The Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation is satisfied with assurances that South Africa (SA) is ready to host the 25th African Union (AU) Summit.
The Chairperson of the Committee Mr Siphosezwe Masango said this was comforting and proof that the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) is on top of events.
“The confidence shown on SA by the Continent is appreciated and the country needs to build on its influence and hosting capability. The Committee is also satisfied with the agenda of the summit as it largely takes into consideration matters of major significance in a developing Africa like migration and xenophobia,” Mr Masango said.
Dirco’s Director-General (DG), Ambassador Jerry Matjila, told the Committee that 54 Heads of States will converge in Pretoria and Johannesburg and that protocol arrangements and logistics were in place. The summit begins on the 7th until 15th June and will be graced by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
Mr Masango the Committee is satisfied that an assurance had been given that there will be no load-shedding for the duration of the summit.
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Source : South African Government