Newly appointed Director-General (DG) of DIRCO

As of Friday, 01 April 2022, Mr Zane Dangor has commenced with his duties as the new Director-General (DG) of DIRCO.
Kindly read below, Minister Naledi Pandor’s statement in this regard, as well as the DG’s profile. Best wishes to DG Zane Dangor, from all at DIRCO.


The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Mr Zane Dangor on being appointed Director-General (DG) of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

Mr Dangor takes up the position of DG today, 1 April 2022.

Mr Dangor has served as a Special Adviser to the current and former Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation. Before joining DIRCO, he served as the Interim Representative of the United Nations Population Fund to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Prior to that post, Mr Dangor served as the DG of the Department of Social Development, having also been a Deputy DG, where he worked for over 12 years.

Mr Dangor has extensive experience in the field of human rights, having specialised in transitional justice issues. He has worked on human rights and development both nationally and internationally in a variety of civil-society organisations. For over a decade, he was the Executive Director of the Development Resource Centre.

He holds two Master’s degrees – a Master’s in International Law and a Master’s in Public and Development Management both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also widely published in the area of international relations.

The Minister wishes Mr Dangor well in his new position and has no doubt that he will hit the ground running as he has been part of the department and is familiar with the challenges the department faces. Ranking top among the issues that Minister Pandor said she hoped Mr Dangor would prioritise is for the department to receive a clean audit – something which has eluded the department for a number of years.

“I wish Mr Dangor well as the Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,” Minister Pandor has said.

DIRCO 2022 new Director General Mr Zane Dangor

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