Black First Land First (BLF) applauds the revolutionary living legacy of President Zuma. Part of this legacy is President Zuma‘s work in strengthening relations with African countries, including Mozambique, that played a role during the struggles against slavery, apartheid and colonialism. He ensured that South Africa (SA) and Mozambique benefit from their geographical proximity and put effort into growing their historical relationship.
President Zuma’s work – via the Bi-National Commission (BNC) which was in furtherance of bringing Mozambique and SA closer so as to facilitate the development of their relations in all areas of mutual cooperation – is indeed unprecedented of a president post 1994. To this end with his counterpart in Mozambique, a BNC structured and chaired by the two relevant Heads of State, was signed on December 13, 2011, and inaugurated in October 2015. This led to a number bilateral agreements being concluded including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Transport, Tourism, Communications, Maritime Security Cooperation, and Frequency Bands. As at the end of 2017 there were about 300 South African entities operating in Mozambique in various fields including financial services, retail, hospitality, and energy.