Key strategic priorities for the reporting year were: Key strategic priorities for the reporting year were

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Key strategic priorities for the reporting year were:

  • Key strategic priorities for the reporting year were:

    • Continued prioritisation of the African Agenda
    • Strengthen South-South Relations
    • Strengthen Relations with Formations of the North
    • Strengthen Political and Economic Relations
    • Participate in the Global System of Governance
    • Organisational Strengthening
    • The provision of Operational Support Services

  • Contents

    • Organisational Establishment
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Employment Equity and Organisational Culture
    • Talent Management
    • Employee Wellness
    • HR Strategic priorities 2010/11

Establishment as at 31 March 2010

  • Establishment as at 31 March 2010

    • Head Office and Missions

Focused on Employment Equity:

  • Focused on Employment Equity:

    • Status of Women at SMS level
      • In 2008/2009 - 82 (32.8%)
      • In 2009/2010 – 81 (33.3%)
    • Status of People with Disabilities
      • The number of people with disabilities has remained constant at 36 representing 1.54% of total employees

Enhanced Employer Brand activities

  • Enhanced Employer Brand activities

  • - SABC Career Fairs for Grade 10-12.

  • - Participated in career exhibitions at various Further Education Training

  • Colleges and Universities.

  • - A first ever internal Career exhibition Day was organised for DIRCO employees

  • to further promote the work of the Department and highlight career

  • opportunities available within the Department.

  • DIRCO was rated second best employer of choice by tertiary students studying towards qualifications in Humanities

  • Cadet program continued to serve as a talent pipeline to meet organisational human resource needs

  • Career Management interventions were delivered at both individual and group level to enhance employees’ career focus and direction

Continues to implement health promotion programmes and render psycho-social support to employees and immediate family members.

  • Continues to implement health promotion programmes and render psycho-social support to employees and immediate family members.

  • Enhanced the support for employees in Hardship Missions.

  • In the process of establishing a spousal support office.

  • Introduced pre-posting health and adaptability assessments.

Effective Organisational Processes

  • Effective Organisational Processes

  • Effective Talent Management

  • Effective Employee Resourcing and Utilisation

  • Management Capacity Building

The Diplomatic Academy is an accredited training institution with the Public Services Sector Education and Training Authority

  • The Diplomatic Academy is an accredited training institution with the Public Services Sector Education and Training Authority

  • Offers training in preparation for Foreign Service to departmental officials

  • Addresses the skills development needs of the DIRCO

  • Conducts policy research on priority issues for South Africa’s foreign policy

Diplomatic Training was offered to 19 Heads of Mission, 26 senior level Counsellors, and 55 mid-level Diplomatic Trainees

  • Diplomatic Training was offered to 19 Heads of Mission, 26 senior level Counsellors, and 55 mid-level Diplomatic Trainees

  • Protocol training extended to 1738 officials from: all levels of the public sector; semi-state and private enterprises (eg. Telkom); the Justice College; and the organisers of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

  • In addition, the following training was delivered: Mission Administration; Foreign Languages; Computer Training; English Language Training; and various courses for Management Development and generic skills training

  • Foreign Language training offered to the public sector increased and an Intergovernmental Forum was established

The Department’s CADET PROGRAMME offered 52 unemployed graduates an opportunity to further their studies and pursue a career in the Department

  • The Department’s CADET PROGRAMME offered 52 unemployed graduates an opportunity to further their studies and pursue a career in the Department

  • A second group of senior officials were enrolled in the Masters in Diplomacy Programme

  • 15 unemployed youth completed a Human Resource Learnership Programme

  • Internships providing work experience offered to 20 university graduates in IT and to 4 in Internal Audit

  • Addressed illiteracy to 60 officials through an ABET programme

In collaboration with the DTI and GCIS, the Diplomatic Academy developed a curriculum and programme on ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY

  • In collaboration with the DTI and GCIS, the Diplomatic Academy developed a curriculum and programme on ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY

  • Offered diplomatic training to 10 diplomats from SADC countries and Palestinian Diplomats

  • Partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to offer an e-learning course in Multilateral Conferencing and International Negotiations to 170 learners from 50 countries

  • Facilitated access to various international training programmes

  • Diplomatic and administrative training for DRC Capacity Building Project

  • Policy Research & Analysis Unit (PRAU) Discussion and Current Affairs Fora to debate priority foreign policy issues; and various research papers produced

  • PRAU-hosted Intergovernmental Forum on international relations and Academic Research Forum

African Union and Integration

  • African Union and Integration

  • SA participated in discussions on transforming the AU Commission into the AU Authority

  • SA signed the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance in February 2010

  • SA was elected to the AU Peace and Security Council for a two-year term

  • SA’s candidature for a non-permanent UNSC Seat for 2011-2012 was endorsed by the AU

  • DIRCO is engaged in the setting up of the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) headquarters in SA



  • The 14th AU Summit formally adopted the establishment of the NEPAD Planning and Co-ordinating Agency (NPCA) as a technical body to replace the NEPAD Secretariat

  • The AU Summit urged the early conclusion of a Host Agreement for the NPCA between SA and the Commission

  • SA is fully engaged in the fast-tracking of the implementation of programmes related to NEPAD priority sectors, especially infrastructure

Regional Integration and Development

  • Regional Integration and Development

  • SA contributes to regional negotiation efforts in Madagascar and has been mandated by SADC to mediate between the political parties in Zimbabwe

  • SA chaired the SADC Ministerial Task Force(MTF) on Economic Integration on 31 July 2009. The MTF agreed that 2010 may not be an appropriate deadline for the establishment of a SADC Customs Union

  • Southern Africa

  • President Zuma undertook his inaugural State Visit to Angola in August 2009

  • President Zuma accompanied by several Cabinet Ministers paid a State Visit to Zambia in December 2009

  • The SA-Namibia Heads of State Economic Bilateral meeting was held in SA in November 2009

  • SA continued its facilitation in Zimbabwe

North Africa

  • North Africa

  • SA restored bilateral relations with Mauritania subsequent to the AU lifting the suspension of the membership of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania following democratic elections in July 2009

  • With respect to Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), SA continued to support the work of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General. SA continues to support the right of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in respect of self-determination and also continued to provide humanitarian assistance to SADR during the period under review

West and Central Africa

  • West and Central Africa

  • President Zuma undertook a Working Visit to Equatorial Guinea from 3 to 4 November 2009

  • In October 2009, SA and Nigeria celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the structured bilateral relations. In the context of the 10th Anniversary of the BNC, the Third Review Council Meeting was also held

  • In March 2010, the second session of the Permanent Joint Cooperation Commission (PJCC) between SA and Ghana was held in Accra

  • SA inaugurated the newly built Ahmed Baba Institute designed with technology aimed at preserving the famous Timbuktu Ancient Manuscripts

  •  SA has agreed to fund the deployment of 30 Cuban Medical Brigades in Sierra Leone for a period of three years starting in 2010

East Africa

  • East Africa

  • SA supported the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), as well as the AU High Level Implementation Panel on the Sudan, the AU/UN and Qatar initiatives of bringing peace to Darfur

  • SA supported Somalia’s reconciliation process through participating in the International Contact Group on Somalia which met in Brussels and Jeddah on 26 to 27 February 2009 and 17 to 18 December 2009 respectively

  • President Zuma paid a State Visit to Uganda from 25 to 26 March 2010 accompanied by several Cabinet Ministers

  • SA concluded the Peace Process in Burundi and was subsequently appointed coordinator and Chair of the Partnership for Peace in Burundi, the successor to the Peace Process in Burundi

East Africa (cont)

  • East Africa (cont)

  • SA, in line with the SADC position, does not recognise the current de facto government in Madagascar. However, SA supported the SADC mediation process, led by former Mozambican President Chissano. SA participated in meetings of the International Contact Group in Madagascar which resulted in the signing of the Maputo and Addis Ababa Agreements in August and November 2009 respectively

