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SADC – In search of an empowered region   SANF 14 No 35, August 2014
Zimbabwe has pledged to ensure that the Southern African Development Community truly responds to the aspirations of the citizens of the region.

Structure of SADC political governance   SANF 14 No 34, August 2014
SADC IS a regional organisation that aims to promote sustainable and equitable socio-economic development in southern Africa.

SADC to review economic milestones   SANF 14 No 33, August 2014
The Southern African Development Community will soon carry out an assessment to review its performance towards meeting milestones, such as the planned Customs Union and the Monetary Union.

Resetting SADC priorities
RISDP review
  SANF 14 No 32, August 2014
SADC has completed the review process for the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the draft revised document is expected to be presented to the Council of Ministers during the 34th Ordinary Summit in Zimbabwe.

SADC -- A shared regional community   SANF 14 No 31, August 2014
The journey has been long but worthwhile.

Packed agenda for SADC Summit   SANF 14 No 30, August 2014
The 34th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit to be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on 17-18 August will deliberate on a wide range of issues including the political and socio-economic situation in the region.

Malawi, Tanzania move towards One Stop Border Post   SANF 14 No 29, August 2014
Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania have taken the first step towards creation of a One Stop Border Post at the Songwe-Kasumulu entry point in a move aimed at facilitating the free movement of persons and goods between the two SADC Member States.

SADC – Africa’s energy source   SANF 14 No 28, July 2014
The SADC region is poised to become a major continental source of energy if current plans to boost generation capacity are implemented.

MDGs: Countdown to 2015   SANF 14 No 27, July 2014
Southern Africa has made steady progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Sixth BRICS Summit – Fortaleza Declaration  
1. We, the leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met in Fortaleza, Brazil, on 15 July 2014 at the Sixth BRICS Summit. To inaugurate the second cycle of BRICS Summits, the theme chosen for our discussions was “Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions”, in keeping with the inclusive macroeconomic and social policies carried out by our governments and the imperative to address challenges to humankind posed by the need to simultaneously achieve growth, inclusiveness, protection and preservation.

Prospects for industrial development in SADC   SANF 14 No 26, July 2014
The first major challenge for SADC economies, as is the case with most African states, is a development model that is driven by consumption and primary commodity exports.

Digital broadcasting consumer guidelines adopted   SANF 14 No 25, July 2014
SADC Member States have adopted guidelines to cushion consumers from the impact of the planned migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Agriculture development a priority for SADC: “Let us support our farmers”   SANF 14 No 23, July 2014
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged stakeholders to redouble their efforts in supporting farmers to boost production.

SADC to benefit from African infrastructure programme   SANF 14 No 23, July 2014
At least seven infrastructure projects in southern Africa were presented at the recent Dakar Financing Summit for implementation under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).

Statement on the 23rd AU Summit  Malabo, Equatorial Guinea 30 June 2014 - The 23rd Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union concluded in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 27 June 2014. The summit’s Assembly, comprising Heads of State and Government of the African Union, was held from 26-27 June 2014. In their Assembly organised under the theme: “ 2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security”, the Heads of State and Government adopted a number of key decisions with a view to enhancing the socio-economic and political development of the continent, notably in the areas of education, health, agriculture, trade, women and youth development.

Mixed performance in gender parity targets   SANF 14 No 22, July 2014
Gender equality is firmly rooted in the regional integration agenda and SADC Member States support the fundamental principle that both women and men must be engaged in decision-making at all levels and in all areas.

SADC Summit 2014
Building a region coast-to-coast -- SADC strategy for economic transformation
  SANF 14 No 21, June 2014
The vision of southern Africa as an emerging economy with infrastructure that works coast-to-coast will be closer to reality after the regional Summit hosted by Zimbabwe in August.

Mutharika calls for unity in post-poll Malawi   SANF 14 No 20, June 2014
Newly elected Malawian President Peter Mutharika has extended an invitation to his opponents to set aside their political differences and actively participate in the process of nation-building after a bruising election campaign marred by isolated cases of violence and allegations of vote manipulation.

