OWAYENGUMENGAMELI wezwe uMnuz Thabo Mbeki

Boksburg - Tanzania and South Africa have teamed up to host an African Leadership Forum scheduled to take place from August 24-25 in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand. 

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and former Tanzanian leader Benjamin Mkapa will host up to five former heads of states and other government officials at the annual gathering that is set to discuss matters on sustainable development on the African continent. 

Formerly hosted by Makapa, the forum makes it way to South Africa for the very first time.

The two-day event, which will be held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, comes hot on the heels of the 37th Ordinary Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) Summit held in Pretoria over the past week.

Mbeki's Foundation, which is working along side the Uongozi Institute on Tuesday said that the programme featured various plenary sessions in which delegates will deliberate on topics such as "Cementing Foundation's for Sustainable Peace and Security, Moving Towards Inclusiveness and Africa's Position In The Global Peace and Security Architecture.

The heads of state that will be in attendance include Bakili Muluzi of Malawi and Former Somalian leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.  

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will give a keynote address on the first day of the forum.

Namibia's deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed her attendance. 

Her South African counterpart minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will not be at the Forum. Mbeki's Foundation, explaining that said she was invited but could not attend.

University of South Africa's vice chancellor Barney Pityana, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will also participate. 

The meeting of heads of state also takes place amid Angola's crucial elections. 

It remains who be seen who is likely to succeed current President Jose Do Santos who has been at the helm for 38 years. 

Dos Santo earlier this year indicated he will not be running for the elections this time around.

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