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Profile: Jakaya Kikwete, fourth president of the United Republic of Tanzania  SANF 05 no 121, December 2005
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has been in public service for more than 30 years and will continue for at least the next five years as the fourth president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

President Kikwete to build on Nyerere values and Mkapa economics  SANF 05 no 120, December 2005
President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, sworn in as the fourth president of the United Republic of Tanzania, has promised continuity of policies and improved living conditions for Tanzanians.

Almost 30 percent women in next Tanzanian parliament  SANF 05 no 119, December 2005
The new parliament in the United Republic of Tanzania to be sworn in at the end of December will include almost 30 percent women members.

Kikwete elected fourth president of Tanzania  SANF 05 no 118, December 2005
A short announcement by the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission confirmed that the next president of the United Republic of Tanzania will be Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Observers say Tanzania polls "free and fair, transparent, credible"  SANF 05 no 117, December 2005
Election observers deployed for the 14 December polls in the United Republic of Tanzania have praised the conduct of the elections and the voters.

What makes a president?  SANF 05 no 116, December 2005
Ten candidates contested presidential elections in the United Republic of Tanzania on 14 December, raising questions in some quarters about whether the nomination conditions are too lenient.

CCM sweeps to victory in Tanzanian elections  SANF 05 no 115, December 2005
Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and its presidential candidate, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, have swept to victory in national elections held on 14 December in the United Republic of Tanzania.

SADC urged to broaden AIDS fight  SANF 05 no 114, December 2005
The executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community says the region must scale up collective initiatives to combat HIV and AIDS and address the challenges of food insecurity.

General elections at last: Tanzania decides  SANF 05 no 113, December 2005
"General elections at last" was the headline of one daily newspaper as millions of voters finally went to the polls this week in the delayed presidential and parliamentary elections in the United Republic of Tanzania.

DRC pins hopes on "Yes" vote  SANF 05 no 112, December 2005
The Democratic Republic of Congo is set to embrace the proposed changes to the national Constitution via the 18 December referendum and avoid a potential leadership vacuum.

Tanzanians vote for president, parliament and local councillors  SANF 05 no 111, December 2005
Presidential candidates and political parties in the United Republic of Tanzania wrapped up their campaigns for the 14 December elections with promises to increase employment, tackle corruption and empower people to manage the economy.

Tanzania's economic indicators highest since independence  SANF 05 no 110, December 2005
The United Republic of Tanzania celebrated 44 years of independence on 9 December, with current economic indicators showing the highest levels to date.

Agricultural policies hold key to Tanzanian elections  SANF 05 no 109, December 2005
The sides of the winding road from Dar es Salaam up to the mountainous region of Kilimanjaro is a picture of lush green fields of various cash crops – a testimony to Tanzania's agricultural potential.

Tanzanians to vote for Mkapa's successor  SANF 05 no 108, December 2005
Mkapa has been in the helm of the country for a decade after winning back-to-back mandates of five years each.

Salomão says skills and infrastructure essential tools for regional development  SANF 05 no 107, December 2005
The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community says the region needs a strategy to adequately develop and use skills.

Africa demands to be heard at WTO talks  SANF 05 no 106, December 2005
Long viewed as the weakest link in the international trade arena, Africa has finally decided to shake off the underdog tag and is demanding to be taken seriously by its partners, starting with this month's World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting.

Africa women's rights protocol comes into force  SANF 05 no 105, December 2005
The coming into force of a protocol that seeks to protect the rights of African women could not have come at a better time than during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, running from 25 November to 10 December.

SADC and SARDC formalize regional partnership  SANF 05 no 104, November 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has signed an agreement with a regional information resource centre to support the implementation, monitoring and assessment of regional development plans through information access.

SADC to facilitate communication  SANF 05 no 103, November 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is streamlining the flow of information about the region and has set its sight on building internal capacities of the member states to effectively communicate developments within the regional bloc.

Zimbabwe's Senate revived amid cracks in the main opposition  SANF 05 no 102, November 2005
Zimbabweans go to the polls this weekend to elect a 66-member Senate amid signs of widening fissures within the country's main opposition party over participation in the election.

Mozambique reclaims Cahora Bassa   SANF 05 no 101, November 2005
Mozambique has concluded an agreement with the former colonial power, Portugal, to reclaim the giant Cahora Bassa dam and guarantee economic independence as well as control of one of the major sources of electricity in southern Africa.

SADC trains 1,300 peace-keepers  SANF 05 no 100, November 2005
The dream of establishing a southern African stand-by army is slowly becoming a reality amid indications that SADC could beat the target of having a 4,000-strong peace-keeping force before the 2010 deadline.

At the invitation of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission the Southern African Development Community (SADC) deployed an Election Observers Mission to the 2005 Presidential, House of Representatives and Councillors' Elections. The Mission was guided by the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections as its terms of reference. The Mission was led by HON. JOHN PANDENI (MP), Minister of Regional and Local Government, Rural Development and Housing of the Republic of Namibia.

Karume calls on opposition to work for Zanzibar's development  SANF 05 no 99, November 2005
Zanzibar's President, Amani Abeid Karume, has called on the opposition to work with the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) towards the development of Zanzibar.

CUF challenges Zanzibar poll outcome  SANF 05 no 98, November 2005
Zanzibar's main opposition party, the Civic United Front (CUF), has challenged the election result which gave victory to the ruling party and its presidential candidate, Amani Abeid Karume.

CCM wins Zanzibar poll, President Karume re-elected  SANF 05 no 97, November 2005
Tanzania's ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), and its presidential candidate and incumbent, Amani Abeid Karume, have won the 30 October poll in Zanzibar.

Latest results from elections in Zanzibar  SANF 05, November 2005
President Amani Abeid Karume of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has been re-elected with 53.2 percent of the vote.

Praise for gender equity in Zanzibar poll management  SANF 05 no 96, November 2005
The Zanzibar Election Commission (ZEC) has received praise for observing gender equity in the just-ended elections in the archipelago of Zanzibar, a part of the United Republic of Tanzania.

SADC gives Zanzibar poll thumbs up  SANF 05 no 95, November 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer Mission, the main regional election observation team, has described Sunday's poll in Zanzibar as “credible and legitimate.”

Counting process completes smooth poll in Zanzibar  SANF 05 no 94, October 2005
Counting of ballots cast in Zanzibar polls took place in a spirit of cooperation among party agents, auguring a good finish to the whole electoral process.

International expert says Zanzibar elections well-prepared   SANF 05 no 93, October 2005
Zanzibaris took to the polls on Sunday in what political party leaders, voters and observers have so far described as peaceful and orderly elections.

Two different perspectives of history   SANF 05 no 92, October 2005
Zanzibar's two main political parties presented two opposing views of history as each party made a last ditch attempt to rally its electoral base and undecided voters in the final rallies on the eve of the 30 0ctober poll.

Mkapa urges Zanzibaris to vote peacefully   SANF 05 no 91, October 2005
Local elections in Zanzibar are to proceed despite the postponement of national elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, and President Benjamin Mkapa has urged Zanzibaris to vote peacefully.

Tanzanian elections postponed to December   SANF 05 no 90, October 2005
National elections in the United Republic of Tanzania have been postponed to 18 December, due to the death of an opposition vice-presidential candidate. The electoral law makes provision for additional time for nomination and campaigning in the event of the death of a presidential candidate or their running mate.

Mkapa says new leadership will recover Africa's dignity  SANF 05 no 89, October 2005
A new leadership is emerging in Africa that will stand together to recover the dignity of the continent, and will not be pushed around by northern countries, says the outgoing President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Benjamin William Mkapa.

Tanzania: The trouble with opposition  SANF 05 no 88, October 2005
As Tanzanians prepare to vote on 30 October, political analysts say the opposition is in a state of disarray and is unlikely to give the ruling party any real challenge in the race for presidency.

Tanzania ready for general elections  SANF 05 no 87, October 2005
With less than a week before the 30 October Tanzanian general elections, the country's election commission says that almost everything is in place for holding of a successful poll.

