Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will make a formal address to the South African parliament in Cape Town tomorrow.
Confirmation that parliament has been formally convened to receive Mr Adams came on the first day of the West Belfast MP's official visit to South Africa.
Mr Adams is visiting South Africa at the invitation of Foreign Minster Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The Sinn Féin leader was received by minister of intelligence Ronnie Kasrils and police commander Robert McBride at Johannesburg International Airport.
The Irish ambassador Gerry Corr hosted a lunch and reception for the Sinn Féin president.
Following this reception, Mr Adams held top-level discussion with members of the African National Congress executive committee at the organisation's Luthuli House headquarters
Sinn Féin has long had a close relationship with the ANC and this is just one example in the differences between Unionism and Irish Republicanism.
What international influence does Unionism has?
Unionism's siege mentality is a mirror image of the former apartheid regime and of Israel.
It is time for Unionism to open the doors