President Cyril Ramaphosa to Undertake Working Visits to the Republics of Uganda and South Sudan

President Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake a Working Visit to the Republic of Uganda on 15-16 April 2024, to meet with HE President Yoweri Museveni. The two leaders will discuss regional security and stability, including the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

From Kampala, President Ramaphosa will proceed to the Republic of South Sudan for a visit from 16-18 April 2024, aimed at strengthening the existing bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan. During this visit, the President will receive a detailed briefing from President Salva Kiir Mayardit and other stakeholders on the status of implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), signed on 12 September 2018.

As the R-ARCSS is set to conclude on 22 February 2025, preceding elections scheduled for December 2024, President Ramaphosa has designated Deputy President Paul Mashatile as his Special Envoy to provide practical and political support to the parties involved. Deputy President Mashatile’s recommendation for a follow-up visit by President Ramaphosa stems from engagements with stakeholders during his visit to South Sudan.

Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, South Africa has been actively involved in its reconstruction and development. It has participated in various conflict resolution and mediation mechanisms, capacity building of State institutions, and post-conflict reconstruction and development programs. South Africa also chairs the African Union High-Level Ad-hoc Committee for South Sudan (C5), tasked with supporting South Sudan in its transitional process.

Bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan, established with an official agreement in 2012, are conducted through the General Cooperation Agreement (GCA) signed in 2013.