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August is South Africa Women's Month 2019

The South African Embassy in Lisbon will join millions of South Africans on 9 August to celebrate Women’s Day as part our country’s Women’s Month. We pay tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. A system meant to control women even further and reduce women to passive beings, at the mercy of men.

This year’s annual commemoration will be held under the theme: “25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation” and coincides with the country’s celebration of 25 Years of Freedom and Democracy. 

The Call-To-Action for this year’s campaign is “What Women Want” born out of the 2019 Women's Month theme and seeks to identify multifaceted issues affecting today’s women from all sectors, race, statures and age. Through this campaign, we want to encourage boldness in women, to state without any fear, what they really want. 

We therefor make a call to all women to share their perspectives on the gains, the gaps, the current struggles of women in this government and boldly state what they would want to see happening in order to realise the agenda of women equality by participating in the #WhatWomenWant campaign. You can participate by voicing out your perspectives on different social media platforms under the hashtag #WhatWomenWant. Upload your contribution by sharing a social media post, a mini video or a sound clip using the #.

SIXTH SESSION OF THE SOUTH AFRICA - PORTUGAL BILATERAL CONSULTATIONS TOOK PLACE IN PRETORIA ON 2 AUGUST 2019

South African International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Naledi  Pandor received a courtesy call in Pretoria on 2 August 2019 from the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro of Portugal  during the Sixth Session of the South Africa - Portugal Bilateral Consultations.

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro, of Portugal led their respective delegations at the South Africa - Portugal Bilateral Consultations concluded on 2 August 2019. A Joint Communique is attached below.

      

 

 Joint Communiqué of the Sixth Session of Bilateral Consultations between South Africa and Portugal

1. South Africa and Portugal concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Consultations on 25 November 2002, which provides for regular meetings chaired by the Ministers or Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in order to discuss Bilateral Relations, Regional and Multilateral Issues.

2. Mr Alvin Botes, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, hosted the Sixth Session of Bilateral Consultations in Pretoria on 2 August 2019. The Portuguese delegation to the Consultations was led by Ms Teresa Ribeiro, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. During her visit, Secretary of State Ribeiro also paid a courtesy visit to Dr Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa.

3. During their opening remarks at the Bilateral Consultations, both Deputy Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the progress that had been made with the development of relations since the Fifth Meeting of Bilateral Consultations was held in Lisbon in 2017. They also expressed their desire for these relations to grow in substance and diversity. The issues on the agenda included the following:

3.1. Africa

Deputy Minister Botes provided a briefing on developments in South Africa and the rest of the African continent, focusing specifically on peace and security, Africa’s economic development, the African Union and its Agenda 2063. He also elaborated on the outcomes that South Africa expected to achieve when it chairs the African Union in 2020.

3.2. The European Union

Secretary of State Ribeiro provided a briefing on developments in Portugal and in the European Union, including the recent European Parliamentary elections. She also elaborated on the priorities of Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2021, with Africa at the forefront. It was agreed that South Africa and Portugal should promote closer collaboration between the African Union and the European Union.

3.3. Multilateral Issues

3.3.1. South Africa and Portugal emphasised their shared commitment to multilateralism, respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and acknowledged the high level of mutual understanding and coordination in multilateral affairs. South Africa and Portugal cooperate on multilateral issues and the importance Human Rights and a rules-based global governance system was highlighted.

3.3.2. South Africa and Portugal recalled their good record regarding the mutual support of candidatures in international elections and reiterated their desire to continue to do so, whenever possible.

3.4. Agriculture

South Africa and Portugal agreed that both sides would facilitate technical points of contact on sanitary and phytosanitary requirements to promote trade in agricultural products.

3.5. Culture

South Africa and Portugal expressed their intention to intensify their cultural cooperation as an integral part of mutual knowledge and understanding of their respective people.

3.6. Defence

South Africa and Portugal noted with appreciation the efforts being made to foster bilateral defence cooperation through the negotiation of a Defence Cooperation Agreement and emphasised their willingness to develop collaboration in areas such as maritime security, peacekeeping, military education and training, as well as in the defence industry.

3.7. Education

3.7.1. Portugal expressed an interest in continuing to support the Department of Basic Education to offer Portuguese as a Second or First Additional Language in South African schools (Grade R to 12) and as a Home Language (Grade 10 to 12). A Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation has already been concluded with the Gauteng Department of Education, which provides for the inclusion of Portuguese language teaching in the Province’s curricula. Portugal is already supporting nineteen Portuguese-language teachers, who teach 2,400 students and provide training for South African teachers wishing to become Portuguese language teachers. They are also involved in curricular development to comply with South African guidelines.

