President Jacob Zuma Arrives in Swaziland

PresidencyThe Presidency, 21 April 2016

President Jacob Zuma has today, 21 April 2016, arrived in the Kingdom of Swaziland for consultation with His Majesty King Mswati III on matters relating to Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

The President has already had discussions with Heads of States and Government of Botswana and Namibia on the matter. The consultations are a follow up to the discussions held by the SACU Heads of State and Government during the inauguration of the new SACU Headquarters building in Windhoek, Namibia on 12 November 2015 It is expected the discussions will also focus on progress in the implementation of the SACU work programme as adopted by the 2011 SACU Summit.

The SACU, one of the oldest customs union in the world, is 105 years old and consists of five members, namely, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia; South Africa and Swaziland.

President Zuma, who is the current Chair of the SACU Summit, will be accompanied by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, Mr David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security and Mr Luwellyn Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

Consultations with Lesotho are on-going to find a suitable date for the President’s visit to Maseru.

Issued by:
The Presidency

Bongani Majola
Cell: 082 339 1993

Sidwell Medupe
Cell: 079 492 1774