President Nelson Mandela visits Cuba on 10 December1991 "one thing before I say anything, before we say anything, you must tell me when you coming to South Africa. We have had a visit from a variety of people and our friend Cuba , which helped us in training our people, gave us resources to get all with our struggle, trained our people as doctors and so on , you have not come to our country, when are you coming, and further said " we have come here today recognizing our great debt to the Cuban people. What other country has such a history of selfless behaviors Cuba has shown to the people of Africa. How many countries benefit from Cuban health care professionals and educators? How many of these volunteers are now in Africa. What country has ever needed help from Cuba and has not received it and how many countries threatened by imperialism or fighting for their freedom have been able to count on the support of Cuba
President Fidel Castro response "The sooner the better. I have not visited my South African homeland. I think it will be today, I will have to fly back with you"
Fidel Castro meets President Nelson Mandela on the 02 September 1998 in Johannesburg
President Nelson Mandela "It`s a great moment for us to be visited by Fidel, because what he has done for us is difficult to put in words, firstly, during anti-apartheid struggle he never hesitated at all to give us maximum support, now that we are free we have a large number of Cuban doctors helping in rural areas where there are hardly any doctors at all and I`ve had an opportunity to thanking him on support they gave to South Africa"
President Fidel Castro" Am sure you understand. This is one of the happiest moment evenings in my life. First, I find my dear brother Mandela, better than ever in excellent health. Secondly, because I find him with the same enthusiasm he has had in his life, always. Thirdly, because of what he has just said, he will visit Cuba soon. So he is full active, very well informed about everything in the world. Very wish to take part in the forthcoming international conference. I feel privileged and honored being here"