PRETORIA– South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngqakula is due to travel to Vietnam this week as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic ties.
After the demise of apartheid, South Africa opened itself to the outside world. Diplomatic ties between Vietnam and South Africa commenced in the early 1990s.
In 2007, former President Thabo Mbeki visited Vietnam to further strengthen relations through the establishment of a bilateral Defence Committee (DEFCOM) and the two countries have continued to share military expertise.
Vietnam is among the countries where land is owned by government. Citizens are allowed to use the land provided they pay tax.
With land ownership being an issue in South Africa, it remains to be seen what lessons can be learnt.
A sore point for both countries however, is the scourge in rhino poaching in South Africa, with the horns and skins believed to be smuggled to the Far East.
In 2016, a total number of 458 poached rhino carcasses were found in South Africa and the two countries have recognized that it has become more important for them to strengthen co-operation in fighting this scourge.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK