Monthly Programme of Events
  27 Jul: Media Briefing: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with the Media on SA's role as Chair of the AU Peace and Security Council, Johannesburg, South Africa
  20-21 Jul: Seventeenth Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), Pretoria, South Africa
  18 Jul: Nelson Mandela Day
  17 Jul: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Diplomatic Corps to do 67 minutes for Mandela Day, Winterveldt, Pretoria, South Africa
  16 Jul: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) launches the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations, Pretoria, South Africa
  15 Jul: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa
  3 Jul: Extra-ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit, Pretoria, South Africa (Media Advisory)
  3 Jul: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on BRICS Summit, AU Summit outcomes, Pretoria, South Africa
  1-15 Jul: BRICS VII Russia UFA 2015, Ufa, the Russian Federation
  29 Jun-10 Jul: Official Visits by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to five Caribbean states - the Governments of Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with delegates on South Africa's role as Chair of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Haytt Regency Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with delegates on South Africa's role as Chair of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Haytt Regency Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 July 2015.









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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with delegates on South Africa's role as Chair of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Haytt Regency Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 July 2015.
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Address by the Minister of International Relations & Cooperation, H.E. Ms ME Nkoana-Mashabane to the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF), Monday, 27 July 2015. It is my distinct honour to be able to interact with you today in this important gathering. South Africa continues to make a significant contribution to the realization of peace and security on the continent and the world. South Africa strives for the creation of a better Africa and a better World.
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Invitation to a Media Briefing: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to interact with the Media on SA's role as Chair of the AU Peace and Security Council

Date : Monday, 27 July 2015
Time :

14H00

Venue :

Hyatt Regency Rosebank
191 Oxford Road
Johannesburg
2132

RSVP : Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za
Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

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Statement by South Africa at the 525th Meeting of the Peace and Security Council on Peace, Justice and Reconciliation, Addis Ababa, 23 July 2015. This delegation would like to, foremost, express its gratitude to the Chairperson of the Council for the month of July for providing Council the opportunity to deliberate on the complementarity of peace, justice and reconciliation which remains a very crucial matter for our continent, in promoting nation building and reconciliation in order to enable societies, especially in post conflict settings to heal, reconstruct and develop.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 21 July 2015.

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Closing Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Honourable Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the Ministerial Committee of the Organ meeting, 21 July 2015, Pretoria. Over the past two days, we have had robust debate on matters close to our respective nations and how they affect our region.  Politics, defence and security matters shape the development trajectory of our region. It is therefore imperative that we meet annually to take stock of the progress we are making, and if needs be re-adjust our strategies and goals, to address the security challenges of our times.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 20 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 20 July 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her opening remarks during the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 20 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her opening remarks during the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 20 July 2015.

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Opening Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the opening session of the Ministerial MCO meeting, Monday, 20th July 2015. It is my honour to welcome you to the 17th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. The Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation is an essential body that is entrusted with the maintenance of peace, stability and security in our region, but also forms an integral part of our efforts towards regional integration and development.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to chair the 17th Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO). The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will host the 17th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on 20-21 July 2015 in Pretoria. South Africa is the current chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to chair the 17th Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO)

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will chair the 17th Meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on 20-21 July 2015 in Pretoria.

Date : Monday, 20 July 2015
Time :

08H30 - 09H30 - Media to arrive
09H30 - 10H00 - Official Opening

Venue :

DIRCO
Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
0084

RSVP : Media wishing to cover the event must submit their details for accreditation to: Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za  and Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za by Friday, 17 July 2015 at 12H00.
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

Date : Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Time :

17H30 - Official Closing

Venue :

DIRCO
Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
0084

RSVP : Media wishing to cover the event must submit their details for accreditation to: Ms Laoura Lazouras, lazourasl@dirco.gov.za  and Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za by Friday, 17 July 2015 at 12H00.
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo honoured Nelson Mandela International Day in Hong Kong. The Deputy Minister on International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo has, today Saturday, 18 July 2015 delivered an address on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela International Day hosted by the South African Consulate in Hong Kong, China.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hands over a cheque to a representative of the Nelson Mandela Trust during the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, Winterveldt, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hands over a cheque to a representative of the Nelson Mandela Trust during the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, Winterveldt, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 July 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets an elderly lady who was a recipient of a bed, two bunk-beds and bedding from the Chinese Embassy and also some food stuff donated by DIRCO staff during the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, Winterveldt, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets an elderly lady who was a recipient of a bed, two bunk-beds and bedding from the Chinese Embassy and also some food stuff donated by DIRCO staff during the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, Winterveldt, Pretoria, South Africa, 17 July 2015.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Diplomatic Corps to do 67 minutes for Mandela Day

To mark International Nelson Mandela Day, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and members of the Diplomatic Community will undertake a number of activities at the Good Hope Community Organisation and the Ya Bana Orphanage in Winterveldt, which includes delivering food parcels, cooking for the children, as well as cleaning and gardening at the orphanage.

