Theresa May dances in South Africa, says United Kingdom supports land reform

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Speaking to the school assembly, she thanked the children who greeted her with dance moves, announcing an expansion of a long-running educational scholarship that gives global students placements to study in the United Kingdom. The short clip became a Twitter moment, with social media users calling her moves "dad dancing" and "painful".

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The UK would also to sign a new agreement to "repatriate huge sums of money that have been illegally removed from Kenya", allowing this to be returned to its "rightful owners" and invested in the country, the PM explained.

Schoolchildren hold British flags upon the arrival of the Britain's Prime Minister at ID Mkhize Secondary School in Gugulethu township, August 28, 2018.

May will pledge to ensure Britain's aid budget serves the national interest as well as fighting poverty, and helping the private sector "to take root" in Africa's growing economies, according to extracts of the speech emailed in advance by her office. Africa accounts for 16 percent of the world's population, but attracts just three percent of foreign direct investment and three percent of global goods trade.

At a news conference, May insisted that Britain is not "late to the party" on investment across the continent.

"Africa's ocean economy three times the size of its landmass is under threat from plastic waste and other pollution", she said. US President Donald Trump has yet to visit Africa, although first lady Melania Trump said she will make a trip to the continent this year.

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She will also commit to helping support the next generation of energetic, ambitious young Kenyans as they seek to build a more prosperous country in the years ahead.

May will be visiting Nigeria later this week.

May will present Ramaphosa with the bell from the troopship SS Mendi, which sank in the English Channel in 1917, drowning more than 600 mainly South African troops set to join the Allied forces fighting in World War I.

May weighed in on the issue in Cape Town on Tuesday.

May also said Britain supported South Africa's land reform programme, provided it is carried out legally.

Mark Florman, CEO of Time Partners, said while there were concerns about South Africa's land reform process, Ramaphosa would have Britain's backing as long as it stayed transparent and within the limits of the law.