Press Release

03 November 2012

H E President J Zuma to host the President of the Republic of Namibia, H E H Pohamba

President Jacob Zuma will host President Hifikepunye Pohamba of the Republic of Namibia for a two-day State Visit in Cape Town, South Africa from 6 - 7 November 2012 within the context of the consolidation of the African Agenda.

South Africa and Namibia enjoy warm and cordial bilateral relations which are informed by historical and fraternal ties. As a consequence, there are deep and strong mutual bonds between the peoples of the two countries. The visit is aimed at further deepening political, economic and social relations.

The two Presidents will hold discussions covering key priority areas such as trade and investment, energy, public works, defence and security, water and environment, transport, science and technology and agriculture.

The economies of South Africa and Namibia are interlinked and South Africa remains one of Namibia’s major trading partners. Namibia imports 80% of its consumables from South Africa. South African companies have a large presence in Namibia and are involved in various sectors such as housing, food and beverages, construction, hotels and leisure, banking, medical services, etc.

During the visit, a number of Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding are expected to be signed.

President Zuma will be supported by Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Trade and Investment; Transport; Energy; Defence and Military Veterans; Public Works; Water and Environmental Affairs; Higher Education; Science and Technology, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

5 November 2012

For further information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on +27 82 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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