German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is expected to discuss the HIV/AIDS crisis and the worsening situation in Zimbabwe during his visit to South Africa on Thursday.
According to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), Schroeder will meet South African President Thabo Mbeki, who faces criticism from some quarters for his handling of both situations.
Around 450 German firms employ up to 70,000 people in South Africa, making it Germany's major trading partner in Africa, and one of its most important friends on the continent.
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