Walvis Bay is handed over to Namibia



Tuesday, 1 March 1994

The South African government ended eighty-four years of control over the Walvis Bay enclave by handing over the port and twelve offshore islands to the Namibian government. This followed in the wake of bilateral discussions lasting three years between the South African and Namibian governments and the establishment of a transitional Joint Administrative Authority (JAA) in November 1992 to administer the 300 square mile territory. The amicable resolution to this territorial dispute, which stretched back to 1878, was commended by the United Nations and the international community as it fulfilled the provisions of UN Security Council 432 (1978), which declared Walvis Bay to be an integral part of Namibia.  

• Walvis Bay, History of Walvis bay, from Walvis bay, [online] Available at www.walvisbaycc.org.na [Accessed: 03 March 2014]
• African Executive, History of Walvis Bay, from African Executive, [online] Available at www.africanexecutive.com [Accessed: 03 March 2014]

Last updated : 28-Feb-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

Support South African History Online

Donate and Make African History Matter

South African History Online is a non profit organisation. We depend on public support to build our website into the most comprehensive educational resource and encyclopaedia on African history.

Your support will help us to build and maintain partnerships with educational institutions in order to strengthen teaching, research and free access to our content.