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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

South Africa and Global Britain – Partners for prosperity

South Africa and Global Britain – Partners for prosperity Photo © Riona Judge McCormack SAIIA

On 23 June 2016, voters in the United Kingdom decided that their country should leave the European Union (EU). Politics has moved quickly since that day. The UK has a new government, and a new Prime Minister, Theresa May. And preparations are underway for a negotiation which will see the UK exiting the EU.

There has been considerable speculation about what this means for the UK, Europe, and our partners across the world. However, as Prime Minister May has made clear, 'we’re not leaving Europe.' The UK is leaving the EU but we will put in its place a new relationship with the EU and its Member States: a close, wide-ranging and strategic partnership. And as Global Britain, the UK looks forward to ever more deeper and broader engagement with our key partners in Africa, especially South Africa.

This has been demonstrated by the recent visits of five UK Ministers to Africa in a single week, covering the wide range of our partnerships, including trade, development, innovation and the deep people to people links. Britain stands ready to do its part.

At her address at SAIIA, Dame Judith Macgregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa, explained and clarified the process so far, looking ahead to next stages in the process, and exploring the opportunities ahead for the UK and its international partners, including South Africa.

Event Details

Date:         Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Venue:      SAIIA Head Office, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
Time:        16h00 - 18h00

Speaker Biography 

Dame Judith Macgregor has been British High Commissioner to South Africa since September 2013. After graduating from Oxford (LMH) with a first class degree in Modern History, and a year in Romania as a British Council scholar, she entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in former Yugoslavia, and later as First Secretary in Prague and Paris. In her early years in the FCO, she held various posts dealing with Poland, Western Europe, and as the Secretary of State’s speechwriter.

After accompanying her husband while he was Director General for Trade Promotion in Germany and Ambassador to Poland, she resumed her career as FCO Director for Security Policy in 2000, and then as Ambassador to Slovakia (2004-6). She was appointed FCO Director for Migration in 2007, and then Ambassador to Mexico in 2009, for which she was awarded the CMG. Dame Macgregor will be retiring on the 31st March 2017 after 40 years of service.

Read these article for further background to the UK-SA relationship:
UK - South Africa joint trade statement
Chancellor deepens economic ties with key markets in South Africa