Presidential candidate Jakaya Kikwete promises good life for Tanzanians  SANF 05 no 86, October 2005
Tanzania's ruling party motto promises “Maisha bora kwa kila Mtanzania (Good life for every Tanzanian)”.Judging by the crowd that filled a football ground in Temeke, a district in Dar es Salam, on Saturday, Tanzanians believe that a vote for the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), and its presidential candidate, Jakaya Kikwete, is a vote for good life.

Southern Africa opening up borders to free movement of people  SANF 05 no 85, October 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is steadily moving towards a visa-free region with a number of member states entering into bilateral agreements that are largely complementary to the regional protocol on facilitation of movement of people.

Tanzania elections: third in southern Africa in 2005  SANF 05 no 84, October 2005
It is election time again as Tanzanians go to the polls to elect a new president and parliamentarians in the country's 232 constituencies on 30 October 2005.

Tanzanian economy buoyant as the electorate goes to the polls  SANF 05 no 83, October 2005
Tanzanians are preparing to vote on 30 October to elect two parliaments and two presidents, including one for Zanzibar.President Benjamin William Mkapa is standing down after 10 years in office. He is the third president of the United Republic of Tanzania, founded by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Cross-border movement of people in southern Africa  SANF 05 no 82, October 2005
In a fitting commemoration of its Silver Jubilee, the 2005 Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in Botswana two months ago adopted a watershed decision that will facilitate easier movement of people in the region.

New SADC ES says all stakeholders can contribute to regional policies and strategies  SANF 05 no 81, October 2005
The new Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called on all stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society, to participate in the development of their regional community.

Promoting gender equality through education  SANF 05 no 80, September 2005
Southern Africa has made notable progress in gender equality in the completion rate of primary schooling for girls and boys, since adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000.

SADC project to document history of the liberation struggle  SANF 05 no 79, September 2005
A project to document the history of the liberation struggle in southern Africa has started in seven countries.

The UN Millennium Review:Will it further the interests of southern Africa?  SANF 05 no 78, September 2005
Southern African presidents and prime ministers are joining other world's leaders at the United Nations in New York this week to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed five years ago with a target of 2015.

Toward the Millennium Development Goals:Key challenges for SADC are poverty, HIV and AIDS  SANF 05 no 77, September 2005
Southern Africa is making progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals but the region is facing significant development challenges, notably poverty levels and the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Cotton farmers seek just global trade   SANF 05 no 76, September 2005
Cotton farmers from across Africa recently convened in Maputo, Mozambique, to join the global movement to stop agriculture policies that are depressing world cotton prices.

New SADC Executive Secretary widely respected in the region  SANF 05 no 75, August 2005
The new SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomão, is a former planning minister in Mozambique who is well known and respected in the region.

SADC summit expands membership, appoints new leadership  SANF 05 no 74, August 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has celebrated its silver jubilee summit with landmark decisions that will see the organisation expanding, its secretariat under a new leadership and ordinary citizens enjoying easier movement across borders.

Madagascar, huge potential to contribute to regional development  SANF 05 no 73, August 2005
The approval of Madagascar as the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) newest member demonstrates the deepening of regional integration especially given the huge market potential of the Island.

SADC aims for macro-economic convergence ahead of common currency  SANF 05 no 72, August 2005
Member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are working towards stabilizing macro-economic variables in preparation for a common currency expected in the next few years.

Mogae outlines delivery-oriented vision for SADC  SANF 05 no 71, August 2005
Botswana President Festus Mogae, who has just taken over the rotating chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has outlined a vision that is centred on speedy implementation of the organisation's commitments.

Shared water resources critical to regional integration  SANF 05 no 70, August 2005
Southern Africa recognises the role that water plays in the process of regional integration and has made notable progress in managing its water resources.

A full agenda for SADC's silver jubilee summit  SANF 05 no 69, August 2005
Southern African Development Community (SADC's) historic Silver Jubilee Summit on 17-18 August in Botswana is set to deliberate on a wide range of pertinent regional issues including the appointment of new leadership for the secretariat.

