SA Moves to Mend Relations with Fellow African Countries ahead of Africa Oil & Power Conference

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A special envoy led by South Africa’s former Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, has visited the Presidents of Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, in an effort to mend relations with fellow African countries.

Radebe was joined by Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr. Khulu Mbatha, a veteran of the ruling party, the African National Congress, the Republic of South Africa’s governing political party.

The Special Envoy is determined to assure fellow African countries that the government is taking every necessary step to ensure a safe and secure South Africa following a series of xenophobic attacks in parts of the country.

Special Envoy Jeff Radebe is the 2018 recipient of the Big Five Energy award presented by Africa Oil & Power (AOP), the continent’s premier platform for energy investment and policy.

This year, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, will receive the prestigious Africa Oil Man of the Year award also presented by AOP. The AOP 2019 conference and exhibition will take place from 9th to 11th October, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The group of Presidential Special Envoys will deliver a message of solidarity from South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to the heads of state as a means to assure them that the government is committed to addressing xenophobic attacks which sparked in the Gauteng province earlier this month.

“The Special Envoys are tasked with reassuring fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity. The Special Envoys will also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law,” said an official statement by The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa.

Special Envoy Radebe has met with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari; President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and Senegal’s President, Macky Sall since the tour started on 14th September, 2019.

As a previous recipient of the 2018 Big Five Energy Award as then South African Minister of Energy. Hon. Jeff Radebe, has reassured the heads of state that Cape Town is safe and secure.

During the conference, Senegal will also launch its oil and gas licensing round, which will unlock the country’s next phase of investment.

The AOP conference is hosted in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the South African Oil & Gas Alliance and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Through its theme, ‘Make Energy Work’, AOP challenges energy sector leaders and decision makers to share their perspectives on how African countries can use the energy sector to empower the growth and development of other sectors.


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