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Republic of South Africa

africa do sul

Brazil and South Africa established diplomatic relations in 1948 (the year when the Brazilian diplomatic legation was established in Pretoria). Since 1918 Brazil had a Consulate in Cape Town. South Africa established its Legation in Brazil in 1948, which was transformed into a Representative Office in 1952, and later converted into an Embassy in 1971.

Both countries maintain open channels of dialogue in multilateral forums and provide constant mutual support for their candidacies in international organizations. They are members of the IBSA, BRICS, BASIC, G20, and G20+ (developing nations) groups. They maintain an intense bilateral agenda marked by the elevation, ten years ago, to the level of "Strategic Partnership" (on the African continent, only South Africa and Angola enjoy the same partnership level with Brazil). On the agenda are issues of defense and security, nuclear energy, investments, cooperation, and access to markets.

The commercial exchange, composed mainly of manufactured goods, was roughly $1.51 billion in 2019, with a Brazilian surplus of $380 million.

Chronology of bilateral relations

2019 – Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Cyril Ramaphosa meet on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government (Brasilia, November 14, 2019)

2019 – 11th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government (Brasilia, November 13 and 14, 2019)

2019 – Sixth Meeting of the Joint Brazil-South Africa Cooperation Commission, at the level of senior officials (Pretoria, October 17-18, 2019) – delegation headed by the Secretary for Bilateral Negotiations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa (SOMEA), Kenneth Félix Haczynski da Nóbrega

2019 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araujo, and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Naledi Pandor meet on the sidelines of the Third Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Rio de Janeiro, July 26, 2019)

2019 – Third Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Rio de Janeiro, July 26, 2019) [Joint statement]

2019 – Informal Meeting of BRICS Leaders on the margins of the G20 (Osaka, 28 June 2019) [Joint statement]

2019 – Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva attends the inauguration ceremony for the second term of President Cyril Ramaphosa (Pretoria, May 25, 2019)

2019 – Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Cyril Ramaphosa meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (Davos, 24 January 2019)

2018Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations – Press Release (New York, September 27)

2018IBSA Ministerial Meeting on the margins of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, September 27) [Joint statement]

201810th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government (Johannesburg, July 26 and 27)

2018 – Meeting of BRICS Special Envoys and Deputy Ministers for the Middle East and North Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, June 20-21, 2018 – Brazilian delegation headed by Political Undersecretary-General III (Secretary for Bilateral Negotiations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa – SOMEA), Ambassador Fernando Jose Marroni de Abreu

2017 – Eighth IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting – India, Brazil and South Africa dialogue forum (Durban, October 17) [Joint statement] [Acts signed]

2017IBSA Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (New York,  September 21) [Joint statement]

20179th BRICS summit – Xiamen, China (September 3 to 5)

2017Informal meeting of BRICS leaders on the occasion of the G20 Summit (Hamburg, Germany, July 7)

2017 – Meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers (Beijing, June 18 and 19)

2017 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, visits South Africa (May)

201724th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Beijing, China, April 11)

201623rd BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Morocco, October 17)

201611th G20 Leaders Summit (Hangzhou, China, September 4 and 5)

201622nd BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (New Delhi, April 7)

2015 – BRICS Representatives meet in Antalya, Turkey, on the fringes of the G20 Summit (November 15)

2015 – BRICS Foreign Ministers meet in New York, on the sidelines of the 70th Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly (September 29)

201520th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (New York, 28 June)

2014 – The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, visits Brazil to participate in the 6th BRICS Summit (July 16)

2013 – IBSA Foreign Ministers meet on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly (New York, 25 September)

201316th BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Foz do Iguaçu, September 15 and 16)

2013 – The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pays a working visit to Brazil (July 30)

2013 – President Dilma Rousseff pays a working visit to South Africa to participate in the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban (March)

2013 – 5th Work meeting of the Joint Brazil-South Africa Cooperation Commission

2012BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial on Climate Change (Brasília, September 20 and 21)

2012India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Ministerial Meeting on the fringes of the World Economic Forum (January 28)

2011President Dilma Rousseff's working visit to South Africa on the occasion of the 5th IBSA Summit, in Pretoria (October 18)

2011 – IBSA Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (New York, September 23)

2011BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change (Inhotim – MG, August 26 and 27)

2011The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, visits South Africa

2011Seventh Meeting of the Joint Trilateral Committee of the IBSA Forum (New Delhi, March 8)

2011IBSA Ministerial Meeting (New York, February 11)

2010 – Signing of the Strategic Partnership

2010 – President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visits South Africa (July)

2010 – 4th Work meeting of the Joint Brazil-South Africa Cooperation Commission

2010 – 4th IBSA Summit – India, Brazil and South Africa dialogue forum (Brasilia, April)

2009 – President Jacob Zuma visits Brazil (October)

2008 – 3rd IBSA Summit – India, Brazil and South Africa dialogue forum (New Delhi, October)

2007 – 2nd IBSA Summit – India, Brazil and South Africa dialogue forum (Pretoria, October)

2007 – President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pays a working visit to South Africa

20061st IBSA Summit – India, Brazil and South Africa Dialogue Forum (Brasilia, September)

2004 – 3rd Meeting of the Joint Brazil-South Africa Cooperation Commission

2004 – Trade between the two countries exceeds $ 1 billion

2003 – 2nd Meeting of the Joint Brazil-South Africa Cooperation Commission

2003 – President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pays a working visit to South Africa

2002 – 1st Meeting of the Brazil-South Africa Joint Cooperation Commission

1998 – President Nelson Mandela visits Brazil

1996 – President Fernando Henrique Cardoso visits South Africa, the first by a Brazilian president to the country

1994 – Total lifting of sanctions imposed by Decree No. 91.524 / 85

1992 - Partial lifting of Brazilian sanctions imposed by Decree No. 91.524 / 85; and appointment of an ambassador to head the diplomatic mission in Pretoria

1991 – One year after his release, Nelson Mandela visits Brazil

1985 – Decree No. 91,524 (August 9) establishes restrictions on relations with South Africa, in repudiation of apartheid

1974 – Brazilian Legation is transformed into an Embassy, but headed by chargés d'affaires, in repudiation of the apartheid policy

1971 – Conversion of the South African Representative Office into an Embassy, in Brasilia

1952 – Conversion of the South African Legation in Rio de Janeiro into a Representative Office

1948 – Establishment of the South African Legation in Rio de Janeiro.

1948 – Establishment of the Legation of Brazil in Pretoria (the Legation was created by Decree No. 23,943, of October 28, 1947, and established in October 1948)

1948 – Establishment of diplomatic relations (January 31)

1918 – Creation of the Consulate of Brazil in Cape Town (decree nº 12,996, of April 24)

 




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