'Merkel visit shows Germany wants to deal with SA directly and boost investment'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the country for a two-day state visit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Merkel on Thursday chaired the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission and are spoke to some of the 600 German companies operating in the country.

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Clement Manyathela chats to Institute of Race Relations (IRR) chief economist Ian Cruickshank to weigh in on the state visit.

I think the visit is all about Germany making sure that it takes over some of what the UK may be losing from moving away from the European Union. I think Angela Merkel will say: 'Hey we can help you with investment and we can help you grow your industrial manufacturing area.'

Ian Cruickshank, Chief economist - Istitute of Race Relations

He says this visit shows that Germany wants to deal with South Africa directly and boost investment.

Listen below to the full interview:


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