Archive for September 12th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Foreign Affairs Minister Phandu Skelemani has said that Botswana is impressed with political developments in Zimbabwe.

The minister said yesterday that at the just ended SADC Summit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), they were told that Zimbabwean leaders are working well together. He said that in his address, South African President and outgoing SADC chairman, Jacob Zuma said that he met Zimbabwean leaders and they all told him they were happy with the developments in their country.

Skelemani said that among the issues that the Zimbabwean leaders are working well on [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-09-10 20:31

Cape Town – The lifting of sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on Zimbabwe would speed up that country’s recovery, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

“The EU has a position that they are not lifting sanctions. We are seeing things, as SADC [the Southern African Development Community], from a different point of view,” he told a media briefing at Tuynhuys.

Zuma was speaking after talks with visiting Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, which included discussion on the situation in Zimbabwe.

Referring to the EU fact-finding mission heading to Zimbabwe at the weekend, Reinfeldt stressed it was [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Open Society Initiative For Southern Africa (OSISA) has called on the Botswana government to legalise commercial sex. OSISA made the call after a research it undertook on female, male, and trans sex workers’ human rights in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The report was released on Tuesday at Phakalane Golf Estate in Gaborone. The study indicated that governments should recognise and address the relationship between laws criminalising sex work and the human rights violations that result from the laws and policies. “Law reform must include repealing national and local laws against sex work and activities surrounding sex work,” the report said.

OSISA explained that the study has found state agents to be [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
10 September 2009

A senior delegation from the European Union (EU) will be travelling to Zimbabwe this weekend, in an effort to start rebuilding ties with the country.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister, Gunilla Carlsson, and EU Aid Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, will travel to the country this weekend after an EU-South Africa summit on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday they will meet Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, as well as other ministers, officials and representatives of NGOs.

De Gucht said in a statement that the meetings would be “to discuss the way forward towards the normalisation of EU-Zimbabwe relations.”

Apart from a resumption of national political dialogue the EU wants an end to [continue reading]