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SADC/APC statement on xenophobia
11 Jun 2008, SADC
Joint statement of SADC/APC southern region population and development officials on xenophobia:...


SA plans new poverty hearings
11 Jun 2008, News24
Cape Town: Civil society groups and the SA Human Rights Commission are planning to hold poverty hearings throughout the country, Archbishop Njogonkulu...


SADC, COMESA urged to rationalize membership
9 Jun 2008, Xinhua
Lusaka: The 14th Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for Southern Africa has asked the countries in the region to take bold steps to rationalize their...


SADC executive secretary concerned over instability in region
9 Jun 2008, Angola Press Agency
Luanda: The prevailing situation of instability in some member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in particular the wave of xenophobic...


Zimbabwe crisis likely to delay SADC integration
9 Jun 2008, Financial Gazette
Harare: Economic integration has been the ultimate goal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) states for many years....


About 142 xenophobic cases before SA courts
4 Jun 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: About 142 court cases linked to xenophobic violence have been opened countrywide, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday....


Putting the tourist dollar in the pockets of the poor
4 Jun 2008, Irin
Maputo: Time is one of the few commodities that duty manager Susana Diniz, 28, does not have much of as she attends to a stream of guests booking into...


In a crackdown, Zimbabwe curbs many aid groups
4 Jun 2008, New York Times
Johannesburg: Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Zimbabweans — orphans and old people, the sick and the down and out — have lost access to food...


Southern African nations ponder scrapping visas
3 Jun 2008, Mail and Guardian
Lusaka: Top government officials in Southern Africa began meeting on Monday to find ways of addressing trade barriers, such as scrapping visa requirements...


Malawi to evacuate 3,000 citizens from South Africa
28 May 2008, AFP
Blantyre: Malawi will evacuate 3,000 citizens displaced by anti-foreigner violence in South Africa, a government official said Monday, as the first busload...


Mbeki: Committee of Intelligence and Security Service of Africa
28 May 2008, eGov Monitor
Cape Town: In his opening address to this Fifth ordinary Session of CISSA Conference, our Minister for Intelligence Services, Ronnie Kasrils, referred...


China's big push into Africa worries the small island of Mauritius
28 May 2008, International Herald Tribune
Terre Rouge: Sitting under a pair of mango trees and sipping coconut water, Toolsy Poorun, 87, said he thought he would live in Terre Rouge forever. But...


Erwin defends SA's electricity exports
15 May 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: Demands from various quarters that South Africa stop its electricity exports to neighbouring countries amounted to "economic xenophobia"...


Poisoned fruits of an uneven regional economy
14 May 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The recent pictures of xenophobic violence in Alexandra bring to mind the near-civil war that raged there before 1994....


IBSA ministerial communique
13 May 2008, Department of Foreign Affairs
Somerset West: Ministerial Communiqué, India – Brazil – South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum, 11 May 2008...


More policy freedom or belt-tightening?
13 May 2008, Africa Renewal
New York: Rather than "graduating" from the much-criticized economic reform programmes promoted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a number of...


Harvad Voice
12 May 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: Not long after the government first announced the accelerated and shared growth initiative (Asgi-SA) more than two years ago, it commissioned...


Now is the time to release Khampepe’s other report
12 May 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The release last week of the Khampepe commission’s report on the future of the Scorpions raises important questions. Why was the report...


Cross-border fuel lifeline cut
8 May 2008, Irin
Bulawayo: In the latest blow to Zimbabwe's wounded economy, the Botswana government has banned the export of bulk fuel to the neighbouring country....


Mozambique: Almost 50% of rural citizens have access to clean water
8 May 2008, AIM
Maputo: The number of people in the Mozambican countryside with access to clean drinking water rose by over 20 per cent between 2004 and 2007, according...


ZEC has lost control of the Zimbabwe polls: PAP
8 May 2008, SABCnews.com
Midrand: The Pan African Parliament (PAP) says the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) has lost control of the election process in that country....


SADC ministers fine-tune gender protocol
7 May 2008, New Era
Windhoek: After three days of intense discussions and perfecting the draft document of the SADC protocol on Gender and Development,...


AU seeks common line on Zimbabwe
7 May 2008, Business Day
Harare: African Union (AU) foreign ministers held an emergency meeting on Zimbabwe in Tanzania yesterday, as church and opposition groups in the country...


Mbeki team in top-level Zimbabwe poll talks
7 May 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: A top-level delegation led by Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi met President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)...


Weighing the odds in Zimbabwe run-off gamble
6 May 2008, Business Day
Harare: Zimbabwe's electoral authorities have finally announced presidential election results more than a month after voting, declaring no outright winner...


Worker headed for decency, prosperity challenges
6 May 2008, The Times of Zambia
Ndola: Employment and labour issues are at the core of the economy as they affect the operations of virtually all facets of Zambia's economy....


Govt engaged in improvement of workers' buying power
5 May 2008, Angola Press Agency
Luanda: The efforts inserted by the government for the recognition of the national currency (Kwanza) in 50 percent and for the reduction of the inflation...


Minimum wage nowhere near sufficient
5 May 2008, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
Maputo: The minimum wage required to respond to the basic needs of the average five member family is 5,000 meticais (about 200 US dollars) a month...


Food crisis could increase production: state
29 Apr 2008, IOL
Maputo: The Mozambican government believes that the current international food crisis - while posing a short term threat to the country - could be an opportunity...


SADC presidents want poverty observatory
29 Apr 2008, New Era
Windhoek: Record high food prices and lack of food security in Southern Africa is disturbing SADC Heads of State with President Hifikepunye Pohamba calling...


SADC finalising gender protocol
29 Apr 2008, New Era
Windhoek: SADC ministers responsible for Gender and Women Affairs will meet this week in Windhoek to prepare the way forward for the adoption of the SADC...


SADC leaders to discuss poverty
18 Apr 2008, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
Port Louis: Heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are gathering in Mauritius this weekend for a regional conference...


Scramble to defuse world food price crisis
18 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: Staple food prices continued to soar on world markets yesterday as governments moved to head off a global food crisis....


Across globe, empty bellies bring rising anger
18 Apr 2008, New York Times
Port-Au-Prince: Hunger bashed in the front gate of Haiti’s presidential palace. Hunger poured onto the streets, burning tires and taking on soldiers and...


Big-spending SA ‘failing’ on UN goals
17 Apr 2008, Business Day
Cape Town: South Africa is making no progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing deaths among mothers and children under the age...


More hands needed to pave road out of poverty
17 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The stakes are high. The progress that SA has made over the past decade shows that we can succeed. Significant economic growth has resulted...


Mufamadi briefing on SADC mediation process
16 Apr 2008, GCIS
Pretoria: Notes following briefing to media by Minister Sydney Mufamadi on Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediation process in Zimbabwe...


High-level dialogue links regional integration and poverty reduction
16 Apr 2008, SARDC
Harare: Southern African countries are meeting in Mauritius this week to discuss concrete strategies to advance regional integration and poverty eradication....


Wanted: A magician for Botswana opposition
16 Apr 2008, Kenya Today
Nairobi: As the world heaps praise on Botswana for another smooth power transition, it is an irony that little, if any, has been said about the country’s...


Aid agencies say Zimbabwe crisis hampering efforts
16 Apr 2008, IC Publications
Johannesburg: Aid agencies operating in Zimbabwe say the prolonged political crisis there is hampering humanitarian efforts,...


Statement on the situation in Zimbabwe
15 Apr 2008, South African Parliament
STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE TO THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC) HEADS OF STATE GATHERING IN LUSAKA...


Parliaments asked to do more to combat global poverty
15 Apr 2008, VOA News
Cape Town: Lawmakers worldwide are not doing enough to reduce global poverty, according to an international organization of parliament members....


Communique: 2008 First extra-ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government
14 Apr 2008, SADC
1. The Extra-ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government or their representatives of SADC met in Lusaka, Zambia to discuss the political developments...


India - Africa summit declaration
11 Apr 2008, Ministry of External Affairs, India
New Delhi: 1. We, the Heads of State and Government and Heads of Delegation of Africa, representing the Continent, the African Union and its Institutions...


Mbeki meets Tsvangirai
11 Apr 2008, News24
Johannesburg: President Thabo Mbeki met with the leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Morgan Tsvangirai in Pretoria to discuss the post-election crisis,...


Pahad calls for poll results as SADC gathers
11 Apr 2008, Business Day
Pretoria: The [South African]government yesterday broke its silence on the protracted delay in the release of Zimbabwe’s presidential election results...


Catholics call for Zim action
10 Apr 2008, IOL
Johannesburg: The Catholic Church in Southern Africa on Thursday called for the appointment of a mediator such as Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe....


'The Tata-fication of Africa: Indian corporations will drive innovation and investment in Africa'
10 Apr 2008, The Earth Times
New Delhi: On the occasion of the India-Africa summit, key findings from the Emerging Economy Report were released today, which foreground the role of...


Mozambique: Minimum wage negotiations nearing conclusion
10 Apr 2008, AIM
Maputo: Negotiations between Mozambique's trade unions and the employers' associations for a new statutory minimum wage in eight of the nine sectors defined...


Mwanawasa calls emergency SADC summit
10 Apr 2008, Business Day
Lusaka: Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa will host an emergency summit of southern African leaders at the weekend on the post-election crisis in Zimbabwe,...


Tsvangirai, Mbeki ‘to meet on poll crisis’
9 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to meet President Thabo Mbeki soon to tackle the deadlock caused by authorities’...


Welcome mat worn thin in SA
9 Apr 2008, Irin
Johannesburg: Recent attacks on Somali, Zimbabwean and Mozambican migrants in South Africa have been labeled xenophobic: but could the violence point...


Multinational cuts and runs in Namibia
9 Apr 2008, Mail and Guardian
Windhoek: Five years after opening its arms to globalisation, Namibia is left nursing a R200-million hangover, polluted groundwater and thousands of angry...


Tsvangirai seeks Zuma’s aid in surprise meeting
8 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, met African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob...


Missing harvest for lack of attention
8 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: How seriously is SA taking food policy? As global food prices soar, one can’t help wondering whether SA’s agricultural sector might go the...


"Let them eat subsidies?"
8 Apr 2008, Irin
Johannesburg: Food prices have the potential to change regimes and the course of history. When Marie Antoinette allegedly said, "Let them eat cake" in...


Indian Minister of State for External Affairs: India - Africa Conclave
7 Apr 2008, eGov Monitor
New Delhi: I am very happy to be with you this morning to share some of my observations and at the same time to underscore the significance of the exchange...


Dean of African Diplomatic Corps: Africa-India Partnership in the 21st Century
7 Apr 2008, eGov Monitor
New Delhi: I feel greatly privileged to be invited for this prestigious International Conference on “Africa-India Partnership in the 21st Century”....


G8 to double aid to Africa by 2010
7 Apr 2008, AFP
Tokyo: The Group of Eight rich nations vowed Sunday to step up cooperation with emerging donors such as China and India and said they remained committed...


Coltart: Analysis of the election results so far
4 Apr 2008, David Coltart Newsletter
Bulawayo: It is with considerable, but not unreserved, optimism that I write today because the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has finally completed...


Defeated Mugabe ‘may opt to rule by decree’
4 Apr 2008, Business Day
Harare: As the Zimbabwe crisis precipitated by President Robert Mugabe’s election defeat deepened yesterday, the head of the African Union (AU) election...


Mozambique: IMF calls for “social safety network” to deal with rise in price of essential goods
3 Apr 2008, Macauhub
Maputo: The Mozambican authorities should set up a “social safety network” that would reduce the internal impact of oil and food price rises, the head...


MDC, Zanu-PF 'in talks'
3 Apr 2008, News24
Harare: Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano is in Zimbabwe to help broker talks between embattled President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and...


Mugabe foes win majority in Zimbabwe
3 Apr 2008, New York Times
Harare: President Robert G. Mugabe and his party have lost control of the nation’s Parliament, official election returns showed Wednesday, giving new impetus...


Inauguration address: President SKI Khama
2 Apr 2008, Office of the President, Botswana
Gaborone: Let me from the outset pay tribute to Rre Mogae as he begins his retirement after years of exemplary service to our nation. When looking back...


‘Defeated’ Mugabe looks at his options
2 Apr 2008, Business Day
Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lost the weekend’s closely contested presidential election and is desperately looking for a “safe exit”, say...


SA labours under the stress of its own inequality
2 Apr 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The electricity crisis again underscores SA’s staggering level of inequality. According to the recently released Income and Expenditure Survey...


Make peace with Mugabe
1 Apr 2008, New York Times
New York: While Zimbabwe’s opposition party is claiming victory in its effort to unseat President Robert G. Mugabe, it would be a mistake to count him...


Mugabe holds back the presidential vote result
1 Apr 2008, Business Day
Harare: Tension mounted in Zimbabwe yesterday as it emerged that President Robert Mugabe had arbitrarily blocked the result of the weekend’s cliff-hanger...


Vietnam strengthens ties with Angola, Mozambique
1 Apr 2008, VietNamNet Bridge
Hanoi: Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh will pay State visits to the Republic of Angola and the Republic of Mozambique from April 2-6....


What Mogae left us with
1 Apr 2008, Mmegi
Gaberone: President Festus Mogae's first stop at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on his way to the highest office was, as almost all appointments...


Feeling the bite of rising food prices
31 Mar 2008, Irin
Johannesburg: With no end in sight to rising global food prices, families across southern Africa are being forced to tighten their belts....


Global recession may hamper continent's journey to meet MDGs - UN
31 Mar 2008, The Daily Monitor
Addis Ababa: Global recession may prove an obstacle standing on Africa's path towards attaining UN-set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a senior UN...


Mugabe clings on despite election defeat
31 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Harare: Robert Mugabe was desperately trying to cling to power on Sunday night, despite his clear defeat in Zimbabwe's presidential election, by blocking...


New concern over Zimbabwe
27 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: On the eve of Zimbabwe’s general election, opposition parties have expressed concern that by the time the counting of votes starts, election...


Dar major ICF beneficiary
27 Mar 2008, IPP Media
Dar es Salaam: Several initiatives have been spearheaded both inside Africa and at international levels in order to improve the speed and quality of development...


TICAD, India-Africa Forum, IBSA issues
26 Mar 2008, GCIS
Pretoria: I've been asked to brief you on three issues: the first is on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Japan-Africa...


Over 1 300 Mozambique teachers die yearly of Aids
26 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Maputo: More than one-sixth of Mozambique's 9 000 teachers are dying of HIV/Aids each year, lowering the quality of education and jeopardising future...


Mozambique and Portugal launch a new cycle in relations
26 Mar 2008, Mozambique Business - Daily Investor Intelligence
Maputo: Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday began a state visit to Mozambique on to launch what he described as a new cycle in bilateral...


Continent can meet and shoot past MDGs
26 Mar 2008, The Monitor
Kampala: Can Africa fulfill the Millennium Development Goals by 2015? There is a generalised doubt that the MDGs, may not be met on schedule in a majority...


Mobile phones to the rescue
26 Mar 2008, Irin
Johannesburg: Satellite communication equipment including phones have arrived in Zambia to help several thousand flood-affected people access aid in time....


MDGs - African prescription for rapid realisation
20 Mar 2008, This Day
Lagos: At a meeting chaired by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon last week in New York, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)...


N$6 B health budget not enough - LAC
20 Mar 2008, The Namibian
Windhoek: The new budgetary allocation for the health sector is not sufficient to overcome the challenges the Health Ministry has to face, the Legal Assistance...


Zim poll body says it can't rein in security forces
19 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Harare: Zimbabwe's election body has no legal powers to stop security chiefs from threatening to reject an opposition victory in this month's poll, a...


Botswana wants more bang for its bling
19 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Gaborone: The world's largest producer of diamonds wants more bang for its bling. A company launched on Tuesday will market and sell about a third of...


'China is no villain in Africa'
18 Mar 2008, IPS
Berlin: Instead of indulging in China bashing, major western industrial nations should listen to China and its partners in Africa and elsewhere, says Eckhard...


Mozambique seeks urgent food aid after cyclone
18 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: The Mozambican government has made an urgent appeal to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help more than 60 000 people left...


Poor, rural women bear brunt of Aids
18 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: Poor, rural women bear the brunt of South Africa's HIV pandemic as they face sexual abuse and discrimination, rights body Amnesty International...


People must help themselves — Mbeki
17 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The government has to reduce the number of South Africans dependent on grants, President Thabo Mbeki told community development workers at...


India ready for big business push in Africa
14 Mar 2008, Sify
New Delhi: Undeterred by China's growing presence in Africa, Indian business is planning a major push in the continent with its win-win formula of low-cost...


Zimbabwe: More food shortages anticipated
14 Mar 2008, rin
Johannesburg: Erratic weather is likely to hurt Zimbabwe's harvest this year, with the country ending up with an even higher maize deficit than in 2007...


Mozambique faces acute grain shortage
14 Mar 2008, Reuters
Maputo: Mozambique will need to import at least 1.25 million tonnes of maize, wheat and rice by August to cover food shortages caused by floods, a government...


Loans crucial for food security
11 Mar 2008, The Daily Times
Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources chairperson has said farmers’ access to soft loans from government can be instrumental in...


Govt woos internal, foreign investors
11 Mar 2008, IPP Media
Deputy Minister for Industry, Trade and Marketing Dr. Cyril Chami has called on members of the East Africa Association and other viable investors to come...


MDGs challenge SADC to improve
10 Mar 2008, BOPA
Gaborone: The Southern Africa region is going through a complex process of transformation perhaps much more complex than what Europe has ever been through...


Women get raw deal at work — ILO
10 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: While more women are working now than a decade ago, they are still confined largely to working in less productive sectors lacking benefits...


Namibia: Mixed feelings on budget
7 Mar 2008, New Era
Windhoek: The 2008/9 national budget, which was tabled yesterday in the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, was received...


DRC: Fears over increasing sect-related violence in southeast
7 Mar 2008, Irin
Kinshasa: The violence that has claimed several lives in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after clashes between a religious sect and the national...


Zimbabwe invites 47 teams to observe election
7 Mar 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: Zimbabwe has invited 47 regional and sub-regional organisations as well as countries from Africa, Asia, the Americas and one European country...


Child support grant saga and who calls the shots
7 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: A very interesting subplot to the budget has been unfolding over the past few weeks. It involves the negotiations around the extension of...


New partners in fighting poverty?
6 Mar 2008, The Times of Zambia
Ndola: If Zambia and Africa as a whole is looking for partners in combating hunger and poverty, they need look no further. They can find credible partners...


Zambians sacked over China attack
6 Mar 2008, BBC
Lusaka: Some 500 Zambian mine workers have been sacked after rioting and attacking a Chinese manager. Those sacked have three days to reapply for their...


SACU receipts undermine economic stability - IMF
6 Mar 2008, The Swazi Observer
Mbabane: Even though the country's main source of fiscal revenue will continue to be Southern African Customs Union (SACU) receipts until at least 2010...


SA pulls back on threat to customs body
6 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: South African trade negotiators have, at least for now, backed off from their threat to break up the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu)...


In for long haul to get to grips with social change
6 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: After two years of hard planning, the first national panel study of income and other dynamics is under way. President Thabo Mbeki’s recent...


Madagascar humanitarian appeal
5 Mar 2008, OCHA
Antananarivo: The international humanitarian community is seeking more than $30 million to support the Government of Madagascar in providing relief to...


UN to convene high-level event on Africa development
5 Mar 2008, Xinhua
United Nations: The United Nations announced Tuesday that it will host a high-level meeting later this year to take stock of the needs and challenges...


Growth has helped richest and poorest
5 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: SA’s poorest households have seen their incomes grow sharply in real terms since 2000, as the economy has grown and the social grants system...


Guebuza meets new Cuban President
4 Mar 2008, Mozambique Business - Daily Investor Intelligence
Maputo: Mozambican President Armando Guebuza is paying a three day official visit to Cuba, at the invitation of Cuban President Raul Castro to redefine...


China: India's farmer-friendly budget inspirational
4 Mar 2008, IPS
Beijing: The unveiling of a populist budget by India on the weekend, which promises indebted farmers a big rise in social expenditure, has received accolades...


Sarkozy address to RSA Parliament
3 Mar 2008, GCIS
Cape Town: As we look back over the 20th century we see that it was one of history's most brutal: it generated two world wars; it invented genocide and...


Crunch week for world’s oldest customs union
3 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: This week is crunch time for world’s oldest customs union, the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu). Sacu trade ministers meet in Gaborone...


