Ramaphosa to visit Iran this weekend

Ramaphosa to visit Iran this weekendDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today announced in the National Assembly in parliament in Cape Town that he will be leading high-level South African diplomatic and trade delegation on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The trip is scheduled to take place from November 7-9.

During the visit the South African delegation will "explore opportunities for foreign direct investment‚ create trading opportunities for South African investors while identifying skills development and training opportunities for South Africans in various Iranian sectors"‚ his office said in a statement.

He will be accompanied by Minister Nomvula Mokonyane‚ Deputy Ministers Nomaindia Mfeketo‚ Bheki Cele‚ Thokozile Xasa‚ Mcebisi Jonas and will include representatives of Eskom‚ Mintek‚ the Council for Geo-science‚ Financial Intelligence Centre‚ SA Revenue Service and a sizeable business delegation.

Available: http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2015/11/05/Ramaphosa-to-visit-Iran-this-weekend 

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