President Zuma heads to Botswana

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

President Jacob Zuma will co-chair the fourth session of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana, on Friday. 

The BNC is preceded by a two-day senior officials meeting, which started on Tuesday. A ministerial meeting will be held on Thursday. 

South Africa and Botswana meet annually at the level of the Heads of State within the framework of the BNC to review bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of common interest.

South Africa and Botswana enjoy cordial relations, which are informed by cultural ties and geographical proximity.

The two countries cooperate on a wide range of areas including transport, trade and investment, health, education, environmental issues, water, science and technology, agriculture, justice, immigration, energy, finance, culture, security and sport. 

South Africa remains one of Botswana’s major trading partners. Many South African companies operate in Botswana in various sectors.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane and Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa. –