It is my singular honour to welcome you to this very important
meeting of the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit, held together
with Personnel Contributing Countries Plus the Republic of
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the new SADC Executive
Secretary, His Excellency Mr Elias Magosi on his appointment.
South Africa stands ready to provide you with all the necessary
support for the successful execution of your mandate.
I wish to convey my appreciation to the Outgoing Chair, President
Mokgweetsi Masisi of the Republic of Botswana, for his able
leadership of the Organ in the past year. We welcome the election
of the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, as
Incoming Chair of the Organ. I am equally appreciative of his
support and cooperation. I have already experienced support and
collaboration from members of the Organ Troika since assuming
While the political and the security situation in the SADC region is
relatively peaceful and stable, the region has and continues to
experience its share of peace and security challenges. Therefore,
the work of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security
whose key objective is to promote peace and security within the
region is vital.
This Organ Troika Summit has convened to review the operations
of the SADC Mission in our sister country of Mozambique, which
has been experiencing security challenges, that have the potential
to threaten the stability of the region.
The SADC Extraordinary Summit held on the 23rd of June 2021 in
Maputo, approved the deployment of the SADC Standby Force
Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) Mission in Mozambique
(SAMIM), from 15 July 2021, with a mandate to combat acts of
terrorism and violent extremism in the Cabo Delgado Province.
This deployment was approved for an initial period of three months,
subject to extension for further periods depending on the evolution
of the operational situation on the ground. The SAMIM deployment
was to be preceded by the deployment of the Regional
The mandate of SADC Mission is due to expire on 15 October
- This Summit will therefore receive a report and assessment
of the Regional Coordination Mechanism as well as
recommendations on the way forward for this important Mission.
At this time, I wish to take this opportunity to thank His Excellency,
Mr Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, for
inviting SADC to come and support the quest for restoration of
peace and stability in his great country.
We will also receive a report from the Republic of Mozambique on
their own analysis and a report on the contribution of SAMIM with
emphasis on progress, challenges and a way forward
As we deal with the security situation in support of our sister
country, the Republic of Mozambique, we are confident that, like in
other SADC undertakings, security and stability in Mozambique will
be restored. The commitment, solidarity collective sense of
community of members of the SADC were splendidly displayed by
the generous support of member countries that contributed
Personnel to the SADC Rapid Force.
I look forward to our deliberations on the important agenda before
With those few words, I would like to declare the meeting open.