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South Africa observes Commonwealth Day. Today, 11 March 2019, Commonwealth countries, as a symbol of their solidarity, are observing Commonwealth Day under the theme: “A Connected Commonwealth.”

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Statement by the Leader of Government Business and MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, on the repatriation of the mortal remains of Ms Buhle Bhengu and visit to the Bhengu family Umlazi H Section, 11 March 2019. Greetings to the Members of the media, we thank you for coming to this short media briefing. As you all know, over the past week and few days, the Bhengu family has been in mourning following the untimely death of Ms Buhle Bhengu.

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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to Ethiopia following plane crash. President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, expressed his great sadness and sent a message condolences to affected families following this morning's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

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Update on a South African citizen who died in The Bahamas. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has received a report from the High Commissioner of South Africa in Kingston, Jamaica, with non-resident accreditation to The Bahamas, High Commissioner Lumka Yengeni, on all circumstances and engagements surrounding the passing of Ms Buhle Bhengu.

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Minister Sisulu calls on women to be at the centre of conflict resolution.The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, MP, has wished all women a happy International Women’s Day by calling on them to be at the centre of conflict resolution, mediation and peacekeeping. This comes as the international community marks International Women’s Day on 8 March under the theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”.

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister R Mhaule, at the Ninth Deputy Ministerial Working Group Meeting (DMWG) between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 08 March 2019, Cape Town. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cape Town today for the 8th Session of the Deputy Ministerial Working Group Meeting.

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Deputy Minister Mhaule hosts her Iranian counterpart in Cape Town

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Reginah Mhaule, will host the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Abbas Araghchi, on the occasion of the Ninth Deputy Ministerial Working Group Meeting (DMWG) on 08 March 2019 in Cape Town.

Date : Friday, 08 March 2019
Time : 10H30 (Photo opportunity and opening remarks)
Venue : 17th Floor
90 Plein Street
Parliament
Cape Town
RSVP : [email protected]
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> / 083 645 7838
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DIRCO to mark International Women’s Day

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will on Friday, 08 March 2019, host an event to mark International Women’s Day under the theme: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Date : Friday, 08 March 2019
Time : 09H30
Venue : Conference Room 1
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : [email protected] and [email protected]
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, [email protected] / 083 645 7838
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations on the Briefing to the Security Council by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), 7 March 2019. Thank you for facilitating today’s briefing by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

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Deputy Minister Mhaule hosts her Iranian counterpart in Cape Town. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Reginah Mhaule, will host the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr Abbas Araghchi, on the occasion of the Ninth Deputy Ministerial Working Group Meeting (DMWG) on 08 March 2019 in Cape Town.

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Landers during his Working Lunch with the European Union Ambassadors accredited to South Africa, Pretoria, 05 March 2019. I wish to commence by expressing my sincere thanks to the European Union Delegation to South Africa for the invitation to this luncheon and I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with you all today.

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7687;玺娱乐:President undertakes Working Visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Pesident Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday, 03 March 2019 undertake a working visit to Mbabane, in the Kingdom of Eswatini, for discussions with His Majesty King Mswati III.
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Joint Communiqué following the 8th Forum for Political Dialogue between South Africa and France, held in Pretoria on 28 February 2019. The 8th South Africa – France Forum for Political Dialogue, co-chaired by the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms L N Sisulu and the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves le Drian took place in Pretoria, on 28 February 2019.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Security Council Meeting on Myanmar, 28 February 2019. South Africa thanks the Special Envoy, Ms Christine Schraner Burgener, for her informative briefing following her recent visit to the region. We also wish to commend Ms Burgener for her continued efforts in finding solutions to this crisis, including through engagement with all parties.

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Statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, during the United Nations Security Council Briefing on the political situation in Syria, 28 February 2019. The South Africa delegation would like join others in thanking the Special Envoy for Syria, Mr Geir Pedersen, for his insightful and forward-looking briefing.

