Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Logo of the department
|Jurisdiction||Government of South Africa|
|Headquarters||OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria
|Annual budget||R4,824.4 million (2010/11)|
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is the foreign ministry of the South African government. It is responsible for South Africa's relationships with foreign countries and international organizations, and runs South Africa's diplomatic missions. The department is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, currently Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs, it was renamed the Department of International Relations and Cooperation by President Jacob Zuma in May 2009. In the 2010 national budget, it received an appropriation of 4,824.4 million rand, and had 4,533 employees.
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