About the Consulate General
After the independence of Namibia in 1990, the Office of Representative of Namibia in South Africa was opened in 1993. Ambassador Joshua //Hoebeb was the first Representative of Namibia in South Africa during the negotiations for reintegration of Walvis Bay and Offshore Islands into Namibia and the democratization negotiations of South Africa. Ambassador //Hoebeb presented his first Letters of Credence to Pik Botha, then Foreign Minister of the minority Government of South Africa in 1993.
Following South Africa’s democratic elections on 27 April 1994 won by the African National Congress (ANC), President Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s president and accordingly, Amb. //Hoebeb presented his Letters of Commission to him. The Namibia’s Representative Office subsequently upgraded to the fully fledge High Commission of the Republic of Namibia to South Africa. The High Commission (HC) was also concurrently accredited to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Seychelles and the Kingdom of Swaziland. Currently, the Mission is concurrently accredited to the same countries plus Madagascar, except Mozambique that is now covered from Zimbabwe.
In 1995, Amb. Hoebeb was succeeded by Amb. Shapwa Kaukungwa, who served as High Commissioner from July 1995 to March 2003. Amb. Kaukungwa was succeeded by H.E. Amb Wilbard Hellao from 2003-2006, H.E. Amb. Philemon K. Kambala from 2006-2010 and H.E. Amb. Martin Kapewasha from 2010-2014.
In 2016, H.E. Amb. Veiccoh K. Nghiwete was appointed as the High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, also concurrently accredited to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Seychelles and the Kingdom of Swaziland.