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1. “South Africa trans­formed Mo­han­das to Ma­hatma,” PM Modi said, elic­it­ing thun­der­ous ap­plause from his au­di­ence. “The same In­dia which had con­demned South Africa dur­ing apartheid was the first one to em­brace it af­ter it shunned apartheid,” he said.

2. Also draw­ing fre­quent chants of his name, he said the vic­tory of his party in 2014 meant a man­date for “ac­tion over words, pos­i­tiv­ity over neg­a­tive ap­proaches, a sense of fo­cus and pur­pose over a feel­ing dread, will­ing­ness to shape the in­ter­na­tional agenda rather than re­act to it, and trans­for­ma­tional rather than in­cre­men­tal change.” 3. Ear­lier, af­ter ar­riv­ing in Pre­to­ria, he held talks with South Africa Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and ad­dressed a meet­ing of busi­ness lead­ers

4. The PM is on a tour of four African coun­tries aimed at boost­ing ties in a re­gion where China has a strong pres­ence. In­dia’s eco­nomic foot­print in Africa is dwarfed by that of China, but it is gain­ing ground led by pri­vate en­trepreneurs with a keen in­ter­est in the con­ti­nent’s bur­geon­ing en­ergy sec­tor.

5. PM Modi and Pres­i­dent Zuma have agreed to boost eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and deepen en­gage­ment in key ar­eas of de­fence pro­duc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing and min­er­als while vow­ing to co­op­er­ate “ac­tively” in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.

6. “Make in In­dia has be­come the big­gest brand that In­dia has ever had. We have given im­por­tance to ease of do­ing busi­ness,” PM Modi told South African busi­ness­men in Pre­to­ria.

7. PM Modi thanked Pres­i­dent Zuma for South Africa’s sup­port to In­dia’s bid for mem­ber­ship of the 48-na­tion Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group or NSG. “We know that we can count on the ac­tive sup­port of our friends, like South Africa,” he said. There were re­ports that South Africa was among coun­tries which had reser­va­tions about In­dia join­ing the elite nu­clear club.

8. South Africa has been vo­cal on the need to re­form the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, mak­ing it a nat­u­ral ally in In­dia’s cam­paign to be made a per­ma­nent mem­ber. In­dia and Africa are to­gether home to a third of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, but nei­ther In­dia nor any African coun­try has a per­ma­nent seat on the coun­cil.

9. PM Modi’s first stop was Mozam­bique, where In­dia handed over 30 Mahin­dra SUVs to the gov­ern­ment, com­plet­ing the de­liv­ery of $4.5 mil­lion grant as­sis­tance as part of sup­port­ing in­sti­tu­tions in the African coun­try.

10. In South Africa, PM Modi will also hon­our the 20 years that Ma­hatma Gandhi spent in the coun­try. He reached Dur­ban to­day, the heart of the In­dian community in the coun­try. He will next visit Tan­za­nia and Kenya.

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