SADC statement to the 2014 Tripartite Elections in Malaw  Statement by Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (MP), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Namibia and Head of The SADC Electoral Observation Mission to the 20th May, 2014 Tripartite Elections in the Republic of Malawi 24th May, 2014 Blantyre, Republic of Malawi

China contributes to African green revolution   SANF 14 No 17, May 2014
Agriculture has been identified as a priority area of development in the China-Africa strategic partnership.

ANC wins fresh mandate to rule South Africa   SANF 14 No 16, May 2014
The African National Congress has won a fresh mandate to rule South Africa following hotly contested general elections on 7 May that confirmed the strengthening of prominent opposition groups.

Election fever grips South Africa   SANF 14 No 15, May 2014
Millions of South Africans will vote on 7 May in the eagerly awaited fifth elections since the end of apartheid, whose outcome is likely to be determined by the party with the most convincing message on how to tackle the challenges of service delivery, inequality and corruption.

Malawi elections -- Battle for the youth   SANF 14 No 14, April 2014
The signing of a youth empowerment declaration by all presidential candidates contesting the 20 May elections in Malawi is a clear indication that the voting patterns of young people could be a deciding factor on the outcome.

SADC Executive Secretary pays courtesy call on SARDC   SANF 14 No 13, March 2014
The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC).

Deeper integration
SADC sets priorities for 2014
  SANF 14 No 12, March 2014
At least seven priority areas have been identified for implementation this year as southern Africa intensifies efforts to deepen integration for socio-economic development.

Striving for food security in Africa   SANF 14 No 11, March 2014
Agricultural production in Africa has steadily increased over the past three decades due to various factors including improved access to inputs such as seeds and fertilizer, as well as extension services.


2014 Elections in SADC
Time for action towards gender parity
  SANF 14 No 10, March 2014
The holding of elections in southern Africa and the rest of the African continent has always created some interesting reading.

Mozambique defence minister Filipe Nyussi is Frelimo candidate for President   SANF 14 No 9, March 2014
The leading candidate to be the next President of Mozambique comes from the northernmost province as the country begins to shift focus to the resource-rich north, and back to its roots.

Transmission grids key to regional energy development   SANF 14 No 8, March 2014
New electricity transmission lines are needed in southern Africa to enable all countries to share and benefit from increased generation capacity across borders.

Climate Change
It’s more than floods
  SANF 14 No 7, February 2014
“We will witness instability in rainfall, disease spreading, sea level rise and floods. One other effect of climate change is to send Africans further and further to seek water. This brings them into conflicts with other Africans. We will face wars on African soil that are not created in Africa.”

2014 – A glimpse into a future prosperous, assertive Africa   SANF 14 No 6, February 2014
Advanced, developed, empowered, inspired, independent and united are some of the main qualities Africa will possess in the near future.

Key Decisions by the 22nd AU Summit  22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly concludes: A summary of key decisions

2014 – SADC lifts suspension on Madagascar   SANF 14 No 5, February 2014
Madagascar has had its suspension lifted by regional organizations following the restoration of constitutional order in the Indian Ocean Island.

Communique of the SADC Extraordinary Summit  The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) was held in Addis Ababa, Federal Republic of Ethiopia on 30 January 2014.

2014 – What’s in it for southern Africa?   SANF 14 No 4, January 2014
The year 2014 will see infrastructure development and elections in southern Africa as well as efforts to address the longstanding goals for the target year of 2015, including gender equality targets.

AU summit to discuss agriculture, food security   SANF 14 No 3, January 2014
Agriculture and food security will be the main issues on the agenda when African leaders meet for the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Ethiopia.

Southern Africa targets virtual power station   SANF 14 No 2, January 2014
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) is actively pursuing the concept of a virtual power station as it seeks to augment on-going efforts to increase electricity generation capacity to beat shortages in the region.

Communique of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika  The Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) Troika of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation together with the Republic of Malawi met in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, on December 29, 2013 to consider the political and security situation in the region, including the review of the post-electoral political situation in Madagascar.

