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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
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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
Mandela
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
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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.
 
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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
Head of Mission
 
 
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