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Zuma goes shopping

PUBLISHED: 11:50 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 25 August 2010

THE South African president took time out of a schedule which included dates with the Queen, Prime Minister and England manager, to go on a tour of a supermarket - complete with his entourage of 40. President Jacob Zuma became the first visiting Head of

THE South African president took time out of a schedule which included dates with the Queen, Prime Minister and England manager, to go on a tour of a supermarket - complete with his entourage of 40.

President Jacob Zuma became the first visiting Head of State to request a tour of a store resulting in his trip to the greenest Sainsbury's in Bugsby Way, Greenwich Peninsula.

Shoppers looked on in surprise last Thursday as they saw the man who was on their television screens the previous day having dinner with the Queen at a state banquet. The President was accompanied on the heavily orchestrated tour by his fifth wife Thobeka Madiba, the Mayor of Greenwich, and Environment secretary Hilary Benn. They were welcomed by children from the Millennium school. Supermarket bosses estimate the value of goods the supermarket imports from South Africa to grow to more than £200million this year.

Mr King presented the president with a Bag for Life containing food and a T-shirt with his name on the back.

The delegation also went to the back of the store for a presentation by workers from the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.

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