2014 – Tripartite Free Trade Area to become a reality   SANF 14 No 1, January 2014
Three regional economic communities in Africa are expected to sign an agreement in 2014 to establish an enlarged market covering 26 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

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

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

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

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

Pre-Election Statement 25 July 2013  Pre-election statement on Zimbabwe harmonized 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

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.

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

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

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

Communique of the SADC Extraordinary Summit  SADC Extraordinary Summit

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

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.

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

Statement by president Pohamba at SWAPO congress  SWAPO congress

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  SADC Communique

Joint Declaration on the 31st August 2012 General Elections of the Republic of Angola  Joint Declaration

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  SADC Communique

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
Beijing Declaration of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Signing of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement  PRESS RELEASE

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  SADC Communique

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 Lesoth

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.

SADC awaits elections in four countries   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 , February 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.

Tanzania @ 50: “There is no shortcut to our aspirations”   SANF 11 No 37, December 2011
December 9 should be a public holiday in southern Africa, celebrated throughout the region.
This is the date that Tanganyika (now Tanzania) achieved independence, 50 years ago, in 1961, and without this date, the rest of southern Africa might not yet be independent.

Zimbabwean journalist honoured in global competition for agricultural reporting  SANF 11 No 36,December 2011
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has awarded six journalists for outstanding reporting on agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
A Zimbabwean journalist, Kizito Sikuka, came tops for southern Africa and ultimately for Africa, while scooping third prize in the global competition.

SADC deploys for DRC polls  SANF 11 No 35, November 2011
Southern Africa’s biggest-ever election observer mission will observe the 28 November general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Agriculture support services are key to boosting food security  SANF 11 No 34,November 2011
Developing countries could achieve food security as well as promote rural development if the right agricultural policies on extension services are enacted and fully implemented.

COP17 Towards agreement on climate change   SANF 11 No 33, November 2011
The climate change conference set for Durban, South Africa in November provides an opportunity for the global community to reach a binding agreement towards the common goal of rescuing the planet, but deep divisions remain on the way forward.
The 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue negotiations toward a global consensus on a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

Tripartite Summit to launch grand FTA negotiations   SANF 11 No 32, November 2011
First round of negotiations to establish a grand Free Trade Area covering 27 countries in eastern and southern Africa are scheduled to start in December.
This follows the adoption of negotiating principles, modalities for negotiations and a roadmap for negotiating that were agreed at the 2nd COMESA-EAC-SADC Summit held in South Africa this year.

China Africa Think Tank Forum aims to strengthen dialogue   SANF 11 No 31, October 2011
China and Africa have taken another step to strengthen relations with the launch of a forum to promote research and exchanges among think tanks from both places. Representatives of think tanks, political and business leaders from China and 27 African countries gathered in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Jinhua at the end of October for the first meeting of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum (CATTF).

Seamless transport corridors key to regional integration   SANF 11 No 30B, October 2011
Southern Africa is investing in transport corridors to facilitate trade and economic liberalization by ensuring the smooth movement of goods and persons across Member States.


“He carried the torch that liberated Africa” 
 SANF 11 No 30A, October 2011
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the father of southern African liberation, and one of the founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community.

Southern Africa ready for AFCON   SANF 11 No 29, October 2011
Three southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

SADC, AfDB to strengthen food security in Okavango Basin   SANF 11 No 28, October 2011
The Southern African Development Community and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are working on a project to improve water management and food security in the two Okavango Basin states of Angola and Namibia.

Zambia cabinet falls short of SADC gender threshold   SANF 11 No 27, October 2011
Fhe new Zambian cabinet announced by President Michael Sata fails to address the gender gap in terms of women’s participation in positions of authority.

Sata wins Zambia’s presidential election   SANF 11 No 26, September 2011
Former Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front has been declared the winner of Zambia’s presidential election held on 20 September, defeating the incumbent, Rupiah Banda by some 188,249 votes. Sata was sworn in as Zambia’s fifth president on Friday.

Zambians go to the polls   SANF 11 No 25, September 2011
Zambians go to the polls for general elections this week to elect their president, members of Parliament and local government representatives for the next five years.

