The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) introduced its quarterly magazine Ubuntu – South Africa’s Public Diplomacy in Action in August 2012 to:

  • communicate with and educate stakeholders on South Africa’s foreign policy positions, achievements, objectives and goals

  • give in-depth analysis and information on key departmental issues ranging from current affairs, bilateral and multilateral milestones, upcoming key events, as well as international work done by other government departments, business and parastatals.

Special features in Issue 5 include:

  • Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela
  • South Africa calls for reform at the UN
  • BRICS business to grow partnerships
  • Impact of illicit drug trafficking
  • Training of South African Diplomats at Clingendael
  • Assisting Lesothos's most vulnerable
  • Ubuntu: The original vision for South Africa, our continent and the world
  • Legacy projects: Symbols of South Africa's history
  • Preserving South Africa's flavour heritage
  • Annual Diplomatic Fair 2013


Special features in Issue 4 include:

  • South Africa’s national interests
  • From hopeless to rising – The true story of Africa
  • Celebrating 19 years of South Africa’s foreign policy
  • The last colonial challenge facing the African continent: Western Sahara
  • BRICS and Africa: Partnership for development, integration and industrialisation
  • Celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s soft power
  • Tourism in a new world: Risks and opportunities
  • South Africa’s film industry booming
  • Preserving our freedom heritage


Special features in Issue 3 include:

  • Successful BRICS Summit held on African soil
  • 50 years of African unity
  • Celebrating IBSA’s 10th anniversary
  • Save our rhinos
  • Be a responsible traveller

Special features in Issue 2 include:

  • South Africa is getting many things right
  • A vision for South Africa’s foreign policy – Now and beyond
  • Israel-Palestine conflict – A South African priority
  • President Jacob Zuma on South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan
  • Liberation history – The legacy of OR Tambo
  • Top 10 reasons to visit South Africa
  • Best crew in the world
  • Charlize Theron – United Nations Messenger of Peace

Special features in Issue 1 include:

  • A victory for South African diplomacy, a victory for southern Africa and Africa!
  • COP17/CMP7 – the Durban Outcome
  • South Africa’s foreign policy responds to domestic priorities
  • Cultural diplomacy and sports as tools for nation-building and development
  • Who is Brand South Africa?
  • Africa is proud to host the SKA
  • South Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation’s Roll Back Malaria Partnership
  • South Africa Fashion Week
  • Freedom Park – a heritage destination