SADC takes action on the conflict in eastern DRC
SANF 12 No 41 , December 2012
The conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is a setback to regional integration and development, impacting on all countries southern Africa.
President Pohamba announces new cabinet
PRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE CABINET RESHUFFLE
Statement by president Pohamba at SWAPO congress
STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA, PRESIDENT OF THE SWAPO PARTY AND OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 5th CONGRESS OF THE SWAPO PARTY
SWAPO elective congress a “defining moment” for Namibia
SANF 12 No 40 , November 2012
Namibia’s governing party will hold an elective congress at end November to review its policy agenda and choose its top leadership.
SADC launches new plan for regional peace and security
SANF 12 No 39 , November 2012
Southern Africa has a new strategic plan for regional peace and security covering five sectors – political, defence, state security, public security and police.
Eastern and southern African leaders to chart socio-economic path
SANF 12 No 38 , November 2012
Eastern and southern African leaders are meeting in Kampala, Uganda this week to review the socio-economic situation in the region in an effort to promote deeper integration among member states.
Natural resources can propel southern Africa’s growth
SANF 12 No 37 , November 2012
From Cape to Cairo or Yaoundé to Mogadishu, the scramble for Africa's resources has often caused problems instead of creating prosperity.
“SAPP should have more authority to promote energy development”
SANF 12 No 36 , October 2012
The SADC Secretariat has called for member states to review the role and function of the Southern African Power Pool to ensure that the regional body becomes more effective in its efforts to promote development in the energy sector.
Dlamini-Zuma: “Unity is key to continental development”
SANF 12 No 35 , October 2012
The new African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said Africa has the capacity to achieve socio-economic growth if member states work together in addressing some of the challenges affecting the continent.
China-Africa relations based on a “partnership too big to ignore”
SANF 12 No 34 , September 2012
Relations between China and Africa continue to grow from strength to strength with more focus now being placed on this “new type of strategic partnership” that has become a model for other partnerships to emulate. Previously considered as just another global arrangement, China-Africa cooperation has opened up vast opportunities for the two parties to achieve sustainable development and transform world affairs. For example, trade between Africa and China has tremendously increased over the past decade, from about US$10 billion in 2000 to more than US$160 billion in 2011.
Angolan polls boost SADC profile as stable economy
SANF 12 No 33 , September 2012
The peaceful Angolan elections recently concluded are expected to further strengthen southern Africa’s profile as a stable investment destination and boost the region’s economic prospects. Angolans gave the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) another mandate to continue with economic and political reforms that have so far ensured a smooth transition from war to stability in Africa’s second largest oil producer.
Communique of the SADC Organ Troika Summit
COMMUNIQUE THE ORGAN TROIKA SUMMIT DAR ES SALAAM, UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA 4 SEPTEMBER 2012
Joint Declaration on the 31st August 2012 General Elections of the Republic of Angola
WE, THE AFRICAN UNION (AU), SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC), ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES (ECCAS), INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION (ICGLR), ELECTORAL COMMISSIONS FORUM OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (ECF-SADC) AND THE COMMUNITY OF PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES (CPLP).
Election fever grips Angola
SANF 12 No 32 , September 2012
Peace, security and the economy were major issues for all political parties as Angolans voted in parliamentary elections on 31 August. The governing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) promised to continue policies that have led to double-digit economic growth during the past few years, largely through expansion of the petroleum sector. Large investments in infrastructure, and the natural resources such as oil and diamonds, have contributed to the impressive performance. Improved terms of trade due to increasing oil prices also contributed to the positive performance.
SADC forges ahead with its common agenda
SANF 12 No 31 , August 2012
Southern Africa has taken a significant step forward in its quest for deeper regional integration following the approval of a long-awaited blueprint that outlines the region’s vision for infrastructure development. The Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government held in Maputo, Mozambique, in August endorsed a number of measures on the way forward for the region with regards to economic integration and political cooperation.
Communique of the 32nd SADC Summit
FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 32ND SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE AUGUST 18, 2012
SADC creates fund to accelerate infrastructure development
SANF 12 No 30 , August 2012
Southern Africa is taking steps to accelerate investment in infrastructure, considered one of the key facilitators of regional integration. The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has approved the setting up of a long-awaited Regional Development Fund, one of whose main priorities will be the financing of infrastructure in the region. According to SADC Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for regional integration, João Caholo, the proposed fund will have a subscribed capital of US$1.2 billion.
Energy access crucial for attainment of MDGs
SANF 12 No 29 , August 2012
Access to energy is widely regarded as the “missing” Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and debate among development experts is that poverty eradication and the general global socio-economic condition would improve if energy were to be identified as the ninth MDG. The global community adopted eight MDGs in 2000 to improve the general socio-economic conditions in the world, particularly in developing countries. These goals range through gender, education, health, poverty and the environment.
