African leaders are attending the first Russia-Africa Summit which will be held in the Russian city of Sochi this week.
The gathering is being framed as an undertaking to address existing and potential relations between Russia and African nations.
Bongani Bingwa chats to University of Pretoria political sciences professor Siphamandla Zondi to weigh in on the summit.
Zondi says every major power that is serious about turning its economic fortune has to look towards Africa.
Africa has the resources, it has rich potential that hasn't been fully explored. Russia is one of many nations that is turning to Africa for those reasons.— Siphamandla Zondi, Political sciences - University of Pretoria
He says the outcome of this summit will depend on whoever is negotiating on behalf of Africans.
The outcomes can also be harnessed for good depending on how Africans cover their tracks.— Siphamandla Zondi, Political sciences - University of Pretoria
Zondi says African leaders need to go to the summit realising that not all superpowers attending want to invest in the continent.
Some want to come to Africa to help themselves and it is Africa's responsibility to cover its tracks by ensuring that whatever it gives, it gets something back.— Siphamandla Zondi, Political sciences - University of Pretoria
Africa has in recent times lacked the ability to negotiate things that are of long term impact on the continent, he explains.
Exchanging serious things like minerals for mere cash, however, big that cash might be, doesn't transform our economies over a long period of time.— Siphamandla Zondi, Political sciences - University of Pretoria
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