British Prime Minister Theresa May in town to strengthen African trade ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in town.

She touched down in Cape Town on Tuesday morning ahead of a three-nation African trip leading a 30 member delegation.

She will talk business and diplomatic relations with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Midday Report EWN reporter Gaye Davis says the purpose of May's trip is all about post-Brexit trade and investment ties with African nations are strengthens.

She has made a number of quite key announcements here in terms of Britain's relations with Africa.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

We have not seen many British Premiers on the continent I think the last visit by a sitting UK prime minister was in 2013.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

And she did come here as home secretary and I think she visited Tunisia and this is a visit as prime minister.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

She adds that May said they are going to be going all out on fostering private sector driven investment in African countries here in Cape Town today and has spoken to Cyril Ramaphosa.

She is off to Nigeria where she will be meeting President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow and then on Thursday she is meeting with the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Gaye Davis, EWN reporter

Davis says May said they are also going to re-engineer British-aid funding in order to strengthen African countries.

Manyathela also spoke to Executive Director at the Trade Law Centre Trudi Hartzenburg who said the trade and development assessment partnership between South Africa and the United Kingdom is extremely important.

It is not only about Trade but also about the investment linkages.

Trudi Hartzenburg, Executive Director at the Trade Law Centre

Listen below to the full interview:


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