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“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” 

Nelson Mandela

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A constitutional referendum will be held in The Republic of Turkey on 16 April 2017.

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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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28 November 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane undertakes a Working Visit to Baku, Azerbaijan

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will undertake a Working Visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, from 28-29 November 2016.

The purpose of the Working Visit is to hold the 1st Session of Regular Diplomatic Consultations at Ministerial level, agreed to through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Pretoria in February 2014. The visit will also be an opportunity to promote South Africa as a trade and investment destination to Azerbaijan and to the Caspian region at large.

During her visit, the Minister will pay a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilham Aliyev, meet Mr Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and hold discussions with her Azerbaijan counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Elmar Mmamadyarov. The Minister will also visit other institutions to promote inter-institutional and people-to-people co- operation.

Azerbaijan is considered as one of the most important countries in the world in oil exploration and development. The expansion of the oil and gas sector has enabled Azerbaijan to record rapid real GDP growth in recent years. Other important sectors are transport, agriculture, construction, services and manufacturing.

Trade between South Africa and Azerbaijan has potential for growth. In 2015, South African exports to Azerbaijan were at approximately R217m and imports at approximately R4m. Trade and investment relations between South Africa and Azerbaijan has the potential to grow beyond the current figures.

Other significant partnerships between South Africa and Azerbaijan will include the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Diplomatic Academy of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa

Ankara