Category Archives: Foreign Policy

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SA regering moet sê oor spioenasie-beweringe in China wat Suid-Afrikaanse burgers betrek

Die VF Plus het vandag in ʼn dringende skrywe aan die minister van internasionale betrekkinge en samewerking, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, ʼn beroep op die minister gedoen om te antwoord op bewerings wat Suid-Afrikaners by spioenasie in China betrek. Dr. Pieter Groenewald, die VF Plus se hoofwoordvoerder oor polisie en staatsveiligheid, sê die aangeleentheid maak wêreldwyd opslae, en Suid-Afrika kan nie bekostig om na die Fifa-sokkerskandaal en die Omar al-Bashir-aangeleentheid in nog ʼn internasionale skandaal betrokke te raak nie. “Indien enige of al die Suid-Afrikaners onskuldig by…

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VF Plus lig Verenigde Nasies in oor probleme in SA wat minderheidsgemeenskappe raak

Die VF Plus is tans besig om in Genève, Switserland, die wêreld deur die Verenigde Nasies (VN) se Menseregtekommissie-Forum in te lig oor ʼn verskeidenheid probleme wat minderheidsgemeenskappe in Suid-Afrika direk raak, sê dr. Pieter Mulder, leier van die VF Plus. Dr. Mulder is vergesel van mnr. André Fourie, voorsitter van die VF Plus se buitelandse sake-komitee en raadslid vir die Stad Kaapstad. “Die Menseregtekommissie se tema vanjaar is: ‘Preventing and addressing violence and atrocities targeted against minorities’, en dit sluit daarom perfek aan by…

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USA increases citizen renunciation fees by 422%

USA increases citizen renunciation fees by 422%

Pretoria – The United States (US) Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has announced changes to fees in some of their consular services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for non-immigrant visas largely remain the same. The Bureau of Consular Affairs, which operates on a fee-for-services basis, says the increase seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services through the collection of consular fees. Although most categories of non-immigrant visa processing fees will…

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SA hosts Iran for bilateral talks

SA hosts Iran for bilateral talks

Briefing the media after a meeting which has been described as fruitful, International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo and her Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian agreed that there is still untapped potential for the expansion of relations. However, international sanctions imposed on Iran have made trade increasingly difficult, Deputy Minister Mfeketo said. “Because of the impact (of sanctions), we had problems but we are on track, especially with the agreement with the P5+1. As soon as (this is) resolved, we will continue with our…

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President Zuma visits Lesotho on mediation mission

President Zuma visits Lesotho on mediation mission

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma is in Lesotho for consultation with King Letsie III on ways to end the political crisis in the mountain kingdom. This morning, President Zuma — who is also the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security — is expected to hold discussions with the Coalition Leaders and to assess the progress in the implementation of the Windhoek Declaration, as well as other SADC decisions. The visit follows the Ministerial Committee of the Organ…

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Singapore a valued, important partner for SA

Singapore a valued, important partner for SA

Pretoria – Singapore has been described as an important and valued partner for South Africa in Southeast Asia, by Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane. “The South African government wishes to place on record its appreciation and gratitude for the assistance that Singapore has offered over the years by sharing its developmental experience with South Africa, which has so far benefited hundreds of South African government officials,” said Minister Chabane. He said Singapore had helped South Africa with skills development under the Singapore Cooperation…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA strengthens ties with Iran and the UK

Pretoria – Deputy Minister NomaIndia Mfeketo will co-chair the Fifth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group with her counterpart, Dr Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran. The meeting will take place in Pretoria on Tuesday. Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Iran were re- established on 10 May 1994 after the first democratic elections. SA – UK Relations Meanwhile, International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Luwellyn Landers, is expected to host the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of…

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SA condemns military take-over in Lesotho

Pretoria – The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has warned the military in Lesotho that South Africa, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) will not tolerate the unconstitutional take-over of the neighbouring mountain kingdom. On Saturday, the Lesotho Defence Force took over the radio and TV stations, resulting in a total black out in broadcast. The army had also taken over several police stations, including the police headquarters. The incidents have also forced Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane…

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SA fosters closer trade relations with Mozambique

Pretoria – South Africa is fostering closer trade relations with Mozambique, which is one of the seven fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). “Mozambique is amongst the seven fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa and we cannot achieve economic growth if our economies are not linked. “It is important to understand that we are pursuing a mutually beneficial regional economic development agenda, and for us to turn around our economy we need to be outward looking in…

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Russia, SA talk economic cooperation

