South Africa assumed the annually rotating chair of the African Union earlier this month, its second term since serving as the organization’s inaugural chair following its founding in 2002. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over the role from his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, on the 8th of February at the AU’s annual summit in Addis Ababa. The position adds to South Africa’s already deep engagement in multilateral organizations.
It is currently in the middle of its third two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and is a member of both the G-20 and the BRICS grouping, along with Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Human Sciences Research council’s Professor Cheryl Hendricks is in studio to talk about a session HSRC is hosting on strategies to ensure South Africa’s chairship is successful.