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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to participate in the emergency meeting of the NAM Committee on Palestine. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo, accompanied by President Zuma’s Special Envoys to the Middle East, Dr Zola Skweyiya and Mr Aziz Pahad, will attend an emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Committee on Palestine, scheduled for 04 August 2014, in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a public lecture on South Africa’s tenure as the BRICS Chair, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a public lecture on South Africa’s tenure as the BRICS Chair, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a media briefing on the upcoming United States - Africa Leaders’ Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during a media briefing on the upcoming United States - Africa Leaders’ Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 1 August 2014.

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Statement by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on international developments, 01 August 2014, OR Tambo Building. Our briefing this morning will focus on the upcoming United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Washington DC, United States of America, on the 5th and 6th August 2014.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s public programme for Friday, 01 August 2014

Date :

Friday, 01 August 2014

Event : Media briefing on international developments, focussing on the US-Africa Leaders' Summit

Venue: DIRCO Media Briefing Room, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria
Time: 09H30
Event   Delivery of a paper at UNISA on SA’s tenure as BRICS Chair

Venue: Senate Hall, Theo Van Wijk Building, UNISA Main Campus, Pretoria
Time: 10H00
Event : Public lecture in Polokwane in honour of Mandela

Venue: Flora Park Comprehensive Primary
Time: 18h00
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver a paper on SA’s tenure as Chair of BRICS

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to deliver a paper at an event jointly organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) focussing on “South Africa’s Chairpersonship of BRICS: From Durban to Fortaleza”.

Date :

Friday, 01 August 2014

Time : 09H30
Venue : Senate Hall
2nd Floor
Theo van Wijk Building
UNISA Main Campus
Pretoria
RSVP :

LazourasL@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Deputy President Ramaphosa travels to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for Presidential inauguration. The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, will depart South Africa on Friday, 01 August 2014, to represent His Excellency President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect, Mahomed Ould Abdel Aziz, of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, scheduled for Saturday 02 August 2014 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

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Media statement on the visit of the Presidential Envoys to the Middle East, Imbizo Media Centre, Cape Town, 31 July 2014. As part of our contribution to international diplomatic efforts towards the resolution of Israeli-Palestine conflict, we as Special Envoys appointed by President Zuma travelled to both Israel and Palestine, to convey South Africa’s grave concern over the escalating violence, the civilian displacement and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in particular and the West Bank in general.
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Presidential Envoys to brief the media on their visit to Israel and Palestine

The team of envoys appointed by President Jacob Zuma, which includes former Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad and former Minister and High Commissioner Zola Skweyiya, has returned from their visit to Israel and Palestine and will brief the media on the outcomes of the visit.

Date :

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Time : 12H30
Venue :

Imbizo Media Centre
Parliament
Cape Town (video link to GCIS, Pretoria)

RSVP :

LazourasL@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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SA condemns terrorist attack in the People’s Republic of China. The South African Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks which took place in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in Northwest China on 29 July 2014. The South Africa Government condemns all forms and manner of terrorism.

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The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) hosts a BRICS Think Tank Seminar. Professor Olive Shisana, Chair of the South African BRICS Think Tank, provides feedback from the Fortaleza - Brazil BRICS Sixth Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 July 2014. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) hosts a BRICS Think Tank Seminar. Professor Olive Shisana, Chair of the South African BRICS Think Tank, provides feedback from the Fortaleza - Brazil BRICS Sixth Summit, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 July 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees
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Statement by the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on the situation in Gaza, Palestinian Territory, 26 July 2014. The SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO) meeting in Swakopmund, Namibia, noted with grave concern the blatant and disproportionate attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, by the State of Israel which has resulted in the deaths and suffering of defenseless Palestinian civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on 29 July 2014. The visit takes place within the context of strengthening bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following AH5017 crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Air Algerie Airlines plane that crashed over northern Mali on 24 July 2014.

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Presidential Envoys to travel to the Middle East. President Jacob Zuma has appointed two envoys to the Middle East, namely, former Minister Zola Skweyiya and former Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad.  The envoys will leave for Israel and Palestine today (Friday, 25 July 2014), carrying the President’s messages to both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas. The envoys will make a special appeal for an immediate ceasefire and call for calm and restraint by all parties to the conflict.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers during the IGD Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the G77 + China, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 July 2014. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers during the IGD Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the G77 + China, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 July 2014.

