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SA President Cyril Ramaphosa’s First State Visit to India, “Denel Deal in Sight”


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit Lesotho as SADC Facilitator, Thursday 18 September 2014 17 September 2014 Departing from OR Tambo Airport. Interview ? Maseru - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the SADC Facilitator, will pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Ê Deputy President Ramaphosa will be supported in his task by a team of SADC Troika member-states experts and secretariat. Ê During the visit Deputy President Ramaphosa, is expected to interact with members of the Coalition Government and other political role-players in the country as part of efforts to help the people of Lesotho to find a solution to their current political and security challenges.Ê Ê The visit follows a decision of the SADC Double Troika of Heads of State and Government plus DRC and Tanzania which convened in Pretoria on Monday, 15 September 2014, to consider among others the current political and security challenges facing the Kingdom of Lesotho. Ê In this context, the SADC Troika urged all role-players in the Kingdom of Lesotho to, ÔÕresolve their political challenges in accordance with the constitution, laws of the land and in line with democratic principlesÕÕ. In pursuance of this objective the parties agreed to bring forward the date of elections and to work with the Facilitator in ÔÕaddressing all political and security challenges in preparation for the brought forward electionsÕÕ Ê Consequently, the SADC Troika mandated Deputy President Ramaphosa to act as Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho, to assist in the restoration of the political and security stability, the creation of lasting peace and constitutional normalcy. For more information contact Ronnie Mamoepa at 082 990 4853 or Clayson Monyela 082 884 5974. Ê Issued by: The Presidency and DIRCO

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, his first official state visit to the country on Friday.

According to a media statement from the Presidency, Ramaphosa, who will be joined by a delegation of ministers including Jeff Radebe, Angie Motshekga, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Pravin Gordhan, will be in India to strengthen the strategic partnership South Africa has long enjoyed with India.

The two countries are expected to discuss an array of issues but will focus specifically on higher education and training, arts and culture, home affairs as well as defence and energy.

Ramaphosa and his host, Modi, both of whom face tough elections in a few months, will also have to navigate difficult conversations around trade and defence.

The two leaders have also launched mass campaigns to turn around their respective country’s misfortunes, with Modi’s 2014 “Make in India” initiative aimed at turning India into a global manufacturing hub and Ramaphosa’s ambitious stimulus plan intended to pump investments into South Africa and create jobs to turn around an ailing economy.

Ramaphosa also jets into India following a successful showing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was said to have “wowed” potential investors.

India wants to increase trade with African countries and might be looking for a free trade agreement with South Africa that would resemble the inter-continental agreement already agreed upon last year.

India to work with Denel again

It’s expected that a partnership with South Africa’s embattled weapons manufacturer Denel will also be made during the two-day visit.

This week, India’s secretary of economic relations in the Ministry of External Affairs, TS Tirumurti, told newsmen at a media briefing that the country’s issues with Denel had been settled in 2018.

Denel was blacklisted following allegations of corruption.

Ramaphosa will also be India’s chief guest as it marks Republic Day in celebration of that country’s constitution.

He is the second South African president to have been bestowed this honour by India, the first being late president Nelson Mandela.

Ramaphosa will also lay a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s grave and deliver a lecture in the Indian activist’s honour at a business forum before participating in the Republic Day parade on Saturday.

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