Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Mazuba Monze, has formally presented her credentials to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in a ceremony at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. President Ramaphosa underscored the enduring friendship between Zambia and South Africa, highlighting the robust and longstanding relations between the two nations.
During the ceremony, President Ramaphosa extended his congratulations to Ms. Monze on her appointment as Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa and expressed his best wishes for her success in executing her duties and responsibilities as the country’s envoy.
In her response, Ms. Monze pledged to focus on strengthening the historical bilateral relations between Zambia and South Africa. She reiterated her commitment to enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding between the two nations. Ms. Monze acknowledged the rich and multifaceted historical bilateral relations marked by a longstanding history of cooperation in various sectors, including health, trade, infrastructure development, energy, mining, cultural exchange, and diplomatic ties.
Emphasizing the enduring connections that have played a vital role in shaping the shared past, Ms. Monze stated that these relations continue to influence present cooperation that fosters understanding and collaboration. She highlighted President Hakainde Hichilema’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing bilateral relations based on mutual values, economic development, and shared interests between the two countries.
Ms. Monze also expressed Zambia’s commitment to making a positive contribution to a more secure and stable region. She emphasized the long-standing history of mutually beneficial relations between Zambia and South Africa in various areas of economic development, cultural ties, and education.
Sworn in as High Commissioner to South Africa by President Hakainde Hichilema on May 4, 2023, Ms. Monze’s appointment marks a new chapter in diplomatic relations between Zambia and South Africa, reinforcing the commitment to fostering positive collaboration and understanding between the two nations.