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  25-27 Jul: 10th BRICS Summit 2018, Sandton. Johannesburg, South Africa
  24 Jul: State Visit by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, to Pretoria, South Africa
  23 Jul: BRICS IMC addresses the press on the state of readiness for the hosting of the 10th BRICS Summit, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
  19 Jul: Media Roundtable and Site Visit on the 10th BRICS Summit, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
  18 Jul: Nelson Mandela Day
  17-27 Jul: 10th BRICS Summit media presentation in person for live accreditation, Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
  22-23 Jul: BRICS Business Council Meeting, Durban, South Africa
  17 Jul: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Round Table Discussion, Industrial Development Zone, Richards Bay, South Africa
  12-13 Jul: State Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  10-11 Jul: Working Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  7 Jul: Deputy President David Mabuza welcomes and addresses the returning Cuban-trained medical students, Johannesburg, South Africa
  6 Jul: Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Jorge Arreaza, to Pretoria, South Africa
  5 Jul: State Visit by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana, to Pretoria, South Africa (Media Advisory)
  4 Jul: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa
  3 Jul: President Cyril Ramaphosa receives the Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a Credentials Ceremony, Pretoria, South Africa
  3 Jul: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu launches the Travel Smart Campaign and briefs media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa
  1-2 Jul: 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
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President Ramaphosa to receive President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on a State Visit to South Africa. His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 24 July 2018, host the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, on a State Visit to South Africa.

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BRICS IMC to address the press on the state of readiness

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the BRICS Summit, represented by its Chairperson, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, and Co-Chairperson, Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms Naledi Pandor, will on Monday, 23 July 2018, address members of the press on South Africa’s state of readiness to host the 10th BRICS Summit, scheduled for 25 to 27 July 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Date : Monday, 23 July 2018
Time : 14H00
Venue :

BRICS Media Centre
Level - 2
Sandton Convention Centre
Sandton
Johannesburg

RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, [email protected] and Dolly Cossa, [email protected]
Enquiries :

Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838

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Media Roundtable and Site Visit on the 10th BRICS Summit

Members of the media are invited to the BRICS roundtable discussion to be held under the theme “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Date : Thursday, 19 July 2018

Roundtable

Time : 10H30 for 11H00
Venue :

investSA One Stop Shop Gauteng
The Place
1 Sandton Drive
Sandton
Johannesburg

Media Tour

Time : 13H30
RSVP :

Mpho Sekgaphola email: [email protected] contact: 0796523471

Enquiries :

Mmemme Mogotsi email: [email protected] contact: 0728564288;
Sinazo Masina email: [email protected] contact: 0604939130

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu receives President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations in Accra, Ghana, 18 July 2018.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu receives President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana at the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations in Accra, Ghana, 18 July 2018.

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Information on media accreditation for the 10th BRICS Summit

Media whose applications were successful will receive confirmation by e-mail on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Media will then be expected to present themselves in person at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, for live accreditation. The accreditation centre will be operational on 17-27 July 2018 from 09h00 to 17h00.

Date : Tuesday, 17 July - Friday, 27 July 2018
Time : 09H00 - 17H00
Venue : Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Sandton
Johannesburg
Enquiries : Ms Laoura Lazouras: [email protected] / +27 (83) 564 2024 or [email protected], +27 (73) 0583876
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BRICS Round Table Discussion to take place in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will participate in a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Round Table Discussion scheduled to take place in Richards Bay's Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.


Date : Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Time : 13H00
Venue :

RBIDZ Techno Park Building (Phase 1A)
1 Medway Road
Meerense
Richards Bay

RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, [email protected], Irene Netsianda, [email protected]
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or [email protected]
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State Visit of the President of South Africa to the UAE. At the invitation of H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa paid a State visit to the UAE on 13 July, 2018.

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State Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 12 July 2018. State Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 12 July 2018.

