmara, will host the 1st Public Lecture of the Eritrea–South Africa Festival (ERISA) in Asmara on Friday, 12 December 2014.
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers attends the 100th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group Ministerial Meeting. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Mr. Luwellyn Landers, arrived in Brussels today to attend the all-important 100th Session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group Ministerial Council Meeting schedule for 11-14 December 2014.
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Statement on the murder of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein. At midday, on International Human Rights Day, Mr Ziad Abu Ein, Minister and Head of the Commission against the Wall and Colonisation was killed.  Minister Abu Ein was reportedly leading a group of 150 peaceful activists on a mission to plant olive trees on Palestinian land already earmarked for illegal Israeli occupation.
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Group photograph - Consultation Meeting on Agenda 2063 of Members of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 December 2014. Group photograph - Consultation Meeting on Agenda 2063 of Members of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 December 2014.

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Consultation Meeting on Agenda 2063 of Members of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the Consultation Meeting on Agenda 2063 of members of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government. The meeting is convened by the African Union Commission and will focus on the contribution of the Former African Heads of State and Government in shaping Africa’s future through Agenda 2063.

Date :

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Time : 09H00 - 16H00
Venue : O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Curtis Singo, 072 625 7060

Date : Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Time : 19H00 – 21H00
Venue : Sheraton Hotel
Pretoria
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Curtis Singo, 072 625 7060
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM), Port Louis, Mauritius, 10 December 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM), Port Louis, Mauritius, 10 December 2014.

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SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the Republic of Mauritius, Statement by The Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (MP) Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the 2014 National Assembly Elections in the Republic of Mauritius, delivered on 11 December 2014, Moka, Republic of Mauritius. We are gathered here this morning to share with you the preliminary findings of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the National Assembly Elections in the Republic of Mauritius, held on 10 December 2014. We thank you for graciously honouring our invitation.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius, as part of the SADC Election Observation Mission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, where she has joined the SADC Election Observation Mission (SEOM) in observing the conduct of the 2014 National Assembly elections taking place today, 10 December 2014.

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Joint Communiqué on the Outcome of the 2nd South Africa - Norway High Level Consultations held in Pretoria from 9-10 December 2014. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and his Norwegian counterpart, State Secretary Hans Brattskar co-chaired the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Norway High Level Consultations which were held in Pretoria from 9-10 December 2014.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to co-chair the 2nd RSA-Norway High Level Consultations

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers to co-chair with his Norwegian counterpart Mr Hans Brattskar, the 2nd RSA-Norway High Level Consultations (HLC). The RSA-Norway High Level Consultations was established to expand relations and stimulate bilateral trade and investment between the two countries at the Deputy Minister level.

Date :

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Time : 12H15 (Press Conference)
Venue : DIRCO Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Curtis Singo, 072 625 7060
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the outcomes of the recent State Visit to the People's Republic of China by President Jacob Zuma, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 Desember 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the outcomes of the recent State Visit to the People's Republic of China by President Jacob Zuma, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 Desember 2014.

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Media Statement by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on President Zuma's recent State Visit to the People's Republic of China, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, 09 December 2014. We invited you this morning to share with you the outcomes of the State Visit to the People's Republic of China undertaken by our President, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma. Present Zuma was accompanied on the visit by a high level-delegation that included members of Cabinet and business.

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Media briefing by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the outcomes of the China State Visit

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will brief the media on the outcomes of the recent State Visit to the People's Republic of China by President Jacob Zuma. The Minister will take questions on other current affairs matters.

Date : Tuesday, 09 December 2014
Time : 11H30
Venue : DIRCO Media Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Death of Mr Korkie in Yemen. The South African Government was deeply saddened to learn yesterday that fellow South African, Mr Pierre Korkie, who was held in captivity in Yemen, since mid-2013, was killed during an operation by American special forces aimed at freeing hostages. An American hostage was also killed during the operation.

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President Zuma lauds China visit. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has characterized his State Visit to the People's Republic of China as a tremendous and fruitful success following official talks with his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency President Xi Jinping during the two day visit in Beijing, China. The President has returned to South Africa today, 6 December 2014.

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Lecture by President Zuma at Tsinghua University on the occasion of the State Visit to the People’s Republic of China, Beijing. We bring greetings from South Africa, to you the future leaders of China, a true and trusted friend of South Africa, Africa and the developing world. It is my privilege to address you during this seminal moment in our history, the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy.

