BRICS Chair President Ramaphosa to announce the Outcomes of the XV BRICS Summit

The President of the Republic of South Africa and Chair of BRICS, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa will announce the outcomes of the XV BRICS Summit on Thursday, 24 August 2023, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.


For XV BRICS Summit accredited media only.


TIME: 8h45


VENUE: Media to converge at the Media Centre, Level -2, by 07h30)


For Media logistics enquiries contact Nelson Kgwete on 0764313078 and Terrence Manase on 0823386707


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315



Welcome Remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the Cultural Performance and State Banquet of the XV BRICS Summit, 23 August 2023

Your Excellencies, Leaders of the BRICS nations,
Your Excellencies, Leaders from across Africa,
Your Excellencies, Leaders of the Global South,
Representatives of global and regional institutions,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished Guests,


Good Evening.


Thank you for accepting my invitation to join us tonight as we celebrate being together on a night which I trust you will find joyful and pleasant.


It is also a night when we thank you for joining the BRICS countries prior to tomorrow’s BRICS Outreach programme.


The BRICS group of countries incorporates the peoples, cultures and traditions of more than 3 billion people.


We are united by our common vision and common goals.


Our diversity is our greatest strength, and tonight you will get to experience the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions and foods of South Africa.


Our head chef tonight is Wandile Mabaso, a world class chef who pairs classical French techniques with the wonderful flavours of South Africa.


He is joined by Xolani Mancotywa, a qualified beverage steward and chef who has reimagined traditional African cuisine and authentic African fine dining.


Your culinary journey of South Africa follows a cultural journey across our nation’s diverse cultures.


We hope that this evening you will experience South Africa’s story, one that interweaves our many different cultures, traditions and languages as the foundation of an inclusive nation.


It is a story that reflects the nature and purpose of BRICS, which values partnership and cooperation in a spirit of openness and solidarity.


As BRICS – and all of Your Excellencies who have joined us tonight from many countries – we will all tomorrow articulate how we will foster change in the world for the benefit of all the peoples of the world.


Tonight is a night when we even more reason to celebrate as BRICS partners.

A few hours ago this afternoon, India made history as the first country to successfully land a lunar module on the south pole of the Moon.


We congratulate Prime Minister Modi, the government and people of India and the Indian Space Research Organisation on the success of the Chandraayan-3 mission.


Pushing forward the frontiers of scientific endeavour is integral to human progress.


In anticipation of this great achievement Prime Minister Modi proposed at our BRICS Summit this afternoon that BRICS should set up a Space Exploration Commission where, as BRICS countries, we can share knowledge and experiences.


The more we learn about this world we live in and beyond, the greater our capacity to improve it and to elevate the human condition.


In the words of the great poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore:

“We are in a palace which has no end, but which we have reached. By exploring it and extending our relationship with it, we are ever making it more and more our own.”


This and many other achievements enable us to move forward to prosperity, to progress and to peace.

Once again welcome and please do enjoy this celebration of unity, diversity and shared progress.


I thank you.



Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s foreign policy, 20 August 2023

Fellow South Africans,


I would like to address you this evening on South Africa’s foreign policy in the light of our country being the host of the 15th BRICS Summit.


I would also like us to understand and appreciate the significance of this gathering for our country and the African continent.


A day ahead of the Summit, we will receive President Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China on his fourth state visit to South Africa.


This BRICS Summit and the State Visit by President Xi Jinping, as well as the many bilateral engagements we will have with President Lula Da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Modi of India and many other heads of state on the sidelines of the Summit, have a bearing on our relationships with other countries and South Africa’s place in the world.


To understand why these relations are so important for our country and its people, we need to understand the principles and the values that shape our foreign policy and inform our international relations.


Before the dawn of democracy in 1994, the apartheid South African state was a pariah in the international community, condemned for committing a crime against humanity.


The foreign policy of apartheid South Africa was defined by coercion, destabilisation and military aggression.


Since the advent of democracy, South Africa’s foreign policy has been based on what our forebears inscribed in the Freedom Charter in 1955, when they declared that:


“South Africa shall be a fully independent state which respects the rights and the sovereignty of all nations; South Africa shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war”.


This foreign policy approach is also a product of the efforts of leaders such as the late Oliver Tambo who mounted a vigorous worldwide campaign to secure global support for our just struggle against apartheid.


This put South Africa on the global map in relation to the interests of its people whilst the world condemned its apartheid rulers.


Indeed, our foreign policy is a matter that is vital to our progress as a nation.


Through stronger relations with other countries, manifested through investment and trade relations, we can grow our economy, create more opportunities for new businesses and create jobs.