SADC lures investors for ZiZaBoNa energy project
SANF 12 No 28 , July 2012
At least five investors have expressed interest in developing an electricity transmission interconnector linking Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. Commonly known as ZiZaBoNa, the transmission interconnector project has the capacity to increase power trading among participating utilities, as well as provide an alternative route and help decongest the existing central transmission corridor that currently passes through Zimbabwe.
Beijing Declaration of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
Beijing Declaration of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
Signing of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement
SIGNING OF THE COMESA-EAC-SADC TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT FOR THE JOINT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA.
16 TH JULY 2012, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
China, Africa review plans and deepen cooperation
SANF 12 No 27, July 2012
Chinese and African ministers meet in Beijing this week to review cooperation and prepare a new development plan for the next three years.
Under the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the two parties already share friendly relations that have seen trade increase tremendously over the past decade from about US$10 billion in 2000 to more than US$160 billion in 2011.
Packed agenda for AU Summit
SANF 12 No 26, July 2012
African leaders are meeting next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review the political and socio-economic situation on the continent in an effort to promote deeper integration among member states.
The 19th Ordinary Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government set for 15-16 July is held under the theme “Boosting Intra-African Trade”.
SADC infrastructure plan ready for approval
SANF 12 No 25, July 2012
Southern Africa’s long-awaited regional infrastructure development master plan is now ready for approval by the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit set for Maputo, Mozambique in August.
This follows the finalisation of the master plan by ministers responsible for infrastructure in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), who met in Luanda, Angola in late June.
Advisory council to encourage adherence to SADC election principles and guidelines
SANF 12 No 24, June 2012
The SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) has been tasked with encouraging adherence to principles and guidelines governing the conduct of elections.
The 15-member SEAC, which was inaugurated in April 2011, is mandated to advise SADC on electoral matters and issues pertaining to enhancement of democracy and governance.
.Rio+20 - Global community strives for sustainable development
SANF 12 No 23, June 2012
The ongoing United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil provides an opportunity for the global community to renew its commitment to promote sustainable development and address new and emerging challenges such as climate change.
SADC supports Namibia’s bid to host Green Climate Fund
SANF 12 No 22, June 2012
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has endorsed a bid by Namibia to host the secretariat for the Green Climate Fund.
The fund, established in December 2011 at Durban, South Africa during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), seeks to support climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries.
Upgrade of Zambian transmission infrastructure to boost SADC energy security
SANF 12 No 21, June 2012
Regional power trading in southern Africa is set to improve following plans by Zambia to refurbish key transmission infrastructure that connects the country to neighbouring Namibia and the rest of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
Zambia is set to upgrade the 341km electricity transmission line between Kafue, just outside Lusaka, and Livingstone in the southern part of the country.
Communique of the SADC Extraordinary Summit
EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT LUANDA, ANGOLA JUNE 01, 2012
SADC: “No going back on tripartite trade negotiations”
SANF 12 No 20 , May 2012
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has taken over the chair of a tripartite taskforce in charge of negotiations to establish Africa’s largest integrated market covering 26 countries.
SADC Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomão took over the chair from the Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Sindiso Ngwenya in May to oversee preparations for the launch of a Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA).
Mosisili wins fourth term as Lesotho Prime Minister
SANF 12 No 19 , May 2012
The newly formed Democratic Congress (DC) of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has swept to victory in national elections held on 26 May in Lesotho, which have been described as credible or free and fair by regional and international observers.
The DC won 41 of the 80 contested constituencies or 51 percent against 26 seats for the main opposition All-Basotho Convention (ABC) led by former Foreign Minister Thomas Thabane, according to final results published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Lesotho.
Africa lures its Diaspora for development projects
SANF 12 No 18 , May 2012
Africa plans to launch a fund to harness the financial resources of its citizens based in the Diaspora which will be used for development projects on the continent.
The proposed African Diaspora Development Fund and Remittances will be unveiled at the Global African Diaspora Summit to be hosted by the African Union (AU) Commission in collaboration with the South African government in Johannesburg from 23-25 May.
China’s economic miracle – what lessons for Africa?
SANF 12 No 17 , May 2012
The emergence of China as a leading economic powerhouse has opened vast opportunities for Africa to participate in global affairs as an equal partner.
The Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Xin Shunkang said this at a seminar in Harare at the Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies on China-Africa Relations in Southern Africa.
Eastern and southern Africa prepares for deeper economic integration
SANF 12 No 16 , April 2012
As eastern and southern Africa prepares for an integrated market covering 26 countries, there is need to set a more manageable and practical agenda that all member states can fully implement.
The Tripartite Free Trade Area, which seeks to establish a single market in the region comprising the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is expected to come into force by 2016, according to a roadmap developed by the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
Wa Mutharika’s death a blow to Africa’s integration agenda
SANF 12 No 15 , April 2012
The death of President Bingu wa Mutharika early this month has not only robbed Malawi of its leader but also deprived Africa of a fearless campaigner for deeper regional integration and agrarian revolution.
