President Hage Geingob paid a visit of South African President Jacob Zuma yesterday, to discuss Nam/SA relations and economic development in both countries.
President, Geingob said even though Namibia’s economy is small compared to South Africa, Namibia remains an important partner to South Africa, It is therefore important that the two countries move forward in unison towards greater economic development.
His Excellency Geingob met with President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa in Cape Town on May 6, 2015. During the meeting, which took place at President Zuma’s official residence in Cape Town, the South African President expressed his satisfaction with regards to the discussions, saying that this is the first such meeting the two counterparts have had as presidents of their respective countries.
The two presidents discussed ways in which the relationship between Namibia and South Africa can be strengthened, including finding ways of taking advantage of the SADC drive towards industrialization.
President Zuma added that given the history between him and Dr. Geingob, as well as the neighbourly relationship between the two countries, they will not always adhere to protocol in terms of communication, meaning there will be a certain level of flexibility in that area, making it easier for the two leaders to consult on issues of regional, continental or international concern.
President Geingob said that the visit offered an opportunity for him to introduce himself as President of Namibia and to inform President Zuma of his availability and openness to engage in consultations on ways in which Namibia and South Africa can move forward, especially economically. He added that as neighbours who fought and experienced success against the enemy Apartheid in the past, they should once again join hands and fight the biggest enemy remaining, which is poverty. President Geingob returns back to Windhoek on today.