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October 1, 2020

Fellow South Africans, esteemed travellers and visitors to our beloved country and members of the media, thank you for allowing us, the Ministers tasked with immigration, tourism, health, transport and international relations and cooperation the opportunity to come before you to explain and to give necessary clarifications on how the South African borders will be reopened for international travel from 1 October 2020.

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October 30, 2019

Rugby World Cup Final Support

In the interest of lifting the mood of the country and promoting patriotism and nation building, the South African Government has moved to synchronise the communication on the Rugby World Cup. 

All South Africans are asked to get behind the Springboks by wearing the gold and green Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November.

#StrongerTogether #BokFriday

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June 24, 2019

Father Michael Lapsley Private Audience with Pope Francis

Ambassador George Johannes accompanied Father Michael Lapsley to a private audience held by Pope Francis.

Father Michael said he started his meeting with the pope by sharing some of his life journey, including the “pivotal” experience of the letter bomb, which he said Pope Francis was visibly moved by.

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April 28, 2019

Pope prays for victims of South Africa floods

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for “those who have lost their lives or suffered serious damage as a result of the recent floods in South Africa”.

He was addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Regina Coeliprayer.

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July 8, 2020

Pope Francis honours SA educated ambassador George Johannes with a knighthood

Angels flew across the Cape Flats and remembered that a young boy from Elsies River, who was educated by Holy Cross Sisters at Saint Augustine’s in Parow, was somewhere in Europe.

He went into exile during the dark days of apartheid and mobilised for peace and justice. These angels noted that today, he was now a man tasked with great responsibilities on behalf of the South African nation. 

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October 2, 2019

Social Development Month

Social Development Month is held in the context of government’s vision of addressing the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

 

2019 campaign will be commemorated under the theme: “Working together to build caring and sustainable communities”.

 

The month’s programme of activities had officially kick-started with International Day of Older Persons on 01 October, Older persons Week- Active aging programme.

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May 31, 2019

Embassy hosts National Day to Celebrate SA Freedom Day

The South African Embassy to the Holy See hosted a National Day to celebrate Freedom Day for 2019. The event was hosted at the Kolbe Hotel in Rome close to the famous Circus Maximus racing ring.

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March 26, 2019

Welcome Remarks by President Ramaphosa - SADC Solidarity Conference

Welcome Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, OR Tambo Building, Tshwane, 26 March 2019.

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June 17, 2020

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa's response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Compatriots,

It is now just over 100 days since the first case of coronavirus was identified in South Africa.

For 100 days we have been living in the shadow of one of the greatest threats to global health in over 100 years.

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August 25, 2019

President Ramaphosa arrives in France for G7 summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Biarritz, France, today, Sunday, 25 August 2019, to participate in a G7 Summit that is focused on the elimination of inequalities of various kinds globally.

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May 11, 2019

South African Elections 2019

President Ramaphosa's Full Speech

Twenty five ago, millions of our people exercised their democratic right to vote for the very first time – and in doing so set our country firmly on a path of freedom and progress.

 

Their actions represented the fulfilment of a solemn pledge made decades before in the Freedom Charter, which said that:

 

“No government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”

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