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Address by President Zuma during the China-South Africa Business Forum Meeting, on the occasion of the State Visit to the People's Republic of China, Beijing. We meet on the second day of a very successful State Visit to this beautiful country. Yesterday we had fruitful discussions with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo concludes Official Visit to Singapore and Indonesia. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo recently paid an official visit to Singapore and Indonesia. In Singapore, Deputy Minister Mfeketo met with her Singaporean counterpart, Deputy Minister Zukifli Bin Masagos, where South Africa and Singapore bilateral relations were discussed.
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President Zuma arrives in Beijing on a State Visit to the People's Republic of China. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Beijing on his State Visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) scheduled for 04 – 05 December 2014.President Zuma will meet with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global issues.

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President Zuma to undertake State Visit to the People’s Republic of China. The President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E Mr Jacob Zuma, will undertake a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 04 – 05 December 2014. President Zuma will meet with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global issues.

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President Jacob Zuma congratulates President-Elect of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob. H E President Jacob Zuma has extended his profound congratulations to Dr Hage Geingob on his resounding election as President of the Republic of Namibia following the country’s presidential and legislative elections that were held on 28 November 2014.

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South Africa joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attacks in Kenya. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of innocent civilians in the two recent terror attacks in Mandera County in Kenya, on 22 November 2014 in which 28 civilians were brutally killed, and the early morning attack on 2 December 2014 which claimed the lives of 36 civilians.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM), Port Louis, Mauritius, 1 December 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM), Port Louis, Mauritius, 1 December 2014.









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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM), Port Louis, Mauritius, 1 December 2014.
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Statement on the Official Launch of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2014 National Assembly Elections in the Republic of Mauritius by Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM), Moka, 01 December 2014. It is indeed a privilege and honour to welcome you to the launch of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2014 National Assembly Elections in the Republic of Mauritius.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Mauritius for the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived today, 30 November 2014, in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, ahead of the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission, scheduled for Monday, 01 December 2014.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM) Press Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, 30 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM) Press Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, 30 November 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in her capacity as SADC Electoral Observation Mission Chair to Namibia, visits polling stations at a school in an informal settlement and one closer to the city, Windhoek, Namibia, 28 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in her capacity as SADC Electoral Observation Mission Chair to Namibia, visits polling stations at a school in an informal settlement and one closer to the city, Windhoek, Namibia, 28 November 2014.

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SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Namibia, draft Preliminary Statement by Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the Republic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, 30 November 2014. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our meeting this morning. We wish to share with you the preliminary findings of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the Republic of Namibia, held on 28 November 2014. We thank you for graciously accepting our invitation.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Namibia as part of the SADC Election Observer Mission. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, today, 28 November 2014, to join the SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM), which is observing the conduct of the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria and Minister Rob Davies in Cape Town brief the media on the upcoming State visit by President Jacob Zuma to the People’s Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 November 2014.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria and Minister Rob Davies in Cape Town brief the media on the upcoming State visit by President Jacob Zuma to the People’s Republic of China, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 November 2014.






Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on President Zuma’s outgoing visit to the People’s Republic of China, 27 November 2014. We address you today on the upcoming State Visit by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma to the People’s Republic of China. President Zuma accepted an invitation by President Xi Jinping to pay a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China from 04 – 05 December 2014.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives President Mahmoud Abbas from the State of Palestine at the Waterkloof Air Force Base Airport, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives President Mahmoud Abbas from the State of Palestine at the Waterkloof Air Force Base Airport, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 November 2014.

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Media Statement by President Jacob Zuma at media briefing following official talks with President Mahmoud Abbas of The State of Palestine on the occasion of the state visit to South Africa by President Abbas, 26 November 2014. Today is a historic and important day for South Africa and I am very pleased that President Mahmoud Abbas accepted my invitation to undertake a State Visit to South Africa. We have just completed a round of successful bilateral discussions with the President. It was a meeting characterised by a frank and open exchange of views.

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President Zuma to receive President Abbas of the State of Palestine. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 26 November 2014, receive His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine on his State Visit to the Republic of South Africa.
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Speech by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the NDP Chapter Seven Tuesday, 25 November 2014, DIRCO Conference Centre. The National Development Plan (the NDP) is a living document.  It is a blueprint for where we want our country to be by 2030.  It has changed how we do business; how government functions; how we plan and monitor our work.

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DIRCO to host the 3rd debate on implementing the NDP

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in partnership with the Wits School of Governance and the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, will host the 3rd debate on implementing the National Development Plan (NDP).

Date : Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Time : 17H30 for 18H00
Venue : Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : ramatshelan@dirco.gov.za, 082 675 0893
Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078

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South Africa joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attacks in Kenya. His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the South African Government and the people, joined the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the rest of the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Mandera, Republic of Kenya, on 22 November 2014, in which 28 people were killed.

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SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Welcomes the Departure of three Senior Lesotho Police and Army Officers. Pretoria- SADC Facilitator and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today, Saturday 22 November 2014, welcomed the departure over the weekend, on leave of absence, of three senior Lesotho Defence Force and Police Services officers to various destinations in the continent of Africa.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Eighth Session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at the Eighth Session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 November 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, view a beaded Mercedes Benz model ahead of the Eighth Session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, view a beaded Mercedes Benz model ahead of the Eighth Session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 November 2014.

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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the 8th South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission, Pretoria, 21 November 2014. It is my great pleasure to welcome you, Minister and your important delegation, to South Africa and the 8th Session of the Bi-National Commission between South Africa and Germany. As you will know, the BNC was initiated soon after we as South Africans gained our freedom and when former President Nelson Mandela chose Germany as one of the earliest destinations to visit as President, as early as 1996.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her German counterpart for the 8th South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will host and co-chair together with the German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the 8th session of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria.

Date :

Friday, 21 November 2014

Time : 10H00 Opening Remarks
Venue : DIRCO Conference Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084
RSVP : lazourasl@dirco.gov.za / 083 564 2024
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SADC Election Observer Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Namibia. Following the proclamation of the date for the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections and the subsequent invitation by the Electoral Commission of Namibia to the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation His Excellency Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa.

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Deputy President Ramaphosa to attend the second Africa-Turkey Summit in Equatorial Guinea. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will depart on Thursday 20 November 2014 for Malabo where he will represent South Africa at the 2nd Africa-Turkey Summit of Heads of State and Government in Equatorial Guinea from Thursday to Friday 20-21 November 2014.

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Stakeholder Engagement by Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will participate in a Stakeholder Engagement in the Fezile Dabi District Municipality.

Date : Thursday, 20 November 2014
Time : 12H00
Venue :

Sasolburg

RSVP : Sizwe Maliwa or Mr Thomas Nopheche:
maliwas@dirco.gov.za
thomasn@feziledabi.gov.za
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane leads the South African Ministerial Delegation at the Second Session of the Botswana - South Africa Bi-National Commission (Ministerial), Gaborone International Centre, Gaborone, Botswana, 19 November 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane leads the South African Ministerial Delegation at the Second Session of the Botswana - South Africa Bi-National Commission (Ministerial), Gaborone International Centre, Gaborone, Botswana, 19 November 2014.

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Communiqué on the Bi-National Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana. The Summit Meeting of the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission between the Republic of Botswana and the Republic of South Africa was held in Gaborone on 20th November 2014. The Summit was preceded by the Meeting of the Ministers on 19th November 2014 and the Meeting of Officials from 17th to 18th November 2014.

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Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the 2nd Bi-National Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Botswana, Gaborone, 19 November 2014. Allow me first to congratulate Botswana, our host, on the recently concluded peaceful, free and fair, transparent and credible elections. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate you, Co-Chair and all other Ministers on your deserved appointments as Ministers of the Republic of Botswana.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to the Republic of Botswana. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to the Republic of Botswana on Thursday, 20 November 2014.

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Symposium on the Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges for South and Southern Africa

Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with UNISA, the Open Society Foundation South Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the South African Defence and Security Management Network, will host a symposium on “The Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges for South and Southern Africa: Leadership Dilemmas in Promoting a Global South Dialogue on Governance in the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans”.

Date : Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Time : 08H30 - 14H35
Venue :

DIRCO Conference Centre 2
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

RSVP :

ramatshelan@dirco.gov.za / 082 675 0893

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 0764313078
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