About 400 million rand has been committed to help affected farmers.
Another analyst said the president was grooming his son, Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos, to succeed him.
Stocks were set to open higher at 0700 GMT, with the JSE securities exchange's Top-40 futures index up 0.8 percent.
Mozambique has asked holders of bonds in Ematum to swap the debt for new U.S. dollar-denominated 2023 bonds to smooth its debt maturity.
Gordhan's trip last week took place in the backdrop of concerns that Africa's most advanced economy could lose its investment-grade rating.