South Africa explains N$100m drought relief delay

22 Jan 2014 14:00


The South African High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E. Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, has clarified the current status of developments in implementing President Jacob Zuma’s 7 November 2013 pledge to assist Namibia with a N$100m package for drought relief. 

Since early December 2013, the South African and Namibian governments have been in discussions to facilitate the package of assistance that is aligned to the current needs and priorities of the Namibian government’s Drought Relief Response Plan. 

Read a statement from the High Commissioner today: "To give effect to this, the South African High Commission only received a list of the Namibian needs and priority areas to be covered by the N$100m package, on 30 December 2013." 

These needs and priorities reflect the priority activities that cannot be supported in Namibia and comprise activities such as, inter alia, the provision of technical assistance and expertise with boreholes, provision of water tankers, the procurement of agricultural seeds and products, as well as the procurement of food products for targeted feeding programmes, according to Myakayaka-Manzini. 

She also said, to give effect to President Zuma’s pledge as soon as possible, the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) and other relevant South African stakeholders are currently evaluating the Namibian needs and priorities, with a view to structure the assistance package accordingly.