Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane 2012.jpg
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

since 10 May 2009
Appointer Jacob Zuma
Inaugural holder J. B. M. Hertzog
Formation 1927
Deputy Nomaindia Mfeketo,[1] Luwellyn Landers [2]

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 Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who was appointed by President Jacob Zuma on 10 May 2009.

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.[3]

List of foreign ministers of South Africa[edit]

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 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 – Present Government of President Jacob Zuma


  1. ^ Mfeketo - Deputy minister Parliament. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ Landers - Deputy minister Parliament. Retrieved 23 November. 2014
  3. ^ "South African Ministries, etc.". Rulers. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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