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History of our relationship

The Republic of the Congo was active in opposing apartheid South Africa. In November 1981, the then People's Republic of the Congo hosted a conference entitled "Apartheid and health", which discussed the health implications of racial discrimination and social inequality.

Negotiations to end the occupation of Namibia

In December 1988, representatives of Angola, Cuba and South Africa signed the Brazzaville Protocol which mandated the withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola, paving the way for Namibia's independence through the New York Accords.

Post-apartheid relations

In October 2005, a group of South African business leaders visited the Republic of the Congo.

In November 2005, South African President Thabo Mbeki led a delegation of South African politicians and business people to Brazzaville in order to boost bilateral relations. The group included Ministers Mandisi Mpahlwa, Jeff Radebe and Pallo Jordan and Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe. Mbeki met with Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso on the trip. Mbeki also addressed a joint session of the Parliament of the Republic of the Congo.

In October 2009, the Congolese government signed an agreement to lease 200,000 hectares of land to South African farmers. Most of the land leased to South Africans came from farms which were previously operated by the Congolese government but fell into disuse. The food produced at the farms will mostly be for the domestic market of the Republic of the Congo.

High Excellency Mr Denis Sassou Nguesso pays tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Professor Wangari Maathai.

On behalf of all Congolese, My country and I send our deepest condolences to Mandela’s family and the people of South Africa at this difficult time. The world mourns with you and celebrates the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman who devoted her life to protecting what she called “Our common home and future"

May her soul rest in peace.

Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo.


From one country to another

President Cyril Ramaphosa receives a courtesy call from President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville.

President Nguesso was in South Africa to pay his last respects and tribute to the late Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

His Excellency the president of the Republic of Congo expressed his deepest condolences to his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa.

Through this difficult time, the people of Congo stand with South Africa.