ANGOLAN PRESIDENT TO MAKE STATE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA NEXT WEEK

PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma will next week host Angolan President JoAPound o Lourenco who will be in the country for a State visit, which begins on Thursday, Nov 23 and which will be President Lourenco's first State visit after his inauguration on Sept 26.

Lourenco, 63, of the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA), succeeded President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who retired after 38 years in power.

During his visit, President Lourenco will also deliver a lecture at OR Tambo Building in Pretoria, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Nubane told a media briefing Thursday.

South Africa and Angola enjoy historical and fraternal bilateral relations which were cemented during the period of South Africa's liberation struggle when Angola housed and supported South African liberation cadres in various camps in that country.

This is not only evidenced through the fraternal political relationship, but also through the growing socio-economic and trade and investment relationship between the two countries.

Angola is one of South Africa's largest trading partners on the continent with numerous South African companies involved in a variety of sectors in Angola.

To date, the two countries have signed 33 agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance co-operation in a number of areas.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK