President Cyril Ramaphosa is undertaking his first State Visit since being elected President in May, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, today and tomorrow (14 and 15 August).
As part of his visit, Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the 39th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 17-18 August.
The State Visit is at the invitation of the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli.
The two leaders will discuss bilateral, continental and global issues and reaffirm their commitment to further co-operate on multilateral issues.
President Ramaphosa will visit Morogoro, west of Dar es Salaam, to express solidarity with and convey condolences to the government and people of Tanzania, following a fuel tanker explosion that claimed more than 70 lives on Sunday.
The President expressed sincere regret at this loss of life and indicated South Africa’s willingness to offerTanzania any assistance required following the tragedy.
“The tragedy at Morogoro is shared by South Africans for whom Morogoro holds great significance as the site of the first National Consultative Conference of the African National Congress 50 years ago on May 1,” said Ramaphosa.
The Morogoro Conference brought together and advanced unity among diverse formations in the struggle against apartheid. The conference issued a clarion call for intensification of the armed struggle.
Mazimbu, Morogoro, is also where the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO) was established by the exiled ANC in 1978.
The college provided educational and vocational skills to young South Africans who fled after the 1976 Soweto uprising.
A Business Forum is being arranged by the Ministries of Trade and Industry of both countries and participants will be addressed by both Presidents.
Following the State Visit, the President will attend the 39th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government on 17-18 August 2019, to be held under the theme: “A Conducive Business Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development”.
The theme is in line with previous SADC Summit decisions that endorsed industrialisation as the overarching priority for the region based on the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063).
The Summit will provide an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to be briefed on the overall implementation of the SADC work programme, including the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (2015-2020) and the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.
“The Summit will be updated on the status of the region’s economy, health, and food security. It will provide policy direction about future strategic work of SADC and the SADC post 2020 Agenda,” said the Presidency.
The Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, Zambia, will also present a report on the status of regional peace and security.
In his capacity as the SADC Facilitator to Lesotho, President Ramaphosa will present a report on developments in the facilitation process during the SADC Troika Summit of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to be held on 16 August 2019.
The President will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Naledi Pandor; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane; Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni and Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe.