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Windhoek, April 06, 2015

Namibian Premiere of South African  WorldWar II documentary
On Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 18h30, AfricAvenir and the FNCC present the Namibian Premiere of Vincent Moloi’s documentary A pair of boots and a bicycle.

A pair of boots and a bicycle was directed by emerging South African director Vincent Moloi (2007, South Africa, 80 min).

Hans-Christian Mahnke, director of AfricAvenir states: “We hope that through this screening, the contributions of Namibian World War II veterans, such as Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, the late Simon “Mzee” Kaukungwa, “Uncle Paul”, and others is also highlighted, memorized, and honoured.

For most of these Namibian World War Two veterans, the experiences and promises of the war meant their individual political awakening.”

When: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Time: 18h30
Where: Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Robert Mugabe Ave 118, Windhoek
Entrance: 30,

Why would men who are repressed at home valiantly fight in the war of their oppressors? And what did the triumphant victors give them, upon their return, for their "gallant and distinguished service"? In this very personal, fascinating investigation, South African documentary maker Vincent Moloi journeys from the Soweto sitting rooms of veterans to El Alamien to find the answers, and in doing so unearths the significant contribution of South Africa's black soldiers to the Allies' North Africa campaign.

Told with poignancy, the irony of their situation is slowly revealed through the life and actions of one soldier: Job Maseko. Job received the Military Medal for a heroic and ingenious sabotage of a German supply ship while a prisoner of war in Tobruk.

African Perspectives, a monthly African Cinema series in Windhoek, organised by AfricAvenir since 2006, is supported by AfriCine, JacMat, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Goethe-Centre/Nads, and Turipamwe Designs. 

Contact : 00264 (0)855630949). Email : africavenir.whk@googlemail.com
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Braai Day in Namibia: 27 September 2014
In celebration of South Africa’s National Heritage Day & 20 years of freedom and democracy, the South African High Commission & the Windhoek Country Club Resort are hosting the first International Braai Day in Namibia on Saturday 27 September from 12pm - 7:30pm.

Tickets cost just N$100 per person over the age of 5 years old and are available at Computicket & Checkers outlets.   It will a wonderful opportunity for the South African and Namibian communities to get together to celebrate. Ticket price includes:
  • Live screening of the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks & Wallabies from Newlands at 5pm - courtesy of the Country Club, 3G Mobile & Total Namibia
  • 1 Checkers braai pack
  • Namib Mills pap & salads
  • 1 Coca Cola soft drink
  • 1 Savannah cider (only for over 18 years of age)
  • 1 Castle beer (only for over 18 years of age)
  • Entry to win many fantastic prizes & free give-aways
Please note that there are only a limited number of tickets available. 
Contact: Hans-Christian Mahnke
Cell: 00264 (0) 855630949
Email: africavenir.whk@googlemail.com
Windhoek, 14.08.2014
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AfricAvenir & South African High Commission celebrate 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa
Film Screening of “Felix”
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy since the first democratic elections on 27 April 29914, AfricAvenir Windhoek and the South African High Commission present the screening of the feel-good movie “Felix”, directed by Roberta Durrant, 2013, South Africa, 97 min., on Saturday, 30 August, 19h00, at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek.

The screening is done in partnership with and with financial support of Old Mutual.  We thank Old Mutual for their support.
About the film:
14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XC2YXTxuhQ

The film has won a number of international awards and rave reviews that can be seen here:  http://www.felixthemovie.com/

Among the awards are:

• Audience Choice Award at Durban International Film Festival, Durban, South Africa,

• Lucas award for best film at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, Frankfurt, Germany

• Michel award at the Hamburg Film Festival , Germany

• Best Director award at the African International Film Festival, Calabar, Nigeria

• The Marcinek award for best full length film for children at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland

• Teacher’s Jury Special mention award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Poland

• Special Jury Recognition: First Feature film by a director, at the Pan African Film festival, Los Angeles, USA

• Audience Award at Tumbleweeds Film festival, Utah, USA

• Best Children's Feature as voted by the Children's Jury in Antwerp at the European Youth Film festival of Flanders