SA trade negotiators play hardball with EU
3 Mar 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: European Union (EU) trade chief Peter Mandelson dangled a carrot in front of SA’s negotiators at the weekend, hinting at greater access to...


France promotes new relationship with continent
3 Mar 2008, AllAfrica.com
Johannesurg: After a brief stop in Chad last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France went on to make visits to two countries not traditionally part of...


'Right time to transform ties with Congo'
3 Mar 2008, Times of India
New Delhi: Political stability in Africa has got the world interested in its vast natural resources once again. With most African countries in reconstruction...


UN highlights 'evils of child abuse' in Zim
28 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
Harare: Child rape has increased by 42% in Zimbabwe, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said on Wednesday, linking worsening child abuse and...


Mutharika to address nation on maize lack
28 Feb 2008, The Daily Times
Lilongwe: President Bingu wa Mutharika has made an assurance that he will soon address the nation on pertinent issues currently affecting the country....


Where are the workers?
28 Feb 2008, Irin
Lusaka: International investors are toasting Zambia's fast-growing economy, but economists and social rights activists point out that it is yet to make...


Luanda government sets up commission to fight poverty
27 Feb 2008, Angola Press Agency
Luanda: The acting governor of Luanda, Francisca do Espírito Santo Monday here created a provincial commission for rural development and to fight against...


Lesotho "overlooked by donors"
27 Feb 2008, AFROL News
An overview of development cooperation partnerships between African and donor countries had revealed that Lesotho has ended up as the most "undeservedly...


Malawi runs without parliament
27 Feb 2008, News24
Lilongwe: Malawi's legal community urged President Bingu wa Mutharika on Wednesday to reconvene parliament, describing his decision to run the government...


IMF aims to win over critics in Africa
27 Feb 2008, Reuters
Ougadougou: There were no crowds waving flags on the dusty streets of Ouagadougou, unusually for an African summit, but then many in Africa feel the arrival...


EPAs born of EU's concern with China on continent
27 Feb 2008, IPS
Cape Town: The European Union (EU) is concerned about competing with China for access to resources and markets in Africa, which partly explains its drive...


SA-EU trade row puts customs union at risk
26 Feb 2008, Business Day
Johannesburg: The future of the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) hangs in the balance, even as engagement takes place at the highest political level...


Why regional economic integration is not working
26 Feb 2008, The Monitor
Kampala: Despite the importance of regional integration, there has been limited progress in Africa and the prospects are not promising either, experts...


Namibia: Economic outlook gloomy
26 Feb 2008, New Era
Windhoek: Economist and RMB Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Martin Mwinga, on Friday said the anticipated 4.7 growth as pronounced by the Bank of Namibia...


SADC energy ministerial task force communiqué
25 Feb 2008, Office of the President, Botswana
Gaborone: The SADC Energy Ministerial Task Force (EMTF) on Implementation of Power Sector Programmes convened an emergency meeting at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone...


Third Way attracts followers
25 Feb 2008, Irin
Harare: Who is behind the presidential bid of Simba Makoni remains a mystery, but the campaign of Zimbabwe's former finance minister says it has been able...


Country on right track, says report
25 Feb 2008, The Times of Zambia
Ndola: Zambia has made tremendous economic strides especially in boosting its construction industry and improving health care delivery, a Boston University...


Mozambique to liberalise foreign investment rules
22 Feb 2008, Reuters
Maputo: Mozambique said on Thursday it would liberalise foreign investment rules and offer more incentives to investors in a bid to boost overseas inflows...


Budget coalition: Poor more in need of tax breaks
22 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johanesburg: The 2008 national budget took a "business as usual" approach in failing to carry through President Thabo Mbeki's commitment to change all...


Political will needed to check hunger
22 Feb 2008, Irin
Rome: The lack of political will to invest in agriculture has affected the chances of halving poverty and hunger in Africa by 2015, according to a senior...


Child support grant age limit extended
21 Feb 2008, Business Day
The age limit for the child support grant will be raised by one year to include 14-year-olds as from January next year, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel...


Manuel did a good job, says Nedlac
21 Feb 2008, Business Day
RAYMOND Parsons, business convener in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), said today after Finance Minister Trevor Manuel delivered...


MCC and DFID sign agreement to coordinate poverty reduction efforts
21 Feb 2008, United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (Washington, DC)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding...


"We are all affected"
20 Feb 2008, Irin
Nairobi: While world attention has focused on the fallout from Kenya's post-election crisis in the country itself, the region, which is highly dependent...


Can the Polokwane Strawman win the war against poverty?
20 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
Johannesburg: The boisterous rotating arms that signalled a need for substitution, a 60:40 split in the voting for national office-bearers and the fact...


Angola: Education, water and power networks receive greatest amount of funding from China
20 Feb 2008, MacauHub
Luanda: School, higher education institutes and water and electricity systems are the infrastructures that the Chinese credit line to Angola has helped...


Zambia: The message is important
19 Feb 2008, The Times of Zambia
Ndola: Although it is now becoming quite familiar, the message that Permanent Secretary, James Mulungushi, carried to Southern Province is important to...


The life-or-death lottery
19 Feb 2008, Save the Children
London: A major new report from Save the Children reveals the best and worst performers in the fight to keep children in the world's poorest countries...


Preparing for disaster
19 Feb 2008, IRIN
Swaziland's increasing vulnerability to a seemingly endless string of manmade and natural disasters has prompted a new approach to improving the speed...


Zimbabwe election tainted by violence and rights abuses
15 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: A relentless wave of political violence over the past 12 months and in which state security forces played a major role has “already tainted” Zimbabwe’s...


EPAs 'might threaten regional integration'
14 Feb 2008, The Namibian
WINDHOEK: The economic partnership agreements (EPAs) that developing countries, including Namibia, must conclude with the European Union by the end of...


SADC misses safe water
14 Feb 2008, Mmegi
GABORONE: Southern Africa is very far from reaching the Millennium Development Goal seven of eradicating poverty, and especially far from target 10 of...


Aid Policy launched
14 Feb 2008, Times of Zambia
LUSAKA: Government yesterday launched a four-year Aid Policy for the Joint Assistance Strategy for Zambia (JAZS) and the Zambia Development Assistance...


China increases its footprint in Congolese mining
14 Feb 2008, Business Day
KINSHASA: China, stepping up its investment drive in Africa, plans to pursue infrastructure deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo following last month’s...


Minister says SA not facing a water crisis
14 Feb 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks said today SA is not facing a water crisis, or a water contamination crisis....


Govt to speed up land redistribution
14 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
CAPE TOWN: The government intends acquiring five million hectares of land next year in an effort to have 30% of agricultural land in the hands of black...


MDC leader blames Mbeki for failed talks
14 Feb 2008, IOL
Johannesburg - South African President Thabo Mbeki has failed to broker an end to Zimbabwe's political crisis and should abandon his "quiet support" of...


Makoni maps out plan to heal Zimbabwe
14 Feb 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
Zimbabwe's former finance minister, Simba Makoni, pledged on Wednesday to heal the Southern African country's wounds as he unveiled his strategy to end...


'System ready' for no-fee schools
14 Feb 2008, Business Day
THE proportion of no-fee schools would increase from 40% to 60% by next year and universities would receive R3,6bn in state funds to help cap fee increases...


Groups push for non-payment of debts incurred by Mugabe
14 Feb 2008, ZimOnline
BULAWAYO - Civic groups say they will campaign for any new government that assumes power next month not to pay for debts that were incurred by President...


Tanzania’s President Kikwete to Swear in New Cabinet Wednesday
13 Feb 2008, Voice of America
WASHINGTON DC: Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete will swear in his new cabinet today (Wednesday) ahead of the visit by United States President George...


Floods in Angola leave scores homeless
13 Feb 2008, Independent Online
LUANDA: More than 10 000 people have been forced from their homes and 2 000 makeshift houses swept away by floods after heavy rain pounded parts of southern...


Mozambique cuts fuel price to end protests
13 Feb 2008, Independent Online
MAPUTO: Mozambique's government agreed to cut the price of diesel fuel for private minibus taxis on Tuesday to end a wave of protests over high fuel prices...


Worst violence predicted in Makoni’s home area
13 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe faces a fresh upsurge in politically motivated violence in the coming weeks, with the eastern Manicaland province - home to ruling ZANU...


Strict fish management measures remain in force
12 Feb 2008, The Namibian
WINDHOEK: Namibia's fish resources still need to be managed strictly, even though there have been improvements in some fish stocks, says Fisheries Minister...


Eviction order granted against communal farmers
12 Feb 2008, The Namibian
WINDHOEK: An ethnically charged dispute over nine Oshiwambo-speaking cattle owners' use of grazing areas in the western Kavango Region ended in defeat...


Botswana, Namibia sign MoU
12 Feb 2008, Mmegi
WINDHOEK: A memorandum of understanding was signed on Friday between the governments of Namibia and Botswana on the implementation of a dry port facility...


Botswana: I Retire a Proud Citizen - Mogae
12 Feb 2008, The Voice
FRANCISTOWN: President Festus Mogae says he leaves the presidency, a proud Motswana....


Zambia, Zim place military on flood alert
12 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
LUSAKA: Zambia and neighbour Zimbabwe said on Monday they had placed military forces on flood alert after opening a floodgate at a key dam that is expected...


Zimbabwe mines lose half of skilled labour
12 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: The Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines on Monday said at least half of the country’s skilled manpower had left the troubled southern African country in...


Govt Under Pressure To Abolish School Fees
11 Feb 2008, Mmegi
GABORONE: Pressure is mounting on government to abolish school fees which many people believe will deny most children the right to education. ...


Developing states must foster technology
11 Feb 2008, Bua News
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has emphasized the need for governments in Africa and in other developing regions to create and develop...


ZIMBABWE: New land owners face eviction
11 Feb 2008, IRIN
HARARE: Resettled farmers in Zimbabwe have been hit by input and financial shortages, and have failed to deliver on production, prompting the government...


26 defiant MPs have not shaken our party — Sata
11 Feb 2008, Times of Zambia
LUSAKA: Patriotic Front president, Michael Sata, has said his party has remained strong despite 26 members of Parliament choosing to participate in the...


Tsvangirai going it alone as Mutambara-Makoni join forces
11 Feb 2008, SW Radio Africa
HARARE: The founding President of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, has said his faction will fight next month’s election alone, effectively dismissing reports...