Southern Africa has enough food   SANF 11 No 24, September 2011
The overall food security situation in southern Africa is set to remain stable throughout the year following another successful farming season. SADC has now recorded three consecutive years of good harvest.

SADC to establish world’s largest transfrontier park   SANF 11 No 23, September 2011
The establishment of the world’s largest transfrontier park moved another step closer to becoming a reality when five southern African countries signed a treaty to formally launch the park. Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe signed the treaty to establish the Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) at the recent SADC Summit held in Luanda, Angola.

Regional food security to benefit from agricultural research centre   SANF 11 No 22, September 2011
The launch of a regional agricultural research centre has demonstrated SADC’s commitment to improving food security in the region.
Located in Gaborone, Botswana, the Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) aims to coordinate and stimulate agricultural growth through research, technology development and dissemination of research information to farmers.

Pro-active approach needed for SADC to access climate funding   SANF 11 No 21, August 2011
One of the major decisions to come out of the ongoing climate change negotiations has been the need to establish a Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The fund is expected to raise and disburse about US$100 billion a year by 2020, starting with US$30 billion from 2012 to support mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries.

DRC gears up for general elections   SANF 11 No 20, August 2011
More than 31 million voters have registered for the forthcoming general election scheduled for November in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This represents a significant increase compared to about 25.6 million that registered for the last election held in 2006.

Zambia goes to the polls on 20 September   SANF 11 No 19, August 2011
Zambia will hold the 2011 general elections on 20 September following the dissolution of the Cabinet and the National Assembly at the end of July by President Rupiah Banda in line with the country’s constitution.

Renewable energy: The way to go   SANF 11 No 17, June 2011
Southern Africa like the rest of the world is slowly turning to renewable energy as the need for cleaner and alternative energy sources gains momentum.

Free Trade Area: To cover half of Africa   SANF 11 No 16, June 2011
The leaders of 26 African countries have taken another major step towards a Free Trade Area that would cover the eastern half of Africa, literally from the Cape to Cairo – from South Africa to Egypt.

Tripartite Summit to launch grand FTA negotiations   SANF 11 No 15, June 2011
After many years of planning and coordination, Africa can now move another step closer to its long-conceived goal of a united African Economic Community.

Women to have equal rights and opportunities with men   SANF 11 No 14, June 2011
Women in southern Africa will soon move a step closer to having equal rights and opportunities with men when a regional gender protocol is ratified in the coming weeks.

SADC: Striving for food security   SANF 11 No 13, June 2011
The success story of southern Africa’s turnaround from being a food deficit region to one producing surplus grain underscores the point that agricultural policies are key to boosting production and improving food security in the region.

Green economy critical for sustainable development   SANF 11 No 12, May 2011
he adverse effects of climate change on environmental sustainability and human wellbeing is forcing most countries to move away from the "brown’’ or traditional economy to the "green’’ economy -- a viable option for sustainable development.

Seychelles gears up for presidential elections   SANF 11 No 11, May 2011
Seychelles will hold presidential elections next week in which incumbent President James Michel will face the challenge of four other aspirants.

Lesotho concludes political dialogue, now ready for elections   SANF 11 No 10, May 2011
The conclusion of an agreement by political parties in Lesotho after lengthy negotiations paves the way for the peaceful holding of elections scheduled for 2012.

South Africa to champion continent’s relations with emerging markets   SANF 11 No 4, February 2011
The recent invitation to South Africa to join the BRIC group of emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China will strengthen South Africa’s trade position in the world, and offer opportunities for Africa to strengthen ties with the group.

2011: Strengthening regional integration   SANF 11 No 3, January 2011
The year 2011 will move southern Africa another step closer to becoming a regional community, as one of the building blocks of a united Africa with its African Economic Community.

Cancun Agreement: A small step forward   SANF 11 No 2, January 2011
Southern Africa will host a global climate conference this year that is expected to produce an international agreement to address climate change.
Talks will continue throughout the year with the objective of finalizing a global accord at the 17th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) to be held in Durban, South Africa in November.

China, Africa relations poised for growth  SANF 11 No 1, January 2011
The head of an influential Chinese think tank has said that China and Africa should continue working together to reform and reconstruct world affairs, which are usually biased towards a few selected countries at the expense of the majority.