• Writer’s Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Award for Best Feature Script

• Youth Jury prize for Best Film at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, Vancouver, Canada

• Best Film award at Kikife International Children’s Film Festival, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

• Die Goldene Klappe award for Best Picture at the Augsburg Children’s Film Festival, Germany

About the director:
Roberta Durrant graduated with an BA Hon degree in Drama and English from the University of Stellenbosch. In the early part of her career she acted in various television series in South Africa and feature films both local and international. She has performed and directed at the Young Vic Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Since 1985 she has produced and/or directed many drama series and 3 feature films in South Africa. Most notably: Multiple iEmmy nominee Home Affairs,Sokhulu and Partners, and award-winning comedies such as:  Madam and Eve, Stokvel and About Us.

Roberta has produced two feature films, Inside Out, successfully distributed in South Africa by Ster Kinekor and internationally by Icon Entertainment, and Skilpoppe, based on the award-winning novel by Barry Hough and part of M-Net’s Local Movie of the Month initiative.
She received a 2012 Lifetime Achievement award from the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.

African Perspectives is an ongoing project by AfricAvenir. Current partners are AfriCine, the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, Namibian German Foundation, WhatsOnWindhoek, and Turipamwe Design.
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Kalahari Sands honours children on Madiba’s birthday
2014 International Nelson Mandela Day in Namibia
The South African High Commission and Namib Mills, Namibia’s leading milling company, again joined forces on International Nelson Mandela Day.  Last year the High Commission staff took time out to load and unload the company’s drought relief donation to Namibia.  This year the staff once again assisted to deliver the company’s donation of 70 Mattress and 150 blankets to the Katutura State Hospital – Children’s Ward, using 67 minutes of their time to give back to the community..  The South African High Commission staff members also entertained the more than  100 children in the ward with a birthday cake and small goody bags for those children that could not indulge in eating the cake due to health reasons.    During the event the South African High Commissioner, Her Excellency Yvette Myakayaka-Manzini, praised Namib Mills for their enduring support to grow the Nelson Mandela Day campaign in Namibia, and called on other South African companies and citizens in Namibia to join hands with local businesses and persons to celebrate and continue Madiba’s legacy by helping others to make the world a better place. A press statement to this effect is attached.

High Commissioner Myakayaka-Manzini & staff with the children of the Katutura State Hospital

Birthday Cake for the children of the Katutura State Hospital Children’s Ward
    • The High Commission elicited the support of the Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino for International Nelson Mandela Day.  The hotel responded very positively and invited a group of special guests to an event on Mandela Day.  The event saw the special guests – the children of the SOS Children’s Village in Windhoek – treated to a magnificent lunch and a mountain of dessert in the hotel’s Moringa Room.  The main speaker at the event was the South African High Commissioner, Her Excellency Yvette Myakayaka-Manzini, who spoke of the late-president’s life and his love of children.  Apart from a giant cake and plenty of memories, the Kalahari Sands also presented the children with new school bags, including lunch boxes, pencil cases and stationary, and new toilet bags with toiletries.  A press statement to this effect is attached.

High Commissioner Myakayaka-Manzini with the children of the SOS Children’s Village in Windhoek

South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom and democracy: A better place to live than in 1994

Windhoek – 28 April 2014

According to the South African High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E. Yvette Myakayaka-Manzini, after 20 years as a free and democratic country, South Africa is a better place to live in than it was in 1994.  The High Commissioner was speaking at an event at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Windhoek to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. 

Recognizing the sacrifices made by South Africans and the international community, particularly the Frontline States and Nigeria who suffered apartheid violence and economic strangle-hold, the High Commissioner stated that “without these sacrifices we would not be celebrating this 20th anniversary.  We thank all of you.  Our freedom is yours too”. 

Since 1994 South Africa had made great strides in addressing the legacies left by more than three centuries of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa, said the High Commissioner.  To this, the new democratic government in 1994 had put in place a solid and vibrant constitutional democracy, and progress was being made in achieving the reconstruction and development priorities of growing the economy, improving access to education, fighting poverty, creating employment, rural development, and in fighting crime and corruption. 

