South African President, Ramaphosa to make state visit to UK

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a state visit to Britain, Buckingham Palace next month.

This is the first of such visit since King Charles succeeded his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, last month.

Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the November 22 to 24 state visit, the palace said.

Former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma made state visits to Britain.

It was gathered that Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. Britain exported £4bn (about R80bn) worth of goods and services to SA in 2021, and its imports from the country were worth about £8bn (about R160bn), according to British data.