The visiting South African president Cyril Ramaphosa says his country wishes to engage with Zimbabwe with the same zeal they used to fight apartheid and racialism in Southern Africa.

Speaking during a dinner hosted for him by the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital this evening, Mr Ramaphosa said the 45 agreements and memorandum of understanding between the two countries discussed during the third by national meeting should see speedy implementation.

The South Africa president said there is need to increase investment in energy and infrastructure as Zimbabwe is a gateway into the African continent with urgent attention also being needed for the one stop border post at Beitbridge.

He said as the incoming chairperson of the organ on politics, defence and security, President Mnangagwa is well positioned to see that unity is key for prosperity and development for the region guided by Agenda 2063.

Earlier, President Mnangagwa commended the excellent relations that exist between the two sister republics.

He said Zimbabwe is grateful for the unequivocal call by President Ramaphosa for the unconditional removal of the illegal, spiteful and unjustified sanctions by the Americans and European Union which continue to violate basic rights of Zimbabweans.

He thanked the South African government for its accommodation of a considerable number of Zimbabwe citizens who are active in South Africa’s economy saying the hospitality towards Zimbabwe further strengthens the people to people relationship between the two republics.

Today (Tuesday), the two leaders will be in the Bi-national meeting and will see a number of agreements being signed.