Date : Friday, 17 July 2015
Time :

09H00 - 12H00

Venue :


Good Hope Community Organisation
1138 Lebanon
Winterveldt
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries :

Mr Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives; and the South African Council on International Relations. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is with Mr Aziz Pahad, who represents the South African Council on International Relations; and Ambassador George Nene, who represents the High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 July 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives; and the South African Council on International Relations. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is with Mr Aziz Pahad, who represents the South African Council on International Relations; and Ambassador George Nene, who represents the High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 July 2015.


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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives; and the South African Council on International Relations. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is with Mr Aziz Pahad, who represents the South African Council on International Relations; and Ambassador George Nene, who represents the High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 July 2015.
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Remarks by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the First Plenary Meeting of the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR), OR Tambo Building, 16 July 2015. I should like to welcome you to this very First Plenary Meeting of the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR) and congratulate you for being the first group of distinguished individuals to be selected to serve on this prestigious civil society platform to discuss our foreign policy and its implementation.

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Remarks by H.E Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the joint launch of the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR) and the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives, 16 July 2015, DIRCO, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. Today is a historic day for DIRCO. Today we launch two prestigious foreign policy organs of this department, namely:  the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR), and the Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives.

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DIRCO to launch two foreign policy institutions. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will jointly launch the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations on Thursday, 16 July 2015.

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DIRCO to launch two foreign policy institutions

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will jointly launch the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives and the South African Council on International Relations on Thursday, 16 July 2015, in Pretoria.

Date : Thursday, 16 July 2015
Time :

11H15

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 : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Opening Remarks by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South Africa-China State Owned Enterprises Seminar: Beijing, China, 15 July 2015. On behalf of my delegation, our Government, and the people of South Africa, I convey my sincere appreciation to the Chairman of SASAC for making time to meet with us. We are honoured too that the Chairman is accompanied to this historic engagement by senior officials from SASAC and Chinese state owned enterprises.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on current international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on current international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 July 2015.








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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on current international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 July 2015.
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Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the media briefing on international developments, 15 July 2015, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. Today we will share with you information on three main issues: South Africa’s role as Chair of the AU Peace and Security Council; Outcomes of the 7th BRICS Summit; and Developments relating to the sanctions on Iran.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to brief media on international developments

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief the media on international developments, including:

  1. South Africa’s role as Chair of the AU Peace and Security  Council;
  2. Outcomes of the 7th BRICS  Summit; and
  3. Developments relating to the sanctions on Iran
Date : Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Time : 11H00
Venue :

Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

RSVP : HlungwaniR@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Laoura Lazouras, 083 564 2024
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BRICS VII Russia UFA 2015 family photograph, Ufa, the Russian Federation, July 2015. BRICS VII Russia UFA 2015 family photograph, Ufa, the Russian Federation, July 2015.
South Africa - Russia Bilateral Meeting, Ufa, the Russian Federation, July 2015. South Africa - Russia Bilateral Meeting, Ufa, the Russian Federation, July 2015.



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VII BRICS Summit UFA Declaration, the Russian Federation, 9 July 2015. We, the leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 9 July 2015, in Ufa, Russia, at the Seventh BRICS Summit, which was held under the theme "BRICS Partnership – a Powerful Factor of Global Development".
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VII BRICS Summit UFA Action Plan, the Russian Federation, 9 July 2015. Looking forward to our next meeting to be held on the margins of the G20 Summit (Antalya, Turkey, 15-16 November 2015), we took note of the following events held under the Russian Chairship before the Ufa Summit.
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South African government statement on the terrorist attack that killed the Egyptian General Prosecutor, Mr Hisham Barakat on Monday, 29 June 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. The South African Government joins the international community in condemning the killing of the Egyptian General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat in Cairo on Monday 29 June 2015. The South African government wishes to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends for the loss of their loved ones and speedy recovery to the injured.

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Deputy Minister Landers arrives in Haiti upon the conclusion of his visit to Suriname. Mr L Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, has today 06 July arrived in Haiti after concluding a successful visit to Suriname. While in Suriname, the Deputy Minister held bilateral discussion with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Mr W Lackin. During the visit to Suriname, the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations. The MoU will serve as a framework for the two countries to manage their bilateral relations and will further help to strengthen diplomatic relations.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the commencement of the Ministerial Double Troika Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the commencement of the Ministerial Double Troika Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015.

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Communiqué: Extraordinary Summit of the Double Troika, 3 July 2015, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 3rd July of 2015.

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South Africa to host an Extra-ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will host the Heads of State of the SADC Double Troika for an Extra-ordinary Summit of the Double Troika on Friday, 03 July 2015, in Pretoria.

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South Africa to host an Extra-ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will host the Heads of State of the SADC Double Troika for an Extra-ordinary Summit of the Double Troika on Friday, 03 July 2015, in Pretoria.

Date : Friday, 03 July 2015
Time :

14H00 – Opening remarks

17H30 – Closing remarks, reading of the communiqué

Venue :

DIRCO
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Tercia Malepane, malepanet@dirco.gov.za<mailto:malepanet@dirco.gov.za>
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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