- President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza are both headed out of the country
- While the big boys are away, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been left in charge
- Ramaphosa is headed to the 11th BRICS summit in Brazil where he is leading the South African delegation
Both the nation's leaders are headed out of South Africa this week to represent the nation's interests overseas.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza are both headed offshore.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been appointed as the acting president until the end of the week.
The presidency issued a statement revealing that the minister is holding the reigns while Ramaphosa leads a South African delegation to the 11th BRICS summit, which will be held in Brazil this year under to banner of 'Economic Growth for an Innovative Future':
“South Africa’s membership of BRICS enables the country to employ additional and powerful tools in its fight to address the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality through increased trade, investment, tourism, capacity building, skills and technology transfers."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa will be using the chance to highlight SA's priorities as far as the African Union is concerned:
“President Ramaphosa will utilise the opportunity to highlight to BRICS partners South Africa’s priorities for chairing the African Union in 2020 and the commencement of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area."
The South African reports that the BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - collectively represent 42% of the world's population, 23% of the GDP and 30% of the territory.
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