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Durban honours Dlamini-Zuma

Durban are hosting a parade for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the city centre.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with the South African Delegation after the AU Candidate vote. Picture: Jacoline Prinsloo/GCIS.

PRETORIA - Newly elected African Union (AU) chief Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be honoured by the city of Durban on Monday.

There will be a parade for her through the city centre, then a banquet hosted by Mayor James Nxumalo in the evening.

Since being elected head of the African Union Commission (AUC) in July, Dlamini-Zuma has embarked on a heavy round of consultations.

She has seen Malawian president Joyce Banda, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a group of former African presidents.

Festivities in Durban will recognise the achievement of a local woman made good. The former Home Affairs Minister is the first woman elected to the AU top job.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to travel to Maputo, Mozambique, later this week for the Summit of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the 15-nation grouping that kept faith with her.

After losing the three-round election against former AUC head Jean Ping in January, Sadc leaders nominated her to run for the second and successful time last month.

She clinched the 60 percent majority she needed.

Ping, originally from Gabon, led the AU since 2008 and was largely supported by French-speaking African countries.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to officially take-up her seat at the AU's headquarters in Addis Ababa in September.