Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa: Commemoration of the first anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The TPNW is the culmination of the very first UN Generally Assembly resolution 76 years ago, in 1946, which sought to deal with the elimination of nuclear weapons

Saturday 22 January 2022, marked the first anniversary of the entry-into-force of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which signals a progressive march-forward in humanity’s endeavor to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The TPNW is the culmination of the very first UN Generally Assembly…

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South Africa condemns the coup d’état in Burkina Faso

The South African government strongly rejects unlawful seizure of power by any group

The Government of South Africa condemns the coup d’état in Burkina Faso and calls on the military to return to their barracks and restore democracy. The South African Government agrees with the views of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) that soldiers should return to barracks and utilise…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa welcomes Indian Cricket Teams

The tour of the Indian National Team marks the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s readmission to international cricket

The South African Government wishes to welcome the Indian ‘A’ Cricket Team that is currently in South Africa to play three unofficial test matches against the South African ‘A’ Team. The Indian ‘A’ Team is based in Bloemfontein and will start the second match of the tour today, 29 November…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Statement by the Government of the Republic of South Africa on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The Government of South Africa remains committed to support initiatives aimed at refocusing the international agenda on Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process

The South African Government joins the international community in commemorating the 44th United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, as well as renewing South Africa’s shared commitment to a just and lasting solution to the question of Palestine. The question of Palestine is still unresolved after 70…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South African Government withdraws support for Miss SA Pageant

Whilst appreciative of the likely impact on the individual interest of the current Miss South Africa, the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture strongly believes that reasons that require withdrawal far outweigh individual interests

The South African Government withdraws its support and that of South Africa for the Miss South Africa pageant following the latter’s intransigence and disregard of advice against partaking in the Miss Universe pageant scheduled to be held in Israel during the month of December 2021. Following unsuccessful consultations initiated by…

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South Africa concerned about developments in Sudan

South Africa calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the Prime Minister, government officials and other politicians detained by security forces

South Africa is deeply concerned about the apparent ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan’s political transition. We reject and condemn any attempt at an unconstitutional change of government. South Africa calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the Prime Minister, government officials and other politicians detained by security…

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South Africa: Deputy Minister Botes concludes his Working Visit to Serbia and Bulgaria

Deputy Minister Botes concluded his working visit with by holding Bilateral Political Consultations with the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Zarista Dinkova

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Alvin Botes, has concluded his Working Visit to Serbia and Bulgaria, where took part in the High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Bilateral Political Consultation, respectively. The High-Level Commemorative Meeting was co-hosted…

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Minister Sisulu extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo

Minister Sisulu said Ambassador Kumalo has left a rich legacy as a multilateralist

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, has extended her condolences and those of the DIRCO family, to the family and friends of the former Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations (UN) in New York, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, who passed away on Sunday, 21…

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Minister Sisulu media statement on the four South Africans who drowned in Mozambique, Mr Andre Hanekom, and protests in Zimbabwe

Minister Sisulu also received a report from Ambassador Mpahlwa on Mr Andre Hanekom who is detained in Mozambique

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu has received a briefing this morning on the developments in Zimbabwe, South Africans who drowned in Mozambique and  Mr Hanekom who is detained in Mozambique.  On the four South Africans who drowned in Mozambique's Portuguese Islands, the Minister has on behalf…

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Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador J Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in New York during the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Libya - 18 January 2019

I would like to focus my intervention on the political process and the humanitarian situation

As stated by H.E. Ambassador J Matjila We would like to add our voice in thanking you for convening this meeting today, and to thank SRSG Mr Ghassan Salame for his comprehensive briefing to the Council today. This briefing is timely given the discussions the Council has been having this…