The track record of the government, both its successes and challenges, were outlined in the recently released South African Twenty Year Review 1994 to 2014 which confirms that South Africa has a good story to tell and that it is a much better place to live now than it was before 1994.  The High Commissioner cited achievements such as the complete overhaul of the macro-economic and fiscal management of the economy, the allocation of more than R800 billion for infrastructure development, prioritization of building an inclusive and progressive education system, and poverty eradication programmes by extending social benefits to vulnerable groups and the delivery of housing, health care, and water and electricity to the people.  A major challenge for the country going forward was economic empowerment, rural development, and expanding land ownership. 

South Africa’s foreign policy had also come of age from isolation to occupying centre stage in world affairs.  Its reach was extensive through its diplomatic presence in the world, and especially the prioritization of Africa and the strengthening of SADC and the African Union as vehicles for the regeneration of Africa.  So too has South Africa’s bilateral relations with Namibia “grown in leaps and bounds” through the elevation of relations to the level of Heads of State under the South Africa-Namibia Bi-National Commission (BNC), said Myakayaka-Manzini. 

Pictured here are H.E. High Commissioner Myakayaka-Manzini (right) and Hon. Peya Mushelenga, Namibian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (left), cutting the Freedom Day birthday cake.

H.E. High Commissioner Myakayaka-Manzini (right) and Hon. Peya Mushelenga, Namibian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (left), cutting the Freedom Day birthday cake

For the full speech by the High Commissioner click here

2014 election update: Voting in South Africa for the National Assembly and the nine provincial legislatures will take place on 7 May 2014.  Casting of special votes outside of South Africa in Namibia will take place from 7am – 9pm on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at the South African High Commission in Windhoek.  Only persons who have received prior approval (approved VEC10) from the IEC in South Africa to vote at the South African High Commission, and whose names appear on the IEC’s final voters list for Namibia, will be allowed to vote.  Approved voters must be in possession of an identity document (or valid Temporary Identity Certificate or smart identity card), and a valid RSA passport.  For more information and voting procedures. click here
Applications for voter registration in Namibia will continue to take place at the South African High Commission in Windhoek by appointment only until the date of the official proclamation of the election by the President.    For more information click here
How to register and vote abroad please click here
Election Voting Information
Message of the South African High Commissioner at the memorial service in honour of the late Nelson Rolihlahala Mandela.
On Thursday 12 December 2013, the city of Windhoek came together at the Parliament Gardens to honour Former President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla who passed away in South Africa on 5 December 2013.  The memorial service was hosted by the Namibian Government and presided over by the Namibian Council of Churches.  The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, and South Africa’s High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, paid tribute to the global icon who has left an indelible mark on our society, having overseen the transition from apartheid to a society built on the pillars of democracy and freedom.  They were joined by Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Members of Parliament, the diplomatic corps, religious leaders and members of the public to bid farewell to the great man, The High Commissioners speech can be found at click to link to attachment
At the memorial service for Former President Mandela in Windhoek, the Speaker of the National Assembly,
Hon. Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, pays his
last respects to Former President
At the memorial service for Former President Mandela in Windhoek is
Bishop Ernst //Gamxamub of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (left), Hon. Mrs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwakh, the Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs (centre), and H.E. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, South African High Commissioner in Namibia (right)
Voting in the 2014 Elections by South Africans Abroad. Read more
State visit to the Republic of Namibia by his Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, president of the Republic of South Africa
Read more
Joint communique issued on the occasion of the state visit to the republic of Namibia by his Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma president of the republic of South Africa Read more
Letter from former Robben Island Prisoners residing in Namibia to Mr Nelson Mandela. Read more

South African High Commission and Namib Mills join forces on International Nelson Mandela Day, on 18 July 2013

Windhoek, 18 July 2013 - The South African High Commission in Windhoek and Namib Mills, Namibia’s leading milling company, joined forces on Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day. 

The High Commission in Windhoek traditionally celebrated Nelson Mandela Day by donating food to a worthy orphanage or school in Windhoek, but this year felt compelled to explore ways to mobilize more resources in support of Namibia at this difficult time in which hundreds of thousands of households were food insecure.  The High Commission therefore approached Namib Mills to join the Mission on Mandela Day in taking action for the betterment of the lives of needy Namibians, and one that the South African investment and business community could be immensely proud of. 