3.7.2. At the level of higher education, Portugal is currently present in five universities in South Africa, promoting an offer for Undergraduate, Honours and Masters Degrees in Portuguese language and culture, which it intends to develop further.

3.7.3. This offer was welcomed, particularly because Portuguese is referred to in the South African Constitution as one of the languages that must be promoted and respected. The Government of Portugal was requested to submit a formal proposal, through its Embassy in Pretoria, to the Department of Basic Education of South Africa.

3.8. Ocean Economy

3.8.1. South Africa and Portugal acknowledged the importance of the ocean economy and agreed to pursue collaboration in this field. Portugal has already submitted a draft Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Marine Environment. to South Africa, which is currently being studied.

3.8.2. Portugal also thanked South Africa for its support in organising the second United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon in 2020.

3.9. Science and Innovation

3.9.1. South Africa and Portugal signed an agreement in the fields of science and technology in 2015 and it was noted that several joint initiatives had been launched since then. These include:

3.9.1.1. The National Research Foundation of South Africa and the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal are exploring the possibility of launching a Call for Research Proposals (CRP) in the future. The CRP is will cover thematic research areas such as big data, renewable energy, sustainable development and the ocean economy.

3.9.1.2. The parties further discussed the possibility to host a joint researcher workshop in the thematic areas identified under the CRP. The time and place of the workshop will be communicated through diplomatic channel.

3.9.1.3. The two sides will explore the possibility of establishing trilateral cooperation with other African countries such as Angola and Mozambique.

3.9.1.4. South Africa and Portugal are among the founding signatories of the Convention establishing the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory. It was noted that both countries were in the process of concluding the ratification process in order to become party to the Convention. The South

African side expressed greatly appreciation for the support that Portugal has provided to the SKA project.

3.9.1.5. South Africa and Portugal are both members of the Board of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), which is an international partnership aimed at promoting research and innovation cooperation on the sustainable management of the Atlantic Ocean and its resources. The Centre’s research agenda focuses on space, atmosphere, climate-energy, oceans and data science and analytics. It was noted that South Africa was in the process of nominating a national focal point institution to represent South Africa in the AIR Centre. Portugal will be looking forward to an early indication from South Africa in this regard, welcoming the prospect of intensified South African participation in the AIR Centre.

3.9.1.6. The South African side has invited the Portuguese side to take part in the OR Tambo Research Call initiative, which is a strategic South African programme aimed at strengthening research and innovation capacities in public research-intensive universities in Africa, enhancing the training of a new generation of researchers and the further development of established researchers in all knowledge areas while responding to national priorities and strategies. The Portuguese side will consider the proposal and communicate the decision to the South African side.

3.9.1.7. The South African side extended an invitation to the Portuguese side to participate in the Science Forum South Africa event scheduled to take place in Pretoria on 4 and 5 December 2019.

3.10. Tourism

South Africa and Portugal are both popular tourism destinations and it was agreed to foster collaboration in this field, particularly as far as training and skills development, exchange programmes and the sharing of best practices are concerned. In view of this, Portugal has submitted a draft Memorandum of

Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Tourism, which is currently under consideration by the Government of South Africa.

3.11. Trade and Investment

Satisfaction was expressed with the growth in bilateral trade and investment, but it was agreed that the economic relationship between the two countries has not yet reached its full potential. It was agreed to explore closer collaboration in areas such as infrastructure development, as well as the promotion of small and medium enterprises. It was also agreed to foster economic relations between South African Provinces and the Portuguese Autonomous Regions.

4. It was agreed that the Seventh Session of Bilateral Consultations will be held in Portugal before the end of 2021.

The Joint Communiqué of the Sixth Session of the South Africa – Portugal Bilateral Consultations was signed in Pretoria on 2 August 2019

 

SA ROLE ON UNSC REVIEWED FAVOURABLY

South Africa’s role serving in the United Nations Security Council for the past six months (Jan-June 2019) is being reviewed favourably.  The attached review is providing an independent assessment of the progress made, challenges faced and possible ways to improve South Africa’s engagements for the coming 18 months on the Council. South Africa is also in the process of its own internal review as well as an open interaction with civil society on this.  This process will also be used to prepare for South Africa’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in October 2019.

 

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NEW CABINET ANNOUNCED IN SOUTH AFRICA

Statement on the appointment of members of the National Executive

29 May 2019

Fellow South Africans,

In the election of the 8th of May, South Africans provided this administration with a clear mandate to accelerate inclusive economic growth, act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, fight corruption and end state capture.

