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Southern African News Features

Empowerment of women vital to sustainable development

by Nyarai Kampilipili – SANF 17 no 13
The global community continues to make significant progress to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable development.

However, a number of challenges still hamper efforts by most countries, particularly those in Africa to fully advance gender empowerment in all spheres of development including political, economic and social. Read more

Food security prospects brighten for southern Africa

SANF 17 no 12
Southern Africa is set to record a bumper harvest after receiving good rainfall in the 2016/17 agricultural season, according to the latest crop assessments reports.

The SADC Food Security Quarterly Update released in March 2017 shows that countries such as Malawi and South Africa have published their preliminary production estimates indicating high chances of bumper harvests. Read more

Energy cooperation paying off as SADC records power surplus

by Joseph Ngwawi – SANF 17 no 11
Southern Africa is experiencing surplus electricity generation capacity for the first time in a decade, thanks to the success of regional cooperation in energy planning during the past few years.

Figures released by the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) show that the 12-member pool is sitting on surplus peak period generation capacity of 919 megawatts (MW). Read more

China committed to global development, considers Africa an important partner

by Tanaka Chitsa – SANF 17 no 10
China has pledged to continue with an active role in promoting global socio-economic development and considers Africa as an important partner in reforming world affairs.

This was part of the discussion at the recent National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) often referred to as the “Two Sessions” held from 5-15 March in Beijing. Read more

Towards a regional Univisa

by Kizito Sikuka – SANF 17 no 9
Imagine if all tourists to southern Africa are encouraged to visit more than one country in the region.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) would be one of the most preferred destinations in the world, allowing countries to realize better proceeds from their numerous tourist attractions such as the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe, San rock paintings in Botswana and the absorbing wildlife population in the region. Read more

SADC seeks investment in energy

by Joseph Ngwawi in Mbabane, Swaziland – SANF 13 no 8
Southern Africa will soon convene a special conference to present its multi-billion-dollar energy infrastructure development plan to potential funders.

SADC Council of Ministers chairperson, Prince Hlangusemphi of the Kingdom of Swaziland said the investors’ conference is one of the issues approved by the Council which met ahead of a SADC Extraordinary Summit in Mbabane. Read more

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