Review of 2010
Region creeps towards energy security 
SANF 10 No 50, December 2010
Southern Africa is steadily emerging from the energy shortages that have persisted for the past four years, and 2010 marked another milestone with new initiatives gradually adding power to the regional pool and security of supply is now set to be restored in the next three to four years.

Caprivi interconnector to improve regional energy trading SANF 10 No 49, December 2010
The launch of the Caprivi Link interconnector is the latest example of practical commitment by southern Africa to address the energy situation in the region.

DRC raises African flag higher SANF 10 No 48, December 2010
Southern Africa and the entire African continent is basking in glory following the historic qualification of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the 2010 Soccer World Cup Club Finals currently underway in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

China tops FDI inflows to SADC SANF 10 No 47, December 2010
Southern Africa continues to strengthen its profile as an investment destination, attracting major inflows in the mining, agriculture, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors during 2010

Africa, Europe sets out priorities for cooperation SANF 10 No 46, December 2010
Africa and Europe have agreed on a new plan of action aimed at strengthening relations between the two continents

Africa to remain steadfast in its position at COP16 SANF 10 No 45, November 2010
AFRICA HAS reaffirmed its common negotiating position for the climate change talks scheduled for Cancun, Mexico in December.
The negotiating position centres on increased finance from the industrialized nations, as well as technology transfer and capacity building for adaptation and risk management.

2015 - Towards gender equality SANF 10 No 44, November 2010
More pragmatic measures are needed if southern Africa is to attain the 50-perecent target for representation of women in political and decision-making positions at all levels in line with regional and continental targets.

Global Financial Crisis
The challenges of financing development
SANF 10 No 43, November 2010
Southern Africa is slowly emerging from the global financial and economic downturn that has affected the world since 2008.
However, SADC is faced with a mammoth task to ensure that this recovery is maintained if sustainable development is to be achieved in the region.

Tanzanians go to the polls on 31 October SANF 10 No 42, October 2010
Tanzanians go to the polls on 31 October to elect their President and Members of Parliament for the next five years. Seven presidential candidates will take part in the polls, including the incumbent Jakaya Kikwete who is running for a second term.

Tanzania ready for elections SANF 10 No 41, October 2010
Seven presidential candidates will take part in the October general elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said.

Zanzibar referendum ushers in a new era SANF 10 No 40, October 2010
"With these results, there is no loser and there is no winner. Let us believe that we have all won."
These were the words of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission when it announced the outcome of the referendum held on 31 July to decide whether the islands should have a unity government after the 31 October general elections.

Africa consolidates common position on climate change ahead of Cancun SANF 10 No 39, October 2010
Africa is stepping up preparations for the forthcoming climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, with Member States in agreement so far on a common negotiating position, which centres on increased finance, technology and capacity for adaptation and risk management.

Africa, Europe in joint energy initiative SANF 10 No 38, September 2010
Africa could experience an increase in energy generation capacity in the next 10 years if a recent energy deal with Europe is fully implemented.

Good rainfall expected in SADC region   SANF 10 No 37, September 2010
Southern African climate experts have forecast good rainfall in most parts of the region during the 2010/2011 season.

Chipata-Mchinji railway line opens for business   SANF 10 No 36, September 2010
The historic launch of the Chipata-Mchinji railway line will provide the shortest route to the port of Nacala on the Indian Ocean, boosting trade not only in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia but the entire southern African region.

Africa, Europe to announce joint energy plan   SANF 10 No 33, August 2010
Africa and Europe are preparing a 10-year action plan to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector. The announcement is expected at the forthcoming high level meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) scheduled for September in Vienna, Austria.

SADC @ 30, Region committed to deepen integration  SANF 10 No 32, August 2010
SADC celebrates 30 years since the formation of an organization with the objective of closer regional cohesion and the region has benefited from a number of socio-economic and political achievements in that period, including democracy in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Africa prepares for climate change talks in Mexico  SANF 10 No 31, August 2010
Africa’s position regarding the forthcoming climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico remains the same - increased finance, technology and capacity for adaptation and risk management. African leaders re-endorsed this position at their annual Summit of the African Union held in Kampala, Uganda on 25-27 July.