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Statement by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Symposium “G77 and China at 50: South Africa / Africa and the changing Multilateral Diplomacy of the South”, Pretoria, 25 July 2014. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address you on the “G77 and China at 50: South Africa / Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South”.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to address IGD symposium on the 50th anniversary of the G77 + China

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will deliver a keynote address at an international symposium hosted by the Institute of Global Dialogue (IGD), associated with UNISA, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). 

Date :

Friday, 25 July 2014

Time : 09H00 for 09H30 until 16H00
Venue :

Burgers Park Hotel
Pretoria

RSVP : bowmanj@dirco.gov.za and penelope@igd.org.za
Enquiries : Mr. Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to attend the 16th SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) in Namibia. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo, will undertake a working visit to Swakopmund, Namibia, to attend the 16th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, scheduled for 24-25 July 2014.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 23 July 2014. Cabinet’s position on current issues - Cabinet welcomes the launch by President Jacob Zuma of Operation Phakisa, which fast-tracks delivery through detailed implementation plans, problem-solving and practical actions to drive growth. The Department of Environmental Affairs will be the first department to lead collaboration with the industry, labour, civil society and academia to work together to unlock the economic potential of our oceans.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her Budget Vote in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 July 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her Budget Vote in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 July 2014.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at a Press Briefing before her Budget Vote Address to Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 July 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at a Press Briefing before her Budget Vote Address to Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 July 2014.

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Budget Vote Speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, National Assembly, Cape Town, 22 July 2014. Our membership of BRICS is stronger than before!  We were there at the Summit in Sanya, China, when the vision document of BRICS was crafted and adopted.  We were in New Delhi, India, when the idea of a development bank was mooted. The decision to establish the Bank was taken in Durban. From Durban to the recent 6th BRICS Summit in Brazil, this idea has now been given life. In Brazil, our leaders reaffirmed our core vision to bring about a more democratic, multipolar world order.  This is the world we want.  This is the world we yearn for.
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Budget Vote Speech by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms N.C. Mfeketo, National Assembly, Cape Town, 22 July 2014. I am honoured to address this house on this a very important occasion of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. It is important to remember that the 20 years of democracy we celebrate today is a result of a negotiated solution taken through the collective wisdom of the visionary leadership of the time.
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Budget Vote Speech by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers MP, National Assembly, Cape Town, 22 July 2014. It is an honour and privilege to stand before this esteemed house to present my first budget vote speech as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Let me begin by paying tribute to my predecessors, former Deputy Ministers Hon. Ebrahim Ebrahim and Hon. Marius Fransman, for the formidable legacy that they have left behind. I am humbled to follow in their footsteps.

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Media Remarks by H.E. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Imbizo Media Centre, Parliament, 22 July 2014. Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media. Today we will be presenting the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to Parliament.

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Australian G20 Sherpa to visit South Africa. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will be hosting Australia’s G20 Sherpa, Dr Heather Smith, in Pretoria from 23-24 July 2014, where she will meet with her counterpart, South Africa’s G20 Sherpa, Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko.

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DIRCO Discussion Forum to be held with Former Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will present a discussion forum with Mr. Markus Meckel, Former Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic and Member of Parliament after German Unification, to discuss the “The Fall of the Berlin Wall and its impact on current events in Europe, Eastern Europe and Germany’s role globally”.

Date :

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Time : 09H00 – 10H30
Venue :

DIRCO
Multipurpose Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP : bowmanj@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr. Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following MH17 crash. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine on 17 July 2014.

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SA condemns Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. The South African Government strongly condemns the launch on 17 July 2014 of the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defence Force. South Africa is gravely concerned that the illegal ground invasion, which had been rejected by the international community, will continue the endless killing of innocent Palestinian civilians, especially the vulnerable groups – the elderly, women and children.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Diplomatic Corps take part in the clean-up of the City of Tshwane’s Bloed Street Taxi Rank for the 67 minutes on Mandela Day, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2014. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Diplomatic Corps take part in the clean-up of the City of Tshwane’s Bloed Street Taxi Rank for the 67 minutes on Mandela Day, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2014.






