South Africa is an exciting and vibrant destination. We are particularly excited as 2014 marks 20 years of freedom and democracy in our country, and we will be voting in national elections for the 5th time since 1994.
In the 20 years since Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected President in 1994, we have made great strides as a country. A lot has been achieved towards creating a better life for all citizens in extending human dignity and freedoms through delivery of basic services such as - housing, water, electricity, sanitation education, health, social security and employment. We have a stable political system that has seen four rounds of peaceful democratic elections since 1994. Our economy is dynamic and strongly interconnected with the rest of the globe. We export a vast range of products to many countries in all continents. Our foreign policy is predicated on making South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world a better place. It is for this reason that we are heavily engaged in the work of the African Union, the United Nations and other important international organizations.
The High Commission here in Windhoek is working towards consolidating our warm and historically fraternal relations that we enjoy with Namibia. Indeed, these relations are characterised by regular and increasing interactions through, inter alia, the implementation of the Agreement to establish the Bi-National Commission (BNC) with Namibia that was signed during H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s historic State Visit to South Africa in November 2012, and the BNC’s inaugural meeting that took place at the time of H.E. President Jacob Zuma’s reciprocal State Visit to Namibia in November 2013.
For those South Africans in Namibia or those wanting to visit Namibia, I would encourage you to participate in the Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA) campaign. Launched by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in 2009, ROSA is a software programme that enables all South African citizens who are travelling, working, living or studying abroad to register online with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). This will assist DIRCO to locate you in the event of a declared consular emergency, allow the department to verify your status as a South African and duly inform your next of kin of your whereabouts. Registration is voluntary and free and your information is kept private. Please click on the ROSA link at the top of this page to register.
I hope that you will find this webpage useful whether you are planning to travel to South Africa, in need of consular services, or simply wanting to learn more about our beautiful country. I encourage you to explore the various links for more information on issues such as trade, investment and tourism etc.