Zuma off to Zim on state visit

President Jacob Zuma will be on a state visit to Zimbabwe next week, a South African embassy official in Harare has confirmed.

Zuma will meet President Robert Mugabe on November 2 as a followup to economic and trade agreements signed by the two countries last year when Mugabe was in South Africa.

Consular affairs representative Linda Maso said in Harare: “President Zuma is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on November 2, while ministers will be expected to get here earlier to do preparatory work.”

Early this year, Zimbabwe banned imports, mostly originating in South Africa, its biggest trade partner.

Although Zimbabwe blames South Africa for becoming its “supermarket”, the biggest economy in the SADC bloc says it is willing to see Zimbabwe’s economic recovery.

“South Africa is, indeed, committed to working with Zimbabwe to help develop its economy,” Maso said.

Last year, South Africa exported goods worth R25.6-billion to Zimbabwe, while Zimbabwe’s exports to South Africa amounted to R4.3-billion.

Zimbabwe and South Africa have a total of 35 memoranda of understanding and agreements,

More are expected in the information technology and power generation sectors.

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