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2013 – Eventful year for southern Africa   SANF 13 No 45, December 2013
The curtain comes down on yet another eventful year for southern Africa in which the region scored some major successes in terms of its regional integration agenda and consolidation of elusive political stability.

Human trafficking in southern Africa
SADC crafts a regional response
  SANF 13 No 44, December 2013
Trafficking in persons is a major international issue but poor documentation in southern Africa is masking the extent of this modern-day slavery.

SADC cost-reflective energy tariffs target unachievable   SANF 13 No 43, December 2013
Southern African Development Community Member States are unlikely to meet the 31 December deadline for migrating to cost-reflective electricity tariffs due to challenges in raising local tariffs too fast in relations to consumer income and inflationary impacts.

Planet getting warmer, but UN climate talks lack urgency   SANF 13 No 42, December 2013
New global reports on climate change have confirmed that the planet is rapidly getter warmer due to human activities, but climate negotiators have been rapped for showing little urgency.

Mozambique local elections official results announced   SANF 13 No 41, November 2013
The Mozambique electoral commission has announced official results of the municipal elections held in November, showing significant gains by a new opposition party.

FRELIMO wins local elections, opposition gains   SANF 13 No 40, November 2013
Frelimo has won most of the 53 municipalities contested in local elections in Mozambique on 20 November, but the opposition has made significant gains in the centre of the country.

SADC completes leadership transition at secretariat   SANF 13 No 39, November 2013
The Southern African Development Community has completed the leadership transition at its Secretariat in Botswana, with a new team now in place to steer the regional integration agenda.

China 35 years after Deng
The roadmap of reform is a long-term vision implemented step-by-step
  SANF 13 No 38, November 2013
Thirty-five years after Premier Deng Xiaoping announced market reforms and “opening up” that revolutionized the Chinese economy and society, the Communist Party of China has deepened the reforms toward the creation of a more equitable society.

Mozambique elections in perspective   SANF 13 No 37, November 2013
The campaign for municipal elections has ended in Mozambique in advance of elections on Wednesday, 20 November. The campaign has been generally peaceful in the 53 municipalities contested, except for the Renamo threats and attacks in the centre of the country, and occasionally when contesting caravans of party supporters meet.

Madagascar set for run-off after inconclusive first-round presidential vote   SANF 13 No 36, November 2013
Madagascar is set for a run-off on 20 December after no presidential candidate amassed enough votes to be declared outright winner following elections held in late October.

Major Chinese economic policy review in November   SANF 13 No 35, November 2013
A major policy conference in China in November will review the development priorities in the world’s second largest economy and influence the direction of the global economy for the next decade.

Towards 50:50 by 2015 - Time for action   SANF 13 No 34, October 2013
As the 2015 deadline fast approaches for southern Africa to attain the target of 50:50 representation of men and women in key decision-making positions, there is need for the region to address some of the challenges affecting gender equality and parity.

SADC to establish centre for renewable energy   SANF 13 No 33, October 2013
The establishment of a regional centre for renewable energy in southern Africa is expected to increase the uptake of clean energy, enabling the region to address its energy challenges. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been experiencing power shortages dating as far back as 2006 due to a combination of factors including the lack of investment in the energy sector.

Ready to take the integration agenda forward - new SADC chief   SANF 13 No 32, September 2013
SADC has appointed a new Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena L. Tax from the United Republic of Tanzania. Tax is no stranger to regional integration, which is the cornerstone of the development agenda for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Prior to her appointment as executive secretary at the 33rd SADC Summit held in Malawi in August, Tax has been permanent secretary in the Tanzanian Ministry of East African Cooperation since 2008.

SADC endorses Zimbabwe elections as free and credible   SANF 13 No 31, September 2013
Southern African observers have endorsed harmonized elections held in Zimbabwe as free, credible and a true reflection of the will of the people, effectively quashing vote-rigging claims by the opposition that felt it was cheated during the 31 July poll.

Mixed performance in SADC 50:50 gender parity target   SANF 13 No 30, September 2013
Southern Africa has experienced mixed performance in terms of facilitating gender parity in political decision-making positions, and a lot more needs to be done if the region is to attain the target of 50:50 representation by 2015.

Southern Africa to host conference on desertification   SANF 13 No 29, August 2013
Namibia will host a major international conference in September to discuss land degradation and desertification.

Communiqué  33rd SADC Summit Communiqué
COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 33RD SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT LILONGWE, MALAWI: AUGUST 17-18, 2013.