UN seeks aid for flood-afflicted regions
11 Feb 2008, Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG: The United Nations (UN) launched an appeal on Monday for almost $90-million (R695-million) in aid for the hundreds of thousands of victims...


Mozambique floods claim more lives
11 Feb 2008, Independent Online
MAPUTO: Flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains claimed three more lives over the weekend in Mozambique where authorities bracing for a fresh surge along...


Makoni: the inside story
11 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: Some of President Robert Mugabe’s most senior allies including his first deputy Joseph Msika are the brains behind former finance minister Simba...


Angola elections no threat to stability, says deputy PM
8 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
LISBON: Angola's upcoming elections do not pose a risk to the country's economic and political stability, Deputy Prime Minister Aguinaldo Jaime said at...


SOUTHERN AFRICA: Thirty percent less maize by 2030
8 Feb 2008, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: As global warming pushes temperatures up and droughts become more intense, the production of maize, southern Africa's staple food, could...


Villagers moved as Kariba gates open
8 Feb 2008, Independent Online
MAPUTO: Mozambique will evacuate about 100 000 people from areas around the Zambezi after Zambia announced it would open the floodgates of the Kariba dam...


Poverty Reduction Discussed in Seminar
7 Feb 2008, Angola Press Agency
LUANDA: A workshop on Poverty Reduction happens this Thursday, here, organised by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) National Secretariat...


MALAWI: Enough food for everyone?
7 Feb 2008, IRIN
LILONGWE: Despite a bumper harvest last season, there are signs of maize shortages in some parts of Malawi, but deputy minister of agriculture Bintony...


Lack of Understanding Cited in Discussion on Refugees
7 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
JOHANNESBURG: Human rights issues concerning refugees, immigrants and exiles needed urgent discussion and action at all three levels of government, experts...


’Digital divide’ widens between rich and poor
7 Feb 2008, Business Day
GENEVA: The "digital divide" between rich and poor countries is growing with developing countries still far behind in the use of broadband internet, the...


ZAMBIA: A new kind of internally displaced people
7 Feb 2008, IRIN
LUSAKA: Zambia's open-door investment policy is coming under criticism from rights activists for passing on the real cost of development to the poor, who...


ANC MP accuses EU of ‘recolonising’ Africa
7 Feb 2008, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: The biannual meeting of European and South African parliamentarians to discuss South African-European Union (EU) relations got off to a rocky...


‘Makoni expelled himself’
7 Feb 2008, The Herald
HARARE: Former finance minister Dr Simba Makoni automatically expelled himself from Zanu-PF on Tuesday when he opted to challenge President Mugabe in the...


Delft invaders must go - ruling
7 Feb 2008, Cape Argus
CAPE TOWN: 'Backyarders' occupying incomplete houses in the Delft phase of the N2 Gateway project have until February 17 to vacate the dwellings and make...


Mozambique warns of more floods when dam gate opens
6 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
MAPUTO: Mozambican authorities warned on Tuesday that flooding will worsen in Southern Africa when a major dam on its borders opens its floodgates and...


Rights activists voice concern over Child Justice Bill
6 Feb 2008, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: After five years in the doldrums, the urgently needed Child Justice Bill received bouquets and brickbats when it arrived in Parliament’s justice...


Mugabe to postpone nomination to re-organise party
6 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is expected to postpone nomination of electoral candidates so he could first reorganise his ruling ZANU PF party...


Surprise, disbelief greets Makoni’s bid for presidency
6 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE – Chemistry graduate Simba Makoni on Tuesday announced he would stand against his former boss President Robert Mugabe in presidential elections...


SA says Zimbabwe's political issues are solved
5 Feb 2008, Independent Online
PRETORIA: Negotiations to address Zimbabwe's political crisis were no longer needed as it was only procedural issues that remained to be solved, South...


Gov’t Considering Water Subsidies For Poor
5 Feb 2008, IPS
WINDHOEK: The Namibian government, frequently accused of making water unaffordable to the poor, is finally taking steps to address this countrywide problem...


MALAWI: Subsidising agriculture is not enough
5 Feb 2008, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: Malawi is riding high on the success of its fertiliser subsidy programme and has become a regional exporter hoping to profit from booming...


Zanu-PF polls produce shocks
5 Feb 2008, The Herald
HARARE: There are shocks in the Zanu-PF primary elections results which began trickling in yesterday with indications that some ministers, party heavyweights...


Zimbabweans despair at MDC “betrayal”
5 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: The bright posters and banners light up the room. Although it is empty, there is an air of expectation and any critic would have believed that...


Traditional Focus to Shift in HIV Battle
4 Feb 2008, New Era
WINDHOEK: The increasing availability of HIV treatment provides an opportunity to reach a large number of infected persons with prevention messages and...


Apartheid-style migration policy ‘alive and well’
4 Feb 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: The migration policy in SA was still like that under apartheid, with much harassment of so-called illegal immigrants, according to a new...


Divided opposition to face Mugabe
4 Feb 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe’s divided opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Sunday failed to agree a united front to contest elections, paving...


Swaziland opposition groups to boycott poll
3 Feb 2008, Independent Online
MANZINI: Opposition groups in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, have agreed to boycott parliamentary polls later this year, undertaking instead...


First electricity, now water
3 Feb 2008, Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa is on the brink of a water contamination crisis, potentially as bad as the electricity fiasco of the past few weeks, the Business...


Report: SA education in crisis mode
3 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
JOHANNESBURG: South African education is in crisis mode, according to a Finweek report published this week....


Namibia stands against child labour
1 Feb 2008, Bua News
WINDHOEK: Following in South Africa's footsteps, Namibia has become the second country in Southern Africa to endorse a national plan of action to tackle...


MALAWI: Floods take homes and crops
1 Feb 2008, IRIN
BLANTYRE: Torrential rain pelting Malawi since October last year has affected over 72,000 people, according to the government. ...


Church leaders outraged at police raid
1 Feb 2008, Mail and Guardian
JOHANNESBURG: Church leaders expressed shock and outrage on Friday at a police raid this week on the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg...


Zambia’s agro sector under threat –Levy
1 Feb 2008, Times of Zambia
ADDIS ABABA: President Levy Mwanawasa has said the Zambian agricultural sector is under threat from the current floods this year and has appealed to India...


Sadc studies Mbeki report
1 Feb 2008, The Herald
ADDIS ABABA: The Sadc Organ on Defence, Politics and Security Co-operation met here on the sidelines of the ongoing 10th Ordinary Session of the AU General...


Rights group accuses SA of terrorising Zim refugees
1 Feb 2008, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) on Thursday accused South African authorities of “terrorising” Zimbabwean immigrants and challenged Pretoria...


Harare’s runaway 26471% inflation
1 Feb 2008, Business Day
HARARE: Zimbabwe’s economy contracted for the ninth consecutive year last year and inflation accelerated to a record 26471% in November, the highest in...


THE 10TH SUMMIT OF THE AFRICAN UNION OPENS TODAY IN ADDIS ABABA
31 Jan 2008, African Union
ADDIS ABABA: The 10th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government kicked off this morning, Thursday 31 January 2008...


Kenya crisis set to dominate AU summit
31 Jan 2008, Mail and Guardian
ADDIS ABABA: African Union heads of state were set on Thursday to begin a three-day summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focused on the deadly crisis in Kenya...


World Bank wants to speed up aid to postwar African states
31 Jan 2008, Business Day
MONROVIA: World Bank president Robert Zoellick has pledged to seek ways of giving quicker financial support to African states struggling after conflict...


TAC gives cautious welcome to state’s HIV guidelines
31 Jan 2008, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) yesterday gave a cautious welcome to new government guidelines for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission...


Church condemns police raid
31 Jan 2008, SABC News
JOHANNESBURG: Church authorities have condemned the manner in which a police raid was conducted at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg...


UN keeps a close eye on embattled DRC region
30 Jan 2008, Independent Online
KINSHASA: The United Nations has set up eight new bases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor a ceasefire recently agreed by the army and...


Cyclone pummels Madagascar
30 Jan 2008, Independent Online
ANTANANARIVO: A cyclone has killed two people in Madagascar and caused widespread damage to the world's fourth largest island, a senior relief official...


SADC to be briefed on Mbeki mediation
30 Jan 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: President Thabo Mbeki was to brief southern African leaders on his facilitation of the political talks in Zimbabwe, the foreign affairs department...


MOZAMBIQUE: Flood lessons
29 Jan 2008, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: Steadily rising rivers mean the flooding in Mozambique is far from over, but the real challenge is convincing the defiant few to leave their...


Seaweed-based gel offers women hope against HIV
29 Jan 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Researchers around the country are anxiously awaiting the results of the Carraguard microbicide trial, a large-scale study involving more...


Zimbabwe 2008: The triumph of the politics of fear
29 Jan 2008, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: It is now a reality that the harmonised polls will be held on 29 March 2008. ...


Long wait is almost over for land claimants
29 Jan 2008, Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG: A decades-long wait by hundreds of Paarl residents for the return of land from which they were forcibly removed during the apartheid era...


MALAWI: ''Trade Capacity Is Worse Despite Preferential Access''
28 Jan 2008, IPS
LILONGWE: Malawians still await the details of the impending economic partnership agreement (EPA) which their government is entering into with the European...


Africa Union Commision chief makes appeal
28 Jan 2008, Times of Zambia
ADDIS ABABA: Outgoing Africa Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Ourmar Konare has made a special appeal to member states to implement the African...


MDC asks Mbeki to seek SADC advice on talk’s deadlock
28 Jan 2008, SW Radio Africa
HARARE: The MDC Vice-President Thokozani Khupe on Monday said that SADC should now intervene in the crisis talks on Zimbabwe because both parties in the...


African leaders must tighten screws on Mugabe, say NGOs
28 Jan 2008, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: African non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have called on the African Union (AU) to pressure the Zimbabwe government to conduct free and...


Luanda Executive Works to Improve Medical Assistance
26 Jan 2008, Angola Press Agency
LUANDA: The provincial director of Luanda's Health Department, said Saturday here that the local executive is working to gradually overcome the difficulties...


Is Zimbabwe the next Kenya?
25 Jan 2008, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: Kenya has been experiencing a wave of violence that should serve as a lesson to Zimbabwe’s pro-democracy movement, as these problems are...


