Judith Macgregor discussed trade opportunities, UK investment and the potential Commonwealth host city bid
Judith Macgregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa visited KwaZulu Natal from 28-31 August. In her first visit to the Province since her arrival to South Africa in October 2013, the High Commissioner met with various representatives of local government, civil society and business. She met with British expats based in the province and with young British volunteers working in the province. The High Commissioner praised them for their work and interest in working on important social issues outside of the UK. The High Commissioner met with business leaders and Trade and Investment KZN to discuss opportunities and trade. She praised plans to expand trade through the Durban port saying it would both benefit the city and province and provide opportunities for British business to invest.
The High Commissioner also held talks with the Durban Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo on trade opportunities, UK investment and the potential Commonwealth host city bid. Durban a twin city to Leeds would be an able host which already had the bulk of the infrastructure required to host the Games. In rounding up her trip, the High Commissioner met with representatives of the Africa Center in Mtubatuba. The Center, partly funded by the Wellcome Trust based in the UK, does progressive work on promoting HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy work. The High Commissioner praised the important work the Center does and wished Deenan Pillay and his team well in their work, promising to return in the future.