South Africa’s foreign policy aims to promote our National Interest based on the protection and promotion of our national sovereignty and constitutional order.


It is also aimed at improving the well-being, safety and prosperity of our citizens, and the achievement of a better Africa and world.


The key pillars of our foreign policy include the promotion of human rights, peace and stability and the strengthening of trade and investment ties with other countries.


The foreign policy stance we have taken since the advent of democracy has positioned South Africa as a reliable and influential partner on our continent and in the world.


This has enabled our country to have friendly and valuable relations with countries around the world at political, diplomatic, trade, investment, sporting, social and many other levels.


It is these principles that guide our participation in BRICS.


Together, the members of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – make up a quarter of the global economy, they account for a fifth of global trade and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population.


BRICS as a formation plays an important role in the world due to its economic power, market potential, political influence and development cooperation.


Yet the value of BRICS extends beyond its sheer size.


BRICS countries can collectively shape global dynamics, and acting together, have the potential to drive significant changes in the world economy and international relations.


Together, the BRICS members have used their collective voice to call for a world that is more equitable, balanced and governed by an inclusive system of global governance.


Being a BRICS member has created positive opportunities for South Africa.


It has enabled our country to have a strategic relationship with China.


Based on the strategic relationship between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China we will be signing several agreements during President Xi’s State visit.


We have steadily strengthened trade and investment ties with other BRICS countries alongside collaboration in areas like development, skills, technology, security and innovation.


South Africa has benefited from the New Development Bank, which was established by the BRICS countries in 2015.


Our country has been funded by the bank in several infrastructure projects to the value of R100 billion in sectors such as roads, water and energy.


South Africa has always championed the interests of Africa within BRICS.


To further advance the African development agenda, more than 30 Heads of State and Government from across Africa will be attending the summit.


We want to build a partnership between BRICS and Africa so that our continent can unlock opportunities for increased trade, investment and infrastructure development.


There are great opportunities for other BRICS countries to participate in the African Continental Free Trade Area by locating production and services in various countries on the African continent, including our own, by partnering with local companies and entrepreneurs.


The 15th BRICS Summit will discuss a number of issues including the important issue of the possible expansion of the membership of BRICS.


More than 20 countries have formally applied to join BRICS and several others have expressed an interest in becoming part of the BRICS family.


South Africa supports the expansion of the membership of BRICS.


The value of BRICS extends beyond the interests of its current members.


For its efforts to be more effective, BRICS needs to build partnerships with other countries that share its aspirations and perspectives.


An expanded BRICS will represent a diverse group of nations with different political systems that share a common desire to have a more balanced global order.


In addition to the other African leaders in attendance, we will also be welcoming leaders from several countries of the Global South.


These include countries from the Caribbean and South America, from the Middle East, from West Asia, South Asia and South-East Asia.


This BRICS Summit is particularly important as it is being held as the world is confronted by fundamental challenges that are bound to determine the course of international events for years to come.


Our world has become increasingly complex and fractured as it is increasingly polarised into competing camps.


Multilateralism is being replaced by the actions of different power blocs, all of which we trade with, invest with, and whose technology we use.


It is for this reason that South Africa continues to advocate for an open and rules-based global governance, trade, financial and investment system. It must be a system that does not depend on the exercise of power or unilateralism, but by the advancement of the interests of the peoples of the world.


It is in this rule base system that we seek to advance African prosperity and industrialisation. We seek to change the rules to be fairer but ultimately, we want to promote an open system of economic and political relations.


Amid all these challenges, Africa remains at the centre of our foreign policy.


We are firmly committed to strengthening the African Union so that it increases its capacity to support the achievement of greater integration on the continent.


We are working towards the full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which is set to eliminate trade barriers, boost intra African trade and achieve prosperity for all of Africa.


It will also accelerate manufacturing and industrial capacity on our continent.


The vibrant trading Africa we seek to build depends on Africa being stable and peaceful.


For Africa to thrive, we must silence the guns.


We continue to work within the African Union to end several ongoing conflicts on the continent and restore constitutional and democratic government to countries that have recently experienced coups.


South Africa is directly involved in a number of efforts to bring peace to Africa.


We are currently involved in supporting the people of Mozambique and the DRC to ensure that there is peace and stability in their countries.


The administration I have the honour to lead has been devoted to attracting greater trade and investment into South Africa.


Every visit we make to countries on our continent and across the world and every visit by heads of state from other countries focuses on strengthening economic ties.


When a foreign leader visits our country for a state visit, they are usually accompanied by a business delegation. We are usually accompanied by South African companies when we travel to other countries.


The Business Forums that are held during these visits result in greater trade, investment and business partnerships.