Pictures: Jacoline Schoonees
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Diplomatic Corps take part in the clean-up of the City of Tshwane’s Bloed Street Taxi Rank for the 67 minutes on Mandela Day, Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2014.
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Minister, Deputy Minister and the Diplomatic Corps to do 67 minutes on Mandela Day

To mark International Nelson Mandela Day, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo and members of the Diplomatic Community will take part in the clean-up of the City of Tshwane’s Bloed Street Taxi Rank.

Date :

Friday, 18 July 2014

Time : 10H30 - 12H00
Venue :

Bloed Street Taxi Rank (Corner Lilian Ngoyi and Bloed Street)
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Juanique Bowman, BowmanJ@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078
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President Zuma concludes a successful Working Visit to Brazil. President Jacob Zuma has this morning 17 July 2014, returned from the 6th BRICS Summit in Brazil, hailing the establishment of the first BRICS Development Bank as "an everlasting legacy that will change the face of global economics and the face of all the developing world for better."

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Address by President JG Zuma to retreat between Heads of State of BRICS and South American States, 16 July 2014, Brasilia. I wish to extend to this esteemed gathering, cordial greetings on behalf of the Government and People of South Africa. We jointly celebrate the resounding success of our host country as well as its region in securing the hosting of another successful mega-sporting event by a developing country.

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Speaking Notes by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma during the Second Closed Session of the VI (Sixth) BRICS Summit, 16 July 2014, Brasilia. Meeting between BRICS and South American Leaders - I wish to extend to this esteemed gathering, cordial greetings on behalf of the Government and People of South Africa. We jointly celebrate the resounding success of our host country as well as its region in securing the hosting of another successful mega-sporting event by a developing country.

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Meeting between Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo and the Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Mr Arthur Lenk, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 July 2014. Meeting between Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo and the Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Mr Arthur Lenk, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 July 2014.

Picture: Unati Ngamntwini
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Israeli Ambassador to South Africa summoned to DIRCO. The Ambassador of the State of Israel to South Africa, Mr Arthur Lenk, was summoned to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) today, 16 July 2014, where Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo expressed South Africa’s grave concern over the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestinian territories, which has resulted in the loss of civilian life and the destruction of property in Gaza.

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President Jacob Zuma to Launch Operation Phakisa. President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 19 July 2014, launch the first phase of Operation Phakisa, a government initiative aimed at fast-tracking the delivery of some of the priorities outlined in the National Development Plan.
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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, at the Sixth BRICS Summit, Fortaleza, Brazil, 14 -16 July 2014. 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, at the Sixth BRICS Summit, Fortaleza, Brazil, 14 -16 July 2014.

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President Zuma to attend a Retreat in Brasilia, Brazil. President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 16 July 2014, join BRICS leaders at a special retreat with the Heads of State and Government of South American states, organised on the sidelines of the sixth BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil.

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Sixth BRICS Summit – Fortaleza Declaration, July 15, 2014. 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 in Fortaleza, Brazil, on 15 July 2014 at the Sixth BRICS Summit.

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Address by President Jacob Zuma to the Sixth BRICS Summit Plenary Session, Fortaleza, Brazil, 15 July 2014. We, the BRICS Leaders met today at a historic and seminal moment which saw for the first time since the post-Bretton Woods Institutions era, the creation of a new and unique financing initiative.

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President Zuma arrives in Fortaleza, Brazil for the BRICS Summit. President Jacob Zuma has today, 14 July 2014 arrived in Fortaleza, Brazil to attend the sixth BRICS Summit. Since its first Summit in 2009, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) has consolidated its position as a positive force for the democratisation of international relations. BRICS has also forged an impressive partnership carrying out cooperation initiatives in more than 30 areas between its members.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the President of the South African Youth Consultative Forum (SAYC), Mr Thulane Tshefuta, during the National Youth Consultative Forum on the AU’s Agenda 2063, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 July 2014.

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the President of the South African Youth Consultative Forum (SAYC), Mr Thulane Tshefuta, during the National Youth Consultative Forum on the AU’s Agenda 2063, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 July 2014.

Picture: Jacoline Schoonees

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Keynote Address by H.E. Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of  International Relations and Cooperation to the South African Youth Consultative Conference on AU AGENDA 2063. It gives me great pleasure to address this distinguished gathering.  I wish to thank you all for giving of your time to participate in this historic process to write a new African narrative for the next half century.

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