Below is the text of Mr Major’s arrival statement in Cape Town, made on Tuesday 20th September 1994.
Mr Deputy President, Mr Premier, Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to say first what a thrill it is to be here at last and how good it is to meet so many old friends. Only four years ago when I became Prime Minister, very few people would have predicted this moment, that in 1994 a British Prime Minister would set foot in a non-
Norma and I have long wanted to come here. We may not know South Africa but we do know South Africans. As well as you, Mr Deputy President, President Mandela, many other South Africans have been friends of ours and have visited Downing Street in recent years. These are friendships that Norma and I look forward to renewing with very great pleasure.
Your elections earlier this year evoked admiration, emotion, excitement, thousands of miles away in Britain and across the world, they opened a huge opportunity not only for South Africa but for South Africa's friends.
I am not here alone today but with a large group of those friends -
I have the privilege later this morning of addressing your Parliament. On that occasion I shall be able to say that we are here to make a new beginning, here to make new friends, and here because in so many areas of life Britons and South Africans have a tremendous amount to offer one another.
For the next three days my party and I are going to spread ourselves across South Africa, we intend to make the best use of every single moment we have. There is work to be done and we long to get on with it.
Thank you for your welcome.