SA to hold bilateral talks with UK

SA and UK will hold bilateral talks regarding the UK’s visa policy.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - South African and British authorities will hold bilateral talks in Cape Town today.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her British counterpart, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, William Hague, will co-chair the bilateral forum.

The forum was established in 1997 and is held every two years.

This year will see the launch of a business council to facilitate greater trade and economic activities.

Among other things, they are expected to discuss the United Kingdom's visa policy.

South Africa's visa-free status was revoked in 2009 amid concerns about corruption within Home Affairs and the ease with which foreigners could get South African passports.

Since then, government has been in talks to bring back visa-free travel.