Rwanda, South Africa relations on steady mend

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On 28 April 2017 saa 10:00
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South Africa’s ambassador to Rwanda, George Nkosinati Twala, has said good strides have been taken in strengthening bilateral relations between his country and Rwanda and on steady path of restoring to normal the erstwhile deteriorated relations.

Amb. Twala noted this yesterday as South Africa celebrated 23 years since the end of apartheid. It was on 27th April 1994 when black South Africans from 18 years and above were, for the first time, allowed to vote for the first time. Only the whites were allowed to vote before that.

The State Minister for transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Dr Alexis Nzahabwanimana represented Rwanda during the ceremony held at the residence of South Africa’s ambassador to Rwanda in Nyarutarama.

Dr Nzahabwanimana said Rwanda-South Africa relations existing since 1999 are currently improving.

RwandAir has been flying to Johannesburg twice a week and seeks to expand travels in the country. South Africa’s companies are investing in Rwanda but cooperation between the two countries has been hazy with complications in accessing visas for Rwandans traveling to South Africa.

“We hope that existing friendship between our countries will grow stronger. It is a wish of Rwandans in need of flying to South Africa to visit brothers and sisters there and we hope every Rwandan will attain it in the near future,” he said.

Dr Nzahabwanimana explained that South Africans wanting to visit Rwanda are welcome, whether for business or visiting.

South Africa’s ambassador to Rwanda, George Nkosinati Twala said both countries are jointly following up the revival of cordial relations.

“They are respecting guidelines of both heads of states when they met. When President Paul Kagame met his South African counterpart last year, Jacob Xhuma, they discussed various issues to be addressed.

In 2014, South Africa suspended provision of Visas for Rwandans traveling to the country. At the time South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats in Pretoria accusing them of being behind armed attacks to Kayumba Nyamwasa who fled to the country.

Later, Rwanda expelled six South Africa diplomats based in Kigali accusing South Africa of hosting masterminds of renegades behind bomb blasts in Kigali.

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South Africa’s ambassador to Rwanda, George Nkosinati Twala (left) with the State Minister for transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Dr Alexis Nzahabwanimana during celebration of 23 years since the end of apartheid yesterday.

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