Presidents Kenyatta, Zuma hold talks ahead of ANC birthday celebrations

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President Kenyatta made his official visit to South Africa on Thursday in his first foreign trip since he was sworn-in for a second term.

Addressing the press after the talks, Presidents Kenyatta and Zuma expressed their desire to strengthen relations between the two countries for the benefit of their nations and peoples.

Kenyatta said they also discussed how they can increase trade between the two countries and connectivity on the African continent which is critical to industrial development.

Gerrit van Rooyen, of NKC African Economics, said investors would scrutinise Ramaphosa's speech for clues on his policy preferences, as well as signals that President Jacob Zuma could be forced to step down soon.

"It will enable us to create the jobs that our young people require", Kenyatta said.

The state leaders discussed different topics including the situation in South Sudan. "We look forward to concluding and signing various agreements".

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The presidency said the two leaders will also explore areas geared towards increasing consultations on global issues that would be enhanced by increased contacts at the highest bilateral level.

"I am happy to participate in the ANC birthday celebrations".

Kenyatta said the relationship between South Africa and Kenya was already strong but they both want to take it further.

South African shares firmed on Friday, supported by resources stocks lifted by better than expected Chinese trade data, while the rand slipped in cautious trading ahead of a weekend speech by the leader of the ruling African National Congress party.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Jubilee politicians at State House on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

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