Zuma arrives in Namibia

06 Nov 2013 22:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 NOV (NAMPA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma arrived in Namibia on Wednesday evening for a two-day State visit.
The South African Head of State touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport shortly after 20h00.
Zuma was received at the airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, amongst other Cabinet Ministers.
The Kufamosha cultural dance group entertained him upon his arrival at the airport.
President Zuma’s State visit follows an invitation by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, which was extended to him during his State visit to South Africa last November.
An official welcoming ceremony will be held at State House on Thursday morning, and immediately thereafter the two Heads of State will hold private talks.
The two Presidents are expected to discuss issues of trade, infrastructure, education, energy, tourism, science and technology and security.
The official talks will be followed by a meeting of the bi-national commission at 10h00.
The South Africa-Namibia bi-national commission meets annually, alternating between Pretoria and Windhoek, and includes economic, defence and security, social and diplomatic sub-commissions.
President Zuma is also expected to address a joint session of Parliament at 15h00.
He is amongst others being accompanied by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Energy, Benedict Martins; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom; Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa; and Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Zuma and his entourage are expected to leave Namibia on Thursday after attending a departure ceremony at State House at 17h00.