Govt launches online radio station

2013-10-18 08:01

The department of international relations and co-operation has launched Ubuntu Radio, a 24-hour internet radio station aimed at enhancing communication on the country's foreign policy.

SA summons Israeli ambassador

2012-12-06 14:37

The government has summoned Israel's ambassador in protest against his country's decision to build 3 000 new settlement homes on the West Bank.

Govt calls for end to Myanmar violence

2012-08-08 17:53

The government of Myanmar must continue its efforts at national reconciliation to end sectarian violence in the Rakhine state, says the South African government.

US seeks to add value: Hillary Clinton

2012-08-07 20:12

The United States is seeking to give rather than take in its relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, says visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton holds strategic talks in SA

2012-08-07 12:01

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting top South African officials in talks focused on HIV/Aids, trade and the response to events in global hotspots.

Zuma arrives in Beijing

2012-07-18 14:06

President Jacob Zuma has arrived on a working visit in Beijing, China, the presidency says.

Motlanthe in Turkey for working visit

2012-06-07 15:12

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has arrived in Ankara, Turkey, for a two-day working visit, the presidency says.

SA donates R10m in aid to Congo

2012-03-28 18:52

The department of international relations has donated R10m in aid to victims of the explosion in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, says a charity group.

SA condemns violence in Syria

2012-03-22 21:39

South Africa has condemned the escalating violence in Syria and has urged that country to seek a peaceful political solution.

SA intervenes in Sahel region

2012-03-21 22:12

South Africa will give humanitarian assistance to four core countries of the Sahel region, says the department of international relations.

More political coherence needed for AU, UNSC

2012-03-12 17:01

Greater strategic political coherence is needed between the United Nations and the African Union, says Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim.

DRC leaders must keep peace: Zuma

2011-12-14 07:38

President Jacob Zuma has called on political leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo to keep peace in their country.

SA and Russia sign justice pact

2011-12-07 17:48

South Africa and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding on legal matters, the justice ministry has said.

Zuma dismayed over Kenya attacks

2011-10-26 21:54

President Jacob Zuma has expressed dismay over the hand-grenade attacks in Kenya this week, the international relations department says.

Plane trouble cancels Motlanthe's Finland trip

2011-10-18 18:01

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has cancelled the Finnish leg of an official trip to three Nordic countries because of plane troubles.

SA calls for end to Somalia violence

2011-10-05 15:25

South Africa has called for an end to violence in Somalia after a suicide car bomb killed more than 70 people in Mogadishu.

Dalai Lama would've received visa - Motlanthe

2011-10-05 11:30

The government would have granted the Dalai Lama a visa to visit the country if he hadn't cancelled his trip, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has said.

Tutu: Watch out ANC govt, watch out!

2011-10-04 17:43

A visibly angry Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has slammed the SA government for not granting the Dalai Lama a visa, saying they are worse than the apartheid government.

Govt 'disrespectful' of Dalai Lama

2011-09-29 07:26

The way the government has responded to the Dalai Lama's visa application is "disrespectful", the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre says.

Dalai Lama clouds SA trade trip to China

2011-09-26 22:30

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has left for China on a trip that Beijing may use to influence Pretoria to reject a visa application by the Dalai Lama.

Minister's refusal to scan bag costs SA

2011-09-16 10:44

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reportedly missed a flight after refusing to have her bag scanned in Oslo, resulting in a R235 000 bill for a charter jet.

SA companies assist Tanzania

2011-09-10 18:06

South African companies in Tanzania are helping with rescue procedures after a ferry capsized in Zanzibar, says the department of international relations.

Cosatu joins Swazi protests

2011-09-06 14:30

Cosatu has sent a delegation to Swaziland to take part in a week of pro-democracy protests.

SA, Tanzania not ready to recognise Somaliland

2011-08-13 23:22

South Africa and Tanzania are not yet ready to recognise Somaliland and believe it should not be split off from Somalia, according to the foreign ministers of Tanzania and South Africa.

South Africans killed in Indonesia crash

2011-08-04 09:15

The South African department of international relations and co-operation has confirmed that two South Africans are among 10 people killed in a helicopter crash in central Indonesia.