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President Ramaphosa lauds his Visit to Saudi Arabia. Jeddah - President Cyril Ramaphosa has characterised his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a remarkable success, as he had positive and fruitful official talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during his one day State visit in the Arabic country.
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Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of a Business Forum on his State Visit to Saudi Arabia, 12 July 2018. It is my singular honour to address you at this distinguished gathering during my inaugural visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are grateful for the warm hospitality accorded to us during this visit and sincerely hope that we can reciprocate when you visit the beautiful shores of our country.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning arrived in Jeddah, for his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, scheduled to take place today, 12 July 2018. The President will meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa to undertake a State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - 12 and 13 July 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake a State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, 12 July 2018 and Friday, 13 July 2018, respectively.

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Working Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 11 July 2018. Working Visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 11 July 2018.

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President Ramaphosa arrives in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a Working Visit. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this evening arrived in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a Working Visit which will take place ‪on 11 July 2018. During the visit the President will meet with his counterpart, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.

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President Ramaphosa welcomes the resumption of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea. President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Eritrea.

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President Ramaphosa to undertake Working Visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. President Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake a Working Visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 10th to 11th July 2018. During the visit the President will meet with his counterpart, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari.

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Media accreditation for the FOCAC Summit to be held in China. Members of the media interested in covering the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, scheduled for September 2018 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, are notified of the following arrangements:

  • The online accreditation system for both commercial and official media is live till 02 August 2018 and can be accessed through https://mediaregistration.focac2018.cn.
  • All media planning to cover the event must apply for visas at their nearest Chinese diplomatic mission in South Africa.
  • Instructions on accreditation and visa applications will be announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry Press Centre at //ipc.fmprc.gov.cn.
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President Ramaphosa sends condolences to Japan following deadly landslides. President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and to the Government and the people of Japan following the torrential rains and landslides that have left scores of people dead, with many others injured.
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Deputy President Mabuza to welcome and address the returning Cuban-trained medical students at the OR Tambo International Airport

Deputy President David Mabuza will tomorrow, 07 July 2018, welcome 260 Cuban-trained medical students who are returning to South Africa at a reception ceremony to be held at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Date : Saturday, 07 July 2018
Time : 12H00
Venue : OR Tambo International Airport
Jones road Hangar SAA Technical, opposite Emperors Palace
Johannesburg
RSVP : Khutjo Sebata on 7687;玺娱乐:[email protected] or 079 898 4621
Enquiries :  Thami Ngwenya on 082 428 4263 or [email protected]
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Tribute of Cuba to Mandela in the centenary of his birth. The Embassy of Cuba in South Africa has organized a series of activities to celebrate the Centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with the South African people. All the interested people can attend. For Cubans, Nelson Mandela is a symbol of the special bonds that unite Cuba and South Africa.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Mr Jorge Arreaza pays a courtesy visit on President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African Political leaders, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 July 2018.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Mr Jorge Arreaza pays a courtesy visit on President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African Political leaders, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 July 2018.

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Mr Jorge Arreaza, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 July 2018.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Mr Jorge Arreaza, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 July 2018.

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Remarks by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Sisulu after a Meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, HE Mr J Arreaza on 6 July 2018. Allow me to extend a warm welcome to you all to this interaction today, following my meeting with Minister Arreaza. It gives me great pleasure to inform you that we held fruitful discussions which we intend to take forward, both bilaterally and on the multilateral fora.

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Minister Sisulu to host her Venezuelan counterpart

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Friday, 06 July 2018, host the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jorge Arreaza.

Date : Friday, 06 July 2018
Time : 12H00 (media to arrive at 11h30)
Venue : OR Tambo Building
DIRCO Media Briefing Room
Pretoria
RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, [email protected]
Dolly Cossa, [email protected]
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or [email protected]
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana and spouse arrive at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretora, South Africa, 4 July 2018. They are received by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu; the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms L Xingwana; Thatano and Thatong Mokoena with flowers from Pretoria. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana and spouse arrive at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretora, South Africa, 4 July 2018. They are received by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu; the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms L Xingwana; Thatano and Thatong Mokoena with flowers from Pretoria.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana to the Republic of South Africa from 04 to 06 July 2018. At the invitation of His Excellency, Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana paid a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from 04 to 06 July 2018.

