21 December 1979: Subterfuge under the chandeliers SANF 09 No 51,
Thirty years ago, on 21 December 1979, an agreement was signed in London that
set in motion a series of events that put Zimbabwe on the course to where it is
The year 2009 in retrospect SANF 09 No 50, December 2009
The curtain comes down on a historic year for southern Africa, which has seen
significant advances towards regional integration and African unity.
Full energy recovery by 2013 SANF 09 No 47, December 2009
The southern African region is expected to fully recover from current crippling
energy shortages in 2013 when it will enjoy the desired surplus power generation
SWAPO re-elected in Namibia elections SANF 09 No 46, December 2009
President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his party are heading for victory with
two-thirds majority in the 27 and 28 November presidential and parliamentary
African common negotiating position - Copenhagen SANF 09 No 45, December
Southern Africa is in agreement with the rest of the continent on a common
position for the upcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.
SADC Preliminary statement on Namibia elections
In line with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Principles and
Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, the Government of the Republic of
Namibia invited SADC to observe Presidential and National Assembly Elections
that took place from 27 to 28 November 2009.
Southern Africa turns to wind to improve alternative energy supplies SANF
09 No 44, November 2009
SADC Member States are slowly turning to wind power to boost production and meet
the ever-growing demand for electricity in the region, as the need for cleaner
and alternative energy sources gains momentum.
Unemployment, service delivery dominate Namibian elections SANF 09 No
43, November 2009
Unemployment, service delivery and poverty are some of the main issues
dominating the election campaign as Namibians prepare for presidential and
parliamentary elections on 27 and 28 November.
China and Africa strengthen cooperation under FOCAC SANF 09 No 42,
China and Africa have agreed on a new plan of action for the next three years in
a bid to strengthen cooperation.
China-Africa Action Plan (2010-2012)
Ministers in charge of foreign affairs and economic cooperation from China and
49 African countries (hereinafter referred to as "the two sides") met in Sharm
El Sheikh, Egypt, on 8-9 November 2009 for the Fourth Ministerial Conference of
the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
Declaration of Sharm El Sheikh of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
We, the ministers of foreign affairs and ministers in charge of economic
cooperation of the People’s Republic of China and 49 African countries, met in
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 8 to 9 November 2009 for the 4th Ministerial
Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
Media release on the launch of the Southern Africa Environment Outlook
The report highlights key emerging environmental issues, reviews the impact of
climate change in southern Africa on people and the environment, and presents a
set of future scenarios for the region.
SADC: Region is addressing its challenges SANF 09 No 41, November 2009
The SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security has expressed satisfaction at
the way the region is addressing the political situation in Lesotho, Madagascar
Communique of the SADC Troika Summit
Summit of the Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation
met in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, on 05 November 2009 to consider the
political and security situation in the region.
President Joseph Kabila speech at the Dag Hammarskjold Commemorative Seminar
I wish to thank Africa University for inviting me to deliver this keynote
address on "the State of the Congolese nation following the Peace Negotiations".
Frelimo wins two-thirds in Mozambique elections SANF 09 No 40, November
President Armando Guebuza and his party have won the national elections in
Mozambique with more than two-thirds majority in parliament.
China, Africa to strengthen cooperation SANF 09 No 39, November 2009
The forthcoming ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
will review the implementation of various agreements signed since 2006 and
outline a plan of action for the next three years.
Chirundu one-stop border post opens for business SANF 09 No 38,
The Chirundu one-stop border post between Zambia and Zimbabwe will formally open
for business in November in what will be a new benchmark for regional
integration among SADC Member States.
Southern Africa can achieve gender equality by 2015 SANF 09 No 37,
Southern Africa can achieve gender equality by 2015 if Member States adopt and
implement the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.
Guebuza: "Victory is assured with votes, not by words" SANF 09 No 36,
President Armando Emilio Guebuza and his party look set to win the 28 October
national election with favourable results expected in areas once considered
strongholds of the opposition.
First women speaker for Botswana Parliament SANF 09 No 35, October 2009
The appointment of Margaret Nasha as the first woman to occupy the post of
Speaker of the National Assembly in Botswana signals another step towards gender
equality in southern Africa.
President Seretse Khama Ian Khama names new cabinet
SADC election observers applaud Botswana elections SANF 09 No 34,
Election observers from southern Africa have said Botswana’s elections were in
conformity with regional standards and principles.
