Statement By Ms Thandile Sunduza On South Africa’s Foreign Policy

3 November 2009

The African National Congress strongly believes that South Africa’s foreign policy, which is characterized by the dominant features such as, the struggle against poverty and underdevelopment especially in Africa guided by the NEPAD programmes; peace and the peaceful resolution of conflicts; and building of partnerships; has grown stronger in the past fifteen years and the country’s relations with other nations has improved tremendously

In the last fifteen years, South Africa had evolved as an influential developing country with significant growth in diplomatic representation in all regions of the World. The third administration that left the office in April this year devoted a significant part of our foreign policy attention to the consolidation of our African Agenda. We also take pride in the work we have done in the integration of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

South Africa has around 124 diplomatic missions abroad and of these, 62 are headed by women. Diplomatic representation in South Africa has also become an important source of income, with R5 billion having been injected into the economy by the diplomatic community between 2007 and 2008.

The African National Congress commends government for paying attention to the growth of our foreign policy.

I thank you!

Thandile Sunduza, MP
Tel: 021 403 3206