Top official probed over R530m expenditure

2013-09-19 11:00

International relations director general Jerry Matjila has been placed on special leave following allegations of irregular expenditure of over R500m in taxpayers' money, according to a report.

SA woman arrested in Indonesia

2012-08-29 16:57

A South African woman has been arrested in Indonesia but the department of international relations isn't too sure of the exact charges against her.

Live up to Mandela, Clinton urges

2012-08-08 14:32

South Africa must live up to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela by promoting human rights and democracy among its neighbours and around the world, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton urges SA to take leading role

2012-08-07 14:17

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held talks with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to map out strategy on global issues and press SA to play a stronger regional role.

SA: Syria resolution unbalanced

2012-07-20 15:36

South Africa has abstained from voting on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria because it is "unbalanced", says Deputy International Relations and Co-operation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim.

Zuma congratulates South Sudan

2012-07-09 19:45

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South Sudan on its first anniversary of independence.

SA victims of Qatar fire buried

2012-05-29 17:43

Two expatriate South Africans killed in a fire at an upmarket shopping centre in Doha, Qatar, have been buried.

South Africans stranded in Mali

2012-03-24 16:01

There are South Africans stuck in Mali after the coup d’état in the West African nation.

SA forks out R12m on guests at ANC bash

2012-03-22 15:50

South Africa spent R12m on hosting foreign guests at the ANC's 100-year celebrations, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Align SA foreign policy with world: ANC

2012-03-20 14:22

South Africa needs to make sure its foreign policy is in line with the world, according to the ANC's draft policy discussion document on international relations.

DA applies for international relations dept report

2012-01-23 19:10

The Democratic Alliance will apply for access to a report on alleged fraud and maladministration in the international relations and co-operation department.

SA bothered by trade, not rights: SAHRC

2011-12-12 21:26

The government's foreign policy is focused more on trading with China and has failed to consider human rights, says the SA Human Rights Commission, in reaction to the execution of Janice Linden.

Qwelane won't be recalled - minister

2011-11-09 12:17

There are no plans to recall or act against SA High Commissioner to Uganda Jon Qwelane after he was found guilty of hate speech, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says.

Jacob Zuma off to Perth

2011-10-24 17:45

President Jacob Zuma will attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting in Australia this week.

SA explains UN Syria vote decision

2011-10-06 12:46

South Africa abstained from voting on the UN Security Council's resolution against Syria because of possible military intervention, the international relations department says.

SA did not deny Dalai Lama - dept

2011-10-05 13:13

South Africa has not denied the Dalai Lama a visa, says international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

We will pray for ANC's downfall - Tutu

2011-10-04 21:04

South Africans will pray for the downfall of the ANC like they did with the apartheid government, warns Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, indicating they could face the same fate of Arab dictatorships.

Govt passing 'Dalai Lama buck'

2011-09-30 18:30

The government is passing the buck on who should decide whether the Dalai Lama should get a South African visa, says the Democratic Alliance.

Govt 'dragging its feet' over Dalai Lama

2011-09-27 07:38

Desmond Tutu has accused the government of foot-dragging over the Dalai Lama's visa application, saying it is a major stumbling block to his 80th birthday plans.

Maathai a true African patriot: Govt

2011-09-26 19:04

Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai was an inspiration and a true African patriot, says the SA government.

SA considering Dalai Lama visa - minister

2011-09-13 15:35

SA is considering a visa request from the Dalai Lama, the government says, two years after refusing entry to the Tibetan exiled spiritual leader over fears of angering China.

Zuma sends condolences to Russia

2011-09-08 15:25

President Jacob Zuma has conveyed South Africa's condolences to Russia after a plane crash killed 44 people in that country.

Dalai Lama will get SA visa - centre

2011-09-05 17:02

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre has expressed confidence that a visa will be granted to the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa next month.

SA, Burundi to work at alleviating poverty

2011-08-12 15:38

South Africa and Burundi have signed agreements to co-operate in agriculture, sports and recreation, economic co-operation and defence, says President Jacob Zuma.

Govt calls on SA to help Somali famine relief

2011-07-22 19:01

The South African government is considering a donation of R1m towards famine relief in Somalia and will be appealing to the public to make donations.

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