Theresa May shows off awkward 'Maybot' dance moves in South Africa

Theresa May shows off awkward 'Maybot' dance moves in South Africa

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May was captured showing off her dance moves on the first day of her visit to Cape Town.

May is in South Africa in a bid to boost trade relations in the run-up to Brexit, and visited the ID Mkize Senior Secondary school to talk to pupils about the Chevening scholarship, which helps “professionals who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents” study in the UK.

“What I see before me in this hall today is the future of South Africa,” she told pupils in an assembly.

“I’d like to think that some of you, when you get older, if you’re thinking of going to university that you might think of coming to one of our great universities in the UK.

“We’ve got a programme, it’s called the Chevening scholarship, which helps people to do that and I’m pleased to say today we’re announcing that we’re going to open up scholarships to 100 more of Africa’s brightest young people.”

She joined the students in a dance, dubbed the ‘Maybot’ on social media, in which she demonstrated that dancing may not be one of her top talents.


Boosting Africa's private sector

May will reveal plans to use the UK’s aid budget to fund economic development in Africa.

Speaking at the First National Bank in Cape Town on Tuesday, she is expected to say the private sector is key to driving growth in labour markets and "unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit" in Africa.

She will say: "However, for a variety of reasons the private sector has not yet managed to deliver the level of job creation and investment that many African nations need.

"So I want to put our development budget and expertise at the centre of our partnership as part of an ambitious new approach - and use this to support the private sector to take root and grow."

"I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK.

"So today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest. This will ensure that our investment in aid benefits us all, and is fully aligned with our wider national security priorities."