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Introducing SALO: The Southern African Liaison Office

What is SALO?

As a research, policy and dialogue NGO, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) is at the forefront of national, regional and international consensus building. Part of our work involves going to communities and raise awareness of gender issues and the fight against gender-based violence.

Recently in Soshanguve, SALO provided a safe space where young people shared their experiences of being part of the LGBTQI community. While South Africa can be a difficult place for LGBTQI people, it was inspiring to see young teenagers take pride in who they were and the passion they had in fighting the good fight

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A consultation with Transgender people and organisations representing them


Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

DATE: Tuesday 26 March 2019
TIME: (Registration 1:30 pm) 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Refreshments served afterwards)
VENUE: Sierra Burgers Park Hotel, 424 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria


Facilitator: Ms Rebone Tau, SALO Associate

13:30 – 14:00 Arrival and registration 14:00 – 14:05

Opening – Ambassador Astrid E. Helle, Royal Norwegian Embassy

14:05 – 14:15 Welcome address and introductions – Ms Rebone Tau, SALO Associate

14:15 – 14:30 Ms Kellyn Botha, Writer and Social Media Officer, Iranti

14:30 – 14:45 Mr Greyson Vanguard Thela, National Advocacy Officer, Gender Dynamix

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speech: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

15:15 – 16:15 Open Discussion

16:15 – 16:25 Closing remarks and vote of thanks

SALO would like to thank
The Royal Norwegian Embassy for their direct support of this event

Celebrating South Africa’s hard-won rights on Human Rights Day – 21 March 2019

Human Rights Day is a day for celebration, as well as solemn reflection. South Africa’s Bill of Rights is world-renowned for its inclusive protection of Human Rights, making SA one of the first countries in history to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

SA’s Bill of Rights:
“The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth”

As we know, SA’s past was characterised by institutionalised Human Rights abuse. Human Rights Day presents an opportunity for us to solemnly reflect on the suffering of millions of South Africans at the hands of the Apartheid regime, and to appreciate the immense sacrifice and bravery of those who struggled to secure the rights and freedoms enshrined today.

Public dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 11th March 2019

Venue: Leslie Social Science 2B, Upper campus, UCT

Program Director: Esihle Madyibi, SRC Social Responsiveness Co-ordinator


17H30 – 18H00: registration & refreshments

18H00 – 18H45: Presentations from panel

Opening Remarks: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO Deputy Manager

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
• Robin Lee Tobias: Chairperson, Rainbow UCT
• Simamkele Gosa: Executive member, Students for Law and Social Justice UCT

18H45 – 19H55: Open discussion

Thanks and closure: Lwazi Somya, SALO volunteer

SALO would like to thank

the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for their direct support for this event

PUBLIC LECTURE – “Key priorities during South Africa’s tenure in the UN Security Council” – 22 Feb 2019

Keynote Speaker: Deputy Minister, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Luwellyn Landers

DATE: Friday 22nd February 2019

TIME: (09H30 registration) 10H00-11H45 followed by a finger lunch

VENUE: Parliament Imbizo Centre, 120 Plein Street, Cape Town

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), through the branch of Public Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) hosted a public lecture on the 22nd of February 2019 in Cape Town.

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers conducted a public lecture in Cape Town as part of his mandate to consult the populace in the decision making and implementation of the departmental programmes, aimed at publicising and enhancing dialogue about the country’s foreign policy objectives.

The Deputy Minister engaged Think Tanks / Academics / Students / Opinion Makers / International Relations Practitioners on the role of South Africa as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The event served as a key platform for the Deputy Minister to elaborate on the country’s key priorities during the two-year term at the UN Security Council. The platform was not only used to educate stakeholders about diplomacy and South Africa’s foreign policy objectives, but also emphasise the role that the African Union (AU) plays in the maintenance of peace and security globally.



09:30-10:00 Arrival and registration
10:00-10:10 Opening Programme Director: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO
10:10-10:20 Welcome address and  introductions Athenkosi Thoba, SALO
10:20-10:35 Travel Smart presentation Consular Services
10:35-11:00 Keynote address Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers
11:00-11:30 Deliberations
11:30-11:40 Vote of thanks and closure Amb Liam MacGabhann, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to South Africa
11:40 Finger lunch