New panel to reboot SA’s African Renaissance status | News | Politics

South Africa’s foreign policy agenda is due for a massive overhaul, with a possible return to the era of pan-African politics exemplified by former president Thabo Mbeki’s administration.

The department of international relations is attempting to reclaim South Africa’s position as a major influence on the continent by appointing a review panel to steer a new direction for the country’s foreign policy.

Two senior government officials confirmed to the Mail & Guardian this week that the international relations minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has appointed the panel, comprising experts in foreign policy and economics. It has been set up to move South Africa’s foreign affairs approach from a focus on continental peace and security towards economic diplomacy.

The panel members include ANC head of…

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