Parliament, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 – The National Assembly in its plenary sitting today passed the Foreign Service Bill.

The Bill provides for a single Foreign Service system for the country. This was done after the realisation that the management of government officials serving various departments abroad is fragmented and inconsistent.

Therefore, to address such concerns, the Foreign Service Bill seeks to create an enabling administrative and management framework. The foreign service system will be managed and regulated in a consolidated and coherent manner by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

This Bill will function within the existing legislative framework governing the public service sector and the security services in the country, including the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The Bill will now be sent to the President for assent.

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