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DIRCO hosts open day

27 February 2018

DIRCO hosted an open day for High School learners on 23 February 2018. The event was attended by learners from three schools, viz., Willowridge High School, Reitumetse High School and Charlton Vos School. 

Photo: Pictured with the students are Stella Sigcau from South East Asia Directorate, Mr Legodi from Levant Directorate and Ms Siyothula from Brics Directorate

The purpose of the event is to create a unique learner experience about diplomacy and career opportunities within the DIRCO. Various DIRCO officials and SA diplomats shared their experiences with the learners.

Mr Albert Geldenhuys took the learners through the opportunities at DIRCO, whilst Ms Matheko Badana shared her experiences as a diplomat and what it means to be a diplomat.





Photo: Mr Albert Geldenhuys from Human Resources adressing students

South Africa will be celebrating 25 years anniversary since diplomatic relations were created with some of the South East Asian countries, namely, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. Ms Stella Sigcau presented on the 25 years of diplomatic relations with these countries.

South Africa will also be hosting the 10th BRICS Summit in 2018. Ms Nozuko Siyothula enlightened the learners on the significance of South Africa being part of BRICS whilst Mr Legodi presented on the dynamics in the Middle East.

DIRCO interns also shared their experiences about being part of the DIRCO. The event was a resounding success and according to Ms Monaisa, Director: Public Diplomacy, the open day informs and educates learners about the mandate of the department, career opportunities, experiences of diplomats and exposes the learners to how South Africa’s Foreign Policy is implemented.



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