South African President Jacob Zuma will visit Zimbabwe this week to cement relations between the two neighbouring countries, says the Presidency.

A statement issued by the Presidency here Monday said President Zuma would be attending the inaugural session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission, scheduled to be held in Harare on Nov 3.

South Africa and Zimbabwe have good bilateral political, economic and social relations which are underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the two countries' liberation struggles.

The two countries, the Presidency said, would conduct their bilateral relations through a structured Bi-National Commission (BNC) under an agreement signed during President Robert Mugabe's State visit to South Africa last year.

"To date, the two countries have signed more than 38 memoranda of understanding and agreements, which were co-ordinated through the then Joint Commission for Co-operation (JCC) and the Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS), which were established in 1995 and 2005 respectively," the statement said.

"The MoUs and agreements cover a broad range of areas, which include trade and investment, immigration and consular matters, defence, agriculture, the environment, energy, health, as well as arts and culture."

South Africa and Zimbabwe not only share strong historical relations but also economic co-operation to the extent that the economies of the two countries are historically and inextricably linked, the high office said.

There are more than 120 South African companies doing business in Zimbabwe in various sectors including mining, aviation, tourism, banking, the property, retail, construction and the fast food sectors.

President Zuma will be accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba; Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.