Media Statement

28 October 2019

President Ramaphosa congratulates President Masisi on his election victory

President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated President Mokgweetsi Masisi of the Republic of Botswana on his victory following the general election held on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

President Ramaphosa also congratulated the people of Botswana for the manner in which they conducted themselves during the election process.

South Africa and Botswana enjoy strong relations. South Africa remains Botswana’s major trading partner, with South African companies having a significant presence in Botswana.

Economic and trade relations between the two neighbouring countries are centred around various sectors, including mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.

President Ramaphosa said he looks forward to working closely with President Masisi in solidifying relations not only at a bilateral level but also towards greater regional integration through SADC and continental political and economic integration as espoused in the AU’s Agenda 2063.

Enquiries: Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707

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