Namib Mills is a subsidiary of the NMI Group based in South Africa, dating back to 1981 when Mr Pieter van Niekerk-CEO of NMI Group, established a small green fields maize mill company in Windhoek, currently known as Namib Mills.  The group has operations in Southern Africa mainly South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique.

In support of Mandela Day’s call to action, the South African High Commission and the NMI Group answered the call of the former South African President by giving 67 minutes of their time to charity towards enhancing food security in Namibia.  In turn Namib Mills with the support of their mother company, NMI, answered the call of Namibian President, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, to contribute towards the Drought Relief Campaign.  

To these ends, eight (8) tons of Top Score maize meal was generously donated by Namib Mills.  The staff of the High Commission and Namib Mills used their time to distribute the food to the office of the Prime Minister in support of Namibia’s drought relief campaign, the Directorate of Education for the Khomas Region to distribute to needy schools, and to registered charities through Namib Mills’ feeding scheme known as FOC.  On receiving the donation, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob wished Mr Mandela a very happy birthday and applauded the High Commission and Namib Mills for their contribution.
Handing over of Top Score maize meal to the Prime Minister of Namibia, Rt. Hon Hage Geingob (Centre) is Mr Ian Collard, Managing Director of Namib Mills (left) and Mr Gareth Rees, Counselor at the SA High Commission in Windhoek.

Staff of the SA High Commission in Windhoek having fun loading 50kg bags of Top Score maize meal for donation towards the Namibian drought relief programme.

Handing over of Top Score maize meal to the Prime Minister of Namibia, Rt. Hon Hage Geingob (Centre) is Mr Ian Collard, Managing Director of Namib Mills (left) and Mr Gareth Rees, Counsellor at the SA High Commission in Windhoek.

The University of Pretoria Youth Choir performed at the South African High Commission in Windhoek, on 8 July 2013
The South African High Commission in Windhoek was proud to receive the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and to be treated to a performance on 8 July 2013. The Choir selected from 28 High Schools in the greater Tshwane area in Gauteng South Africa consist of singers between the ages of 14 and 19 years. Invited to Namibia by the Mascato Youth Choir, they gave performances in Swakopmund and Hentiesbaai performing a wide variety of classic, contemporary and Jazz choir pieces and a whole selection of traditional South African music. In Windhoek the Choir conducted workshops with the Maranatha singers and various schools.

The tour forms part of the Choir’s social development and outreach initiative to form new bonds and to share skills and knowledge to a wider audience in Africa.
The University of Pretoria Youth Choir at the South African High Commission in Windhoek, 8 July 2013.
The University of Pretoria Youth Choir at the South African High Commission in Windhoek, 8 July 2013.
South African High Commission to streamline the application process for Namibian-based students wishing to apply to take up studies at South African institutions of tertiary education in the 2014 academic year
The South African High Commission in Windhoek has streamlined its application process for Namibian-based students wishing to apply to take up studies at South African institutions of tertiary education in the 2014 academic year.  The High Commission has decided to take advance study permit applications with the provisional acceptance letter of the South African institution.  It is hoped that this will enable the High Commission to consider and process the applications in good time, and thereby reduce the traditional backlog of applications that are received following the end of the academic year in Namibia, and the eight (8) week turnaround time needed to process and issue the permit.    It should be noted, however, that final issuance of the permit will be dependent on the prospective student having provided all the necessary documentation, including final acceptance from the institution in South Africa. A media release outlining the streamlined requirements is attached for further information. Click here
South African stand goes green at the Namibia Tourism Expo & launches a Government webpage for Namibia
At a high class reception on the evening of Wednesday 29 May 2013, the South African High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, and Ms Juanita Klassen, the Country Manager for South African Airways  (SAA) in Namibia, officially opened the SAA-High Commission Stand at this year’s Namibia Tourism Expo 2013.    The High Commissioner also officially launched the South African High Commission in Windhoek’s webpage - www.dirco.gov.za/windhoek/

Present at the opening in the Presidents Hall at the Windhoek show grounds were Ambassadors and High Commissioners from some of South Africa’s primary tourist markets in Europe and the United States, and local Namibian tour operators and travel agents. 

