Southern Africa: Zuma Arrives in Botswana for SADC Summit
President Jacob Zuma arrived in Gaborone, Botswana on Sunday ahead of the 35th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state summit, the presidency said.
The summit runs from Sunday to Tuesday, under the theme of accelerating industrialisation of the bloc’s economies, through transformation of natural endowment and improved human capital, spokesperson Bongani Majola said in a statement.
“President Zuma is accompanied by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.”
Ramaphosa, as the SADC facilitator in Lesotho, and who is in Botswana for the meeting of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, of which South Africa, represented by Zuma, is outgoing chair.
“South Africa will give a report to the summit on matters relating to the work of the Organ,” Majola said. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa would be the acting president while Zuma and Ramaphosa were out the country.