SA High Commissioner Mseleku on strengthening relations with Nigeria
18 February 2020 | 1:50 pm
The Nigeria-South Africa relation is conducted via a Bi-National Commission which was established in 1999. 2019 marked the 20th Anniversary of the commission. As a new decade begins, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Thami Mseleku joins CNBC Aftrica to discuss ways the country plans to foster its relations with Nigeria.
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