If we are to give effect to this mandate, we need a capable, efficient and ethical government. 

Today, we are announcing some of the outcomes of the reconfiguration of national government.

As I indicated in the State of the Nation Address in February 2018:

“It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.”

In undertaking this review, we have been guided by the need to build a modern developmental state that has the means to drive economic and social transformation, to embrace innovation and to direct effort and resources towards where they will have the greatest impact.

All South Africans are acutely aware of the great economic difficulties our country has been experiencing and the constraints this has placed on public finances.

It is therefore imperative that in all areas and spheres of government, we place priority on revitalising our economy while exercising the greatest care in the use of public funds.

To promote greater coherence, better coordination and improved efficiency, we have combined a number of portfolios, thereby reducing the number of Ministers from 36 to 28.

  • Trade and Industry is combined with Economic Development
  • Higher Education and Training is combined withScience and Technology
  • Environmental Affairs is combined with Forestry and Fisheries
  • Agriculture is combined with Land Reform and Rural Development
  • Mineral Resources is combined with Energy
  • Human Settlements is combined with Water and Sanitation
  • Sports and Recreation is combined with Arts and Culture

We had already combined the portfolios of Communications andTelecommunications and Postal Services.

We have also decided to add responsibility for infrastructure to thePublic Works portfolio and to add responsibility for employment to the Labour portfolio.

If we are to make effective progress in building the South Africa that we all want, it is important that we deploy into positions of responsibility people who are committed, capable and hard-working, and who have integrity.

In appointing a new national executive, I have taken a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity.

The people who I am appointing today must realise that the expectations of the South African people have never been greater and that they will shoulder a great responsibility.

Their performance – individually and collectively – will be closely monitored against specific outcomes. Where implementation is unsatisfactory, action will be taken.

I have decided to make the following appointments to the National Executive:

  • The Deputy President is David Mabuza.
  • The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is Thoko Didiza.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.
  • The Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr Regina Mhaule.
  • The Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
  • The Deputy Minister is Pinky Kekana.
  • The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.
  • The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
  • The Deputy Minister is Thabang Makwetla.
  • The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheriesis Barbara Creecy.
  • The Deputy Minister is Maggie Sotyu.
  • The Minister of Employment and Labour is Thulas Nxesi.
  • The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.
  • The Minister of Finance is Tito Mboweni.            
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr David Masondo.
  • The Minister of Health is Dr Zwelini Mkhize.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dr Joe Phaahla.
  • The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is Dr Blade Nzimande.
  • The Deputy Minister is Buti Manamela.
  • The Minister of Home Affairs is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
  • The Deputy Minister is Njabulo Nzuza.
  • The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.
  • The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is Dr Naledi Pandor.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.
  • The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Ronald Lamola.
  • The Deputy Ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.
  • The M inister of Mineral Resources and Energy is Gwede Mantashe.
  • The Deputy Minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.
  • The Minister of Police is General Bheki Cele.
  • The Deputy Minister is Cassel Mathale.
  • The Minister in the Presidency is Jackson Mthembu.
  • The Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Thembi Siweya.
  • The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
  • The Deputy Minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.
  • The Minister of Public Enterprises is Pravin Gordhan.
  • The Deputy Minister is Phumulo Masualle.
  • The Minister of Public Service and Administration is Senzo Mchunu.
  • The Deputy Minister is Sindy Chikunga.
  • The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is Patricia De Lille.
  • The Deputy Minister is Noxolo Kiviet.
  • The Minister of Small Business Development is Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
  • The Deputy Minister is Rosemary Capa.
  • The Minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu.
  • The Deputy Minister is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
  • The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture is Nathi Mthethwa.
  • The Deputy Minister is Nocawe Mafu.
  • The Minister of State Security is Ayanda Dlodlo.
  • The Deputy Minister is Zizi Kodwa.
  • The Minister of Tourism is Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane.
  • The Deputy Minister is Fish Mahlalela.
  • The Minister of Trade and Industry is Ebrahim Patel.
  • The Deputy Ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.
  • The Minister of Transport is Fikile Mbalula.
  • The Deputy Minister is Dikeledi Magadzi.

These men and women we have appointed to the executive are drawn from all corners of our country.

For the first time in the history of our country, half of all Ministers are women.

We have also included a significant number of young people.

This is in fulfillment of our commitment to giving young people roles of responsibility in all sectors of society.

This is part of a generational transition in which we are creating a pipeline of leaders to take our country further into the future. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my appreciation to all those outgoing members of the Executive who served the country so ably in the Fifth Administration.

We continue to value their experience, skills and contribution, and will give them suitable responsibilities where they will be able to serve the nation.

