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Russia-Africa Anti-Drugs Dialogue Conference – 9 March 2016, Durban

The second international Russia-Africa Anti-Drug Dialogue was held under South Africa and Russia Chairmanship at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, on 9 March 2016 in Durban (hereinafter referred to as the RAADD) co-hosted by the Russian Federation and South Africa under the auspices of the African Union.

The South African Cabinet sanctioned the RAADD last year, with a sole aim of strengthening and sustaining a consolidated position in countering the world drug problem ahead of the UNGASS.

All parties at the RAADD embraced the collaboration between African countries and Russia, approved of the event and fully supported the resolutions that emanated from the RAADD.

All countries agreed that the illegal trafficking of illicit drugs and drug abuse had a negative socio-economic impact on BRICS member states and the health of their citizens, especially the youth, which supports the theme of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) of ‘Achieving the 2019 goal – a better world for tomorrow’s youth’, which will be held in New York from 19 to 22 April 2016.

All delegates agreed that the trading of illicit drugs had to be stopped and that the operational routes and means by which these illegal drugs were trafficked, had to be closed. It was also agreed that this could not be achieved by individual countries’ performances, but as a collective. The delegates also mentioned that support for and implementation of the National Drug Master Plan of 2013-2017.

The following conference documents can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
  1. RAADD Conference Programme
  2. The Welcoming Address by the acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service
  3. The Purpose of Conference by the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Lieutenant General Ntlemeza,
  4. The address by the Director of Federal Drug Control Service of Russia, Mr Ivanov
  5. The Key Note Address by the Minister of Police of South Africa, Mr Nhleko
  6. The “Durban Declaration 2016”, as accepted by the Russia-Africa Anti-Drug Dialogue Conference on 9 March 2016.

Any further enquiries can be submitted to the RAADDSec@saps.gov.za

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Following on British Airways' earlier announcement that effective, 1 March, BA flights operated by Comair will close 45 minutes prior to departure as opposed to the previous closing time of 30 minutes, South African Airways (SAA) has now also announced similar changes to the closing times of their flights.

As from 1 April 2016, all domestic SAA flights from Johannesburg, will be closing check-in gates 40 (FOURTY) minutes before departures (which is 10 minutes earlier than before). Whilst SAA advises that this is only applicable to their domestic flights on departures from Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London, Wings Travel Management and Magic Travel would strongly advise all SAA and BA pax to consider checking in earlier on ALL domestic routes since we believe that all other carriers will soon follow suit and apply similar changes.

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