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South Africa reaffirms support for inclusive, political dialogue in Venezuela at the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council voted today, Thursday, 28 February 2019, on two divergent resolutions on the situation in Venezuela presented by the United States of America (USA) and the Russian Federation.

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Minister Sisulu to host her French counterpart in Pretoria

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will co-chair the Eighth Session of the South Africa-France Forum for Political Dialogue (FPD) with the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Pretoria.

Event 1: Photo opportunity at the official talks between the Ministers

Date : Thursday, 28 February 2019
Time : 14H00
Venue : DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

Event 2: Signing Ceremony and Joint Press Briefing

Date : Thursday, 28 February 2019
Time : 16H00
Venue : DIRCO Media Briefing
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
RSVP : [email protected] and [email protected] by no later than 27 February 2019
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, [email protected] / 083 645 7838
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President Ramaphosa congratulates President Buhari on his re-election. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated his Nigerian counterpart, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, following his successful re-election to the position of President of the Republic of Nigeria as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Opening Remarks by Mr Luwellyn Landers, MP, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, at the Western Sahara Side-Event, on 27 February 2019, on the European Union and its Member State’s responsibility for the Decolonisation of Western Sahara. It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to be here today to deliver opening remarks in my capacity as Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during the Open Briefing of the United Nations Security Council, 26 February 2019. We are grateful for the informative briefing provided by Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Ms Rosemary DiCarlo.

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South Africa and Namibia to co-host SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara. South Africa and Namibia will co-host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, scheduled for 25-26 March 2019 in Pretoria.
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Voting Abroad in the 2019 National Elections – 27 April 2019. On 26 February 2019 the President of the Republic of South Africa and the provincial Premiers proclaimed the 8 May 2019 as the elections date by way of notices in the Government Gazette.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council Meeting on the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), 25 February 2019. At the outset let me thank you for convening this meeting today. Allow me to also express our appreciation to Ms. Bintou Keita, ASG for Africa, for her comprehensive briefing on her recent visit to Darfur and developments regarding the situation in Sudan. We also commend the work being done by UNAMID. 
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Annual High-Level Panel Discussion on Human Rights mainstreaming, 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, Human Rights in the light of Multilateralism: Opportunities, Challenges and the way forward. We wish to thank the dignitaries and panellists for sharing their views. On occasions like this, it is befitting to begin by sharing with you a brief history on South Africa’s culture of human rights mainstreaming.
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South Africa deposits its Instrument of Ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Today, 25 February 2019, South Africa will join a growing number of states in submitting its Instrument of Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to the United Nations (UN) in New York.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers, South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at the High-Level Segment of the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland. Permit me to begin by congratulating Ms Michelle Bachelet on assuming the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights. I bring you greetings from the people of South Africa.
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Deputy Minister Landers to attend the United Nations High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will participate in a series of meetings at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) 40th Session in Geneva, Switzerland from 25-27 February 2019.
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Statement by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at a Public Lecture on Creating a Secure and Peaceful world: Key priorities during South Africa's tenure in the UN Security Council. I wish to begin by thanking you for joining us today at this public lecture convened by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in collaboration with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO).
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic. At the outset let me join others in thanking the outgoing Special Representative and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Mr Parfait Onanga-Anyanga and, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Sma飈 Chergui for their comprehensive briefings.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East including the question of Palestine. Mr President, at the outset we join others in thanking the Special Coordinator, Mr Mladenov for his comprehensive briefing.
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Deputy Minister Landers to deliver Public Lecture on SA?s UN Security Council tenure, 22 February. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will deliver a Public Lecture focussing on the priorities identified by South Africa for its two-year tenure in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
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Statement by the Permanent Representative of South Africa, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, on the situation in Burundi. We thank former President Michel Kafando, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi and Ambassador Jurg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission for their important and insightful briefings on the evolving situation in Burundi and for their unwavering commitment to the Country.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council Meeting on Yemen. We thank the Secretary General’s Special Envoy Mr Martin Griffiths, as well as the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mr Mark Lowcock for their informative briefings.
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Remarks by L N Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and cooperation on the occasion of the DIRCO media engagement, 19 February 2019. This morning we hosted our Quarterly engagement with members of the Diplomatic Corps, this is in-line with our commitment to keep the Diplomatic Corps informed of all important policy directions and events in the country.
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Minister Sisulu to meet Members of the Diplomatic Corps and brief the media. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will meet Members of the Diplomatic Corps on Tuesday, 19 February 2019, for a briefing on a number of issues, including preparations for the National Elections taking place on 08 May 2019 and South Africa’s tenure as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period January 2019 to December 2020.