State bails out flood victims
25 Jan 2008, Times of Zambia
LUSAKA: Government has dispatched 600 x 25 Kilogrammes bags of mealie meal and 9x 20 kilogrammes bags of kapenta to five districts in Southern Province...


Coalitions help 1-million companies tackle AIDS
24 Jan 2008, Business Day
DAVOS: A report launched today by the Global Health Initiative (GHI) of the World Economic Forum shows that business coalitions are helping 1-million companies...


Southern Africa floods: 'Improve warning systems'
24 Jan 2008, Mail and Guardian
MAPUTO: Southern Africa must improve its warning systems in order to minimise the impact of disasters such as the flooding that has displaced tens of thousands...


How to put Zim back on the right path
24 Jan 2008, Cape Argus
CAPE TOWN: The birth of Zimbabwe was attended by great rejoicing and high hopes. Twenty-seven years later the country is facing institutional collapse...


Harare to seize farm, ignores SADC Tribunal ruling
24 Jan 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: The Zimbabwe government on Wednesday said it would seize a farm whose white owner last year successfully applied to a regional tribunal for an...


Nkunda signs peace deal in Congo
24 Jan 2008, Independent Online
GOMA: The politico-military movement of rebel former general Laurent Nkunda on Wednesday signed an "act of engagement" for an immediate ceasefire in the...


Outdated treatment frustrates AIDS activists
24 Jan 2008, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: AIDS activists have urged doctors and nurses to ditch the government’s outdated guidelines for preventing HIV transmission from mothers to their...


DRC: World Bank slams its own forest reforms
23 Jan 2008, IRIN
NAIROBI: World Bank forestry projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ignored the rights of indigenous pygmies and overestimated the benefits...


Declining trust ‘a threat to democracy’
23 Jan 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Public interest think tank, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation , has warned that a further drastic drop in public confidence in...


Plea to put educational tools online
23 Jan 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Internet entrepreneurs Mark Shuttleworth and Jimmy Wales launched a formal declaration yesterday urging governments and publishers to make...


Tsvangirai arrested
23 Jan 2008, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested earlier this morning over his party’s plans to hold a demonstration in Harare to demand...


Swaziland may import power from Mozambique
23 Jan 2008, Independent Online
MBABANE: Swaziland is to open talks about the possibility of importing power from Mozambique following after its traditional supplier South Africa froze...


HIV vaccines from SA on brink of human testing
23 Jan 2008, The Herald
CAPE TOWN: Researchers from the University of Cape Town have developed two test HIV vaccines – the first wholly South African-developed products to enter...


UN flies in aid for Mozambique flood victims
22 Jan 2008, Mail and Guardian
MAPUTO: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun flying in food and shelter to thousands of victims of heavy flooding in Mozambique, the...


Congo war-driven crisis kills 45 000 a month
22 Jan 2008, Mail and Guardian
KINSHASA: War, disease and malnutrition are killing 45 000 Congolese every month in a conflict-driven humanitarian crisis that has claimed 5,4-million...


SADC ‘must save Zimbabwe talks’
22 Jan 2008, Business Day
HARARE: ZIMBABWE’S main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to intervene to break...


Hopefuls line up for African Union job
22 Jan 2008, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Six candidates are vying for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU), which is to elect a new executive at its 10th summit which starts...


Police ban MDC rally in Zimbabwe
22 Jan 2008, Independent Online
HARARE: Zimbabwean police have banned an opposition protest march planned for Wednesday, but the Movement for Democratic Change said it would press ahead...


World Economic Forum Chair highlights Africa
21 Jan 2008, Bua News
PRETORIA: Ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting, kicking off Wednesday, the current WEF chair has highlighted Africa's development as among...


BOTSWANA: Extremely dangerous TB strain detected
21 Jan 2008, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: Two cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) have been confirmed in Botswana, health officials said. ...


Namibia reaps benefits of electricity deal
21 Jan 2008, IOL
Windhoek - Namibia has begun receiving electricity from western Zimbabwe after a cash injection to refurbish a worn-out power station, officials said....


African bank sees future in own hands
21 Jan 2008, Business Day
THE African Development Bank should lead Africa’s relations with foreign lenders to give the continent a bigger say in its economic recovery, an independent...


Tsvangirai threatens election boycott
21 Jan 2008, ZimOnline
HARARE – Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday repeated threats that his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party could boycott...


Mugabe approves changes to tough laws
20 Jan 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
Zimbabwean authorities have passed changes to the country's tough security laws after veteran President Robert Mugabe gave his final seal of approval...


Zimbabwe: Delimitation Exercise Dismissed As a Fraud
20 Jan 2008, allAfrica.com
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says new constituencies have been demarcated in a way that favours the ruling Zanu PF....


Income Rating Hobbles Aid Effort
18 Jan 2008, Inter Press Service
Amanda Dube is literally 'dirt poor'. Fierce bush fires ravaged Swaziland for months in 2007, and repeatedly swept over the hilly area of Mliba where she...


Lesotho claims to uncover plot to kill ministers
18 Jan 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
The government of Lesotho believes it has uncovered a plot by opposition political parties to assassinate some government ministers and business people...


NAMIBIA: Dam will mean our destruction, warn Himba
18 Jan 2008, IRIN News
EPUPA FALLS, 18 January 2008 (IRIN) - Asking the local Himba people where on the Cunene River in northern Namibia they would choose to site a hydroelectric...


SOUTHERN AFRICA: Contingency planning saves many from floods
18 Jan 2008, IRIN News
JOHANNESBURG, 18 January 2008 (IRIN) - A more effective early warning response and better cooperation between governments in southern Africa has led to...


Tumelo calls on UN body to fight poverty
18 Jan 2008, BOPA Daily News
GABORONE - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) should deploy its resources to combat poverty and the policy failures which have resulted...


SA favours pressure on Kenya but will take its cue from Africa Forum
17 Jan 2008, Business Day
SA’s response to the crisis in Kenya would be guided by the findings of the Africa Forum mediation team headed by former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano...


GLOBAL: First two years in a child's life key to adult development
17 Jan 2008, IRIN News
NEW YORK, 17 January 2008 (IRIN) - The first two years in a child’s life are crucial in determining its well-being in adulthood, according to a series...


Southern Africa floods kill dozens, aid sought
17 Jan 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
Floods in Southern Africa have killed about 45 people in a growing humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the region and brought renewed appeals for Western...


School attendance lowers HIV risk: Study
17 Jan 2008, IOL
Secondary school attendance can lead to a lower risk of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection amongst young people in rural South Africa, according...


‘We Want to Prepare Voters For the Election and the Post-Election Scenario’
16 Jan 2008, Inter Press Service
HARARE, Jan 16 (IPS) - "If you run an inherently unfair election it will lead to political unrest in a post- election scenario," Lovemore Madhuku, chairman...


China helps with sea studies
16 Jan 2008, Business Day
CAPE TOWN — Western Cape’s education and various other departments are to establish a unique acquaculture and mariculture Further Education Training (FET)...


Mbeki says end of Zimbabwe crisis in sight
16 Jan 2008, Business Day
PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki has expressed confidence that a resolution to the Zimbabwe crisis will come to light within the next few days, says visiting Irish...


Kabila changes mind, joins Congo peace talks
16 Jan 2008, Business Day
GOMA — Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila yesterday joined efforts to rescue peace talks at a conference in the east of the country....


Business says water crisis crippled operations
16 Jan 2008, ZimOnline
HARARE – Zimbabwe business leaders on Tuesday said an acute water crisis affecting Harare had crippled production in a manufacturing sector, already facing...


Quantum Leap in South-South Investments and Trade
15 Jan 2008, Inter Press Service
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - The world's emerging economies -- including China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand -- have made a quantum...


More rain expected in flood-hit Southern Africa
15 Jan 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
The United Nations on Tuesday warned of the worsening situation in flood-affected parts of Southern Africa as more rain was expected in Zimbabwe, Zambia...


Mugabe's party 'faced with a split'
15 Jan 2008, IOL
Harare - President Robert Mugabe's ruling party is likely to split over his bid for re-election in March, but analysts doubt his challengers can unseat...


Democracy not for Africa, says China
15 Jan 2008, Business Day
BEIJING — Election violence, which has killed hundreds in Kenya, proved western-style democracy was not right for Africa, the Chinese communist government...


Zim woes to fetter progress towards SADC free trade area
15 Jan 2008, ZimOnline
HARARE – Zimbabwe could prove to be southern Africa’s Achilles’ heel as the region embarks on an ambitious path to open up national economies and improve...


Zimbabwe: Harare cuts all water supplies to residents
14 Jan 2008, IRIN News
HARARE, 14 January 2008 (IRIN) - Residents of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, and Chitungwiza, a dormitory town 35km to the southeast, are to be without...


GLOBAL: Fund launched for poor countries struggling with high food prices
14 Jan 2008, IRIN News
OUAGADOUGOU, 14 January 2008 (IRIN) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a multi-million dollar fund for import-dependent poor...


Tens of thousands displaced in Mozambique floods
14 Jan 2008, Mail&Guardian Online
Several people have died while 70 000 others were displaced by floods in central Mozambique and the situation is expected to worsen till mid-February...


Mozambique needs competition in order to grow
10 Jan 2008, Mozambique Business - Daily Investor Intelligence
Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Diogo says there is no doubt that competition is necessary for growth....


SADC Free Trade Area in force
10 Jan 2008, Mozambique Business - Daily Investor Intelligence
The Free Trade Area of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is in force since 1st of January, and in principle the vast majority...


Gender parity loses out to party politics
14 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: WHATEVER it was that pushed President Thabo Mbeki to pursue gender parity in the African National Congress (ANC) and the government has arguably...


‘No quick fix’ for child gangsterism
14 Dec 2007, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: There is no “silver bullet” to solve the problem of children involved in gangsterism, especially those involved in organised armed violence...


Zimbabwe among seven global hunger hotspots
14 Dec 2007, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has listed Zimbabwe among seven hot spots in the world where conflict has led to widespread...


NCC members take oath
14 Dec 2007, Times of Zambia
LUSAKA: MORE than 300 members of the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) yesterday took oath, with Chief Justice Ernest Sakala urging them to put...


SADC court rules in favour of elderly Zim farmer
14 Dec 2007, Mail & Guardian
WINDHOEK: A regional court ruled on Thursday in favour of a white Zimbabwean farmer fighting a last-ditch bid against seizure of his land by his government....