  • SA continues to participate in many fora – IBSA,G77&China, NAM, NAASP etc

  • NAM

  • The XVth NAM Summit was held in Sharm El Sheikh from 15 to 16 July 2009. A highlight was the Declaration on Nelson Mandela International Day introduced by SA. A similar Resolution was adopted by the UNGA during its 64th Regular Session

  • SA-EU Bilateral Relationship

  • The primary focus was on fully implementing the SA-EU Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) and implementing the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan

  • A highlight was the 2nd SA-EU Summit, as well as the SA-EU Ministerial Troika meeting, held on 11 September 2009 in Kleinmond

  • A key outcome of the 2nd Summit was the signing of the Amending Agreement to the SA-EU TDCA. The Summit also welcomed the launch of the employment creation fund of Euro 120 million, as well as the planned support for the education sector in 2009

ACP-EU, Africa-EU and SADC-EU

  • ACP-EU, Africa-EU and SADC-EU

  • DIRCO was actively involved in dialogues within the ACP and ACP-EU structures

  • DIRCO also worked towards the accession of SA to the Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement which was completed in February 2010

  • DIRCO has been keeping abreast of developments regarding the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and provided assistance to the dti where necessary

  • OECD

  • DIRCO supported National Treasury in consolidating SA’s heightened relations with the OECD, following a decision by the OECD Ministerial Council to place SA on an enhanced engagement status

  • Promote multilateralism, respect for international law and strengthen the role of the UN

  • The 64th UNGA was preceded by a High-level Summit on Climate Change convened by the UNSG, wherein SA’s statement focused on the need for an inclusive and effective global agreement to tackle climate change

  • DIRCO will, in future, play a more prominent role in terms of the co-ordination and identification of vacancies for possible submission of SA candidatures to serve on multilateral and international fora

Promote the reform of the UN

  • Promote the reform of the UN

  • SA participated in intergovernmental negotiations on UNSC Reform, Management and Secretariat Reform, streamlining ECOSOC, General Assembly (GA) revitalisation mainly through the NAM, and revitalisation and reform of specialised agencies such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs)

  • SA used its membership of fora such as the UNGA and G20 to put pressure on the BWIs to conclude its reform discussions. SA also supported calls by organisations of the South for greater participation of developing countries in decision-making of the BWIs

  • SA has been active in promoting co-ordination between the AU and UN with regard to peace and security

Joint evaluation into the contribution by the UN System for SA

  • Joint evaluation into the contribution by the UN System for SA

  • SA and the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) completed a joint evaluation of the contribution by the UN to SA, the first evaluation of the entire UN presence in a programme country and the first undertaken in a full and equal partnership between a host government and the UN

  • The evaluation was conducted within the framework of SA’s strategic foreign policy priorities, namely a better SA, a better Africa and a better world

  • The focus is now on implementation

International and domestic legal advice

  • International and domestic legal advice

  • DIRCO submitted SA’s claim for an extended continental shelf to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in May 2009

  • Legal opinions on international law matters relating to the strategic priorities of government were provided on a consistent basis

  • Participate in UNSC activities

  • SA’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC for 2011-2012 was endorsed by the 14th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in January 2010

Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control

  • Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control

  • SA participated in the various meetings of the IAEA

  • The IAEA Board of Governors considered the implementation of NPT safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  • SA and the USA held high-level talks on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in November 2009 to promote closer co-operation in preparation for the NPT Review Conference in 2010

  • SA hosted the 3rd AU Conference of Experts on Landmines in September 2009


  • G20

  • The G20 convened two Summits to consider global responses to the financial and economic crises. The London Summit in April 2009 agreed to measures constituting an additional US$ 1 trillion of financial support to restore credit, growth and jobs. The Pittsburgh Summit, in September 2009, agreed to a Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth

  • G20 leaders designated the G20 as the premier forum for their international economic co-operation

  • SA, as the only African country in the G20, raised issues of concern to Africa with other G20 leaders

