In March this year, South Africa joined almost 50 African states in signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda. On July 3, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) launched its Consular Services ‘Travel Smart With Dirco’ campaign, aimed at educating South Africans planning to travel abroad on the consulate services available to them.
In a keynote address on the launch of the campaign, Deputy Dirco Minister Reginah Mhaule said many South Africans found themselves destitute abroad.
“Under these circumstances they seek our assistance without prior knowledge of what services we mandated to provide. This situation must be changed and…