Mutharika, who died on 5 April due to a heart failure, played an instrumental role in southern Africa’s efforts to transform the region from a food-deficit area to one producing surplus grain.
SADC responds to cyber crime
SANF 12 No 14 , April 2012
Southern Africa is taking steps to respond to rising cyber crime, which is now among the world’s fastest growing crimes.
Cyber crime involves use of the computer networks to harm the reputation of individuals or organisations and includes copyright infringement, fraud, hacking, account thefts, identify thefts, computer viruses and unsolicited mail, commonly referred to as spam.
Lesotho general elections set for 26 May
SANF 12 No 13 , April 2012
The King of Lesotho has set 26 May as the date for eagerly awaited general elections following a successful dialogue that ended the deadlock among the main political players.
Agreement was reached one year ago after lengthy negotiations mediated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) aimed at finding a lasting solution to the political challenges in the country.
The world’s largest transfrontier park
SANF 12 No 12 , April 2012
The world’s largest transfrontier park became a reality in March when the Kavango-Zambezi was launched by five southern African countries.
Environment ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe launched the Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) at a ceremony in Katima Mulilo, Namibia.
The historic launch followed signing of the treaty by the Heads of State and Government of the respective countries in August 2011.
SADC integration – 20 years on SANF 12 No 11 , March 2012
The year 2012 marks 20 years since the historic signing of the SADC Treaty and Declaration and presents an opportunity for southern Africans to forge ahead with the region’s integration agenda.
On 17 August 1992, at their Summit held in Windhoek, Namibia, the Heads of State and Government signed the SADC Treaty and Declaration that effectively transformed the Southern Africa Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) into the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
AfDB financing corridor development concept SANF 12 No 10 , March 2012
A robust road transport is essential to development in southern Africa where access to good and well-serviced roads may be the difference between prosperity and poverty or even between life and death.
Lack of a good road transport network is one of the main impediments to intraregional trade, with members of the same economic bloc often appearing detached from each other due to poor road connectivity.
Mauritius gender quota law – a small but positive step forward SANF 12 No 9 , March 2012
A new gender law in Mauritius that requires one-third of candidates in local elections to be women represents another small step towards parity in decision-making.
The gender quota is contained in the new Local Government Act that entered into force on 1 January 2012 and compels all political parties to field more women to contest in local elections due by April this year.
More flood threats for southern Africa SANF 12 No 8 , February 2012
Southern Africa should brace for more heavy rains and possible flooding until the end of the 2011/12 season as weather experts warn of more approaching tropical cyclones that could pummel the eastern part of the region between February and April.
Despite a late start to the season, most of southern Africa has received heavy rains since late December 2011, resulting in flooding in several countries.
AU to accelerate infrastructure development, trade SANF 12 No 7 , February 2012
Africa’s quest for greater connectivity and improved intra-regional trade could soon become a reality after the continent’s leaders agreed to increase public spending on infrastructure and set in motion a programme to create a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017.
The recent 18th summit of the African Union noted that the continent’s regional integration agenda was presently affected by low-level connectivity of infrastructure networks and poor access to energy and information services.
SADC awaits elections in four countries SANF 12 No 6 , February 2012
At least one national election is expected in southern Africa this year, with three others pending.
Buoyed by an atmosphere of relative peace and political stability that has obtained in the region for the past few years, SADC is awaiting polls this year in Angola and possibly in Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
It’s southern Africa’s time as Zambia lifts AFCON trophy SANF 12 No 5 , February 2012
Zambia has etched its name in the history books after becoming only the third southern African country to lift the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy in the tournament’s 55-year history.
The Chipolopolo, as the Zambian national team is affectionately known by its fans, beat tournament favourites Ivory Coast 8-7 in a penalty shootout to win the AFCON for the first time.
SADC sets clean energy targets for one-third renewable energy within 10 years SANF 12 No 4 , February 2012
Southern Africa will in the next few years experience a gradual increase in the uptake of cleaner energy sources that could result in reduced carbon emissions.
This follows the adoption of a wide range of strategies aimed at aligning the region with new trends in the global energy sector, which now favour renewable energy over fossil fuels.
SADC urges speedy implementation of Madagascar roadmap SANF 12 No 3 , January 2012
Southern African leaders have intervened to ease tensions in Madagascar, urging the main political players to speed up implementation of a roadmap intended to restore constitutional order in the country.
SADC responds to maritime piracy threat SANF 12 No 2 , January 2012
Southern Africa has strengthened security in its coastal areas as the tide of maritime piracy treks south and threatens trade along the Mozambique Channel.
As Somali pirates venture southwards in the Indian Ocean where they have attacked or seized commercial vessels since 2005, Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states are taking steps to confront the growing problem that has confronted the shipping industry over the past few years.
ANC marks another milestone SANF 12 No 1 , January 2012
The African National Congress (ANC) centenary anniversary on 8 January marked another milestone for Africa’s oldest surviving political movement and one of the longest existing parties worldwide.