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Minister Sisulu to host post SONA breakfast with Members of the Diplomatic Corps and hold Monthly Briefing. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will meet Members of the Diplomatic Corps on Tuesday, 19 February 2019, for a briefing on a number of issues, including preparations for the National Elections taking place on 08 May 2019 and South Africa’s tenure as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period January 2019 to December 2020.
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Quiet AU lobbying paid off for Lindiwe Sisulu, IOL, 17 February 2019. South Africa is fast regaining the respect it once had on the continent across both anglophone and francophone Africa.
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South Africa condemns attack on Iranian border guards. The South African government has conveyed its sincerest condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran following an unfortunate and barbaric attack that claimed more than 40 lives of Iranian border guards on Wednesday, 13 February 2019.
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South Africa honoured to assume role of chairing the African Union in 2020, by Lindiwe Sisulu, Daily Maverick, 15 February 2019. When South Africa takes the baton from the current incoming chair of the AU, Egypt, it is determined to take Pan-African unity, integration and development to the next level
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Reply by President Cyril Ramaphosa to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, 14 February 2019. Allow me to begin by wishing my wife, who is in the gallery, and all the women members of our Parliament here present here a happy Valentine?s Day.?/td>
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South Africa condemns deadly attack in Kashmir. The South African Government condemns in the strongest terms the attack in Kashmir, killing around 40 security personnel and injuring many others in one of the deadliest attacks on Indian forces in this area for years.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council Meeting on Iraq, 13 February 2019. We thank the new Special Representative and Head of UNAMI, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for her briefing and we are looking forward to working together with her in future.
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Address by L N Sisulu, MP, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at the occasion of the debate on the President?s State of the Nation Address, 13 February 2019. Honourable Members have had very robust debates, which were very valuable in parts. From where I stand it is important for us to distinguish between criticism that is constructive and can make us better people and that which is just destructive, no matter how attractive.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the Security Council meeting on Ukraine. We thank Assistant Secretary-General Mirosalv Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General Ursula M黮ler, Ambassador Ertugrul燗pakan, as well as Ambassador Martin Sajdik for their informative briefings.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a Working Visit to Ethiopia.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a successful Working Visit to Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, where he led a high level delegation of South African Cabinet Ministers to the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead SA Delegation to AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10-11 February 2019. President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, to lead a high-level South African delegation at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government, scheduled to take place from 10 to 11 February 2018.

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State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, 7 February 2019, Parliament. It is a great honour to stand before you today to deliver the 25th annual State of the Nation Address in a free and democratic South Africa. This year, as a diverse people and as a united nation, we will celebrate one of the greatest of human achievements.

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Statement by the Deputy Director-General Global Governance and Continental Agenda of South Africa, Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, during the United Nations Security Council Debate on “Transnational Organised Crime at Sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security”, 5 February 2019. I thank you for convening this important debate on Transnational Organised Crime at Sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security.