Mugabe endorsed for 2008 polls
14 Dec 2007, Independent Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party endorsed President Robert Mugabe on Thursday as its candidate in the 2008 presidential election, opening the way...


Tanzania: Policy Plan for Pro-Poor Growth, Climate Under Fire
12 Dec 2007, The Citizen
DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania is lagging behind in poverty eradication because of poor policies and weak governance. The country's share of trade in the world...


Freedom from hunger is "not an optional human right"
12 Dec 2007, IRIN
NEW YORK: The world has the technical ability but lacks the political will to eliminate global hunger, a scourge afflicting one in eight people that is...


Joe Slovo residents fight eviction in court
12 Dec 2007, Mail & Guardian
CAPE TOWN: The Cape High Court is to deliver judgement on Thursday morning in an application launched by about 20 000 residents of the Joe Slovo informal...


SA calls for sensitivity during Harare talks
12 Dec 2007, Cape Times
PRETORIA: The South African government has slammed the "absolutely nonsensical, collective punishment" of the new sanctions which the United States has...


ZANU PF invites China’s Communist Party to congress
11 Dec 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: The Chinese Communist Party is invited to a special congress of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF party, but not surprisingly...


U.N. eyes private sector for humanitarian aid funds
10 Dec 2007, Reuters
GENEVA: The U.N.'s top aid official called on companies, foundations and very wealthy individuals on Monday to help the United Nations finance its humanitarian...


Tutu, elder statesmen denounce rights abuses
10 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu and other elder statesmen today denounced the rights records of Myanmar, Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe at the launch of...


Africa seeks relaxed trade conditions
10 Dec 2007, Times of Zambia
LISBON: President Mwanawasa has urged European Union (EU) countries to relax non-tariff barriers and remove agricultural subsidies to enable agricultural...


World needs robust climate pact for security - study
10 Dec 2007, Business Day
NUSA DUA: Global warming could trigger mass migration, disrupt trade and lead to conflicts over farmland and water resources from Africa to Asia, a report...


Shortage of skills ‘pushes up inflation’
10 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: SKILLS shortages were adding to SA’s inflation woes as business was forced to pay a premium for skilled workers, especially black staff...


Mozambique bans trade in precious stones
10 Dec 2007, Independent Online
MAPUTO: The Mozambican government has, with immediate effect, banned trade in precious stones after it was discovered that a large number of illegal foreigners...


SWAZILAND: Too much bread to buy a loaf
7 Dec 2007, IRIN
MBABANE: The escalating price of bread is the latest blow to Swazi households, already struggling with a parallel rise in the cost of maizemeal caused...


Commission carves out constituencies ahead of election
7 Dec 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday said it had commenced demarcating voting constituencies for next year’s House of Assembly election...


SA sees mixed bag in delayed peer review
6 Dec 2007, Independent Online
PRETORIA: An African good governance report has praised South Africa's constitution and economy but raised concerns about the country's high levels of...


‘Local problems need local solutions’
6 Dec 2007, The Daily Times
LILONGWE: Civil society organisations have called on Sadc member states to formulate regional benchmarks to effectively measure how the region is fairing...


'Communities bring crime down'
6 Dec 2007, Independent Online
PRETORIA: The police's partnership with the community was helping bring down the levels of crime, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on...


SADC ‘split‘ as SA sinks EU trade deal
6 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: NEGOTIATIONS on a bilateral trade deal between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have split the...


EU’s Barroso defends summit with Mugabe
6 Dec 2007, Business Day
BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso defended today inviting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to attend an European Union (EU)-Africa...


Millions unspent in drive to bring SA’s poor online
5 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: More than R250m that companies have poured into a fund designed to give everyone access to telephony services is gathering dust at the treasury...


Finding perspective in debate on poverty trends
5 Dec 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: IN any post-revolutionary society, there are two ways to assess progress....


Tsvangirai says talks have ‘yielded nothing’
4 Dec 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has told supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party that talks with the government...


Pipeline plan to ease water shortages
3 Dec 2007, The Mercury
DURBAN: South African water engineers have proposed building a major aqueduct from Congo to the Hartebeespoort Dam to ward off a predicted water crisis...


Zimbabwe to lose 20 percent of labour force to AIDS by 2020
3 Dec 2007, Zim Online
ACCRA: Zimbabwe is set to lose 20 percent of its labour force to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by 2020, a continental conference in Ghana called to discuss ways...


Bali talks seek new climate pact
3 Dec 2007, Business Day
BALI: About 190 nations met in Bali today seeking a breakthrough to a new global pact to fight climate change by next year to avert droughts, heatwaves...


Chiluba accuses government of corruption
3 Dec 2007, Independent Online
LUSAKA: Zambia's ex-leader Frederick Chiluba on Monday said President Levy Mwanawasa's government should be made to account for $2,7-billion alleged to...


The secrets of successful schools
3 Dec 2007, Independent Online
PRETORIA: More needs to be done to assist schools through recognition and incentives, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday....


UNECA urges SADC nations to consider funding political parties
3 Dec 2007, Times of Zambia
LUSAKA: The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has called on Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to consider funding...


New tool to evaluate donors
3 Dec 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: A unique new benchmarking mechanism that looks at the performance of humanitarian aid donors has put Sweden in the lead. ...


INDIA-BRAZIL-SOUTH AFRICA: Southern powerhouses home in on trade and technology cooperation
2 Dec 2007, Guetali
JOHANNESBURG: Although largely unheralded, the second India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (Ibsa) summit saw further development of functional cooperation...


Money, Media and Tradition Complicate Women's Political Aspirations
2 Dec 2007, IPS
JOHANNESBURG: The challenges confronting women politicians in Africa were given an airing recently during a press conference in South Africa's commercial...


Nujoma succeeded by Pohamba
30 Nov 2007, Independent Online
WINDHOEK: Namibia's ruling party elected President Hifikepunye Pohamba as its new leader Thursday to succeed liberation hero Sam Nujoma, the father of...


Hundreds homeless after storm in Swaziland
30 Nov 2007, Independent Online
MBABANE: Hundreds of people have been left homeless in the landlocked kingdom of Swaziland after a severe storm wreaked havoc, disaster officials said...


Nujoma succeeded by Pohamba
30 Nov 2007, Independent Online
WINDHOEK: Namibia's ruling party elected President Hifikepunye Pohamba as its new leader Thursday to succeed liberation hero Sam Nujoma, the father of...


Gondwe to power private sector
29 Nov 2007, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
LILONGWE: Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe says he would push other arms of government to address hurdles faced by private sector to achieve economic growth....


SOUTH AFRICA: Social Grants - dependency or development?
29 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: As South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party gears up for its annual conference in little more than two weeks, many wonder...


World Bank launches new Aids strategy for Africa
29 Nov 2007, Mail & Gaurdian
WASHINGTON: Overtaken as the largest funder of global HIV/Aids programmes, the World Bank is now focusing on easing the economic damage inflicted by the...


Handover of peer-review report shelved, say officials
29 Nov 2007, Mail & Gaurdian
PRETORIA: The handover of a controversial report drawn up by an African Union watchdog into standards of governance in South Africa was postponed indefinitely...


Congolese president reshuffles government
27 Nov 2007, The Nation
KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has reshuffled his government, reducing its members by a quarter but leaving most key posts...


ANALYSIS: Political expediency to carry day for Zim budget
27 Nov 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Samuel Mumbengegwi presents the national budget estimate for 2008 on Thursday with the country badly in need of a fillip...


Mphanda Nkuwa - Threat Or Opportunity ?
26 Nov 2007, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (AIM)
MAPUTO: A campaign by some environmentalists is now under way to deprive Mozambique of one of its most attractive potential sources of electricity, a new...


Chissano pushes for better governance
26 Nov 2007, Independent Online
ALEXANDRIA: Mozambique's former president Joaquim Chissano, who stood aside after helping to end his country's civil war, said on Monday he would use a...


Unita denounces 'strategy' to delay Angola elections
26 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
LUANDA: Angola opposition on Monday denounced what it called government "strategy" to delay legislative elections scheduled for next year....


African airlines told to ‘co-operate or perish’
26 Nov 2007, Business Day
NAIROBI: Most African airlines are too small or financially weak to vie effectively with European and Middle Eastern carriers....


Mbeki says he is happy with Zimbabwe talks
23 Nov 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: South African President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday said he was “happy with progress” in talks to resolve neighbouring Zimbabwe’s crisis, even as the...


Rebels, army clash in eastern DRC
23 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
GOMA: Explosions and machine-gun fire echoed through the hills of east Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, as government troops battled rebels for...


Mozambique needs 100 000 teachers by 2015
23 Nov 2007, Independent Online
MAPUTO: Mozambique will need to employ more than 100 000 teachers by 2015 in order to meet United Nations' millennium development goals for education...


Congolese refugees begin returning home
22 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: The repatriation of Congolese refugees, who had fled to Zambia from civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the 1990s, resumed...


EU pushes to have Zimbabwe on summit agenda
20 Nov 2007, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: The European Union has agreed to have the human rights situation in Zimbabwe put on the agenda for a summit with African leaders set for...


Malawi floods leave villagers homeless
20 Nov 2007, Independent Online
BLANTYRE: Up to 2 000 people have been displaced in Malawi's southern district of Chikwawa where 500 homes have been destroyed due to flash floods following...


MOZAMBIQUE: No lift-off for biofuels yet
19 Nov 2007, IRIN
MAPUTO: Ecomoz's biodiesel plant, surrounded by the decrepit remnants of an out-of-use oil refinery in the dusty industrial zone of Matola, just north...


Africa the 'forgotten continent' in climate fight
19 Nov 2007, Reuters
OSLO: Africa is the "forgotten continent" in the fight against climate change and needs help to cope with projected water shortages and declining crop...


Konare says Lisbon summit 'a test'
19 Nov 2007, Business Day
MIDRAND: The prospect that Mugabe, widely accused of abusing human rights and suppressing political opposition, could attend an EU- Africa meeting in Lisbon...


Land inequality in SA a 'ticking time bomb'
19 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
MULDERSDRIFT: For more than a decade, Molefi Selibo has been sent from pillar to post by the South African authorities in a futile quest to own a plot...


