While the country burns out in political heat that could melt out the country’s economic system, BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that President Jacob Zuma forged ahead with his presidential visit to Zimbabwe where he stepped out on the red carpet.
The president arrived Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital on Thursday on an official visit that could see the cash-strapped country revived through its trade relation with South Africa.
Jacob Zuma was reportedly captured stepping out onto the red carpet at Harare International Airport on an SAA air force plane shortly before 10:00.
He and President Robert Mugabe are expected to attend the inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission in the Zimbabwean capital.
State media says this will “herald a new chapter” in relations between the two countries, despite South Africa’s weakening economy alongside Zimbabwe’s worsening economic crisis and what is widely seen as investor-unfriendly conditions.
President Jacob Zuma will co-chair the commission, which required that the heads of state meet annually to monitor progress on the implementation of agreed projects.
President Jacob Zuma had been expected to travel on Wednesday afternoon but delayed his departure following series of controversial issues surrounding his political leadership as the president.
The Bi-National Commission (BNC) was established on April 8, 2015 to steer bilateral relations between the neighboring countries while seeking ways to enhance co-operation in various sectors within the two governments.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean news media reported on Thursday that Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has pleaded with South African entrepreneurs to begin joint ventures with the country’s locals so as to save the country from de-industrialization which would also have negative effects on the Southern African region.
“It is self-evident that de-industrializing Zimbabwe is not an attractive and viable partner for South Africa or indeed for any other country. A de-industrializing Zimbabwe also eliminates the country from fully partaking in and contributing to the SADC industrialization strategy and road map,” Mumbengegwi was quoted as saying.