To further strengthen economic ties between African countries and the United States, South Africa is inviting more than 30 African trade ministers and senior US Administration and Congressional representatives to the next forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act – AGOA – scheduled for November this year.


As part of our ongoing relationship with the countries of the European Union, we will hold the European Union-South Africa Summit later this year in South Africa to foster our investment and trade relations.


Recent trade statistics indicate the success of all our international links.


Within the first three months of this year, we exported R450 billion worth of goods in the mining, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors. Our biggest exports were to China, followed by the United States, Germany, Japan, and then India.


Exports to other African countries account for around a quarter of the value of all our exports.


Our tourism industry is recovering well from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


More than 4 million tourist arrivals were recorded in the first half of this year, almost twice as many arrivals as in the same period last year.


Companies across the globe have established new or expanded ventures in our country in sectors as diverse as energy, mining, vehicle production, the creative sector, manufacturing and many others.


For every rand we attract, jobs are created and sustained.


Our country is committed to a policy of non-alignment.


We have resisted pressure to align ourselves with any one of the global powers or with influential blocs of nations.


During the ‘Cold War’, the stability and sovereignty of many African countries was undermined because of their alignment with the major powers.


This experience has convinced us of the need to seek strategic partnerships with other countries rather than be dominated by any other country.


While some of our detractors prefer overt support for their political and ideological choices, we will not be drawn into a contest between global powers.


Instead, our country strives to work with all countries for global peace and development.


It is for this reason that South Africa is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, a forum of 120 countries that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.


Our decision not to align with any one of the global powers does not mean that we are neutral on matters of principle and national interest.


Our non-aligned position exists alongside our active support for the struggles of the oppressed and marginalised in different parts of the world.


We have always believed that the freedom we won – and the international solidarity from which we benefited – imposes a duty on us is to support the struggles of those who continue to experience colonialism and racial oppression.


That is why we will continue to support the struggles of the people of Palestine and Western Sahara.


We are fully committed to the articles of the United Nations Charter, including the principle that all members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means.


Most recently, we participated in the African initiative to seek peace in the Ukraine-Russia conflict.


Through this African Peace Initiative our country continues to be involved in processes to ensure that children who were removed from their homes in Ukraine are returned to their families and that prisoners of war are exchanged.


We continue to be involved in the talks regarding the reopening of the Black Sea to facilitate the flow of grain.


We firmly believe that dialogue, mediation and diplomacy is the only viable path to end the current conflict and achieve a durable peace.


We support the principle of respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states and peoples.


In the midst of the grave challenges facing humanity, we are determined that a reformed and representative United Nations must be at the centre of global affairs.


Our support for the United Nations exists alongside our firm belief that this premier multilateral institution needs genuine reform to make it more democratic, representative and efficient.


The United Nations Security Council must be transformed into a more inclusive, more effective body that is able to ensure peace and security.


South Africa, as a member of the community of nations, will continue to play a constructive role in world affairs.


In 2025, South Africa will assume the presidency of the G20 group of nations.


This will be the first time that G20 meetings will be hosted in Africa.


The G20 Summit in 2025 will be an opportunity for South Africa to take a lead on critical challenges facing the global community.


South Africa’s approach to foreign relations is to seek increased collaboration, to secure greater trade opportunities and increased investment, and to work closely with partners across the globe to entrench peace and democracy.


As we continue to define our place in the world, as we advance the needs of our people, we will continue to mobilise all our moral, political and economic strength on the side of peace and development for all of humanity.


We will continue our efforts to give effect to the call of the Freedom Charter that “There shall be peace and friendship”.


As the week begins tomorrow, the streets of our country will be hubs of activity as visitors from various countries will be our guests.


Let us welcome them and give them the warmth and hospitality that we are known for.


A number of them may choose to stay for a few days beyond the summit to visit the various beautiful parts of our country.


I call on all of us to show them the very best of South African Ubuntu.


I thank you.



President Ramaphosa to address the nation, 20 August 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this evening, 20 August 2023, address the nation on South Africa’s Foreign Policy and the upcoming BRICS Summit.


The SABC will provide feed to all media and PresidencyZA will also live stream the proceedings.


The address is scheduled to take place at 20h00.


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315



Briefing to broadcasters on BRICS Summit logistics

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will brief broadcasters on Thursday, 20 July 2023, regarding logistical arrangements for the BRICS Summit.


The Summit will take place on 22-24 August 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre.


The briefing is aimed at preparing broadcasters for the media pool feed planned for the Summit.


The briefing will take place as follows:


Date: 20 July 2023
Venue: Southern Sun, Rosebank
Time: 12h30






OR Tambo Building

460 Soutpansberg Road




Media accreditation for the XV BRICS Summit, Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa will host the XV BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 22 to 24 August 2023.

