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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following the Russian Airbus A321 plane crash in Egypt

President Zuma sends a message of condolences following the Russian Airbus A321 plane crash in EgyptOn behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all the victims of the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in the Arab Republic of Egypt on Saturday, 31 October 2015, killing 224 people on board, most of whom were Russian citizens.

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Dutch business, government bullish on SA

Dutch business government bullish on SATHE HAGUE – Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte says that South Africa has all the right things in place to tackle its challenges and will be visiting the country later this month on what is the biggest trade mission to South Africa in Holland’s history.

More than 65 Dutch companies will accompany Rutte – who was last here in 2002 as an executive of a Unilever subsidiary – with a view to signing business-to-business agreements with local counterparts. Holland’s Minister of Agriculture, Sharon Dijksma, will also join him.

The trip will focus on a range of sectors including transport and logistics, water, agrifood, healthcare and energy – areas in which Dutch companies see opportunity in South Africa, Rutte said.

Speaking to South African journalists visiting the Netherlands last week, Rutte said the country would like to link very closely with the economic ambitions of the South African government.


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India, Africa agree on areas of cooperation

India Africa agree on areas of cooperationPretoria - The Delhi Declaration and the India-Africa Framework for the Strategic Cooperation has been adopted by 41 Heads of State and Government from the African continent and others who attended the Third India-Africa Forum Summit.

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South African Candidate to Head World Soccer?

South African Candidate to Head World SoccerTokyo Sexwale, ex-freedom fighter, ex-Robben Island inmate, ex-premier, ex-cabinet minister, and multi-millionaire businessman has confirmed that he is a candidate for the presidency of the scandal-ridden FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). Sexwale, said to have his eye on the South African presidency, helped organize South Africa’s successful bid for the 2010 World Cup and played a significant role in its success. Universally known as ‘Tokyo,’ his full name is Mosima Gabriel Sexwale (the ‘Tokyo’ moniker is based on his youthful enthusiasm for karate).

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Deputy Minister Landers to co-chair the 12th South Africa - Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism, 29-30 October 2015

Deputy Minister Landers to co chair the 12th South AfricaThe Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, HE Mr Luwellyn Landers, will co-chair the 12th Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) with his Cuban counterpart, HE Mr Rogelio Sierra Diaz in Havana on 29-30 October 2015.

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South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.

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The purpose of this focus area is to unpack the extent to which the policy in its making, its nature and its application constitutes a principled and pragmatic response to a complex international environment. In doing so, we hope to be guided by an objective to promote a foreign policy that positions SA as a responsible global citizen committed to building bridges between various power blocs for the benefit of Africa and South Africans.

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