  • SA stressed that the crises pose significant dangers for the efforts of low income countries to attain the MDGs and called for additional resources to be made available to those countries

Climate Change

  • Climate Change

  • SA participated in UNFCC processes leading up to Copenhagen in December 2009 and in high-level meetings of the Major Economies Forum, Commonwealth and G20 where climate change was discussed

  • SA contributed to the development of the African common position on climate change at the relevant AU fora

  • During the CoP15 to the UNFCC, SA played a leading role in the development of the Copenhagen Accord, which, although not the formal outcome of the CoP, is an important agreement

  • DIRCO assisted with the launch of SA’s second satellite, SumbandilaSat during 2009

  • Follow –up on the implementation of the outcomes of major international Conferences and Summits

  • SA is committed to the full and effective implementation of the outcomes of the UN Durban Review Conference and the World Conference Against Racism

  • The 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) undertook a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the GA from 1 to 12 March 2010 in New York

Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)

  • Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)

  • During the plenary in Swakopmund, Namibia, in November 2009, SA was instrumental in facilitating the development of an Administrative Decision on Zimbabwe, with an accompanying Joint Work Plan, designed for the purpose of allowing the KPCS to work with Zimbabwe to bring the country back to full compliance with the minimum requirements of the KPCS

Asia and Middle East

  • Asia and Middle East

  • Japan

  • The centennial of official relations between SA and Japan will be celebrated in 2010

  • Japan provides SA with technical expertise, human resources skills development training and co-operative scientific research projects, co-ordinated by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)

  • Republic of Korea

  • The Republic of Korea (ROK) is an increasingly important development partner for SA. A SA delegation led by Deputy Minister Ebrahim, participated in the second Korea-Africa Forum held in Seoul in November 2009

Republic of Korea (cont)

  • Republic of Korea (cont)

  • The ROK has developed a highly competitive domestic nuclear power industry and is keen to co-operate with SA in this area.

  • The ROK is also an important partner for SA in the area of Human Resource Development

  • Korea is eager to co-operate with SA, the only African country with membership in the G20, on setting the agenda for the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul, to also include matters of importance for developing countries

The People’s Republic of China (PRC)

  • The People’s Republic of China (PRC)

  • The Minister visited the PRC for bilateral consultations in February 2010, to prepare for a State Visit by President Zuma to China in 2010 and to review the strategic partnership. It was agreed in principle that relations would be elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

  • Mr JIA Qinglin, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, led a 100 member inbound procurement business delegation to SA in March 2010

  • The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s purchase of a 20 per cent stake in Standard Bank for US$ 5,64-billion, has been the largest single investment into SA and China’s largest financial investment

  • SA and China share a common vision on Climate Change, as expressed in their collaboration on The Copenhagen Accord in the Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) grouping

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) (cont)

  • The People’s Republic of China (PRC) (cont)

  • Minister Nkoana-Mashabane attended the 4th Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) Ministerial meeting in November 2009 where she also met with her Chinese counterpart, Mr Yang Jiechi.

  • SA remains committed to finding synergies between NEPAD and FOCAC to ensure the Consolidation of the African Agenda and looks forward to co-hosting the 5th FOCAC Ministerial scheduled for 2012 and hosting the FOCAC Ministerial in SA in 2015

  • China became SA’s largest export destination by country at the start of 2009, and on the import side, China remains SA’s largest partner

  • South Asia

  • Bilateral trade with South Asia continued to grow in the 2009/10 financial year, and the trade statistics between SA and India particularly reflected this reality

  • The Minister also paid an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 12 November 2009. She re-iterated SA’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka

  • A Nepalese Parliamentary delegation visited SA from 4 to 10 October 2009

South-East Asia

  • South-East Asia

  • A high point was the Official Visit to SA by the Foreign Minister of Timor Leste in August 2009

  • SA issued statements of concern after the arrest, trial and conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Myanmar who has been under effective house arrest since 1989. SA has called on the Military Government of Myanmar to release all political prisoners to allow everyone to participate in the elections scheduled to take place in 2010

