President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Nouakchott, Mauritania to attend the African Union summit. Ramaphosa is attending the summit for the first time as South Africa’s head of state. The summit is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of July.

The summit will discuss a range of issues, including the fight against corruption, institutional reforms of the continental body, how to finance the AU, and peace and security on the continent.

The South Sudan conflict is to take centre stage Saturday afternoon, when the AU Peace and Security Council meets. President Ramaphosa is expected to take part in the meeting.

He will also attend an event to commemorate the centenary of Nelson Mandela. South Africa is expected to sign the continental free trade agreement, which aims to boost intra-Africa trade.