Tanzania gears up for elections  SANF 10 No 30, August 2010
Tanzania’s ruling party has endorsed President Jakaya Kikwete to run for a second term in the general elections scheduled for 31 October.

Zimbabwe International Book Fair, 27 years as iconic African book fair  SANF 10 No 29, July 2010
The Zimbabwe International Book Fair opens this week for its 27th year, a national asset conceived and born soon after independence, and developed into an iconic African book fair.

Africa strives to improve access to health SANF 10 No 28, July 2010
Health is the issue as African leaders gather in Kampala, Uganda for the 15th Summit of the African Union. Other issues on the agenda for Africa are food security, peace, climate change and the global financial crisis.

World Cup 2010: African culture the winner SANF 10 No 27, July 2010
As the curtain came down on the great show of the century, the FIFA 2010 World Cup final held for the first time on the African soil in South Africa, it was time for the winners Spain to celebrate in style, however, the greatest winner was “African culture.”

SADC regional parliament to deepen integration SANF 10 No 26, June 2010
Parliamentarians from the Southern African Development Community have again called for a regional parliament to strengthen integration among Member States.

Mauritius: New cabinet falls short of SADC gender threshold SANF 10 No 25, June 2010
The new Mauritian government announced by Prime Minister Navichandra Ramgoolam fails to address the gender gap in terms of women’s participation in positions of authority.

Carnival fever grips South Africa as country prepares to host World Cup SANF 10 No 24, June 2010
A carnival atmosphere has gripped South Africa as the country prepares to host the first FIFA World Cup final to be held on African soil.

25 May 2010 -- Africa Day SANF 10 No 23, May 2010
The day of Africa. What does that mean to most people too young to remember its origins 47 years ago? This was the time before internet and cell phones, not so many cars or airplanes, when Africa was still hostage to decisions made in Europe in 1884 to carve up the continent into small colonies, essentially concessions for mining or agricultural land.

Progress 15 years after the World Women Conference in Beijing SANF 10 No 22, May 2010
The Commission on the Status of Women met in New York recently to review implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). The accountability process agreed at the Fourth World Women Conference in 1995 in China requires that Member States of the United Nations meet for review at five-year intervals with a view to fine tuning and remapping such progress in line with global and local situations.

Unity Bridge: Symbol of unity, prosperity  SANF 10 No 21, May 2010
In a remote corner of southern Africa, the opening of the “bridge of dreams” marks another milestone towards deeper regional integration. The new Unity Bridge is the only land crossing over the Ruvuma river between northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania.

Africa, Japan to jointly tackle socio-economic challenges  SANF 10 No 20, May 2010
Africa and Japan have agreed on a roadmap to implement joint initiatives aimed at strengthening relations and addressing socio-economic challenges facing the continent.

Ramgoolam re-elected in Mauritius elections  SANF 10 No 19, April 2010
Mauritian Prime Minister Navichandra Ramgoolam has been re-elected for another five years after his coalition won the 5 May parliamentary elections with two-thirds majority.

SADC Preliminary statement on Mauritius elections  
In line with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, Mauritian authorities invited SADC to observe its National Assembly Elections that took place on 5 May 2010.

SADC ministers to review regional energy situation  SANF 10 No 18, April 2010
Southern African Energy Ministers are meeting this week to review the power situation in the region in an effort to ensure that supply and demand are evenly matched.

SADC to harmonize educational system  SANF 10 No 17, April 2010
Southern Africa has taken another huge step towards the harmonization of its education system by approving the development of a Regional Qualifications Framework.

Southern Africa has potential for geothermal "clean" energy  SANF 10 No 16, April 2010
Recent geological surveys have provided evidence that Malawi, Mozambique and the United Republic of Tanzania have huge potential for geothermal energy, which could reduce heavy reliance on hydropower and fossil fuel in those countries and the region.

China, Africa relations withstand the test of time  SANF 10 No 15, March 2010
Relations between China and Africa have grown from strength to strength because they are based on equality, mutual trust and respect.