Allow me to express my gratitude to all the Members of the incoming Executive for making themselves available to serve the nation, and I wish them all the best in the execution of their responsibilities.

We have all been called upon to serve the people of this country, and we will do so to the utmost of our ability.

I thank you.

Cyril Ramaphosa

President

 

TWO SA FILMS AT THE ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL 4-9 JUNE 2019

Two South African films will be shown at the ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL that will take place from 4 to 9 June 2019, at the Cinema São Jorge:

  • THERE’S A TREE ON THE SOUTHWALK, 5 June at 19h00
  • SCENES FROM THE DRY CITY, 6 June at 21h15

Find out more about the film festival below:

 

NOTA DE IMPRENSA | 07-05-2019

ARQUITETURAS FILM FESTIVAL INSTALA-SE NO CINEMA DE SÃO JORGE EM LISBOA ENTRE 4 E 9 DE JUNHO E TRAZ AO DEBATE O TEMA HUMAN NATURE

O Arquiteturas Film Festival (AFF) está quase de regresso à cidade de Lisboa e já tem datas marcadas para o encontro.  Entre 4 e 9 de junho, a 7º edição instala-se de armas e bagagens no Cinema São Jorge e traz para o debate o tema Human Nature. Ao longo de seis dias, a programação de 2019 traz na mala 62 filmes - 90 por cento estreias portuguesas e algumas mundiais;  haverá ainda várias atividades paralelas - workshop, masterclass, atelier para crianças, visita guiada, encontros de coletivos e muito mais.

Como já é tradição, antes do arranque o Arquiteturas apresenta a programação com um warm-up. Este ano será duplo, no dia 28 de Maio no bar o Bom, o Mau e o Vilão como convidado especial do Shortcutz Lisboa, onde serão exibidas duas curtas-metragens que fazem parte do programa deste ano; e no dia 30, em parceria com a Roca Lisboa Gallery, com a presença do curador do festival André Costa, a diretora Sofia Mourato, o realizador Duarte Natário e a arquiteta Daniela Silva.

O festival arranca com o premiado Melting Souls, de François Xavier Destors. Um documentário sobre Norilsk, uma “cidade de ficção científica” acima do Círculo Polar Ártico – uma paisagem industrial infernal numa tundra que, de outra forma, seria estéril.

Entre as novidades desta edição está o júri do Arquiteturas 2019. A arquiteta Ana Tostões, Presidente do DOCOMOMO Internacional, o geógrafo Álvaro Domingues, a arquiteta Isabel Barbas, o realizador Gerrit Messiaen, a artista e realizadora Petra Noordkamp e o arquiteto Tiago Oliveira, em representação da Secção regional Sul da Ordem dos Arquitectos (OASRS), aceitaram a missão de avaliar 55 obras de 26 países em quatro categorias: Ficção, Documentário, Experimental e Novos Talentos. A programação completa será divulgada em breve.

Pensado conceptualmente como uma problematização ampla da relação entre o ser humano e a natureza, o tema que este ano está em cima da mesa pretende ultrapassar discussões sobre arquitetura e sustentabilidade para tratar as questões mais urgentes sobre o espaço transformado, e ameaçado, pela ação humana, e também os desdobramentos dessa ação sobre a existência do homem. 

Exemplo inevitável quando se fala de construção de um território resultado da intervenção humana, a Holanda foi eleita como país homenageado desta edição com uma programação transversal que conta com o alto patrocínio da Embaixada da Holanda em Lisboa e curadoria de Mélanie van der Hoorn.

Entre inúmeras outras atividades, vai decorrer um workshop do coletivo holandês Failed Architecture, conhecido pelos seus casos de estudo sobre os falhanços do modernismo e o crescimento urbano das cidades, em conjunto com a realizadora Petra Noordkamp, duas vezes premiada pelo melhor filme no Arquiteturas. O workshop consiste numa investigação e recolha audiovisual sobre a atual situação da praça Martim Moniz, em Lisboa, culminando em ensaios cinematográficos dos participantes.

A programação holandesa conta ainda com uma masterclass sobre filmes de arquivo de arquitetura com Melanie van der Hoorn, autora do livro Spots in Shots: Narrating the built environment in short films, em conjunto com Tiago Batista, diretor do ANIM e João Rosmaninho da Universidade do Minho; com a presença de dois ateliers de arquitetura premiados pelas suas práticas com características sustentáveis, o atelier Bureau Sla e o atelier Space & Matter.

