Namibia (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Relations on a Representative Office level were established with Namibia's independence on 21 March 1990 and upgraded to full diplomatic status in 1994. Upon South Africa's return to the Commonwealth, the respective missions became High Commissions.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Namibia

H E Mr W M P Whitehead
High Commissioner

South African High Commission

Namibian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr V K Nghiwete
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

High Commission of the Republic of Namibia

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

None


Health Requirements

None

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Typically desert climate - hot and dry with sparse and erratic rainfall. Temperatures of the coastal areas are modified by the cool Benguela Current, while altitude modifies plateau temperatures (Walvis Bay: January 19C, July 14.5C and Windhoek : January 24C, July 14C). Annual average rainfall for the country as a whole is only 270mm.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


Currency Info

Te monetary unit is the Namibian Dollar (N$) (NAD). 1 Namibiam Dollar (N$) (NAD) = 100 cents.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

South Africa is Namibia's most important economic partner and holds approximately 80% of all investment in the key industries of mining, retail, banking and insurance.

Namibia is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) which allows for a free flow of trade between the countries. No bilateral trade figures are available as these statistics are recorded in terms of the combined imports from one country to all other SACU countries.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Namibia, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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