SADC attains rapid shifts in gender equality and women's empowerment  SANF 05 no 68, August 2005
Southern African countries have experienced rapid shifts in gender equality and women's empowerment processes in the last decade.

SADC Summit urged to elevate gender declaration to a protocol  SANF 05 no 67, August 2005
Gender and women's empowerment organisations in southern Africa have called for the upgrading of the SADC Gender and Development Declaration to a Protocol in order to accelerate gender equality in the region.

SADC countries embark on biomass energy conservation  SANF 05 no 66, August 2005
An ambitious regional programme for biomass energy conservation has been launched in southern Africa with a vision to satisfy the energy requirements of the region.

Market-driven land reform has proved ineffective in southern Africa  SANF 05 no 65, August 2005
Experiences shared by representatives from southern Africa at the recent Land Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, seem to have shaped the gathering's overwhelming rejection of the notion that land acquisition should continue to be based on the “willing buyer-willing seller” principle.

Making Zambezi river basin agreement a reality  SANF 05 no 64, July 2005
The Zambezi river basin states have reaffirmed their commitment to operationalise the Zambezi Water Course Commission through the implementation of initiatives and projects on water management in the region.

Intra-regional investment and trade key to overcoming economic challenges  SANF 05 no 63, July 2005
Southern African countries are optimistic that increased domestic investment and production competitiveness will boost their economies, which have been negatively affected by a slowdown in the textile industry.

Gender commission proposed for Zambia   SANF 05 no 62, July 2005
The just released draft Zambian Constitution has proposed the establishment of a Gender Commission, in a bid to curb the increasing abuse and violation of women's and children's rights.

Regional election observers say Mauritius 2005 polls free and fair  SANF 05 no 61, July 2005
The recent parliamentary elections in Mauritius will further democracy and development on the island as well as in southern Africa, the region's main observer mission has said.

Africa urges G8 meeting to cancel 100% of debt  SANF 05 no 60, July 2005
Six African leaders, including the chairperson of the African Union, as well as civil society groups have urged the rich and powerful to cancel debt for all African countries to enable a fresh start.

Heavy agenda for African Union Summit in Libya  SANF 05 no 59, July 2005
It will be a heavy agenda for the African Union Summit this week in Libya as leaders deliberate on wide-ranging issues including the situation in conflict-stricken countries, UN reforms and the inaugural peer review report.

Mauritius opposition Social Alliance wins 2005 parliamentary poll  SANF 05 no 58, July 2005
Mauritius' main opposition alliance, the Social Alliance, has won the island's 2005 legislative election held on 3 July.

Mauritian women demand more representation in parliament  SANF 05 no 58, July 2005
Eight years ago Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders signed a declaration aimed at promoting and achieving a target of at least 30 percent women representation in all political and decision-making structures in the public and private sectors of their countries by 2005.

Mauritius' Paul Bérenger says free and fair poll sends strong democratic signal to G8  SANF 05 no 57, July 2005
The calm and orderly fashion Mauritians have conducted the 2005 parliamentary elections sends a strong signal to G8 countries that democracy has become a staple diet in southern Africa, and by extension Africa.

Mauritius gearing up for parliamentary elections  SANF 05 no 56, July 2005
More than 800,000 Mauritians are eligible to vote on 3 July to elect new members of parliament who will serve for the next five years in the country's 70-member unicameral assembly.

Joint training for SADC military, part of Africa's “common destiny”   SANF 05 no 55, July 2005
Kwame Nkrumah's dream of a united Africa with a continental defence force is moving closer to reality almost 50 years later, with the training of sub-regional military forces for peacekeeping operations.

WATER – Key to life in the 21st century  
Water is the key resource of the 21st century and the way we plan to use it now will determine its availability and access in the future.

Mozambique's flame of unity shines 30 years on   SANF 05 no 54, June 2005
Thirty years ago, jubilant masses carried a lit torch from the Mozambican town of Nangade, on the border with Tanzania, to Maputo, some 3,000 km south -- the march that culminated in the proclamation of Mozambique's independence on 25 June 1975 by the ruling Frelimo party's Central Committee.

