North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, is officially spending this weekend in Dubai in a bid to seek and enhance investment for the province. Mahumapelo’s official visit to Dubai follows Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina’s arrival to Dubai earlier this week.
Masina was in Dubai where he attended the Annual Investor Meeting. Buzzsouthafrica also gathered that he received two “investor awards” on behalf of South Africa, the department, and InvestSA.
Commenting on Mahumapelo’s visit, his office revealed that the North West Premier’s visit seeks to achieve ways of growing and stabilizing the province’s economy. Speaking further, spokesperson Brian Setswambung asserts that the economic investment meeting in Dubai, which is currently under way, will explore economic opportunities available in Dubai for the North West and vice versa.
Mahumapelo is being accompanied to Dubai by agriculture, culture and tourism MECs Manketsi Tlhape and Desbo Mohono, and finance MEC Wendy Nelson.
It is pertinent to note that the United Arab Emirate (UAE) has continued to host prominent South Africans lately. Last Month, President Jacob Zuma visited UAE to strengthen the peaceful bilateral relation that exists between the two countries. According to the presidency, Zuma’s official visit to UAE was also to consolidate political and economic ties and promote South Africa as a tourism destination.
Ministers of International Relations, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Trade and Industry, Rob Davies; State Security, David Mahlobo; Police, Nathi Nhleko; and Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba all made it to UAE with Zuma.
However, at that time, defiant opposition party leader, Julius Malema alleged that Zuma went to UAE to drop off R6 million to the Guptas, though he failed to back up his claims with evidence.
Also, on December 20, Zuma’s favourite finance minister, Van Royeen was in Dubai. Though he has maintained that his trip was strictly ‘private’, many believe that his trip was shady, as it was made the same time the Guptas were over there.
Presently, the Gupta family reportedly left for Dubai following weeks of what they called sustained political attacks on them. They were accused of influencing ministerial appointments and interfering with the running of government.