- With xenophobia still fresh on Mzansi's mind, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit had an undeniable shadow over it
- However, President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that it was an extremely successful meeting with relations solidified
- Ramaphosa is adamant that SA's future remains ingrained in Africa, with Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa has dispelled any concerns that xenophobia hampered President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to SA.
Ramaphosa says that despite predictions that the visit would be 'tense and difficult' following the incidents, everything went well:
"It turned out, as I had expected, to be an extremely successful visit, where we not only cemented the relations between our two countries but found that we are of one mind on how, as the two largest economies in Africa, South Africa and Nigeria, can together play a key role in the future of the African continent."
The two leaders both 'firmly believe' that the prosperity and stability of both countries is dependent on strong relations on all levels.
Explaining that Africa's other economies are growing much faster than South Africa's, Ramaphosa commented that:
"South Africa’s future lies in Africa. It is through our trade with the rest of the continent that we will grow our industries. The African marketplace is where our companies will increasingly find trading and investment opportunities."
The African Continental Free Trade Area was lauded as a 'game-changer' by Ramaphosa, who encouraged locals to look to fellow African nations for investment opportunities:
"The time is right for a new era of intra-African trade, where African countries no longer look abroad for the products and services they need, but to other countries on this continent. In so doing, they will be helping to establish new African industries, create African jobs, open up new markets and steadily turn Africa into a powerhouse of global production
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