Mozambique-Zimbabwe pact set to boost trade  SANF 05 no 53, June 2005
Producers in Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been encouraged to take advantage of the Trade Agreement between the two countries, which is aimed at facilitating customs and trade promotion.

Southern Africa battles a ballooning elephant population  SANF 05 no 52, June 2005
Southern Africa is yet to come up with an effective strategy to manage a ballooning elephant population.

DRC moves towards a new constitution  SANF 05 no 51, June 2005
The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the process of developing a new constitution, which should pave the way for general elections scheduled for later this year.

Towards economic emancipation, from Lagos Plan of Action to Nepad  SANF 05 no 50, June 2005
Rooted in the Organisation of African Unity formed 42 years ago, development in Africa has shifted from a focus on political independence to economic emancipation, now driven by the African Union.

Towards environmental sustainability through “green cities”  SANF 05 no 49, June 2005
A set of agreements and international guidelines for sustainable urban living are being developed as part of efforts to create “green cities” through environmental management in urban areas across the globe.

Leaders urged to move faster on commitment of 10% national budget to agriculture  SANF 05 no 48, May 2005
Two years after African leaders agreed to commit 10 percent of national budgets to agriculture, they are being urged to speed up implementation.

Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS in development  SANF 05 no 47, May 2005
A framework to guide the mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS policy in all socio-economic sectors is being developed in southern Africa in an effort to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

“We must run while others walk”  SANF 05 no 46, May 2005
Tanzania's governing party is preparing for national elections in six months time by naming its presidential candidate and drafting an ambitious election manifesto based on economic growth and poverty reduction.

Tanzania's transition: “It's Kikwete”  SANF 05 no 45, May 2005
Tanzania's two main daily newspapers ran the same headline on Thursday, 5 May, in large letters across the top of the front page: “It's Kikwete”.

Africa must drive its own development, urges Kaunda  SANF 05 no 44, May 2005
Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda has urged African countries to drive their own development processes and move away from being dependent on external influence.

SADC journalists develop guidelines on HIV and AIDS reporting  SANF 05 no 43, April 2005
Media practitioners in southern Africa are developing guidelines for ethical reporting on HIV and AIDS and gender, a recognition of the role of information in the response to the pandemic.

Southern African heroes honoured as Zimbabwe celebrates silver jubilee  SANF 05 no 42, April 2005
Zimbabwe has honoured the leaders of the Frontline States for their immense contribution to the liberation of the country and the region as a whole.

A small step for Mozambique and South Africa, a big step for the region  SANF 05 no 41, April 2005
The signing of a no-visa agreement between Mozambique and South Africa not only opens the way for either country's citizens to travel freely, but represents a major step towards the implementation of the regional trade protocol.

Kazungula bridge: Regional trade link across the Zambezi   SANF 05 no 40, April 2005
Botswana and Zambia have decided to construct a multi-million dollar bridge that will link the two countries across the Zambezi river at Kazungula.

Angola, Zambia to reconstruct Benguela railway  SANF 05 no 39, April 2005
The agreement between Angola and Zambia to reconstruct the life-line Benguela railway is the latest example of practical commitment to regional integration in southern Africa and economic development on the continent.

Zimbabwe's election observers unanimous, voters freely expressed their will  SANF 05 no 38, April 2005
There is clear unanimity among election observers of Zimbabwe's 2005 parliamentary polls, especially on the question of whether or not the environment was conducive for people to freely exercise their democratic right to elect their preferred leadership.

SADC celebrates silver jubilee with optimism for the future  SANF 05 no 37, April 2005
After 25 years of its existence, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is celebrating a distinct southern African personality and identity that underpins political, economic and social cooperation which are at the centre of the achievement of the region's goals.

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Elections Observers Mission (SOEM), observed the 6th Parliamentary Elections of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 15th March to 2nd April 2005. As provided for in the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, it is my singular honor and privilege to seize this opportunity to announce to this august gathering the SADC's preliminary views on the outcome of its observation mission. A detailed report addressing specific items of the Terms of reference (TORs) for the Mission shall be released within the next 30 (thirty) days.

