President Zuma to lead delegation to SADC summit

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is to lead a South African delegation to the 32nd Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Mozambique, next week.

The SADC heads of state and government summit will be held in Maputo from 17 - 18 August.

"This year's summit marks the 20th anniversary of the historic signing of the SADC Treaty and Declaration, which led to the creation of this regional bloc. This will also be the first summit after the successful election of the SADC candidate, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as chair of the African Union Commission," said Cabinet in a statement, following its ordinary meeting.

Additionally, Cabinet noted President Zuma's visit to Sweetwaters informal settlement as part of the Presidential Monitoring Programme on Friday. The President is today due to hand over more than 200 new houses to residents of Kanana Park Ext 3.

Residents to benefit from the new homes include those that the President found living in uninhabitable conditions when he visited Sweetwaters and Thulamntwana in 2010.

Cabinet also noted that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will on Saturday visit the town of Douglas in the Siyancuma Municipality as part of the War on Poverty campaign. The Deputy President's visit will focus on youth unemployment and related challenges.

Meanwhile, the recent four-day visit of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for the annual South Africa-United States Strategic Dialogue was welcomed by Cabinet.

"The Strategic Dialogue reaffirmed that bilateral trade and investment as well as economic diplomacy remains the cornerstone of the relationship between the two countries," it said.

On her visit, Clinton met a business delegation and senior government officials when she attended the annual US-South Africa Strategic Dialogue meeting at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation headquarters, and held talks with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

She also paid a visit to former President Nelson Mandela. Clinton left South Africa on Thursday.