Windhoek - The German government has agreed to pay Namibia €20-million (about R160-million) towards efforts for reconciliation with its former colony.
Media reports said Germany had indicated it was prepared to support a long-term reconciliation programme to address the injustices of German colonial rule in Namibia about 100 years ago.
Heidemarie Wiecczorek-Zeul, Germany's minister of economic co-operation and development, was quoted as saying that Germany was willing to bankroll an "initiative for reconciliation" to the tune of €20-million over a period of 10 years.
Her public apology to the Herero people in August last year at the centenary of the 1904 Ohamakari battle made international headlines. The Herero people had been victims of a genocidal campaign by German colonial troops.
"The process of reconciliation now needs more action to make reconciliation more tangible," Wiecczorek-Zeul said.