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DIRCO: About, Website, Contact Details

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)
Founded: 1927
Headquarters: Pretoria, South Africa


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation 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 of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) vision is championing an African continent, which is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which aspires to a world that is just and equitable.


DIRCO’s mission is to formulate, coordinate, implement and manage South Africa’s foreign policy and international relations programs, promote South Africa’s national interest and values and the African Renaissance (and create a better world for all).

Strategic Priorities

  • Through bilateral and multilateral interactions protect and promote South African national interests and values
  • Conduct and coordinate South Africa’s international relations and promote its foreign policy objectives
  • Monitor international developments and advise the government on foreign policy and related domestic matters
  • Protect South Africa’s sovereignty and territorial integrity
  • Contribute to the formulation of international law and enhance respect for the provisions thereof
  • Promote multilateralism to secure a rules-based international system
  • Maintain a modern, effective and excellence-driven department
  • Provide consular services to South African nationals abroad
  • Provide a world-class and uniquely South African State Protocol service.


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation adheres to the following values:

  • Patriotism
  • Loyalty
  • Dedication
  • Ubuntu
  • Batho Pele
  • Constitutional Values (Chapter 10).

DIRCO Website

DIRCO Contact

Postal Address
Department of International Relations and
Private Bag X152
Republic of South Africa

Pretoria Address
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road

Cape Town Address
120 Plein Street
Parliamentary Precinct
Cape Town

Tel.: (09 27) 12 351 1000 / (09 27) 21 464 3700
Fax: (09 27) 12 329 1000 / (09 27) 21 465 6548


After Hours Contact Number Tel: (09 27) 12 351 1000

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