New SADC chair targets poverty reduction   SANF 13 No 28, August 2013
Malawian President Joyce Banda has set poverty alleviation as the top priority of her tenure as incoming chair of SADC, promising to champion policies and programmes to improve the agricultural and rural sectors.

SADC realigns regional integration agenda   SANF 13 No 27, August 2013
The Southern African Development Community is recalibrating its regional integration targets as part of efforts to realign the region’s development agenda in line with new realities and emerging global dynamics.

SADC to finalise proposed development fund   SANF 13 No 26, August 2013
The Southern African Development Community is finalising the modalities of a long-awaited development fund to accelerate the regional integration agenda.

Full agenda for 33rd SADC summit in Malawi   SANF 13 No 25, August 2013
The SADC Heads of State and Government Summit set for Lilongwe, Malawi next week will deliberate on a wide range of regional issues including the appointment of a new leadership for the secretariat.

Mugabe wins 61% in Zimbabwe poll   SANF 13 No 24, August 2013
President Robert Mugabe has won another mandate to govern Zimbabwe following watershed elections held on 31 July that saw his party winning more than two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.

Preliminary Statement  COMESA preliminary statement on Zimbabwe elections
COMESA ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 31 JULY 2013 HARMONISED ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE

Zanu-PF headed for landslide victory in Zimbabwe harmonized elections   SANF 13 No 23, August 2013
Zanu-PF is heading for a landslide victory in harmonized elections held on 31 July and widely praised by regional and international observers as credible and well-managed.

Preliminary Statement  SADC preliminary statement to the 31 July Zimbabwe harmonized elections
SADC Election Observation Mission (SEOM) Preliminary Statement on the harmonised elections process in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Preliminary Statement  AU preliminary statement to the 31 July Zimbabwe harmonized elections
AFRICAN UNION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 31 JULY 2013 HARMONISED ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE

Counting underway in Zimbabwe harmonized elections   SANF 13 No 22, August 2013
Vote counting and verification is underway following the successful holding of the Zimbabwe harmonized elections on 31 July.

All set for Zimbabwe harmonized elections   SANF 13 No 21, August 2013
All is set for Zimbabwe harmonized elections on 31 July when the southern African country will choose a new leadership to replace an inclusive government in existence since 2009.

Arrival Statement and Pre Election Findings  AU pre-election findings on Zimbabwe harmonized elections
AFRICAN UNION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE HARMONIZED ELECTIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE 31 JULY 2013

Pre-Election Statement 25 July 2013  Pre-election statement on Zimbabwe harmonized elections
AFRICAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO ZIMBABWE’S 31 JULY 2013, GENERAL ELECTIONS

Observers arrive for harmonized elections in Zimbabwe   SANF 13 No 20, July 2013
Regional and international election observers have been deployed across the country to observe Zimbabwe’s landmark harmonized elections scheduled for 31 July.

SADC – New frontier for renewable energy sources   SANF 13 No 19, July 2013
A recent announcement by an international firm that it has invested more than US$12 million in a solar power project in South Africa highlights the emergence of southern Africa as a new frontier for renewable energy sources.

The economy, peace take centre stage as Zimbabwe polls beckon   SANF 13 No 18, July 2013
The economy and peace and security are the major campaign issues as political parties in Zimbabwe jostle for voters ahead of harmonized elections set for 31 July.

SADC seeks $64 billion investment in transport and other infrastructure   SANF 13 No 17, July 2013
Southern Africa is seeking investment and finance for a $64 billion programme to improve transport, energy and other infrastructure over the next five years.

SADC Infrastructure Conference  SADC Infrastructure Conference - Summary and Way Forward
The SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference was held at Joachim Chissano International Conference Center, in Maputo Mozambique on 27th June 2013. The Conference was held under the theme: “Accelerating Investment in SADC Infrastructure through Sustainable and Innovative Financing”.

SADC woos investors for its infrastructure programme   SANF 13 No 16, June 2013
Southern Africa will take its multi-billion-dollar infrastructure development plan to potential funders when the region hosts an investment conference this week in Mozambique.

Zimbabwe elections set for 31 July   SANF 13 No 15, June 2013
Zimbabweans will go to polls on 31 July to elect a new president, parliamentarians and councillors in watershed elections that will mark the conclusion of a constitution-making process and adoption of new electoral laws.

SADC renewable energy strategy key to sustainable energy for all   SANF 13 No 14, June 2013
Southern Africa has the potential to achieve universal access to modern energy services if the region puts in place a sound and vibrant strategy to harness its huge renewable energy resources.

