The presidency has announced that President Zuma will be visiting the Federal Republic of Nigeria next week Tuesday and Wednesday. The president is expected to be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Also on the list of his entourage are Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane and a South African business delegation.
Relating the information through a statement, the presidency said the state visit by Zuma to Nigeria is as “the invitation of his excellency President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The statement also confirmed that “During the State Visit, President Zuma is expected to address the Joint Session of the National Assembly of Nigeria, and will together with President Buhari, address the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum.”
Impressively, there are over 120 South African companies running countless businesses in Nigeria in various sectors, including tourism, telecommunications, aviation, banking, property, retail, entertainment and fast food.
Bilateral relations exist between South Africa and Nigeria. The two countries have social, political and economic relations. These relations can be traced back by their strong historical ties dating back from the years of their struggle for independence struggle.
President Jacob Zuma just arrived from Burundi last Saturday after he led a five-man delegation team to the country.
He was accompanied by leaders of four other African nations – Mauritania, Senegal, Gabon and Ethiopia. The African leaders’ visit to Burundi was okayed by the African Union during its 26th summit held in Ethiopia last month. Zuma’s visit seeks to annihilate a 10 month political crisis that’s claimed more than 440 lives.
The African leaders’ two day visit was propelled by a Human Rights Watch report, which said that Burundian authorities have targeted their opponents using “increased brutality,” with government forces “killing, abducting, torturing, and arbitrarily arresting scores of people at an alarming rate.”
The African leaders’ visit is expected to pave way for peace and bring to an end to national unrest that’s forced about 230,000 people to flee Burundi since April.
Earlier this week, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that South African President Jacob Zuma will co-chair a new high level commission that focuses on health employment and economic growth.
The UN Secretary opined that the commission was established in order to stimulate the creation of new employment opportunities in the health sector across all countries, especially in least developed countries.”