Theresa May to hand over SS Mendi Bell to Ramaphosa
Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa will host British Prime Minister Theresa May in Cape Town on Tuesday.
May will be accompanied by a business delegation.
"The visit comes after President Ramaphosa visited the UK to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where he secured a deal of over R800 million to help South Africa improve its economic situation," International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Monday.
"South Africa and UK enjoy a strong historic trading relationship. The United Kingdom was South Africa’s 6th largest global trading partner in 2017, with total trade at R79.5 and was also the South Africa’s 8th largest global export market for SA goods in 2017 at R46.3 billion. The United Kingdom also remained SA’s 8th largest importer at R33.2 billion."
Sisulu said that May would also use the working visit to hand over the SS Mendi Bell to Ramaphosa and South African to commemorate "the sacrifice of over 600 South Africans who perished when the SS Mendi sank in the English Channel over 100 years ago".