SA minister says region faces ‘regime change’ threat
16 Nov 2007, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: Southern African governments face a “very real challenge” of regime change instigated by foreign powers, South African Defence Minister Mosiuoa...


Madagascar sentences 12 for clashes in 2006
16 Nov 2007, Independent Online
ANTANANARIVO: Twelve people have been sentenced to death in Madagascar over deadly clashes in 2006 between police and residents refusing to be removed...


NAMIBIA: Land reform reproducing poverty
15 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: Namibia's land reform programme is a "zero sum game" that merely swaps one form of poverty for another in its current resettlement programme...


New improved disaster response tool
14 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: A new tool has been developed to help humanitarian agencies and donors analyse a disaster situation, make a comparison with another disaster...


HIV vaccine trials in SA put on hold
14 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
PRETORIA: All HIV vaccine trials in South Africa have been put on hold following the failure of the Phambili HIV vaccine trial. ...


Malawi appoints new prosecutions head
14 Nov 2007, Independent Online
LILONGWE: Malawi has appointed a seasoned anti-graft lawyer as the new director of public prosecutions in the country which is severely affected by corruption...


DRC refugees flee after attack on camp
13 Nov 2007, Independent Online
KINSHASA: Thousands of refugees fled camps in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's violent North Kivu province on Tuesday after the army said Tutsi-dominated...


LESOTHO: Hopes pinned on rain
12 Nov 2007, IRIN
MASERU: Rain in the past two weeks has brought some respite to Lesotho's farmers, who are struggling with one of the country's worst droughts in three...


ZIMBABWE: EU to scale up aid
12 Nov 2007, IRIN
BULAWAYO: Despite "targeted sanctions imposed on some individuals in government", the European Union (EU) has "not abandoned" Zimbabweans, according to...


Talks fail to break cycle of violence, says report
12 Nov 2007, Zim Online
JOHANNESBURG: Politically motivated violence and human rights abuses have continued in Zimbabwe despite talks between President Robert Mugabe’s ruling...


Volunteers sought in SA for new TB antibiotic
12 Nov 2007, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: Scientists will begin recruiting South African volunteers this month for a large international study investigating whether the antibiotic moxifloxacin...


SA’s poor have doubled since 1996 - survey
12 Nov 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: The number of desperately poor South Africans has doubled since shortly after the end of apartheid despite the faster pace of economic growth...


Lawyers, labour union urge Harare to resolve court strike
9 Nov 2007, Zim Online
HARARE: Lawyers bodies have criticised the Zimbabwean government for paying lip service to judicial officers’ demands for better working conditions, warning...


Rising seas threaten Africa's coastline - UN
8 Nov 2007, Independent Online
JOHANNESBURG: Africa's coastal infrastructure faces increasing danger of erosion from rising sea levels caused by climate change, the head of the UN Environment...


Stop Zimbabwean deportations say refugee organisations
8 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: A prominent international refugee organisation is calling for an end to the deportations of undocumented Zimbabweans by neighbouring countries...


SA sets high target for TB cures
8 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
CAPE TOWN: South Africa's tuberculosis (TB) cure rate will reach 85% over the next five years, the Department of Health vowed on Thursday....


Food mile issue could harm Africa - diplomat
8 Nov 2007, Independent Online
LONDON: Ending imports of fresh food from Africa under the pretext of combating climate change risks destroying entire communities that have become dependent...


'Africa is becoming better and better'
7 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
GABORONE: Two of Africa's most respected elder statesmen, Botswana's former president Ketumile Masire and Mozambican ex-leader Joaquim Chissano, believe...


Mbeki and Bashir continue talks
7 Nov 2007, Independent Online
PRETORIA: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir resumed talks with his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday, the final day of a visit focused...


Elections body rejects MDC request to discuss voter registration
6 Nov 2007, Zim Online
HARAREThe Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has turned down an opposition request for an all-party meeting to discuss voter registration and demarcation...


Strike by judges and prosecutors paralyses Zimbabwe courts
5 Nov 2007, Business Day
HARARE: Zimbabwe’s judicial system has ground to a halt in a nationwide strike by magistrates, judges and prosecutors for higher pay, state radio reports....


SWAZILAND: Declare HIV/AIDS a "humanitarian emergency"
5 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: The impact of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, which has nine of the world's most affected countries, needs to be reassessed as a "humanitarian...


Zambia riven by constitution debate
4 Nov 2007, Independent Online
LUSAKA: Moves to finally provide Zambia with its first post-independence constitution have stirred up a political hornet's nest, with President Levy Mwanawasa's...


Zimbabwe to delay new currency launch-report
4 Nov 2007, Independent Online
HARARE: Zimbabwe's central bank has deferred the introduction of a new currency until next year to focus on improving the supply of basic goods after a...


Cholera spreads in Congo refugee camps
2 Nov 2007, Independent Online
KINSHASA: A cholera outbreak in Congo's eastern city of Goma is raising fears of an epidemic among tens of thousands of refugees in camps, aid workers...


UN launches poverty monitoring site with Google
1 Nov 2007, Reuters
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations launched a new Web site powered by Google and network equipment maker Cisco on Thursday that will show how and where...


Angola to hold elections by September 2008
1 Nov 2007, Mail & Guardian
LUANDA: Angola could hold national elections as early as May next year, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was quoted as saying on Thursday....


Mugabe signs succession bill into law
1 Nov 2007, Independent Online
HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has signed into law a compromise bill giving him room to pick a successor, a government notice said on Thursday. ...


SOUTH AFRICA: Government housing project excludes poorest of the poor
1 Nov 2007, IRIN
CAPE TOWN: Thousands of the poorest residents in Cape Town, South Africa, are facing eviction from an informal settlement to make way for a government...


UN food agency regrets "crime against humanity" label on biofuels
1 Nov 2007, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG: The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said an independent UN human rights expert's description of biofuel production as a "crime...


Mozambique and Angola committed to solving multiple memberships
1 Nov 2007, SANF
MAPUTO: The Presidents of Mozambique and Angola believe that southern Africa will eventually resolve the tricky question of multiple memberships in regional...


HIV rate declines in Zimbabwe
31 Oct 2007, Mail & Guardian
HARARE: Zimbabwe has registered a 2,5% decline in the prevalence of HIV to 15,6% of the population, the authorities revealed in Harare on Wednesday....


Zimbabwe purchases oil pipeline
30 Oct 2007, Business Day
HARARE: Fuel-starved Zimbabwe had bought a 21km stretch of an oil pipeline running through Mozambique to the eastern border city of Mutare as the authorities...


Refugee repatriation from Congo gathers pace
29 Oct 2007, IRIN
KINSHASA: Some 16,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) citizens who fled their country during the 1997-2002 conflict to seek refuge in neighbouring Congo...


Interest in Uranium Powers Desalination Plans
29 Oct 2007, IPS
WINDHOEK: Efforts to build Namibia's first large-scale desalination plant are gaining momentum. The project is a joint undertaking of the Namibian Water...


Africa looks for common ground on climate change
29 Oct 2007, Mail & Guardian
ABUJA: Environment ministers from 38 African countries met in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday to discuss climate change and prepare for the United Nations global...


Africa seeks to ‘get connected’ at Kigali meet
29 Oct 2007, Business Day
KIGALI: African leaders and technology experts were meeting today in Rwanda to discuss plans to boost the continent’s development by securing universal...


Africa no longer has room for life presidents: Chissano
26 Oct 2007, Zim Online
OUAGADOUGOU – Former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano has called on African leaders to voluntarily relinquish power, warning the continent no longer...


Botswana, a bittersweet Eldorado for Zim refugees
26 Oct 2007, Mail & Guardian
GABORONE: Gabarone businessman Thlomamo Patrick Dibeela has little sympathy for his Zimbabwean narrator as he listens to his tales of arrest and assault...


Neighbours rally in support of Zimbabwe
26 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
WINDHOEK: The presidents of Namibia and Angola called on Western countries to lift sanctions imposed against neighbouring Zimbabwe on Wednesday, calling...


An unannounced visit by a South African parliamentary committee to Cape Town's refugee centre
25 Oct 2007, Reuters
JOHANNESBURG: South African bank shares leapt on Thursday after reports that China's biggest bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has...


‘Candid’ talks with Mugabe government impress MDC
25 Oct 2007, Business Day
HARARE: The Zimbabwean government yesterday held a “candid” meeting with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition, over rising political...


Puntland warns of looming humanitarian crisis
25 Oct 2007, IRIN News
NAIROBI: Somalia's northeastern self-declared autonomous region of Puntland has appealed for assistance for hundreds of displaced families from Sool region...


Refugees being treated like 'animals'
24 Oct 2007, Reuters
JOHANNESBURG: An unannounced visit by a South African parliamentary committee to Cape Town's refugee centre last week found foreign nationals being treated...


Zimbabwe to investigate violence accusations-MDC
24 Oct 2007, Reuters
HARARE: Zimbabwe will investigate accusations of political violence against opposition activists by security forces and ruling party supporters, the main...


Economic growth 'too slow' for SA
24 Oct 2007, The Mercury
DURBAN: South Africa's economy was growing at an unprecedented rate, yet it was still inadequate to achieve the goals of halving unemployment and poverty...


Bread 'as scarce as gold' in Zimbabwe
24 Oct 2007, Sapa-dpa
HARARE: Zimbabwe's crisis has now reached tipping point, a spokesperson for the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) warned on Tuesday...


Conflict frustrates efforts to manage HIV
23 Oct 2007, IRIN PlusNews
GALKAYO: Ongoing clashes coupled with a lack of central government control are crippling attempts to develop a national AIDS strategy in Somalia, where...


Developing countries say Doha talks make progress
23 Oct 2007, Reuters
GENEVA: Talks on a deal to free up world trade are making progress, developing country leaders said on Monday, but the chairperson of key industry negotiations...


Around 8,000 Congo refugees flee to Uganda - U.N.
22 Oct 2007, Reuters
KAMPALA: Some 8,000 Congolese refugees have fled to neighbouring Uganda following clashes between Congo's army and dissident general Laurent Nkunda, the...


Study: 'World's urban map rapidly being redrawn'
22 Oct 2007, Mail & Guardian
JOHANNESBURG: Africa has a larger urban population than North America, reveals an international development study released on Monday....


Chissano wins $5m African leadership prize
22 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
LONDON: Former Mozambique president Joachim Chissano won a new $5-million prize for African leadership on Monday and was hailed as "a powerful voice for...


