Jean-Jacques Cornish

Better SA Namibia ties will enhance SADC integration

Foreign policy chiefs of South Africa and Pretoria are meeting today to discuss projects designed to strengthen the already close bilateral ties between neighbors.

They’ll prepare the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of their presidents. at the second binational commission.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana Mashabane welcomed her Nambian counterpart Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah, saying they’re bent on projects that will help the continent and the region, but most importantly the people of their countries.

“The two sides have to date signed 71 agreements and memoranda of understanding. We must remember that our people have said to us  these are enablers, the real work is when we put hands on deck, “she said

Nandi Ndaitwah listed issues to be discussed to ensure the wellbeing of the people.

“Trade, energy, health, investment, wildlife, information and communication technology, higher education and training, science and technology as well as defence and security.”

She says better bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Namibia will greatly enhance integration of the SADC regional  grouping.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.