Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Frederick Shava is leading a Zimbabwean delegation in Pretoria, attending the mid-term review of the Bi-National Commission (BNC).
Shava’s trip to South Africa follows an invitation by the country’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor.
South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said Shava and Pandor will co-chair the high-level meeting. It said:
At the invitation of Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Frederick Shava, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe will pay an official visit to South Africa to co-chair the mid-term review of the Bi-National Commission to be held in Pretoria on Wednesday, 10 August 2022.
During the visit, the two ministers will also have an opportunity to share information and exchange views on bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest.
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokesperson, Livit Mugejo said the purpose of the mid-term review is to review progress made in implementing bilateral programmes between the two countries under the Bi-National Commission framework.
Thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa face an uncertain future after the country’s government announced that it would not be extending the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP), which ended on December 31 2021.
Nearly 200 000 permit-holders were given a 12-months grace period to regularise their stay with another category of permit or leave the country.