Cyril Ramaphosa had dinner in Ethiopia with Microsoft founder Bill Gates

Cyril Ramaphosa had dinner in Ethiopia with Microsoft founder Bill Gates

- The president met with Gates during the African Union summit

- Gates has previously been involved in extensive charity projects in Africa

- He is also reportedly going to open a branch of his foundation in Johannesburg

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Ramaphosa has met with Microsoft founder Bill Gates for dinner.

The meeting took place in Ethiopia, at an event organised by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The president was in the country for the annual session of African Union leaders.

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The meeting may seem odd at first, but Bill Gates has actually regularly met with African leaders. In addition to his successful business ventures, Gates has also been involved in extensive charity work in Africa and specifically South Africa, including funding TB and HIV/Aids research. His foundation has given more than $15 billion to the continent.

Additionally, Gates is reportedly planning to open headquarters for his foundation in Johannesburg, according to eNCA.

Speaking at the AU Summit, Gates expressed his belief that even Africa's poorest regions are able to implement effective basic healthcare.

He said that these simple measures would go a long way toward preventing deadly diseases. Among the measures he promoted were vaccines and increasing the availability of antibiotic drugs. 

While acknowledging that Africa had made significant progress in terms of providing healthcare, he pointed out that child mortality rates were still concerning, Briefly.co.za learned.

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At this point it is not clear exactly what Gates and Ramaphosa discussed, but the meeting is not unusual for Ramaphosa. He has previously met with several powerful business figures in Davos and elsewhere.

This has largely been part of the president's efforts to drum up foreign investment into South Africa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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