Botswana determined to diversify its economy SANF 09 No 33, October 2009
President Seretse Khama Ian Khama says Botswana will do more to broaden its
economic base, which relies heavily on mining by diversifying into other
economic sectors such as agriculture, energy and tourism.
Guebuza: To defeat poverty we must believe in ourselves SANF 09 No 32,
President Armando Guebuza, who is seeking re-election in Mozambique, says his
greatest achievement in the first term of office is "the fact that I was able to
begin to persuade Mozambicans that it is possible to eradicate poverty."
Observers arrive for general elections in Botswana SANF 09 No 31,
The first group of election observers from southern Africa has arrived in
Botswana to observe the general elections set for 16 October.
Nyerere the father of southern African liberation SANF 09 No 30, October
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the father of southern African liberation,
and one of the founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community.
Dar es Salaam Declaration on Agriculture the key to food security SANF
09 No 29, October 2009
Leaders of the Southern African Development Community have urged Member States
to implement the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security to
boost production and improve access to food in the region.
Africa, South America determined to boost cooperation SANF 09 No 28,
Africa and South America have made a commitment to strengthen South-South
cooperation in various areas of the economy to promote development in the two
Second Africa-South America Summit - NUEVA ESPARTA DECLARATION SANF 09
No 24, September 2009
WE, the Heads of State and Government of Africa and South America, meeting in
the Second Africa-South America Summit (II ASA) in Nueva Esparta State, Isla de
Margarita, Venezuela on 26 and 27 September of 2009;
Africa’s soil to be digitally mapped SANF 09 No 27, October 2009
A digital map of the state of soils in sub-Saharan Africa is to be developed in
an initiative that is meant to assess the impact of climate change and
SADC moving towards cleaner energy SANF 09 No 26, October 2009
SADC Member States are slowly warming up to wider adoption of cleaner energy
sources that result in less carbon emissions in line with new trends in the
global energy sector.
Batoka hydro power station to light up southern Africa SANF 09 No 25,
Zambia and Zimbabwe are in the final stages of planning for construction of the
long-awaited Batoka Gorge hydropower station.
Infrastructure development can unlock SADC’s economic potential SANF 09
No 24, September 2009
With a combined population of some 260 million and a regional market worth over
US$430 billion, southern Africa has vast potential for socio-economic
Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique ready for elections SANF 09 No 23,
Preparations for elections in Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique are now at an
advanced stage with the respective electoral commissions announcing polling
Communiqué of the 29th Summit of SADC Head of State and Government
The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) was held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, from
September 07 to 08, 2009.
DRC pays tribute to SADC for its unwavering support SANF 09 No 22,
The Democratic Republic of Congo has paid tribute to the Southern African
Development Community for the unanimous support rendered to it 11 years ago when
some neighbouring countries tried to invade.
Reporting Water in Southern Africa -- A Media Guide to Managing Our Water
Water is no longer an "infrastructure" issue or a sector for scientists and
engineers, but is now recognized as a life issue, a "public good" in which the
media has a prominent role to play in the promotion of sustainability and good
Africa, South America aim for greater cooperation SANF 09 No 21,
Relations between Africa and South America will be strengthened when leaders
from the two continents meet late in September to review progress in
implementing joint projects and decisions made at the previous summit in 2006.
Normal to below normal in first half of rainfall season SANF 09 No 20,
Southern Africa climate experts have forecast normal to below-normal in the
first half and normal to above-normal in the second half of the
2009/2010-rainfall season in major parts of the region.
SADC Summit to discuss socio-economic situation in the region SANF 09 No
19, August 2009
Southern African leaders will meet in early September to review the
socio-economic and political situation in the region, including the impact of
the global economic crisis.
African leaders call for peace in the Great Lakes region SANF 09 No 18,
African leaders attending a regional conference in Lusaka, Zambia have called
for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the rest of the Great Lakes
Africa aims to harness its huge hydropower potential SANF 09 No 17,
Energy experts from Africa will meet in September for the 21st Session of the
African Hydro Symposium to explore ways of harnessing hydropower.
SADC hospitality industry gears up for 2010 SANF 09 No 16, August 2009
The hospitality industry in southern Africa is actively gearing up to host
thousands of visitors as the 2010 World Cup Soccer final fast approaches.
Transmission grids, joint power stations key to regional development SANF
09 No 15, July 2009
Two main solutions to southern Africa’s crippling energy situation emerged from
the Power Sector Investors Roundtable held in Livingstone, Zambia, on 15 to 17
Zambia issues tenders for oil exploration SANF 09 No 14, July 2009
Zambia has issued an international tender for oil companies to explore 23 blocks
in its North-Western, Western and Eastern provinces after samples collected in
2007 confirmed traces of oil.
SADC must collectively attract investment in energy SANF 09 No 13, July
Southern Africa must work collectively towards creating a conducive environment
that would make the region an attractive investment destination for energy
Time for Africa to harness solar energy SANF 09 No 12, July 2009
Recent pronouncements by a consortium of German companies to build a US$555.3
billion solar power project in Africa to provide electricity to European
households should send a warning shot to the region and encourage it to invest
in solar energy.
SADC appoints Chissano as mediator in Madagascar SANF 09 No 11, June
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has appointed former
Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano to mediate in peace talks between ousted
Madagascan leader Marc Ravalomanana and opposition leader Andry Rajoelina.
Algeria to host 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival SANF 09 No 10, June
One of the best kept secrets on the African continent this year is the 2nd
Pan-African Cultural Festival of Algiers, taking place in the north African
country 40 years after it hosted the first one.
COMESA-SADC-EAC harmonization process going well SANF 09 No 09, June
Africa’s three main regional blocs namely the Southern African Development
Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and
the East African Community (EAC) are making significant progress in harmonizing
their projects to promote full regional integration
PRESS RELEASE - New President and Bureau Elected at PAP
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) today elected a new President. He is Hon.
Dr. Idriss NDELE MOUSSA, MP from Chad.
COMESA to unveil Customs Union as Zimbabwe assumes chair SANF 09 No 08,
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is set to launch its
Customs Union during its 13th annual Heads of State and Government Summit
scheduled for 7 to 8 June 2009 in Zimbabwe’s resort town of Victoria Falls.
2nd Symposium on China-Africa and China-Zimbabwe Relations
Seventeen leading Chinese academics from nine institutions in the People’s
Republic of China have arrived in Zimbabwe to participate in the 2nd Symposium
on China-Africa and China-Zimbabwe Relations.
Communicating Energy project to support Southern Africa Power Pool
The Government of Norway has signed an agreement to the value of 3 million
Norwegian kronos to strengthen understanding of the regional dimensions of
energy provision in southern Africa.
Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government:
30 March 2009
The Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government met in Lozitha
Royal Palace, Swaziland on 30 March 2009
Zimbabwe Cabinet February 2009
2009 a busy year for elections in southern Africa SANF 09 No 07, Februay
Seven countries in southern Africa are preparing to hold elections in 2009.
Zimbabwe Looks Forward SANF 09 No 06, January 2009
2009 has started well for Zimbabwe and although a tough year of turnaround is
predicted, there have been several positive developments, both politically and
PRESS RELEASE N.43/2009
12th Ordinary Summit of the AU Heads of State and Government ends today in Addis
Addis Ababa 4th February 2008 - The 12th Ordinary Summit of the AU Heads of
State and Government ended in Addis Ababa on 4 February 2009.
Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government :
Presidential Guest House, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
26-27 January 2009
The Extra-Ordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government met at the
Presidential Guest house in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 26-27 January
African governments commit to reducing environmental threats to health SANF
09 No 05, January 2009
A recent gathering of environment and health ministers in Libreville, Gabon, saw
the adoption of the Libreville Declaration which commits governments to take
measures to stimulate policy, institutional and investment reforms to optimise
synergies between health, environment and other relevant sectors.
SADC Gender Protocol: From commitment to action SANF 09 No 04, January
Approval of the groundbreaking Protocol on Gender and Development by twelve
southern African countries brings with it the need to take action by all
stakeholders so as to accelerate the empowerment of women in the region through
African renewable energy attracts attention SANF 09 No 03, January 2009
The potential for renewable energy development in Africa is growing as both
investors and regional leaders seek a new clean energy frontier.
Malawi’s grain subsidy programme bears fruit SANF 09 No 02, January 2009
The turnaround in Malawi, from being a food deficit country to one producing
surplus grain and overcoming food shortages has demonstrated that regional
countries have the capacity to be food secure if they apply the right policies.
Region takes giant step toward African Economic Community SANF 09 No 01,
Three regional economic blocs have made a giant step towards the long-conceived
goal of an African Economic Community, approving the expeditious establishment
of an enlarged Free Trade Area (FTA) encompassing 26 Member States in three