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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

South Africa
Minister of International
Relations and Cooperation
Naledi Pandor
since 29 May 2019
Department of International Relations and Cooperation
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderJ. B. M. Hertzog
DeputyAlvin Botes
Candith Mashego-Dlamini
WebsiteDepartment of International Relations and Cooperation

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is the foreign minister of the South African government, with political responsibility for South Africa's foreign relations and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. The present minister is Naledi Pandor, who was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 29 May 2019.

After the creation of the Union of South Africa as a British dominion in 1910, its foreign relations were initially carried out by the British Foreign Office. However, in 1927 the South African government established a Department of External Affairs. From 1927 until 1955, the Prime Minister also served as foreign minister.[2]

List of foreign ministers of South Africa

Minister Party Incumbency Under
J. B. M. Hertzog NP/UP 1927–1939 The foreign ministry was
held by the Prime Minister
Jan Smuts UP* 1939–1948
D. F. Malan NP 1948–1954
J. G. Strijdom NP 1954–1955
Eric Louw NP 1955–1958 Government of Prime Minister J. G. Strijdom
1958–1964 Government of Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd
Hilgard Muller NP 1964–1966
1966–1977 Government of Prime Minister B. J. Vorster
Pik Botha NP 1977–1978
1978–1984 Government of Prime Minister P. W. Botha
1984–1989 Government of State President P. W. Botha
1989–1994 Government of State President F. W. de Klerk
Alfred Baphethuxolo Nzo ANC 1994–1999 Government of President Nelson Mandela
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ANC 1999–2008 Government of President Thabo Mbeki
2008–2009 Government of President Kgalema Motlanthe
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane ANC 11 May 2009 – 26 February 2018 Government of President Jacob Zuma
Lindiwe Sisulu ANC 27 February 2018 – 29 May 2019 Government of President Cyril Ramaphosa
Naledi Pandor ANC 29 May 2019 – present Government of President Cyril Ramaphosa


  1. ^ "Determination salaries and allowances of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers Archived 29 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine", Proclamation No. 3 of 2015.
  2. ^ "South African Ministries, etc". Rulers. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
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