Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
|Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
|Inaugural holder||J. B. M. Hertzog|
|Deputy||Ebrahim Ebrahim, Marius Fransman|
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.
List of foreign ministers of South Africa 
|J. B. M. Hertzog||NP/UP||1927–1939||The foreign ministry was
held by the Prime Minister
|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|
|1966–1977||Government of Prime Minister B. J. Vorster|
|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||2009–||Government of President Jacob Zuma|
- "South African Ministries, etc.". Rulers. Retrieved 21 August 2011.