Diplomats are representatives of their countries in other countries to which they are accredited. They note and interpret objectively the political, military, social and economic developments in foreign countries to obtain information in the interests of the government of their own country.
They promote exports to the country where they are stationed, and disseminate information about commercial, economic and industrial conditions and opportunities that exist in their own country.
Diplomats may issue passports to fellow countrymen travelling abroad, grant visas to foreigners who wish to visit their country or issue entry permits to immigrants who wish to settle there. They strive to build up contacts with foreign states to ensure a constant exchange of views and the establishment of mutual trust, and negotiate agreements with other countries.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Sol Plaatjies University, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, Walter Sisulu University