President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday left for South Africa for a two-day visit to South Africa hoping to enhance relations between the two countries.
Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport when he departed for South Africa, the President said, historically, hordes of Malawians have been working in South Africa, which buttresses the importance of the Rainbow Nation to Malawi.
“We have a lot of Malawians, even presently, in South Africa and we also want to look at their welfare; so, issues to do with Malawi-South Africa relations are paramount,” Chakwera said.
Chakwera added that he and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa would also discuss the long-standing issue of pension payment to ex-Malawi workers.
The President was welcomed at WaterKloof Military Base in Pretoria by South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture Land reform and Rural development Thoko Didiza and leader of the Malawi delegation Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Eisenhower Mkaka.
Meanwhile, Mkaka has described South Africa as a key partner for Malawi.
Chakwera is accompanied by First Lady Monica Chakwera, Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda, Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo and Minister of Trade Sosten Gwengwe.
The Malawi leader is expected to return home today through Kamuzu International Airport.
The relationship between the two nations was established in 1967 with the opening of Malawi’s High Commission in Pretoria while South Africa’s High Commission is in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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