BRICS Summit 2013, Durban, South Africa

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You will be pleased to know that information on the fifth BRICS Summit is now available at the tips of your fingers. That’s right! The website is now up and running on


BRICS Summit, March 2013, Durban, South Africa

Media is informed of the fifth BRICS Summit to be hosted by South Africa in March 2013 at the Durban International Convention Centre. BRICS Summits are convened to seek common ground on areas of importance for these major economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). It represents spheres of political and entrepreneurial coordination , in which member countries have identified several business opportunities, economic complimentarities, and other areas of cooperation.

Look out for more information, updates and the launch of the BRICS website here. We invite you to journey with us as we prepare for the BRICS Summit for March 2013. Chalo South Africa!

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H.E. President Jacob Zuma congratulates Mr. Pranab Mukherjee of the Republic of India on winning India’s Presidential Elections

Media Statement, 23 July 2012

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, 23 July 2012, congratulated Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the former Minister of Finance of India, on being elected as the 13th President of the Republic of India.


 President Zuma said: “India is a strategic partner of South Africa, and the objective of the bilateral relationship is to continue to foster goodwill and sound relations across a broad spectrum”.

 In this regard, President Zuma said South Africa will also explore new opportunities in both the bilateral and multilateral environments to engage India in an evolving global environment.

As strategic partners, South Africa and India have laid a solid foundation and created a platform for cooperating in various forums, namely, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa); IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa); BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China – a climate change-specific forum); the G-20 and the India-Africa Forum, all of which reinforce the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries.

 President Zuma concluded that: “South Africa wishes to convey its sincerest congratulations to President-elect Mukherjee and welcomes the opportunity to continue to engage India at the highest level.”

 For further information, please contact Mr  Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on +27 82 884 5974

 Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa






2012 Nelson Mandela International Day in New Delhi, India


The South African High Commission in New Delhi hosted a mass event on Nelson Mandela International Day called “Bikers for Mandela Day Riders” together with Sun Foundation and a bikers organisation called Free Souls which saw hundreds of participants donating to the Touch of Hope Foundation, an Indian NGO with assists people with HIV/AIDS by providing health care facilities and medication, food parcels and education.  Through the event, not only were the principles of Madiba (Nelson Mandela as he affectionately known) promoted but the people of India also generously responded to the call of giving back to humanity and contributed 94 minutes, symbolic of Madiba’s age, of their time to community service. We thank the Government and people of India, the Gandhi family, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, the media, think tanks, and all who so willingly united with the South African High Commission for this cause. High Commissioner Majeke says to you all: “Nangamso” which means “Even Tomorrow” in Xhosa (a Vernacular language in South Africa which is also Nelson Mandela and High Commissione Majeke’s home language); “Even Tomorrow” may the people of India continue to unite with South Africa in the fight for a better and just world for all!

Nelson Mandela International Day Annual Lecture, by Mr. Max Sisulu

Mr. Max Sisulu, Honourable Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa addressed the second Nelson Mandela International Day Annual Lecture which was hosted by the South African High Commission in New Delhi, together with the India International Centre and the Working Group on Alternative Strategies, on 10 July 2012.

President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. J.G.Zuma announces a Cabinet Reshuffle

On Tuesday, 12 June 2012 President Jacob Zuma announced a Cabinet Reshuffle for the Government of the Republic of South Africa. The new appointees are as follows:

-Public Service and Administration Minister: Lindiwe Sisulu

-Defence Minister: Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula

-Transport Minister: Ben Martins

-Correctional Services Minister: Sibusiso Ndebele

-Deputy Transport Minister: Sindisiwe Chikunga

-Deputy Public Enterprises Minister: Gratitude Magwanishe

-Deputy Economic Development Minister: Hlengiwe Mkhize

-Deputy Higher Education Minister: Mduduzi Manana

-National Police Commissioner: Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega

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Operation Mission Maitenance, 25 May 2012

Operation Mission Maitenance, 25 May 2012