Helen Zille visits Namibia
South African Western Cape Province Premier, Helen Zille, will be in the country next week on a two-day working visit, the South African High Commission in Windhoek has announced.
Accompanied by a delegation consisting of the Provincial Minister (MEC) responsible for Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, Alderman Belinda Walker from the City of Cape Town, and senior officials from the Western Cape government, Zille will arrive on Tuesday 24 January for a full day’s programme and will return to Cape Town on Wednesday 25 January
The purpose of the visit, according to a statement issued by the South African High Commission in Windhoek, is to investigate initiatives currently being undertaken within the local liquor industry in the operation of economic liquor zones in Windhoek. To this end, the Premier and her delegation will undertake visits to the Katutura and Khomasdal areas, and will have discussions with relevant stakeholders such as the Self-Regulating Alcohol Industry Forum (SAIF), liquor traders, and government departments and agencies responsible for liquor regulation, policy formulation and law enforcement.
Zille said of her visit to the country: “The Western Cape government is constantly seeking cutting-edge ideas and strategies that can help us tackle our most deeply-rooted social ills. We believe that the stakeholders we will meet in the Khomas region of Namibia will have valuable insights and experience to share with our delegation. This is due to the similarities in social conditions between the Khomas region and the Western Cape and also because they are implementing a liquor regulation model that our government considers to be a potentially suitable approach for addressing our context and alcohol-related challenges.”