Zanu PF wins parliamentary elections, will have two-thirds majority  SANF 05 no 36, April 2005
The Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) has won convincingly in the 2005 parliamentary elections, and will have two-thirds of the seats in the sixth parliament.

International election observers say Zimbabwe polls were "free and fair"  SANF 05 no 35, April 2005
Elections observers for the 2005 Zimbabwe parliamentary elections have begun to issue their preliminary reports, saying the conduct of the elections was “free and fair” and the results are a reflection of “the will of the people”.

SADC observer mission satisfied with Zimbabwe's "open, transparent poll"  SANF 05 no 34, April 2005
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) election observer mission has expressed satisfaction with Zimbabwe's 31 March parliamentary elections, describing the polling process as “open, transparent and professional”.

Zimbabwe elections: “Pre-judgments have no merit”  SANF 05 no 33, April 2005
The Mozambican Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Isabel Nkavadeka, says “pre-judgements have no merit”, and countries of the north should listen to election observers from the region.

SADC countries can conduct their own elections without "chaperones"  SANF 05 no 32, April 2005
Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can conduct their own election processes successfully without interference from the international community.

Zimbabwe's peaceful campaign trail expected to inspire a high voter turnout  SANF 05 no 31, March 2005
The run-up to Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections on Thursday has been described as peaceful and calm, which is likely to boost the confidence of voters to turnout in large numbers at the polling stations.

Zimbabwe elections, just 21 percent of candidates are women  SANF 05 no 30, March 2005
The posters plastered throughout Zimbabwe's 120 constituencies to advertise candidates contesting the 31 March parliamentary elections show fewer female faces than the expected targets and only slightly more than the previous elections five years ago.

Economic recovery and land reform dominate campaign  SANF 05 no 29, March 2005
As Zimbabwe prepares for its parliamentary poll, candidates across party lines are in agreement on the political and economic challenges that the country faces but differ on approaches of bringing about stability.

Mozambique's five-year plan for prosperity  SANF 05 no 28, March 2005
The new government in Mozambique has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan for rapid economic expansion to improve social and rural development, and to strengthen “the national business class”.

Zimbabwe elections could be a positive influence on future polls in the region  SANF 05 no 27, March 2005
The main observer mission to the 31 March parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe says the campaign is being conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and the “positive” conduct of elections could influence the management of future polls in the region.

Zimbabwe opposition leader upbeat about election prospects  SANF 05 no 26, March 2005
Zimbabwe opposition leader, Morgan Tsvaringai, is upbeat about his party's prospects for a parlimentary majority in the 31 March elections, despite public opinion polls giving the edge to the ruling Zanu PF party.

Zimbabwe flooded with election observers and journalists  SANF 05 no 25, March 2005
All is set for the parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe on Thursday, 31 March, including a large and growing contingent of local and international observers, and journalists.

Zimbabwe hails region's backing over foreign interference  SANF 05 no 24, March 2005
Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party has hailed the countries of the region for their support against British interference in the country's internal politics.

SADC welcomes Namibia's peaceful change of leadership  SANF 05 no 23, March 2005
Neighbouring countries have commended Namibia for 15 years of independence and a peaceful transition of leadership.

Zimbabwe election: Many positive changes from 2000  SANF 05 no 22, March 2005
Although there are three southern African countries that have held elections since the SADC electoral guidelines and principles were adopted in August last year, Zimbabwe becomes the first country to significantly embrace the new regional declaration ahead of parliamentary elections on 31 March 2005.

A diversified, nutritious indigenous diet: key to disease prevention  SANF 05 no 21, March 2005
The SADC region has stepped up its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among people living with HIV and AIDS.

Weather forecasters' worst fears come true  SANF 05 no 20, March 2005
There is a worrying picture emerging from central and southern Mozambique regions – there is either below normal rain leading to droughts or above normal resulting in floods.

Why the UN needs democratisation   SANF 05 no 19, March 2005
In his call for the United Nations' (UN) reform, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi remarked recently that, “It is known that the Security Council represents dictatorship and the General Assembly represents democracy and yet the latter body can do nothing without the orders of the former.”