  •  Following a number of devastating natural disasters that struck the region, SA made donations for humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia

  • Australia and the Pacific Islands

  • The global recession had a devastating effect on trade with Australasia and the Pacific Islands, and 2009 saw a 60 per cent reduction in total bilateral trade to R18 billion in 2009

  • The political relationship was particularly strengthened through visits to SA by Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Trade Minister Simon Crean in early 2010

  • SA and Australia enjoy a close working relationship within the context of the Antarctic Treaty and Indian Ocean fisheries, and also interact regularly within the context of the WTO and the Cairns Group

Australia and the Pacific Islands (cont)

  • Australia and the Pacific Islands (cont)

  • SA and Australia are competing for the SKA project.  The international radio astronomy community must decide on the optimal site by 2011.  Despite competing for the project, SA and Australia issued a joint communiqué in 2009 committing the two countries to enhancing collaboration in the development of a co-ordinated scientific and technical programme for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) pathfinder telescopes, the SA pathfinder MeerKAT and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP

  • The fifth annual Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) between SA and New Zealand was held in Wellington in November 2009

  • The SA High Commission in Wellington was opened on 1 April 2009

Middle East

  • Middle East

  • Gulf States

  • The region remains the source of some 51 per cent of SA’s crude oil, mainly from Saudi Arabia and Iran, with smaller quantities from Oman and Yemen. The Gulf region is also an important market for South Africa’s goods and services and a source of investment, even though growth in these areas was affected by the 2008 global financial crisis

  • The 10th Meeting of the SA-Iran Joint Commission was held in Tehran in August 2008 and the Third SA-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission took place in SA in February 2009

  • SA recognises the importance of the Gulf region as a source for tourism. The increase in the number of flights to 24 per week by Gulf Airlines during 2009 to SA is expected to stimulate further growth


  • Levant

  • The Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in September 2009, chaired by Chief Justice Richard Goldstone was released and outlined human rights abuses by Israel as well as Hamas during the conflict in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009

  • The SA Government continued to support capacity and institution building in Palestine, in line with the commitments made at the International Donors’ Conference for the Palestinian State, held in Paris in December 2007

  • DIRCO hosted a diplomatic training programme for Palestinian diplomatic trainees during February and March 2010

  • SA continued to strengthen its relations on all levels with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq

Levant (cont)

  • Levant (cont)

  • In June 2009, SA hosted the Syrian Special Envoy Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad to talks which included SA Deputy President Motlanthe

The Americas

  • The Americas

  • United States of America (USA)

  • The aim of the official visit to SA by US Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton, from 6 -9 August 2009 was to upgrade the official bilateral mechanism between SA and the US to Ministerial level and to commence with a stronger partnership between the US and SA. The SA-US Strategic Review Process commenced on 19 May 2009

  • The US and SA signed an agreement to collaborate in the research and development of next-generation nuclear technologies on the sidelines of the IAEA Annual General Conference in Vienna on 14 September 2009

  • Secretary Clinton, accompanied by Ambassador Goosby, US Global Aids Coordinator, met with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi during her visit to discuss better coordination in terms of the President’s Emergency Fund for Aids Relief (PEPFAR)

  • USA (cont)

  • SA is one of the major beneficiaries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act ( AGOA), ranking third after Nigeria and Angola

  • Canada

  • Negotiations on a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BAS) were successfully concluded in July 2009. Agreement was reached on the Friendly Use of Nuclear Energy and the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) respectively. The latter was signed on 30 October 2009

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Numerous high-level visits were undertaken to Cuba within the framework of the SA/Cuban Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC)

  • The successful hosting of the NAM Ministerial Conference from 25 to 28 April 2009 underlined the pivotal role played by Cuba during its Presidency and leadership of the Movement

  • President Zuma paid a state visit to Brazil in October 2009, and the two Presidents agreed to resuscitate the SA-Brazil Joint Commission as a forum for bilateral co-operation and the establishment of a Strategic Partnership

