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Boundary news

South Africa-Namibia boundary working group established

(24 November 2014)

Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed that a working group has been created to address the ongoing Orange River boundary dispute with South Africa.

The border has been in contention since Namibia gained independence in 1990. The Namibian constitution establishes the boundary between Namibia and South Africa along the middle of the Orange River. South Africa, on the other hand, claims the northern high-water mark as the boundary as was established between Britain and Germany in an 1890 treaty.

In 1994, when South Africa gained independence, Namibian President Sam Nujoma and South African President Nelson Mandela agreed that people living on both sides of the river would have access to water supplies. Negotiations over the status of the border are ongoing.


South border dispute, 30 October 2014, by Jan Poolman for Informate,

Namibia: Orange River Boundary Dispute Continues, 30 January 2013, by Absalom Shigwedha for All Africa,

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