UK PM Theresa May arrives in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning for a one-day working visit.

It marks the first time a British leader has visited South Africa since 2011 and follows bilateral meetings between her and President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April and the G7 Summit in Canada in June.

Addressing reporters, May said the UK supports South Africa's land reform programme provided it is carried out legally. This follows US President Donald Trump’s tweet last week that Pretoria is expropriating white-owned farms without offering compensations. Pretoria reacted angrily to his comments.

"The UK has for some time now supported land reform; land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process," May said.

May and Ramaphosa are expected to discuss potential partnerships between the United Kingdom and South Africa and efforts to strengthen bilateral trade and investment relations.

The UK was South Africa's 6th largest global trading partner in 2017, with total trade at US$6 billion.

South Africa hosted about 448,000 UK visitors in 2017.
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