South African President Ramaphosa is in Zimbabwe for BNC

March 12, 2019
| Report Focus News

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa landed in Harare on Monday evening, for the Bi-National Commission (BNC) Ramaphosa was met at Robert Mugabe International airport by his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe and South Africa conduct trade and business Relations through the BNC, which was established in 2015.

| Report Focus News
President Cyril Ramaphosa touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare to co chair the Bi National Commission heads of state summit alongside Emmerson Mnangagwa Photo Twitter PresidencyZA<br>

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said they would seek to “strengthen mutual cooperation and deepen implementation” of 45 bilateral agreements.

“South Africa and Zimbabwe are signatories to 45 agreements which cover a wide range of fields, including trade and investment, health, labour, migration, defence, taxation, tourism, scientific and technological cooperation, water and the environment,” she explained.

“In terms of trade, South African exports to Zimbabwe totalled R30.8bn, while imports from Zimbabwe amounted to R3.6bn.”

Ramaphosa’s delegation comprises ministers of:

international relations and cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu;
defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;
finance, Tito Mboweni;
trade and industry, Dr Rob Davies;
home affairs, Dr Siyabonga Cwele;
transport, Dr Blade Nzimande; and
police, Bheki Cele.
Deputy minister of social development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, is also part of the delegation.

Deputy President David Mabuza will act as president during Ramaphosa’s absence.