SA vice President visits Cuba to strengthen ties

JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana on Saturday.

Ramaphosa is leading a high-level delegation with the aim of improving trade relations between South Africa and Cuba.

The delegation includes South Africa’s ambassador to Cuba Naphtali Manana, deputy ministers Luwellyn Landers (International Affairs and Co-operation), Enver Surty (Basic Education), Dr Joe Phaahla (Health), Godfrey Oliphant (Mineral Resources), Pam Tshwete (Water and Sanitation), Buti Manamela (Presidency) and Mzwandile Masina (Trade and Insdustry), as well as Ramaphosa’s political and legal advisors.

In a statement released by the Presidency, Ramaphosa said: "We hope to utilise the visit to Cuba among others to learn from the Cuban expertise to improve on primary health-care, child mortality and specialised training; discuss and share South Africa’s experience around monitoring, planning and evaluation; share South Africa’s experience in the areas of taxation, dual currency exchange and controls, anti-money laundering legislation.

“We will discuss long-term recruitment plans of engineers and training intervention which could be implemented to train South Africa’s workforce locally and explore trade and business opportunities to advance bilateral trade between the two countries.”

The deputy president will also address South African medical students based at the Cuban Medical University of Latin America.

He is expected to take part in wreath-laying ceremonies at both the OR Tambo bust and the statue of Cuban hero José Marti, also known as the Apostle of the Cuban Revolution, in the capital.


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