COMMUNIQUE  Statement by the SADC Water Ministers
The Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment, the first of its kind in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa, will be launched on 29 May in Luanda, Angola at a meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Water.

Media Information 2013 May  Launch of the
ZAMBEZI RIVER BASIN ATLAS OF THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

The Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment, the first of its kind in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa, will be launched on 29 May in Luanda, Angola at a meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Water.

Changing environment in the Zambezi River Basin   SANF 13 No 13 , May 2013
limate and human pressure on resources are significantly changing the environment in the Zambezi river basin, as illustrated in a new 2012 publication, the Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment. 

Southern African researchers contribute to SADC policy review   SANF 13 No 12 , May 2013
Researchers from southern Africa are meeting in Zimbabwe to contribute to the mid-term review of the SADC’s regional development plan.

African media essential in communicating climate change responses   SANF 13 No 11 , April 2013
The global effort to combat the impacts of climate change can be realized if the media clearly educates and informs the general public and policy makers on the various adaptation and mitigation measures.

2014-2024
Decade for Sustainable Energy for all
  SANF 13 No 10 , April 2013
The United Nations has declared 2014-2024 as the Decade for Sustainable Energy for all to underscore the importance of energy issues in the post-2015 development agenda.

BRICS declaraction  BRICS declaraction
Fifth BRICS Summit Durban: 27 March 2013 BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization eThekwini Declaration

Joint Communique between South Africa and China  Joint Communique
JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, PRETORIA, 26 MARCH 2013

Transfrontier parks key to management of natural resources   SANF 13 No 9 , March 2013
The establishment of transfrontier conservation areas is one of the key initiatives for the sustainable management of natural resources in the Zambezi River Basin.

Africa has a lot to gain from BRICS   SANF 13 No 8 , March 2013
The invitation to Africa to participate in the forthcoming 5th BRICS Summit in South Africa is evidence of the growing interest the continent is attracting from developed and emerging economies as a new frontier for business and investment.

SADC observer mission preliminary statement on Zimbabwe referendum  SADC ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION
SADC ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE STATEMENT BY HON. BERNARD KAMILLIUS MEMBE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AND HEAD OF THE SADC ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE HELD ON 16 MARCH 2013

Zimbabwe votes on new Constitution   SANF 13 No 7 , March 2013
Zimbabweans will vote on a new Constitution in a referendum set for 16 March, a landmark development that could shape the destiny of the country.

African Union and COMESA deploy observers, Kenyan elections face external challenge   SANF 13 No 6 , February 2013
The former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, is heading the African Union observer mission to the Kenyan elections, while the other key observer mission is headed by a retired judge from Zimbabwe.

SADC gender protocol enters into force   SANF 13 No 5 , February 2013
The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development has entered into force following ratification of the instrument by the requisite two-thirds of Member States.

Communique of the SADC Gender Minister's meeting  SADC Gender Minister's meeting
COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE ORDINARY MEETING OF SADC MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR GENDER/ WOMEN’S AFFAIRS, HELD ON THE 14 FEBRUARY 2013 IN MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

Communique of the SADC Extraordinary Summit  SADC Extraordinary Summit
EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT 8 FEBRUARY, 2013 MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE COMMUNIQUÉ

SADC energy plan targets surplus, sets priorities   SANF 13 No 4 , January 2013
Southern Africa has suffered a shortage of electricity since 2007 as demand exceeds supply, and the expectation is that this energy gap will be addressed by 2014. However, the implementation of projects can lag behind their planned dates due to a lack of funding and other constraints.

African Union @ 50 Pan-Africanism and Renaissance   SANF 13 No 3 , January 2013
African leaders are meeting in late January to chart the continent’s development agenda as it enters its 50th year of regional cooperation.

SADC Organ Troika - Declaration on Madagascar  Madagascar Declaration
Recalling all the decisions taken by the SADC Summits of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in Madagascar;

Communique of the SADC Troika  SADC Communique
SUMMIT OF THE SADC TROIKA OF THE ORGAN ON POLITICS, DEFENCE AND SECURITY COOPERATION DAR-ES-SALAAM, THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA COMMUNIQUE

SADC ready to defend AFCON trophy   SANF 13 No 2 , January 2013
Four Southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be hosted by South Africa.

2013 the year of regional development   SANF 13 No 1 , January 2013
The year 2013 holds the key to several important regional milestones, including the implementation of an ambitious programme to develop cross-border infrastructure and the conclusion of electoral processes leading to polls in two SADC member states.

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