He said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.
“We have a common heritage as people of Africa. What we need to do is to develop that relationship to a higher level to benefit our peoples and countries,” said Mr Ramaphosa.
He cited agriculture and renewable energy, saying Kenya has made great strides in the two sectors, and South Africa can learn a lot from it.
On its part, South Africa has a long history of mining gold and diamonds, among other minerals, and Kenya can gain a lot from the experience and expertise.
Mr Ramaphosa said the exploitation of natural resources would create job opportunities for the youth.
Later President Kenyatta met officials of the African National Congress (ANC).
President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party was represented by vice chairman David Murathe and Secretary General Raphael Tuju, while ANC Deputy President David Mabuza led his party team.
Prior to President Kenyatta’s arrival in East London, Mr Ramaphosa spoke to journalists about what would be covered in his presentation of the ANC’s programme for the year, which is traditionally laid out during the ruling party’s birthday celebrations.
He emphasised that the new ANC leadership was acutely aware that it needed a programme of renewal so that South Africans could again trust that it was fit to rule the country.
Mr Ramaphosa was referencing next year’s national elections which, on current trends, the ANC will have a tough time winning due to the many scandals it has endured under Zuma’s presidency.
The ANC president said the party was focusing on re-establishing itself with its electorate as well as on land redistribution, economic growth to create more jobs and education as its main priorities.
Additional report by Chris Erasmus.