Harare intensifies drive to expel white farmers
22 Oct 2007, ZimOnline
HARARE: The Zimbabwe government has intensified a drive to expel white farmers issuing eviction orders to more farmers and threatening to arrest those...


R200m water project for KZN
22 Oct 2007, The Mercury
KWAZULU NATAL: Residents along the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast can look forward to fewer water restrictions when a R200-million water project is completed...


Motlanthe: Britain can stay away from AU-EU summit
20 Oct 2007, Sapa
JOHANNESBURG: The British government is welcome to stay away from the Africa Union (AU) and European Union (EU) summit in December, said African National...


Mugabe has named potential successors, says report
19 Oct 2007, Sapa-dpa
HARARE: An independent Zimbabwe newspaper on Friday claimed that President Robert Mugabe has named four potential successors, and they do not include Vice-President...


Thabane pressures Lesotho leaders
19 Oct 2007, Safa-AFP
MASERU: Lesotho's opposition leader on Thursday vowed to lead a campaign of mass protests to force new elections if the government fails to agree to talks...


Surprise ANC objections to land ownership study
18 Oct 2007, Business Day
CAPE TOWN: Cabinet-backed plans to limit foreign ownership of land ran into unexpected opposition in Parliament yesterday, when African National Congress...


Agreement on Doha 'extremely close'
18 Oct 2007, Mail and Guardian
PRETORIA: World trade talks appeared to be making progress on Wednesday as the leaders of Brazil, India and South Africa said they were committed to reaching...


Vaccine may mean fewer malaria deaths
18 Oct 2007, Sapa
MAPUTO: A new vaccine, recently developed in Mozambique, could result in the reduction of deaths among children with malaria by more than 65 percent....


SA losing Aids fight – UN
18 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
GENEVA: South Africa must do more to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS amid rising child deaths and over one million children orphaned by the disease, the UN...


Dark days in Harare as inflation rises
18 Oct 2007, Reuters
HARARE: Zimbabwe's inflation hit a record high in September after emergency measures by President Robert Mugabe failed to slow an economic crisis which...


Malawi cracks down on illegal traders
17 Oct 2007, IOL
BLANTYRE: Malawi has launched a campaign to crack down on Chinese and Nigerian traders accused of operating illegally in the country, Trade and Commerce...


Congo pygmies appeal to World Bank over logging
17 Oct 2007, Mail and Guardian
LONDON: A delegation of rainforest pygmies from Democratic Republic of Congo will fly to Washington this week to complain to the World Bank about its support...


UN calls for SA to do more in Aids fight
17 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
GENEVA: South Africa must do more to raise awareness of HIV/Aids amid rising child deaths and over one million children orphaned by the disease, the United...


UN compound stormed amid escalating violence in Mogadishu
17 Oct 2007, IRIN News
NAIROBI: Dozens of heavily armed government security officials detained the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 17...


India, S Africa, Brazil vow joint fight for world's poor
17 Oct 2007, AFP
PRETORIA: The leaders of emerging powerhouses India, South Africa and Brazil pledged to work together Wednesday to ensure a better deal for developing...


Design of effective HIV prevention trials the first hurdle
16 Oct 2007, IRIN PlusNews
JOHANNESBURG: We've long known how to protect ourselves from HIV, but the options are limited and not available to everyone: women who are powerless to...


Zim govt escalating crackdown, says MDC
16 Oct 2007, Reuters-AFP
HARARE: Zimbabwe's main opposition party said on Tuesday that President Robert Mugabe's government was escalating a violent crackdown against its members...


DRC troops surround rebel general
16 Oct 2007, AFP
GOMA: The head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in DR Congo urged rebels in Nord-Kivu on Monday to lay down their arms as a government-set deadline for...


Zim won't allow foreign broadcasters
16 Oct 2007, AFP
HARARE: Zimbabwe will not allow foreigners to own broadcasting stations but could relax rules and licence locals who have been battling to meet stringent...


Nepad’s ocean cable needs $2bn injection
16 Oct 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: A new undersea telecoms cable costing $2bn will be laid and switched on in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, government ministers are promising...


'Gloomy' outlook for Aids treatment
16 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
LONDON: Only 60% of HIV/Aids patients in Africa still take the drugs they need to stay alive two years after starting treatment, researchers reported...


Botswana: Women Power Prevails At UB Again
15 Oct 2007, Mmegi/The Reporter
GABORONE: Women continue to outnumber men in education as shown by the graduation ceremony at the University of Botswana (UB) last Saturday....


White farmers seek dialogue with Harare
15 Oct 2007, ZimOnline
HARARE: The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) says it will continue to engage the government after a court ordered white Zimbabwean farmers to vacate farms...


Congo rebels reject calls to disarm
15 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
KINSHASA: Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Sunday that they would not give up their weapons without negotiation, on the eve of a government-set...


India, Brazil, South Africa - the Power of Three
14 Oct 2007, IPS
JOHANNESBURG: Brazil, India and South Africa will intensify their campaign for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council when their leaders...


Southern Africa's Bushmen face lifestyle threat
14 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
TSUMKE, NAMIBIA: They roamed the savannahs and open plains for thousands of years, but the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of Southern Africa's San tribes is...


Achieving MDGs will be a close run thing
12 Oct 2007, IRIN
BLANTYRE: Malawi will have a difficult time meeting its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, despite achieving improved food production, while...


INTERVIEW-World Bank carbon fund to pay for protecting forests
12 Oct 2007, Reuters
WASHINGTON: A new fund being developed by the World Bank would pay developing countries hundreds of millions of dollars for protecting and replanting tropical...


SA and Nambia mull Orange River hydro project
12 Oct 2007, Sapa
PRETORIA: he presidents of South Africa and Namibia have given the go-ahead to see if a hydro-electrical power station can be built along the Orange River...


Development Underlined in Doha Talks
11 Oct 2007, IPS
GENEVA: Developing countries say they are committed to conclude the languishing Doha round of trade negotiations only on the basis of the "developmental"...


New hunt for elusive Aids vaccine
11 Oct 2007, Sapa-AP
CAPE TOWN: The international scientific community is trying to inject new urgency and unity into the elusive hunt for an HIV/Aids vaccine, just weeks after...


Renegade DRC general calls for ceasefire
11 Oct 2007, Mail and Guardian
JOHANNESBURG: Renegade former general Laurent Nkunda late on Wednesday called for a truce in his battle with the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo...


‘Cash shortage‘ scuttles PAP’s Zimbabwe
11 Oct 2007, Business Day
JOHANNESBURG: Pan African Parliament’s fact-finding visit falls foul of budgetary constraints....


Cycle of violence hinders growth in Africa
11 Oct 2007, Sapa-AP
DAKAR: Imagine an Africa without a history of two dozen wars over the last couple decades....


Women tell of Zim brutality
11 Oct 2007, Daily News
JOHANNESBURG: A group of 12 Zimbabwe women, regularly arrested and ill treated in police custody, this week revealed shocking statistics of violence against...


ZAMBIA’S FIRST PRESIDENT, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA FASTS FOR “RESPONSIBLE BORROWING” AND “RESPONSIBLE LENDING” IN SOLIDARITY WITH JUBILEE MOVEMENTS
10 Oct 2007, Jubilee/ Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection
LUSAKA: Zambia’s first president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda will join Jubilee USA Network and Jubilee-Zambia’s Cancel Debt Fast, which supports responsible borrowing...


Rebuilding trust in governance
10 Oct 2007, The Mercury
DURBAN: Re-examining the model that has sparked a wave of community protests is a window of opportunity to introduce a genuinely consultative one. ...


EU Deals With Africa Could Violate Rights
5 Oct 2007, IPS
BRUSSELS: Opening up trade between the European Union and Africa risks violating basic human rights, according to campaigners. ...


ZIMBABWE: Informal markets boom with homemade commodities
4 Oct 2007, IRIN
HARARE: Unable to get their hands on scarce and often expensive essentials, Zimbabweans are settling for food items such as cooking oil that are cheap...


Zimbabwean to sue Lekota
3 Oct 2007, Pretoria News
PRETORIA: A Zimbabwean citizen, who now lives in Hillbrow, received the green light on Tuesday from the Pretoria High Court to go ahead with his R500 000...


Brown loses fight to bar Mugabe
3 Oct 2007, Guardian
LONDON: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has lost his campaign to prevent President Robert Mugabe from attending a Europe-Africa summit in Portugal...


Is the IMF's role in low-income countries conducive to reducing poverty?
2 Oct 2007, Bank Information Center
WASHINGTON, DC: Controversial both inside and outside the institution, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) strategy in low-income countries was debated...


Who will mediate in Zimbabwe?
2 Oct 2007, Reuters, Sapa-AP
DAKAR: Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said on Monday he would travel to Zimbabwe this month to recommend multilateral mediation by African heads of...


Nepad needs necessary skills, says Senegal
2 Oct 2007, Sapa-AFP
DAKAR: Several African heads of states will next month relaunch an initiative designed to attract foreign investors to the continent, Senegalese President...


MALAWI: Corruption seen as worsening
1 Oct 2007, IRIN
BLANTYRE: Assurances by President Bingu wa Mutharika's government that it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to corruption have not altered the view...


Mozambique removes villagers as floods loom
28 Jan 2007, Independent Online
MAPUTO: Mozambique will forcibly evacuate 10 000 people who have defied calls to leave areas at risk of flooding, the government said on Sunday as an advancing...


Dilemma as SA faces drug resistant TB epidemic
27 Jan 2007, Mail and Guardian
CAPE TOWN: A guard in a surgical mask patrols a wire fence designed to keep dozens of patients with a lethal form of tuberculosis at Cape Town's Brooklyn...


Phosa speaks out on poll results delay
1 Jan 1970, Business Day
Johannesburg: In the strongest political statement on Zimbabwe by the African National Congress since the March 29 poll,...


Dean of African Diplomatic Corps: Africa-India Partnership in the 21st Century
1 Jan 1970, eGov Monitor
New Delhi: I feel greatly privileged to be invited for this prestigious International Conference on “Africa-India Partnership in the 21st Century”....


Regional consultations initiated on SADC gender protocol
1 Jan 1970, Southern African News Features
HARARE: The SADC Gender Unit is preparing a plan for consultations throughout the region on the draft gender protocol to enable the involvement of all...



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