President Zuma to visit Russia

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday undertake a five-day working visit to the Russian Federation where he is expected to meet with President Vladimir Putin. President Zuma’s visit to the country follows the successful working visit of President Putin to Durban in March last year, and President Zuma’s visit to Sochi in May 2013. During the bilateral talks, the two Presidents are expected to consolidate and open new avenues towards job creation, skills development, the exchange and transfer of technology and trade and…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government critisises USA President Obama

sanews.gov.za the South African Government press release website published the following South African Government opinion about US President Obama: If anything, US President Barack Obama needs to use this week’s first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington to throw his weight behind the extension of the Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) for another 15 years. And if Obama really cares about Africa’s growth and development, he also needs to come out in support of South Africa’s inclusion to any new term of AGOA when the current…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government to attend Iran called meeting on Palestine

Pretoria – South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo will attend an emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Committee on Palestine, next week. Deputy Minister Mfeketo will join President Jacob Zuma’s Special Envoys to the Middle East, Zola Skweyiya and former Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad for the meeting scheduled on Monday. The meeting – called by Iran, will discuss and consider the current situation and latest developments in Palestine, especially the situation in Gaza. The conflict has left more than…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government condemns terrorist attack in China

Pretoria – The South African Government has condemned the terrorist attack that killed dozens of civilians, on Monday morning, in Shache County, Kashgar Prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. “The South Africa Government condemns all forms and manner of terrorism. We believe that terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said. A gang armed with knives and axes attacked a police station and government offices in Elixku Township, and some moved on to…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government biased in favour of Hamas in Israel conflict

Pretoria: The South African Government Information Website, ironically called “SA News” published in headline: ” Truce cut short as Israel resumes attack on Gaza” but in the opening sentence of the South African Governments own article it clearly states: “Jerusalem – The Israeli military says it is resuming the offensive on the Gaza Strip, cutting short a temporary ceasefire after Hamas militants rejected the truce and continued to fire rockets at Israel” Jerusalem – The Israeli military says it is resuming the offensive on the…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

SA Government to act on Gaza and situation in Ukraine

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma will dispatch a team to Israel to convey government’s concerns over the inhumane killings through the ground invasion on the Gaza strip. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane made this announcement when she tabled her Budget Vote in Parliament on Tuesday. She also announced that South Africa would donate $1 million to assist with humanitarian efforts in Gaza soon. Her announcement comes amid growing calls for the United Nations Security Council to act within the ambit of international…

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CDP questions financial aid to Palestinians

CDP questions financial aid to Palestinians “If South Africa did not have a serious shortfall in providing for the needs of its own people, the CDP would not have objected to providing humanitarian aid anywhere else in the world.” says Rev. Theunis Botha leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP). “But taking more than R10 million out of the South African taxpayers’ pockets to provide for the Palestinians does not make sense. Hamas is heavily funded by Iran, oil rich Arab families, as well as…

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CDP calls on government not to sever ties with Israel

“We call on government not to sever diplomatic ties with Israel,” says Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “Hamas is on the USA’s list of terrorist organisations for a reason. The atrocities perpetrated by them are well known all over the world, and to abort diplomatic ties with an internationally recognised nation in favour of a terrorist organisation is unthinkable. “The CDP calls on all parties involved in the conflict to work hard to find a constitutionally sound solution. We realise that the…

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Entire African Continent to benefit from BRICS bank

BRICS Development Bank to be based in Shanghai

Fortaleza – The emerging-market bloc of BRICS on Tuesday announced plans that will see the envisaged Development Bank being based in Shanghai, China. Plans are also in progress for a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). The five members of the group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) – laid out the designs of the New Development Bank (NDB) and the CRA in a declaration released, following their sixth summit in the Brazilian city. The NDB, to be headquartered in Shanghai, will have an…

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Russia, SA talk economic cooperation

Russia, SA talk economic cooperation

Fortaleza – Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma have held talks on broader bilateral cooperation that could be given a new impulse after the South African elections. Starting the negotiations, President Putin congratulated President Zuma on his victory at the elections and said: “Now it is high time to recall our joint projects”. “Despite the domestic events, we have managed to maintain a positive growth of foreign trade,” the Russian President said. He said in the past year, trade went up…

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SA condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Kenya

Pres Zuma in Brazil for BRICS summit

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma, who is already in Brazil, will join leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China, which make up the BRICS grouping, for their sixth summit. Accompanied by five cabinet ministers, as well as a business delegation, President Zuma will attend the two-day summit on Tuesday. The summit will be held under the theme ‘BRICS – Inclusive growth: Sustainable solutions’- which is in line with South Africa’s priorities over the next five years. The leaders will discuss other issues regarding global governance…

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UN to scale-up Ebola response

Poverty eradication top of UN forum agenda

South Africa is set to join other UN member countries to thrash out long-term measures to beat poverty and widespread inequality. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will today be among the panellists sitting in the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York. The minister is expected to make a presentation on long-term solutions to end the cycle of poverty and inequality. Her presentation will be made during a Ministerial Dialogue that will provide a platform for other panellists, lead discussants and…

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