  • There was increased contact between SA and Argentina, with many SA delegations visiting Argentina in 2009-10 to pursue matters related to their specific areas of function

  • SA actively participated in the 2nd Africa – South America (ASA) Summit that was held from 22-27 September 2009 on the island of Margarita, Venezuela


  • Europe

  • Western Europe

  • South Africa’s foreign policy objectives were promoted during the following structured bilaterals:

  • - SA/Ireland Partnership Forum

  • - Finnish/SA High-level Consultations

  • - EU-Africa Summit chaired by the Prime Minister of Sweden

  • - Belgo/SA Joint Commission

  • - SA/Flanders Joint Commission

  • - Annual Consultations with Spain

  • - Forum for Political Dialogue with France

  • - High-Level consultations with Switzerland

  • - SA/Swedish Bi-National Commission.

Western Europe (cont)

  • Western Europe (cont)

  • Significant support for the Governments’ five priorities was garnered during these structured bilaterals

  • The following high-level bilateral meetings were utilised to engage on a range of international issues:

  • - Prime Minister of The Netherlands at UNGA64

  • - Prime Minister of Sweden

  • - King and Queen of Norway during their State Visit

  • - Prime Minister of Spain

  • - UK Minister for Africa Lord Malloch Brown and Deputy President

  • Motlanthe as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Dlamini

  • Zuma

  • - State Visit to the UK by President Zuma, accompanied by 12

  • Ministers.

  • Western Europe (cont)

  • Various marketing opportunities were utilised to promote economic activities and tourism

  • To showcase SA and promote the World Cup 2010, various events and road shows were hosted throughout Western Europe

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • SA’s bilateral relations with Central and Eastern Europe significantly improved over the past year through bilateral mechanisms such as Ministerial and Officials’ Political Consultations

  • Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Minister van der Merwe hosted Ministers from Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Czech Republic

  • Central and Eastern Europe (cont)

  • The key strategic priorities for Central and East Europe were to identify, promote and review the implementation of partnerships, agreements and projects that will advance the Government’s national priorities in education, fight against crime, rural development, trade, investment and technical partnerships for the creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods

  • Bilateral Central and East European Missions participated in a number of exhibitions, fairs and workshops promoting trade, investment, tourism, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Nelson Mandela Day

The Department developed the capacity to manage and organise a large number of incoming and outgoing visits. It became a central point in providing protocol advice and support to Government departments, NGOs, the private sector and the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup LOC

  • The Department developed the capacity to manage and organise a large number of incoming and outgoing visits. It became a central point in providing protocol advice and support to Government departments, NGOs, the private sector and the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup LOC

  • The Department coordinated 87 ceremonial events, managed 168 incoming and outgoing visits, and assisted Provinces and Local Government in managing 204 outgoing visits and incoming visits

  • Advisory support for ceremonial events and conferences, as well as training and other ad hoc support were increasingly requested by Sister Departments

  • The Department enhanced and developed the capacity to manage and organise very large Summits and conferences, such as:

  • - SADC Extraordinary Summits

  • - SA-EU Summit

  • - Four Ministerial Conferences

2009/2010 saw DIRCO resuscitate its Outreach Programme (which is now officially called the Public Participation Programme (PPP))

  • 2009/2010 saw DIRCO resuscitate its Outreach Programme (which is now officially called the Public Participation Programme (PPP))

  • In rolling out our PPP, the Minister has led DIRCO to at least three provinces and met well over 2000 students during her University Lectures (at the Univ. of Limpopo; Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and; the Free State University)

  • The Minister also interacted with communities (in the context of the Imbizo) in the Free State and Limpopo Provinces


  • DIRCO sought to:

  • Ensure that the foreign policy of SA and the mandate of DIRCO are popularized

  • Ensure that ordinary South Africans can link the country’s domestic priorities and the Department’s international engagements

  • Establish and strengthen relations with the Provincial leaderships across the country, i.e. EXCO, Legislature, Business, SALGA and Local Government

