Ramaphosa kicks off national departmental visits promised in SONA


President Cyril Ramaphosa announces changes to his Cabinet at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, 26 February, 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) on Tuesday as he kicked of a drive to visit all national government departments, as promised in his maiden State of the Nation Address.

According to a statement by the Presidency, the visit took the form of an extended briefing by Dirco to President Ramaphosa on South Africa’s foreign policy priorities and key international engagements that will form part of the President’s schedule in the coming months.

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The Presidency said the meeting on Tuesday gave Ramaphosa an opportunity to meet the political leadership, senior management, and staff of Dirco.

"President Ramaphosa underscored the centrality of Dirco - “as the face and mirror of our country” - in solidifying South Africa’s position in the region, continent, and the world, and sustaining the pursuit of a better South Africa in a better Africa and a better world," said the Presidency. 

"The President called on the Department to use South Africa’s diplomatic presence in the world to attract investment and facilitate greater volumes of trade."