Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.79 ZAR (14 December 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).
Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.79 ZAR (14 December 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).

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December 13, 2018

Deputy President conculdes meeting on South Sudan peace talks

Deputy President David Mabuza has held a consultative meeting with President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan at the Johnny Makhathini Diplomatic Guesthouse in Pretoria. Read more...

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December 12, 2018

Concern at high number of South Africans detained abroad

Government has expressed concern at the growing number of South Africans detained abroad. In a statement, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said over 800 South Africans are currently in prisons across the world for visa-related violations, drug-related charges, as well as various other offences. Read more...

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December 02, 2018

President concludes his G20 Argentina visit

During his visit to the Argentinian capital, President Ramaphosa held a number of bilateral meetings with Heads of State and Government as well as United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and African Union Chair and President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. Read more...

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November 29, 2018

President Ramaphosa arrives in Argentina for G20 Summit

Chaired by President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, the Buenos Aires gathering is the first G20 Summit in which President Ramaphosa will participate since being elected President in February 2018. The Leaders’ Summit will be complemented by meetings of finance ministers from G20 member states. Read more...

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November 22, 2018

President Ramaphosa makes changes to his Cabinet

The President announced changes to the National Executive on Thursday at the Union Buildings, with two serving Ministers being moved to new ministries and a new one being added. Read more...

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November 20, 2018

South Africa addressing policy, laws to attract investment

President Ramaphosa says South Africa is addressing policy and regulatory impediments as part of efforts to attract investment into the country. Read more...

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November 17, 2018

President Ramaphosa concludes Working Visit to Ethiopia

This session of the Assembly was chaired by President Paul Kagame as Chairperson of the African Union Assembly and was attended by more than 20 Heads of State and Government. Read more...

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November 16, 2018

South Africa - EU summit strengthens bilateral relations

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the seventh South Africa-European Union Summit which wrapped up on Thursday has served as fertile ground to accelerate investment and strengthen bilateral relations. Read more...

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November 13, 2018

South Africa prepares for a two-year term at the Security Council

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has reached an advanced stage of its preparation for South Africa's third term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by hosting a workshop with the incoming, current and outgoing elected members (E10) of the UNSC. Read more...

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November 02, 2018

Rally behind South Africa's mining sector, urges Minister Mantashe

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has urged the mining community to rally behind the industry in order to attract investment into the country. Read more...

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November 02, 2018

Indian Ocean Rim Association urged to strengthen members' contribution to world dialogue

IORA, said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, can become “a beacon of hope for multilateralism and regional cooperation in the world”. Read more...

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October 31, 2018

Media Statement: Deputy President Mabuza conveys well wishes to the Government and people of South Sudan

In his capacity as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to the Republic of South Sudan, Deputy President David Mabuza sends his well wishes to the Government and the people of South Sudan on the joyous occasion of National Peace Celebration that is taking place in Juba in South Sudan on 31 October 2018. Read more...

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October 31, 2018

Media Statement: President Ramaphosa concludes a successful visit to Germany

In his meeting with Chancellor Merkel, President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa’s appreciation for Germany’s ongoing bilateral assistance in critical development areas like health and skills development. Read more...

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October 28, 2018

South Africa sends a message of condolences to the USA following the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy

The attack, which was targeted at the Jewish community, shows extreme levels of intolerance. South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the violent attack targeted at the community. Read more...

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October 26, 2018

Media Statement on the outcomes of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference

The conference heard investment announcements from companies in mining, forestry, manufacturing, telecommunications, transport, energy, agro-processing, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, financial services, energy, ICT and water. Read more...

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October 26, 2018

Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the South Africa Investment Conference, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

In addition to the announcements that will be made at this conference we have received investment pledges from a number of countries. Read more...

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October 25, 2018

South Africa celebrates UN’s 73rd anniversary

The Government and people of South Africa joins the international community in celebrating the anniversary of the United Nations on United Nations Day, which is the day marking entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945. Read more...

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October 23, 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Heads of Mission Conference

As a country, as a brand, as a trade partner and as an investment destination, South Africa has what it takes to compete on the world stage. It is up to us to make sure we take full advantage of the opportunities that exist for the benefit of all our people. Read more...

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October 23, 2018

Minister Nzimande to launch R1bn train factory

The launch of the train factory will create much-needed jobs and job opportunities, while attracting investment and boosting the economy of the country. Read more...

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October 17, 2018

Parliament satisfied with South Africa’s preparations for COP 24

The committee has noted the alarming report of the scientific advisory body to the UNFCCC which confirms that it is now evident more than ever before, that climate change is currently the greatest threat to humankind. Read more...

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October 16, 2018

African partner countries pleased with Square Kilometre Array progress

Science and Technology Minister Kubayi-Ngubane addressed a media briefing shortly after opening the 5th Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and AVN projects African Ministerial Forum meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday. Read more...

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October 14, 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Restitution of Land to KwaMkhwanazi Community

Today we are giving life and meaning to our Constitution and our Freedom Charter. Since we last met during Easter this year, much has been done and concrete steps have been taken to ensure that we can return the land to the community today. We are presenting to you full ownership of the land that was taken from you. Read more...