The Summit will take place under the theme: “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Multilateralism”.

Only bona fide media practitioners may apply for media accreditation. Collection of accreditation cards will be subject to the presentation of a valid ID/Passport and a press card or letter of assignment from the editor.

Journalists using passports as identification should note that passports should be valid for at least 30 days beyond the expected date of arrival in South Africa. At least two pages must be unused when the passport is presented for endorsement.

All fields in the media accreditation form must be filled. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. The accreditation form is available here:

The deadline for media accreditation is 11 August 2023. The deadline will not be extended, and late applications will not be accepted.

Media accreditation cards will be collected from the Radisson Blu Gautrain hotel in Sandton on a date to be confirmed. Once issued, the accreditation cards will not be transferable.

For more information, please visit the official 15th BRICS Summit website,

Enquiries on the media accreditation process:

Nelson Kgwete: +27 76 431 3078,

Kgopotso Rapakuana: +27 73 058 3876,


OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road

SA to unite the African voice for the development of common Agri-Parks

Johannesburg, 12 June, Press release; The BRICS Business Council (BBC) has unpacked the key priorities of its Agribusiness Working Group (AWG), as well as the opportunities that lie through the activation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), both for Intra-Africa and BRICS-Africa trade prospects. 


As Agriculture remains essential in boosting economic growth, inclusion, and job creation within BRICS countries, the AWG further accelerates this sector’s growth, benefiting each member country’s insights and services. Speaking in a panel discussion at the 8TH FARA Agribusiness and Science Week (AASW) which concluded on Thursday 8 June in Durban, the Chair of the South African Chapter of the BBC, Busi Mabuza urged African markets to speak in a united voice in establishing partnerships with BRIC nations towards the development of common Africa Agri-Parks. 


“With the enablement of the AfCFTA, and FARA, Africa is able to unlock opportunities through an integrated approach, where we are able to include not only intra-Africa trade but also foster BRIC – Africa commercial relationships,” said Mabuza. The event, which saw academia, policymakers and agribusiness leaders, seeks to sensitize industry players on the agro-industrial parks as an effective tool in the long-term economic structural transformation of the continent within the context of the AfCFTA.


 South Africa together with its global counterparts of the BBC, have chartered a programme that, with the imminent BRICS Summit in August, will allow the continent to find ways to unlock best practices on agricultural sustainable development as well as ways to improve fertilizer availability which are critical to the industry. These are two of the five priorities highlighted by Mabuza. 


The other three priorities include: 


  • Knowledge sharing on Agri-technology’, where the expertise of China and Brazil will be particularly useful. India also announced a R2billion investment towards its Agro-Parks in 2022, which provides the opportunity for Africa to learn mechanisms to attract similar financial injections, particularly concessional finance. 

  • Trade and Investment is a pivotal area as there remains a significant need for intra-BRICS trade, notwithstanding all the agricultural successes within BRICS markets. The AWG creates opportunities for business facilitation, sharing of information about export opportunities in each country and businessto-government communication to avert trade-related challenges. 

  • Agricultural finance focuses on the drive towards smart-climate-agriculture and the adoption of new farming methods (like the European Union’s Green Deal) will require innovative ways of financing. Knowledge sharing from experts within the BRICS formation will be key. South Africa as a global Chair, will share its experience through the programmes of the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa as well as the National Department of Agriculture.

Adding to this, Mabuza cited that “access to information, opportunities, capacity, skills development and markets, are some of the critical elements that should accompany finance which we intend to incorporate into our approach, as advised by business partners in the industry.


”BRICS now constitutes nearly a third of global GDP and boasts four of the top ten largest Agri-produce exporters in the world, which also develop superior Agri-technology and two of them being the fastest growing economies in the world, presents monumental opportunities for Africa’s commercial growth to be leveraged. 


For all BRICS programme enquiries and media interview requests, contact: 


Zikona Captain at: or Whatsapp @ +27717506866

Collection of Media Accreditation for the BRICS Ministers’ Meeting

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) wishes to advise the media that they may collect accreditation cards at 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, for the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations between 09h00–17h00 on 31 May 2023.


The accreditation cards will be issued subject to the production of a valid ID/passport and a press card.


For broadcasters, please note that there is no parking for OB vans at the venue. It is recommended that a wireless live feed be used.


The media programme is as follows:


Thursday, 1 June 2023


14h00 – Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations (media to cover opening remarks)

17h20 – Joint Press Conference


Friday, 2 June 2023


10h00 – Meeting of Friends of BRICS Foreign Ministers (media to cover opening remarks)


Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078




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