Portugal será representado por Russa, de João Salaviza e Ricardo Alves Jr., sobre a memória coletiva e as transformações recentes da cidade do Porto; Civitas, de André Sarmento, e Alis Ubbo, de Paulo Abreu, ambos sobre o processo de “turistificação” em Lisboa. A ficção Lá vem Dia, de Mercês Tomaz Gomes, trata da relação entre o morar contemporâneo e as relações afetivas. Esta edição traz ainda a estreia da curta de animação portuguesa O atelier do meu avô, do arquiteto Tiago Galo, em exibição no atelier para crianças do festival, e o recém-estreado filme Tudo é Paisagem que retrata a história da arquitetura paisagística em Portugal.

Também em foco nesta edição vão estar o cineasta Andrzej Wajda e sua paixão pela arquitetura, a inevitável Bauhaus que este ano completa 100 anos de existência e os movimentos  radicais italianos de design e arquitetura das década de 60 e 70 como são os casos dos UFO, Archizoom e os Superstudio. O arquivo do grande mestre mexicano Luis Barragán é tema do filme The Proposal. O famoso projeto de habitação social em Milão, o Gallaratese, de Aldo Rossi, é tema do filme Monte Amiata, e a obra símbolo do modernismo na Inglaterra, dos icónicos arquitetos Alison e Peter Smithson, é retratada em The Disappearance of Robin Hood.

Em parceria com a RTP vão ser exibidos no AFF três episódios de Atelier d’Arquitetura, série documental que percorre edifícios, estruturas, conceitos, peças, casas ou museus que mais se destacam no território nacional e que começou a ser transmitida recentemente pela estação pública. Os realizadores da série estarão presentes para uma discussão com o público.

Os sponsors desta edição estão em foco através do apoio a sessões dedicadas a temas que lhes são próximos – o Portal da Construção Sustentável vai, enquanto sponsor principal, realizar um evento de apresentação e discussão para profissionais do setor interessados em processos e produtos sustentáveis. A ROCA e a Water Foundation patrocinam a sessão de filmes sobre o esgotamento de recursos naturais dos rios na África do Sul e Quénia; o RSGrupo patrocina a sessão que exibe um dos principais filmes da programação oficial – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch aproveitando para apresentar as suas visões sobre a geo-arquitetura.

Para mais informações:

Assessoria de Imprensa AFF

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Minister Sisulu is humbled by donations to re-build communities following Cyclone Idai and KwaZulu Natal floods

 

Press release

 

5 May 2019

 

 

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu has on behalf of the South African government conveyed her immense gratitude to the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Mahash Saeed Al Hameli for donating R1 million towards relief efforts in KwaZulu Natal and to Aspen Pharmacare for the donation of R50 000 also for KwaZulu Natal and a further R250 000 for Mozambique.

 

The donations were made at an engagement between the Minister and members of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese (HIP) Alliance on 3 May 2019.  The event sought to unpack South Africa’s foreign policy trajectory and to continue mobilising the business community to support government initiatives to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, as well as the victims of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

“We are humbled by the support we continue to get from the business community, NGOs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and ordinary citizens of our country. Your assistance has not been in vain”, said Minister Sisulu.

 

The HIP Alliance also honoured Minister Sisulu with the Humanity and Social Cohesion Award in recognition of her service to “improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society”.

 

Receiving the award Minister Sisulu said: “I accept this on behalf of all women in this country. They are the most vulnerable ones in our society. However, they always make things happen. Women, the future is in your hands”.

 

 

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MOZAMBIQUE: MINISTER SISULU THANKS SOUTH AFRICANS FOR RESPONDING TO THE CALL FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

Media Statement

 

21 March 2019

 

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has expressed her sincere gratitude to all the South African companies, NGOs and individuals who have responded, and are still responding, to the call for humanitarian assistance for victims affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

“We are humbled by the generosity of all South Africans who continue to deliver boxes of goods at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). This is who we are. This is what Ubuntu is,” said Minister Sisulu.

 

The Minister noted the offers of financial assistance made to DIRCO and announced that the Director-General, Kgabo Mahoai, would, on Friday, 22 March 2019, announce details of a humanitarian fund that would allow stakeholders to deposit such funds.

 

The Minister repeated her appeal to all companies operating in these three countries, and other South African companies, to lead in contributing and in the delivery of humanitarian aid. 

 

“Blankets, clothes, clean water, stationery and food are in urgent need. We are humbled by NGOs like Gift of the Givers, who are already assisting on the ground,” added Minister Sisulu.

 

Donations can be delivered at the DIRCO Head Office or at the Ministry Offices in Parliament, Cape Town. The following officials can be contact for further guidance:

 

Matheko Rametsi

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