The Department of International Relations and Co-Operation recently launched Ubuntu Radio - an online radio station designed to better communicate South African foreign policy. KHADIJA PATEL spoke to the department's spokesperson, Clayson Monyela.
It's very difficult holding a conversation with the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation's spokesperson, Clayson Monyela. A consummate government spin-doctor, he's known to respond to seemingly straightforward questions with eight hundred word polemics on the "African Agenda", the avowed thrust of South African foreign policy. Or so we're told.
But then, that's why Dirco have launched Ubuntu Radio, to allow South African diplomats to explain foreign policy without the interruptions of column inches - or the attention span of journalists.
The online station was launched last Thursday as part of the department's campaign to communicate South Africa's foreign policy more effectively. As well as the radio station, Dirco also recently launched "Diplomatic Chat", a weekly opportunity for a select few to chat up South African diplomats under Chatham House rules.
The one time I did brave the traffic to travel to Pretoria on a Friday evening, eager for diplomatic conversation that conveys more than the careful wording of a press release, I was disappointed. There were...