Private Visit of UAE President to South Africa

1 min read
uae south africa

The recent visit of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, to South Africa has garnered attention and speculation. However, the South African government has clarified the purpose and context of the visit.

Formal Correspondence with South African Government

The UAE government sent formal diplomatic correspondence to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, indicating the intention of the President to visit South Africa in a private capacity. The correspondence also revealed that the President and his large entourage would be staying at a game reserve he owns in the Eastern Cape.

Hospitality and Support Services

The South African government extended hospitality and support services to the President and his delegation, in accordance with international norms and practices for hosting Heads of State or Government and other dignitaries. Members of the entourage who needed visas were granted them by the Department of Home Affairs, while relevant government departments and agencies provided other necessary support services such as transport and security.

Conformance to International Diplomatic Standards

The visit adheres to international diplomatic standards and South African laws. Private visits by Heads of State or Government, including for medical treatment, are not uncommon in South Africa. The visit is an endorsement of the country’s attractiveness as a destination and a partner for investment, trade, and tourism, and the South African government welcomes it.

Positive Development for Both Countries

The visit presents an opportunity for South Africa and the Eastern Cape to benefit from continued engagement with the UAE, which is a source of outbound investment around the world. Therefore, the visit is a positive development for both countries, and it builds on their longstanding diplomatic and economic relations.

Environmentalist and Outdoor Enthusiast. Amanda is a nature-loving, energetic, and enthusiastic environmentalist who has dedicated her life to exploring and protecting Cape Town's stunning natural landscapes. She is an experienced hiker, wildlife enthusiast, and advocate for sustainable tourism.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

The Importance of the Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill

Next Story

Avian Influenza Detected in Commercial Layer Farms

Latest from Blog

Combatting Heart Disease: The Groundbreaking Work of Western Cape’s Hospitals

The Western Cape’s Tygerberg Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have performed almost 10,000 heart surgeries in response to South Africa’s ongoing struggle against heart disease. Heart disease remains the primary cause of death in South Africa, and these hospitals are crucial in addressing this healthcare crisis. The success of these interventions is dependent on the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams across the hospitals, providing patients with the best possible outcomes.

Reeling from the Wrath of Nature: Western Cape’s Agricultural Sector Struggles with Losses

The agricultural sector in the Western Cape region of South Africa has suffered extensive damage in recent storms, with preliminary estimates putting losses at R1.4 billion. The Cape Winelands region was hit particularly hard, with power supplies disrupted and agricultural workers facing an uncertain future. The South African National Defence Force has been requested to assist with repair and recovery efforts, but a lengthy process of rebuilding lies ahead.

Bridging the Digital Divide: South Africa’s Path to Technological Inclusivity

South Africa is embracing digital transformation and striving to bridge the digital divide, with a penetration rate of 72.3% among its 60.14 million people. The SA Connect Project is a key initiative designed to increase broadband penetration and connectivity across the country, with the government aiming to offer internet access to 80% of the population within the next three years. Despite these advancements, South Africa still ranks 136th out of 233 countries in terms of expensive mobile data plans, and the government is examining policy instruments aimed at reducing the cost of communication.

Preserving the African Lion: South Africa’s Pledge to Conservation and Animal Welfare

South Africa’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment has announced a draft notice that bans certain activities involving African lions, highlighting the government’s dedication to the protection and welfare of these animals. The decision is the result of a highlevel panel’s recommendations, and it is consistent with the White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity. The proposed prohibition is limited to the establishment or registration of new captive breeding facilities, commercial exhibition facilities, rehabilitation facilities, or sanctuaries for live African lions. The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Notice.

Strengthening the National Treasury’s Leadership

The National Treasury has appointed Ms. Mmakgoshi Lekhethe as Deputy DirectorGeneral: Asset and Liability Management, and Mr. Christopher Axelson as Acting Deputy DirectorGeneral: Tax and Financial Sector Policy. Lekhethe has been with the National Treasury since 1996, while Axelson joined in 2012 after working in the UK. Their appointments strengthen the National Treasury’s leadership team and ensure the organization’s ongoing success in managing South Africa’s finances and promoting economic stability. Colleagues have expressed confidence in the new appointees, citing their expertise, knowledge, and commitment to their work.