Southern African News Features

African cities can benefit from twinning with Chinese counterparts

SANF 17 no 29 – by Kizito Sikuka
One of the success stories of the contemporary Chinese socio-economic transformation is its local administrative system which gives local governments some autonomy to take charge of their development agenda. Read more

SADC strategizes on post-2020 development agenda

SANF 17 no 28 – by Joseph Ngwawi
Southern Africa has commenced the process of formulating a new cooperation and regional integration strategy to succeed the current development blueprint that is expected to end in 2020.

The Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Master Plan (RISDP), which was approved in 2015, is expected to end in 2020 and the wheels have already been set in motion to craft a new development blueprint to shape southern Africa’s regional integration agenda post-2020. Read more

SADC enjoying sustained power generation surplus

SANF 17 no 27- by Joseph Ngwawi in Ezulwini, Swaziland
Efforts to achieve energy security in southern Africa appear to be achieving results as the region continues on a positive trajectory that has seen it enjoying surplus electricity generation since the beginning of the year. Read more

SADC eyes energy investment as industrialisation agenda gathers momentum

SANF 17 no 26 – by Joseph Ngwawi in Ezulwini, Swaziland
The energy situation in southern Africa is expected to come under the spotlight when the region convenes a high-level ministerial workshop and investment conference in Swaziland to discuss sustainable energy infrastructure. Read more

SADC gender ministers push forward the gender agenda

SANF 17 no 25 – by Nyarai Kampilipili in Ezulwini, Swaziland
Southern Africa has made significant progress towards promoting gender equality and equity in the region.

However, there is need to maintain the momentum and even push forward the regional gender agenda to ensure that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fully realizes equality and empowerment of both women and men. Read more

Lesotho – Time to address political instability

SANF 17 no 24 – by Kizito Sikuka 
Speaker after speaker spoke from the same script at the inauguration of Thomas Thabane as the new Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The message was that it was time Lesotho found a lasting solution to its political instability and ensure that the country focuses more on socio-economic development. Read more

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