Southern Africa seeks CITES approval for sale of ivory stocks  SANF 10 No 14, March 2010
Southern African countries are seeking approval for the sale of their ivory stocks at an international conference on trade in endangered species.

SADC Council discusses climate change, food security  SANF 10 No 13, March 2010
The southern African region shows a food surplus for this marketing year although food insecurity and malnutrition remain high.

Kavango-Zambezi to be the world's biggest transfrontier park  SANF 10 No 12, March 2010
A new conservation area spanning five countries in southern Africa will be the world’s largest transfrontier park.

SADC needs to intensify World Cup marketing  SANF 10 No 11, March 2010
Southern Africa could get a major boost towards implementation of some of its key energy generation and transmissions projects as it takes its investment promotion to the Energy Infrastructure Development Conference 2010 that has opened in Frankfurt, Germany.

SADC needs to intensify World Cup marketing  SANF 10 No 10, February 2010
Recent confirmations by at least 26 teams to camp in South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup final has left other southern African countries with a much bigger task if they are to fully benefit from the opportunities presented by the tournament.

SADC records surplus food in 2009/10  SANF 10 No 09, February 2010
The overall food security situation in southern Africa for the 2009/10 marketing year is favourable, with a regional cereal surplus of 476, 000 metric tonnes compared to a deficit of 1.78 metric tones in 2008/09.

Food security tops the African agenda for 2010, Mutharika  SANF 10 No 08, February 2010
The new African Union chairperson, President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has boldly set his priority saying, "no child in Africa should die of hunger and malnutrition".

Latest rainfall forecast points to improved season for most of SADC  SANF 10 No 07, February 2010
The January to March 2010 climatic projections just released show more rainfall for most parts of southern Africa than in the first half of the season, October to December 2009.

2010: The world is watching southern Africa  SANF 10 No 06, January 2010
The world is watching southern Africa this year as the region prepares to host the Soccer World Cup finals, set for South Africa in June-July.

African Union to review ICT development  SANF 10 No 05, January 2010
The African Union Summit in Ethiopia will assess the impact of information communication technology on the continent as well as other socio-economic and security developments.

Mozambique: Continuity with Change  SANF 10 No 04, January 2010
The new government of Mozambique announced by President Armando Guebuza is a reflection of his party’s vision for "continuity with change".

Expectations not met in Copenhagen  SANF 10 No 03, January 2010
Expectations for southern Africa and the rest of the continent were not met at the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference at Copenhagen.

Mozambique - Election results confirmed by Constitutional Council  SANF 10 No 02, January 2010
Four southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2010 African Cup of Nations finals set for January 2010 -- Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

Southern Africa ready for Angola 2010  SANF 10 No 01, January 2010
Four southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2010 African Cup of Nations finals set for January 2010 -- Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

21 December 1979: Subterfuge under the chandeliers  SANF 09 No 51, December 2009
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 today.

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 capacity.

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 elections.

African common negotiating position - Copenhagen  SANF 09 No 45, December 2009
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, November 2009
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 and Zimbabwe.

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 2009
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, November 2009
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, October 2009
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, October 2009
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, October 2009
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, October 2009
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, October 2009
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 2009
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, October 2009
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 regions.

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 deforestation.

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, September 2009
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 development.

Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique ready for elections   SANF 09 No 23, September 2009
Preparations for elections in Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique are now at an advanced stage with the respective electoral commissions announcing polling dates.

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, September 2009
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 Resources  
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 management.

Africa, South America aim for greater cooperation  SANF 09 No 21, September 2009
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, September 2009
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, August 2009
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 region.

Africa aims to harness its huge hydropower potential   SANF 09 No 17, August 2009
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 July 2009.

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 2009
Southern Africa must work collectively towards creating a conducive environment that would make the region an attractive investment destination for energy projects.

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 2009
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 2009
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 2009
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, May 2009
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 2009
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 economically.

12th Ordinary Summit of the AU Heads of State and Government ends today in Addis Ababa
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 2009.

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 2009
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 speedy implementation.

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, January 2009
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 sub-regions.

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