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Statement following Meeting between DIRCO and the country representatives of Switzerland, UK, Germany, Netherlands and USA.Following a démarche by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, the Director General Mr Kgabo Mahoai accompanied by Ms Yolisa Maya, the Deputy Director General met with the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions representing Switzerland; the United Kingdom (UK); Germany; the Netherlands and the United States of America (USA) to express South Africa’s displeasure that the Heads of Mission did not follow established diplomatic channels when communicating to the South African Government.
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Statement by the Permanent Representative of South Africa, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, United Nations Security Council Debate on “Threats to international peace and security: Impact of mercenary groups on regional peace and stability”, 4 February 2019. At the outset, South Africa wishes to congratulate you and your country the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on assuming the presidency of the Security Council for the month of February. Be assured of South Africa’s full support and cooperation during your Presidency of the Council.

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Statement on the Memorandum by Embassies of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. February 3, 2019. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) notes with disappointment the dispatching of a Memorandum to the Office of The Presidency by the Embassies of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. This is a departure from established diplomatic practice.
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South Africa condemns deadly attacks in the Philippines. President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to President Rodrigo Duterte and the people of the Republic of the Philippines following the unjustifiable terrorists attacks that took place on Sunday, 27 January 2019, where two bombs exploded at Jolo Cathedral in Sulu, in the southern Philippines, killing 20 people and wounding scores of others.

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Sulu Province, the Philippines, 28 January 2019. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at Jolo Cathedral in Sulu, Philippines, on 27 January 2019, which resulted in 20 killed and wounded dozens other, for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.
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Speech by Deputy Minister Landers participation at the GEG-Africa Programme and the T20 African Standing Group Meeting, the G20 and Africa: Navigating African Priorities for the G20, 29 January 2019. Thank you for the warm words of welcome. On behalf of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of the Republic of South Africa and as co-sponsor of this Conference, I am pleased to deliver the opening remarks at this important meeting.
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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to the Federative Republic of Brazil. President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his deepest condolences to the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil H.E. Jair Bolsonaro and the people of Brazil for the tragic loss of lives in south-eastern Brazil as a result of a dam that collapsed few days ago.

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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela, 26 January 2019. In any country, political parties choose the provisions on which to conduct elections. Venezuela is no different and it held its Presidential elections on 20 May 2018, on the basis of its national laws governing such elections.
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Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the UN Security Council Open Debate on Addressing the Impacts of Climate related Disasters on International Peace and Security, 25 January 2019. We are honoured to have you preside over today’s open debate, and thank the Dominican Republic for arranging this important meeting as well as chairing the Security Council this month, at the beginning of 2019.
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Gandhi Mandela Freedom Lecture by His Excellency President Ramaphosa during his State Visit to the Republic of India, 25 January 2019. On this, my first official visit to India as President of the Republic of South Africa, it is a great honour to have been called upon to deliver the first India-Brazil-South Africa Gandhi Mandela Freedom Lecture.
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India-South Africa Joint Statement/Joint Communiqué of the State Visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to India: 25-26 January 2019. At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Mr. Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by first lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe, 09 Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and a large business delegation is on a State Visit to the Republic of India on 25-26 January 2019.

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Media Remarks by His Excellency President Ramaphosa at the conclusion of Official Talks on the occasion of his State Visit to India, 25 January 2019. Prime Minister Modi and I, along with our respective delegations, have just concluded fruitful talks aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation between South Africa and India.

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South Africa is on a Path of Renewal and Growth. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured the international community and potential investors that South Africa is on a path of renewal and growth as the country strengthens partnerships and collaboration domestically and internationally for inclusive economic growth and development.

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Security Council Press Statement on Colombia, 24 January 2019. The members of the Security Council reiterated their full and unanimous support for the peace process in Colombia and shared the assessment of the Secretary-General set out in his 26 December 2018 report on the work of the United Nations Verification Mission.
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Acting President Mabuza declares special Official Funeral for Ambassador Dumisani Khumalo. Acting President David Mabuza has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 2, for the late Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo who passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday evening, 20 January 2019, at the age of 71.
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Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the WEF Global Press Conference, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 23 September 2019. Thank you for this opportunity to brief you on the visit by Team South Africa to Davos 2019 and to offer some views on developments in our country.
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