JOHANNESBURG, September 25 – President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the inauguration of Angolan president-elect, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, the Presidency said on Monday.
“South Africa and the Republic of Angola share a common history of the struggle against Apartheid, and strong multi-faceted bilateral ties exist between the two countries. This is not only evidenced through the fraternal political relationship, but also through the growing socio-economic and trade and investment relationship between the two countries,” the Presidency said.
“Angola is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners on the continent of Africa with numerous South African companies involved in a variety of sectors in Angola including in construction, mining, housing, retail, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.”
Zuma will travel to Angola’s capital, Luanda, for the inauguration on Tuesday.
Angola held it’s national legislative elections on August 23, with the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) securing the majority of the vote.
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will be acting President during Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s absence. Ramaphosa is in London leading the South African delegation to the Rugby World Cup 2023 bid.
Zuma wished Ramaphosa and the South African delegation all of the best with the presentation in London.
“We have a good story to tell and a good bid. Our delegation will put up a good and successful showing in London,” Zuma said in a statement.
– African News Agency (ANA)