Interestingly, this year’s stand was premised on being more environmentally conscious and responsible than ever before.  According to the High Commissioner, “No longer will we be handing out bulky paper promotional items in plastic bags to promote South Africa as an attractive tourist and business destination, and for SAA to get you there.  This year we are limiting the paper and plastic to an absolute minimum through the use of screens and the dissemination of information through electronic means, as far as possible”. Read more

Central to this was the launch of the High Commission’s website which went live in Namibia at the time - www.dirco.gov.za/windhoek/.  It contains useful information about the High Commission, its staff and the services that it provides.  Furthermore, there are an abundance of links for those wanting to visit and learn more about this beautiful country, and serves as a portal into the digital world of South Africa on issues of trade, investment, tourism, and the South African Government. 

Myakayaka-Manzini recognized the tremendous value that Namibia contributes to the growth and development of the South African tourism industry.   Although having only a relatively small population, the Statistics South Africa’s 2012 Tourism report (http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/Report-03-51-02/Report-03-51-022012.pdf) ranks Namibia as South Africa’s 9th largest source of tourism in the world with some 200,000 visitors in 2012.  The country contributed more tourists to South Africa than China, France, Australia, the Netherlands and India.  Only South Africa’s 5 immediate neighbours and the UK, the USA and Germany provided more tourists than Namibia. 

Furthermore, the Statistics South Africa’s 2012 Tourism report confirms Namibia as the number 1 source of business tourists (25,000) for South Africa in the world.  Namibians outstripped other leading countries in Europe (UK - 21,000), in SADC (Zimbabwe - 17,000), in North America (USA - 11,000), and in Asia (India - 7,000).    This opened up potential for SA-Namibian collaboration as South Africa looked to aggressively pursue a bigger share of the global business tourism market, said Myakayaka-Manzini. 

South African Airways (SAA), the country’s national flag carrier and the best airline in Africa for the 11thconsecutive year, was once again partnering with the High Commission in hosting the stand.  According to Klassen, SAA remains committed to promote both South Africa and Namibia as attractive tourist and business destinations, and to contribute towards the economic growth and development  of South Africa, Namibia, and Africa.  “We will continue to …. Bring the world to Africa and take Africa to the world…  and work towards ultimate customer satisfaction” said Klassen.
South Africa celebrates 19 years of Freedom in Windhoek, Namibia.
In a dazzling event for some 300 people at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, the South African High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E. Ms. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini hosted the country’s 19th Freedom Day celebration on Monday 29 April 2013.   Prominent guests included dignitaries such as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Peya Mushelenga, SWAPO Secretary General, Mr Nangolo Mbumba, the Mayor of Windhoek, and Counsellor Agnes Kafula, CEOs of prominent South African companies invested in Namibia, and many Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in Windhoek.  The event was also very well supported by the South African business community in Namibia, and particularly ABSA Bank, Distell, and Castle Brewing.

The High Commissioner delivered a statement click here recalling South Africa’s struggle for freedom, stating that “Freedom Day represents peace, unity and restoration of human dignity of all South Africans”.   She highlighted the fact that much had been achieved since 1994 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.  The country had also put in place the National Development Plan which aimed to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.  The High Commissioner also made reference to the fraternal solidarity with Namibia and the burgeoning relationship between the countries through the establishment of a Bi-National Commission.  This was echoed by the Namibian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs who stressed the importance of South Africa to Namibia as a very important trade and investment partner. 
High Commissioner Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini (right) welcoming guests together
with the Defence Advisor,
Col. Michael Mari (centre),
and the Police Liaison Officer, Col. Lucky Mathebula (left)

High Commissioner Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini addressing guests at the 19th Freedom Day celebration in Windhoek

High Commissioner Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini (centre) with the Nigerian High Commissioner (left) and Zimbabwe Ambassador (right) to Namibia. 
H.E. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini
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