  • Ensure that a mutually beneficial engagement is established between DIRCO and a host of non-state actors, i.e. ordinary public, academia, business, cultural and sporting fraternities, religious formations, members of the Diaspora, etc

Ensure that we are able to solicit the views and aspirations of our non-state actors (in order to secure their interest in our work; and last but not least

  • Ensure that we are able to solicit the views and aspirations of our non-state actors (in order to secure their interest in our work; and last but not least

  • Ensure that we are able to explain the basic pre-occupations of our foreign policy and how closely intertwined it is with our domestic policies

Preparations for a successful hosting of this event :

  • Preparations for a successful hosting of this event :

  • Generated a positive mood among us Africans, thus paving the way for us to seize the opportunity for consolidating the African Agenda

  • We believed that at the end of the event, Africans will embrace a new-found sense of Afro-Optimism

  • Such Afro-Optimism we believed will help our Continent to regenerate economically, politically, socially and technologically.


  • Revenue

    • Annual Allocation R 5,552 billion
    • Other Revenue R23 170R23,170 million
  • Actual Expenditure 2009/10 Financial Year

  • Auditor-General’s Report

  • Unqualified Audit Report and with no matters of emphasis

Department utilised 98,55% of its Budget

  • Department utilised 98,55% of its Budget

  • Under expenditure only related to:

    • 2010 Shanghai World Expo
    • Capital works projects
    • Pan African Parliament

Seamless Data and Voice Migration to new Head Office Building

  • Seamless Data and Voice Migration to new Head Office Building

  • Streamlined Departmental procurement processes and implemented effective Bid Adjudication Committees at Head Office and Missions abroad

  • Relocated to new Head Office Building in Sept 09 – Inauguration of HO Building (OR Tambo Building) by President on 10 December 2009

  • Purchase of OR Tambo House in London

    • Acquired Official Residence in Washington, the OR Tambo house in London and constructed the State Protocol Lounge at the King Shaka International Airport in La Mercy.
    • Major structural upgrade and renovation to official residence and chancery in Washington commenced
    • Construction of Chancery and Official Residences in Addis Ababa completed, projects in Abuja progressed and Maseru achieved practical completion.
    • Projects in Design in 5 (five) countries – Lilongwe, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Gaborone and Mbabane

    • A phased approach to enhance the Department’s asset management function was adopted since the enactment of the PFMA
    • The Department conducted valuation of all its assets and updated the Fixed Asset Register accordingly
    • A Departmental Asset Management policy was approved
    • During the year under review, the Department continued to improve the completeness and accuracy of its Fixed Asset Register
    • The Department donated assets that became obsolete as a result of the relocation to the new building to other government departments. The remainder of the assets were disposed through public auction.

  • Debt Management:

  • Process of submitting claims to partner departments revamped; Memorandum of Understanding with departments formalised, which provide payment of advances as well as dispute resolution mechanisms

  • Performance information:

  • Framework for monitoring of performance information designed. A committee to oversee this aspect appointed and Units are preparing their quarterly reports and a half yearly review for the department done. Quality Assurance Review Process in place



    • Accelerating development and implementation of Departmental Policies, processes and procedures covering all operational areas within DIRCO
    • Risk management processes to be strengthened
    • Scheduled Audit Committee meetings and Ad-hoc Audit Committee meetings on ICT and HR matters
    • Audit Steering Committee: Consolidated Internal Audit and A-G findings and recommendations to be implemented in all missions for uniformity and compliance with prescripts
    • ICT Steering Committee established

  • Revenue and Expenditure

    • Income R 665 256 million
    • Expenditure R 331 000 million
  • Auditor-General’s Report

  • Unqualified Audit Report with no matters of emphasis

  • Assisted distressed and destitute South Africans abroad whose own access to recourse had become limited or non-existent

  • Executed transmission of extradition requests to decisive effect on its success

  • Completed development of the Consular Management System

  • On-line registration of South Africans travelling or residing abroad ‘ROSA’ was further promoted

  • A total number of 21,504 public documents were authenticated for submission in foreign countries

  • The End

  • Thank you

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