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October 10, 2018

GCIS Media Statement: 100TH Birthday of Albertina Sisulu

On Sunday, 21st October 2018, South Africa will be celebrating what would have been MaSisulu’s 100th Birthday under the theme: Albertina Sisulu “A woman of fortitude”. Read more...

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October 09, 2018

Statement by President Ramaphosa on position of Finance Minister

In the wake of Mr Nene’s resignation, I have decided to appoint Mr Tito Mboweni as Minister of Finance with immediate effect. Read more...

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October 03, 2018

Madiba is gone, but his ideals still inspire us: Nomvula Mokonyane, Min. of Communications

Madiba’s courage and determination to do the right thing have inspired many people to follow in his footsteps and speak out against injustice. Read more...

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October 01, 2018

Smith partners with South African Stellenbosch University

The agreement allows students in Queen’s Commerce and the Master of International Business program to go on exchange to Stellenbosch University, located in Western Cape. Full-time MBA students will be able to attend the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Read more...

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September 25, 2018

Address by the President of South Africa, H.E. Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, to the UN General Assembly, United Nations, New York, USA

Throughout its seven decades, the UN has been a source of hope for the oppressed, exploited and poor. During the dark days of colonialism and apartheid, we drew strength, inspiration and encouragement from the UN and its Charter in our quest for self-determination. With the support of the UN, we were able 24 years ago to bring an end to the nightmare of apartheid. Read more...

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September 22, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa Announces Passing Away of Minister Edna Molewa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced, with profound sadness, that Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Edna Molewa passed away today, Saturday 22 September 2018, after a period of illness. Read more...

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September 21, 2018

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on economic stimulus and recovery plan

The stimulus and recovery plan we are outlining consists of a range of measures, both financial and non-financial, that will be implemented immediately to firstly ignite economic activity, secondly restore investor confidence, thirdly prevent further job losses and create new jobs, and fourthly to address some urgent challenges that affect the conditions faced by vulnerable groups among our people. Read more...

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September 14, 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Members of the Diplomatic Corps, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria

Let me take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation and that of our government and citizens for your presence in, and partnership with, our country. Allow me to take this opportunity to acknowledge that, with the leadership transition that has taken place in South Africa, there has been a delay in finalising the agreement for some High Commissioners and Ambassadors-Designate. Read more...

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September 12, 2018

South Africa to participate in African Union meetings

The African Union Commission (AUC) will hold its sixth Retreat of the Executive Council from 12 – 13 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of preparations for the African Union Summit. The retreat will focus on identifying effective implementation strategies for the reform of the Commission, DIRCO said in a statement. Read more...

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September 11, 2018

South Africa to participate in G20 trade ministers meeting

Changes brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the inclusive global value chains will be at the centre of the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting, that gets underway on Friday. South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is set to attend the session in the resort city of Mar del Plata, in Argentina. Read more...

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September 07, 2018

Comprehensive land reform necessary for country to move forward

Deputy President David Mabuza says a comprehensive land reform programme to address past injustices is necessary for the country to move forward. The Deputy President said this when he fielded questions in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday. Read more...

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August 23, 2018

Remarks by Deputy President David Mabuza at the Land Summit The Farmers’ Perspective, Zwartkloof Game Reserve, Bela Bela, Limpopo

This is an important summit that promises to offer practical solutions towards moving the country in the right direction as we respond to challenges of economic growth and job creation. Read more...

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August 18, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Statement on the Passing of Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed sincere condolences on the sad passing of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan of Ghana. Read more...

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August 9, 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at Women's Day celebration, Thusong Service Centre, Paarl

It is historic because we remember that one hundred years ago Charlotte Maxeke led women from across the country to form the Bantu Women’s League. Read more...

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July 27, 2018

Statement by H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the Post-10th BRICS Summit Media Briefing

We have just completed a successful 10th BRICS Summit that was held from 25 to 27 July 2018 in Sandton, South Africa, hosted by H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa under the theme: “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.” Read more...

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July 26, 2018

Statement by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Open Session of the 10th BRICS Summit, Sandton International Convention Centre

From its formation, the BRICS partnership has had its sights firmly set on the future. Read more...

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July 18, 2018

Statement by the Prime Minister on Nelson Mandela International Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Nelson Mandela International Day: Read more...

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July 10, 2018

Deputy President Mabuza to launch 64-dish MeerKat

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Friday, 13 July 2018, officially launch the 64-dish MeerKAT array, a significant milestone in radio astronomy, in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. Read more...

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June 20, 2018

Former High Commissioner Billy Modise dies

The South African High Commission in Canada is deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of South Africa’s former High Commissioner to Canada and Chief of State Protocol in South Africa Ambassador Billy Modise. Read more...

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June 10, 2018

President Ramaphosa concludes a successful visit to Canada

President Ramaphosa has today, 10 June 2018, concluded his working visit to Canada where he participated in the G7 Leaders’ Outreach Summit held in Quebec City, under the theme “Healthy, Productive and Resilient Oceans and Seas, Coasts and Communities” Read more...

















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