May to visit Africa for first time as PM

SOWETO SOUTH AFRICA- MARCH 23 President Nelson Mandela leans forward as he speaks with Queen Elizabeth II at Avalon cemetery in Soweto outside Johannesburg 23 March. The Queen unveiled a memorial to commemorate 600 black soldiers who died when the SS

SOWETO SOUTH AFRICA- MARCH 23 President Nelson Mandela leans forward as he speaks with Queen Elizabeth II at Avalon cemetery in Soweto outside Johannesburg 23 March. The Queen unveiled a memorial to commemorate 600 black soldiers who died when the SS

Mrs May will fly into South Africa's legislative capital Cape Town on Tuesday, where she will meet young people before delivering a keynote speech on trade and how United Kingdom private sector investment can be brought into Africa.

The Prime Minister's trade mission to Africa will see her visit three nations in total.

The visit - which will see PM May meet the presidents of all three countries - aims to deepen economic and trade ties with growing African economies ahead of Britain leaving the European Union in 2019.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday an expropriation bill passed by parliament in 2016 enabling the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership has been withdrawn.

Britain's overseas aid budget stood at £13.9bn in 2017, an increase of £555m on the year before.

Britain will use its worldwide aid budget to boost its own interests while also seeking to deepen trade ties with Africa, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, countering critics who say aid funds would be better spent at home.

She'll also discuss efforts to tackle extremism, and a delegation of 29 business executives will accompany her as she seeks to drum up business for Britain.

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United Nations figures put annual UK investment in the continent at $55bn - ahead of France's $49bn and second to the USA on $57bn.

May will then present President Cyril Ramaphosa with the bell from the troopship the SS Mendi, which sank in the English Channel in 1917 drowning more than 600 mainly South African troops who were preparing to join the Allied forces fighting in World War I.

She will be the first British Prime Minister to visit Sub-Saharan Africa since 2013, and the first to go to Kenya for over 30 years.

"Because nations can not prosper without security, the prime minister will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region", the statement read in part.

Thursday - In Kenya, Mrs May will meet president Uhuru Kenyatta before visiting British troops and a business school.

"The UK has for some time now supported land reform ... land reform that is legal, transparent", she said, adding that she welcomed assurances already given by South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa that there would be "no smash and grab".

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