South Africa strengthens ties with China
26 September 2011
With China having become South Africa’s biggest trade partner since the end of 2009, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe departs for the People’s Republic of China today.
Vice President Xi Jinping has invited Motlanthe on the official visit.
South Africa’s manufacturing sector is under severe strain and Motlanthe is expected to encourage Chinese enterprises to increase investment in South Africa.
He will also encourage value-adding activities in closeness to the source of raw materials in order to stimulate job creation.