Malawi’s new president Joyce Banda arrived at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday to join President Jacob Zuma and scores of people for the Freedom Day celebration.
Accompanied by her husband and other delegates, Banda is on her first official visit to South Africa following her recent inauguration this month.
During her visit,Banda and Zuma were expected to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and common concern.
The meeting would focus on Malawi’s economic problems, particularly fuel shortages and foreign exchange, said South Africa spokesman Clayson Monyela.
Malawi is one of South Africa’s top ten trading partners in Africa.
When Zuma arrived earlier, he was greeted with cheers, whistles and shouting.
Adorned in green and gold, the military band entertained the crowd with music.
People cheered loudly during a fly-past by the SA Air Force, and a 21 round gun salute.
Several military aircraft shot through the sky as a big contingent of photographers tried to capture pictures.