IN THE wake of the success of the World Cup in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Zweli Mkhize this week started an intensive programme to market the province in Shanghai, China.
The province already enjoys a good relationship with the city of Shanghai, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding which has seen a number of students being awarded bursaries to study in Shanghai.
Mkhize, who left for China on Monday, said: "We are here to build relations with the people of Shanghai, and we want to see how we can best work together to improve the quality of life for our people."
Mkhize is leading a delegation comprising MECs, heads of departments and senior officials from the province, and chief executives of various parastatals.
The delegation is participating in the Shanghai Expo, which has already seen over 7million visitors in the past two months.
South Africa has its own pavilion at the expo, which has proven to be very popular, especially during the World Cup.
Mkhize was confident the expo would help open the eyes of potential investors and tourists - leading to positive spin-offs of increased trade between KwaZulu-Natal and Shanghai.
The delegation is expected to join all South Africans staying in Shanghai this week, where they will each dedicate 67 minutes of their time working for one of four charities in the city as part of celebrating Mandela Day.
In his first engagement, Mkhize met the deputy director-general of education commission of the Shanghai municipal government, Zhang Minxuan.
A number of issues were discussed regarding areas of collaboration in education.
Minxuan said a number of agreements have already been reached in areas of distance learning, student exchanges and the establishment of a Mandarin language laboratory.
Mkhize said other areas of cooperation that were being explored included tourism, commerce, trade, ports, and agriculture, among others.