FM REPRESENTS SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT AT BURUNDI'S INDEPENDENCE DAY
Last Updated: 2012-07-03
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PRETORIA, July 3 (NNN-SANEWS) -- International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has left for Bujumbura to represent South African President Jacob Zuma at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Burundi's independence.

Burundi gained its independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation described relations between South Africa and Burundi as "excellent".

"South Africa's involvement in Burundi is currently focused on strengthening bilateral relations, with a strong emphasis on Burundi's Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) endeavors, assistance with the establishment a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and investigations regarding socio-economic and infrastructure development opportunities," the department said in a statement here Monday. -- NNN-SANEWS