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"We have a common heritage as Africans".

He said there is need for the two countries to work together and enable the people to interact and do business.

Visiting Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta will attend South Africa's ruling African National Congress party's 106th birthday celebrations in East London on Saturday.South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Thursday evening during a press briefing at his presidential Dube House in Durban, where he is hosting Kenyatta.

Kenyatta congratulated Ramaphosa with his "victory" of being elected as ANC president in December. Ramaphosa said ties between the two countries can be boosted by opening doors to citizens to travel and do business without impediment.

They pinpointed trade and infrastructure as the pillars that would emphasize the relationship between Kenya and South Africa.

He said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.

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"President Kenyatta's presence here goes a long away in proving that we have a very special relationship with Kenya", he said. Ramaphosa said there is a lot to learn on agriculture from Kenya, as they play a leading role on the continent in agriculture.

"Industrialisation is key to creating job opportunities for the youth and wealth for our nations and peoples", President Kenyatta said.

According to a statement from Kenyatta's office, he would meet with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. Uhuru also met ANC and Jubilee Party officials including vice chairman David Murathe, Secretary General Raphael Tuju, ANC Deputy president David Mabuza and his team. Some came singing songs of unity, while others called for change and the removal of President Jacob Zuma.

When officially welcomed by ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe, ANC members and supporters again booed Zuma loudly.

"We are the new ANC leadership, president [Zuma], so we start on time".