Nam, SA Cement Co-operation

Windhoek – Namibia and South Africa will continue working together to build a common future, not only as neighbours but also as members of SADC and the global community of free nations, Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has said.

Addressing the South Africa Parliament on Tuesday, President Pohamba took the South African lawmakers down memory lane, saying that the two countries have waged bitter struggles for independence under the leadership of Africa National Congress (ANC) and SWAPO.

As a result, Pohamba stressed that reconciliation and nation building have become the hallmarks of common efforts to build more humane societies, “where justice, fairness and equality are the defining characteristics of the national constitutions”.

“We should spare no effort and we should never relent in our pursuit of bringing about equitable social and economic development to all our people, especially for the millions who endured the brutalities of apartheid oppression,” he said.

“We recognise that the task of developing our countries, our region and our continent has not been easy.

“However, we must remain steadfast in our resolve that we can overcome the challenges ahead.

“We must further strengthen unity and work together to harness the vast human and natural resources on our continent for the benefit of all our people.

“In this regard, we must commit ourselves to do all that is necessary to give hope to all people on our continent, especially the women and children, who endure suffering as a result of war, hunger, diseases and poverty, through no fault of their own”.

President Pohamba commended South Africa for hosting the Pan-African Parliament, saying it is an important continental institution for African lawmakers to promote and strengthen the ideals of Pan-Africanism and democratic governance.

The Namibian leader called on the parliaments of the two countries to continue co-operating and sharing experiences with a view to enacting laws that address the social and economic challenges facing the people. President Pohamba was on a state visit to the southern neighbour, where he held talks with his counterpart, President Jacob Zuma. A contingent of Cabinet ministers and senior government officials accompanied the Namibian President. During the visit, Namibia and South Africa signed an array of agreements among them an Agreement on the Establishment of a Bi-National Commission and the two Memoranda of Understanding on Issues Related to Public Works and Infrastructure Development as well as Meteorology. President Pohamba underscored the importance to expand the existing co-operation programmes, especially in the areas of investment and trade, environment and tourism, education and training, energy, infrastructure development, agriculture and technical co-operation.  

The two countries further reviewed and exchanged views on regional and international issues, especially the promotion of regional economic integration within the frameworks of SACU, SADC and African Union. They also reiterated the need for the promotion and maintenance of international peace and security in the context of the African Union and the United Nations.

November 2012
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