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Duke of Edinburgh to make two-day visit South Africa

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The South African presidency announced that His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh, will make a working visit to the country on January 22 and 23.

In a statement on Friday, the presidency said Prince Edward’s visit is “indicative of the strong bilateral relationship that the United Kingdom and South Africa share.”

Prince Edward will make a courtesy call at the OR Tambo Official Residence in Pretoria where he and his delegation will hold discussions with Deputy President Paul Mashatile on key areas of importance in the bilateral relationship between both countries.

Prince Edward is also expected to meet stakeholders from different animal conservation groups based in South Africa, including WWF South Africa and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Birdlife.

Additionally, Prince Edward will meet South Africa’s ministers of forestry and higher education to strengthen ties in plant conservation and science and innovation.

“In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh will meet awardees of the President’s Awards, the international arm of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, of which President Ramaphosa is a Patron. Both countries share a strong commitment to youth empowerment,” the statement by the presidency added.

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