Peace through tourism – a 21st Century vision for African development  SANF 05 no 18, February 2005
Africa is seeking innovative ways of fostering development on the continent and initiatives on peace through tourism are a major priority towards addressing socio-economic challenges.

SADC ministers approve business plans for 2005  SANF 05 no 17, February 2005
MAURITIUS, 25 February -- The implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) development strategy for 2005 is now in motion following approval of its annual budget and business plans by the Council of Ministers.

NEPAD partners pledge support to agriculture  SANF 05 no 16, February 2005
Major international and regional development partners have signalled their will to support the implementation of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), if African countries allocate 10 percent of state budgets to agriculture as agreed by the African Union.

Southern Africa's agriculture sector poised for growth  SANF 05 no 15, February 2005
MAURITIUS, 23 February – Southern Africa's agriculture sector, which has suffered enormously from persistent natural disasters and an unfair trade environment over the past decade, is set to bounce back as governments take extra measures to implement a regionally agreed programme of action.

SADC regional development strategy 2005  SANF 05 no 14, February 2005
Business plans and one-year budgets presented to the SADC Council of Ministers meeting in Mauritius on 21-25 February will launch the implementation of SADC's strategy for development of southern Africa.

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika's dumping of his ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and his bid to form a new party has brought an uncertain chapter in the country's nascent democracy.  SANF 05 no 13, February 2005
The photo of Mozambique's new cabinet shows a few returning faces from the previous government, and more women, but all seem to share at least one characteristic – as hard-working men and women.

Malawi politics at a crossroads  SANF 05 no 12, February 2005
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika's dumping of his ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) and his bid to form a new party has brought an uncertain chapter in the country's nascent democracy.

Debt cancellation key to achieving millennium goals  SANF 05 no 11, February 2005
As the world steps up momentum towards attaining the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a strong case has been made for more action on debt cancellation in 2005 to unlock the economic potential of heavily indebted poor countries.

Activists press for full debt cancellation   SANF 05 no 10, February 2005
A Global Call to Action Against Poverty has been launched to press rich countries to completely cancel debt that has in most cases compromised economic and social development of poor countries.

Guebuza promises to fulfill electoral pledges  SANF 05 no 09, January 2005
Armando Guebuza, who becomes president of Mozambique this week, has vowed to fulfill his election pledges, and work hard to generate national confidence and self esteem.

Guebuza succeeds Chissano as President of Mozambique  SANF 05 no 08, January 2005
Following bitter disputes over the result of elections in Mozambique, the incoming president has already called on the opposition to work with him in improving the lives of Mozambicans.

Mozambique surpasses SADC 2005 gender target  SANF 05 no 07, January 2005
Mozambique's democracy has once again stood up as a shining beacon in southern Africa – the 1-2 December 2004 general elections have returned more women to parliament than the previous one in 1999.

World Social Forum: Another world is possible   SANF 05 no 06, January 2005
After setting the mood and gathering the momentum for the fifth World Social Forum (WSF), participants to this year's forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil have begun discussions on the pertinent issues affecting civil society across the world.

SADC Business Forum launched  SANF 05 no 05, January 2005
A regional business forum has been established to address common issues of interest to the private sector in southern Africa.

Four countries, one people, one development corridor: Mtwara   SANF 05 no 04, January 2005
A new development corridor holds the promise of development and prosperity for a hitherto underdeveloped region in the heart of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Bridging the Ruvuma, bridging unity  SANF 05 no 03, January 2005
Mozambique and Tanzania are neighbouring countries separated physically by the Ruvuma River, without a bridge to span their long, shared history.

Halfway toward free trade in SADC  SANF 05 no 02, January 2005
SADC Ministers of Trade have expressed confidence in the progress made to date in implementation of the Protocol on Trade which reached its fourth year of implementation in 2004, since ratification in January 2000.

Food security remains a top priority for SADC in 2005  SANF 05 no 01, January 2005
The regional food security situation has improved since the severe shortages of the last couple of years but the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is not taking any chances and has embarked on long term strategies to avoid future recurrence.

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