Developments in Southern Africa
This document focuses on developments in southern Africa, where the change in its domestic policies has been followed by a change in the quality of its international relations. The new approach by the South African Government has had a positive impact in Africa. In southern Africa, a primary task of South African diplomacy is to convince its neighbours that South Africa is committed to peace and stability. Diplomacy must be realistic and South Africa’s contribution to the region’s developmental needs will be qualitative rather than quantitative. South Africa has been positively involved in dealing with Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. There is a prevailing sense of realism between South Africa and its neighbouring states, and a realisation that independence and national identity can only be reached through economic stability. While South Africa is the economic power in the region, the benefits of interaction with neighbouring states are not one-sided. It is essential for the region to share resources and present a dynamic and stable market to the world. South Africa must demonstrate that it is neither an adversary nor a competitor. South Africa does not have the resources for development aid in Africa and is therefore engaged in persuading Western Europe and the European community to co-operate with the countries of southern Africa in developing the region’s resources. It is up to the countries of the region to ensure that they are neither overlooked nor forgotten.