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Toast Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State Banquet during the State Visit of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana, Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House, 5 July 2018. It is with great pleasure that I once more welcome you, President Akufo-Addo, your dear wife and members of your distinguished delegation. I extend my profound gratitude to you for accepting our invitation to honour us with a state visit.
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Press Conference Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the end of the Official Talks with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana, Union Buildings, 5 July 2018. Let me begin by extending, once more, a very warm welcome to our esteemed Guest and Dear Friend, President Akufo-Addo and his delegation on his historic state visit to South Africa.

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President Ramaphosa to host President Akufo-Addo of Ghana on a State Visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 05 July 2018, host the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the occasion of his State Visit to South Africa.

Welcome Ceremony and Media Briefing

Date : Thursday, 05 July 2018
Time : 09H00 (media to arrive from 07H30 am at the Union Buildings to be accredited.)
Venue : Union Buildings
Pretoria
 

South Africa-Ghana Business Forum

Date : Thursday, 05 July 2018
Time : 16H00
Venue : Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre
Centurion
Pretoria
Enquiries :

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President, on 072 854 5707

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2018. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2018.
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefs the media on international developments, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 July 2018.

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7687;玺娱乐:Minister LN Sisulu Launches Monthly Briefing to the Media on 4th July 2018. During my first Budget Vote Speech as the Minister of International Relations, I committed myself that we were going to improve our communication with the media through regular interactions with members of the press.
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Minister Sisulu to brief the media on international developments

Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, will tomorrow, 04 July 2018, address media on the recent 31st African Union Summit held in Mauritania; South Africa’s tenure at the UN Security Council (UNSC) and other regional and international developments.

Date : Wednesday, 04 July 2018
Time : 13H00
Venue : OR Tambo Building
DIRCO Media Briefing Room
Pretoria
RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, [email protected] and Dolly Cossa, [email protected]
Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838
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Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule addresses the launch of the Travel Smart Campaign, Pretoria, South Africa, 03 July 2018. Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule addresses the launch of the Travel Smart Campaign, Pretoria, South Africa, 03 July 2018.
Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule addresses the launch of the Travel Smart Campaign, Pretoria, South Africa, 03 July 2018.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 4 July 2018. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 4 July 2018, at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Issues in the environment - Mandela Month - Cabinet calls on all South Africans to “Be the Legacy” as we approach Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2018.

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Keynote Address on the occasion of the Launch of the Travel Smart Campaign by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Honourable M.R Mhaule, 03 July 2018. I am pleased to deliver this keynote address during this exceptional occasion of the “Travel Smart With DIRCO Campaign” of the Consular Services Launch which is intended to share light with all South Africans intending to travel abroad.
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President Ramaphosa concludes a productive Working Visit to Mauritania. President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a productive Working Visit to Nouakchott, in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania where he participated and led the South African delegation at the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

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President Ramaphosa to host President Akufo-Addo of Ghana on a State Visit. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 05 July 2018, host the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the occasion of his State Visit to South Africa.  This will be the first state visit that President Ramaphosa hosts since he became President of the Republic of South Africa.

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Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the presentation of Letters of Credence of new Heads of Mission accredited to South Africa, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Tshwane, 03 July 2018. It gives me great pleasure to welcome all the new Heads of Mission as you begin your tenure as representatives of your respective countries to the Republic of South Africa.

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President Ramaphosa to receive Letters of Credence

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, 03 July 2018, receive Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a Credentials Ceremony that will take place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

Date : Tuesday, 03 July 2018
Time : 15H00 (media to arrive at 13H30 for the Ceremony)
Venue : Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse
Pretoria
Enquiries : Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
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Minister Sisulu to launch the Travel Smart Campaign and brief media on international developments

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Tuesday, 3 July 2018, launch the Travel Smart Campaign on Consular Service Awareness.

PART A: Monthly Media Engagement

Date : Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Time : 11H00 – 12H30
Venue : OR Tambo Building
Media Briefing Room
Pretoria
 

PART B: Launch of Travel Smart Campaign

Time : 12H30 – 13H30
Venue : OR Tambo Building
Conference Centre
Pretoria
RSVP :

Irene Netsianda, [email protected]

Enquiries : Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, [email protected], 083 645 7838
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President Ramaphosa arrives in Mauritania for the AU Summit. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, 30 June 2018, arrived in Nouakchott, capital city of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, ahead of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place from 1 to 2 July 2018.

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President Ramaphosa to lead SA Delegation to the AU Summit in Mauritania. President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to Nouakchott, capital city of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to represent South Africa at the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place from 1 to 2 July 2018.

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Communiqué: Sixth Summit of the SACU Heads of State or Government, Gaborone, Botswana. The Sixth Summit of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), was held on Friday, 29th June 2018 in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana.

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President Ramaphosa arrives in Botswana to attend the Sixth SACU Summit. President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, 29 June 2018, arrived in the Republic of Botswana to attend the Sixth Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, which is scheduled to take place today in Gaborone.

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DIRCO confirms the arrival of the young South Africans who were stranded in China due to visa scam. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, wishes to confirm that forty-nine (49) of the fifty-one (51) young South Africans, who were stranded in China as a result of a visa scam, have returned to South Africa.

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President Ramaphosa to attend the 6th SACU Summit in Botswana. His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa, will travel to Botswana on 29 June 2018 to attend the Sixth SACU (Southern African Customs Union) Summit. SACU, the oldest Customs Union in the world, is constituted of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
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Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule addresses the youth as part of a series of community outreach activities in the run-up to the 10th BRICS Summit scheduled to take place in Johannesburg from 25 - 27 July 2018; Mthimba TVET College, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 29 June 2018. Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule addresses the youth as part of a series of community outreach activities in the run-up to the 10th BRICS Summit scheduled to take place in Johannesburg from 25 - 27 July 2018; Mthimba TVET College, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 29 June 2018.

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Deputy Minister Mhaule to address youth on the upcoming 10th BRICS Summit

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Reginah Mhaule, will on Friday, 29 June 2018, address youth on the 10th BRICS Summit scheduled to take place in Johannesburg from 25 - 27 July 2018.

Date : Friday, 29 June 2018
Time : 10H00 (media to arrive a 09H30)
Venue : Mthimba TVET College
Masoyi
Hazyview
Mpumalanga
RSVP : Kgopotso Rapakuana, [email protected], 073 058 3876
Enquiries :

Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, [email protected], 083 645 7838

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Eulogy by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Official Funeral of the late Ambassador Billy Modise, Marks Park, Johannesburg, 28 June 2018. We have lost a great South African, a great freedom fighter, above all many of us have lost a dear brother and a friend. We gather here to bid a fond farewell to Uncle Billy Modise.

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President Ramaphosa congratulates the new President of Turkey. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was re-elected in the June 2018 general election and will assume the role of Executive President and become both the Head of State and Head of Government in Turkey.

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Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule at the BRICS Stakeholder Engagement, Solomon Mahlangu Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 June 2018.

Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule at the BRICS Stakeholder Engagement, Solomon Mahlangu Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 27 June 2018.


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Speech by Deputy Minister Ms Reginah Mhaule - BRICS in Africa - Working Towards the Realisation of the African Aspirations - In partnership with the Institute for Global Dialogue - University of South Africa - Pretoria, 27 June 2018. It is an honour for me to be afforded this opportunity to engage with you on this occasion of South Africa’s membership of the BRICS formation. South Africa will be hosting the BRICS Summit in July 2018, at the time this formation marks its 10 year anniversary which coincides with the commemoration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela who would have turned 100 this year had he lived longer.
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