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5 June 2009
Johannesburg — Five African Heads of State have confirmed their attendance for the Word Economic Forum (WEF) scheduled for next week.
“Heads of State who had confirmed their participation included Presidents Jacob Zuma, Kenya’s Raila Amolo Odinga, Lesotho’s Pakalitha Mosisili, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Zambia’s Rupiah Bwezani Banda,” said WEF Director Head of Africa Katherine Tweedie.
She was briefing media on Friday ahead of the three-day WEF which kicks-off on Wednesday in Cape Town.
Ms Tweedie said “almost the whole South African cabinet” as well as over 800 participants from 50 countries were going to attend the forum.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi are among some of cabinet members expected at the forum.
Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara is also expected.
She added that she looked forward to the dialogue between [continue reading]
20 May 2009
Windhoek — THE European Union (EU) is not motivated by commercial self-interest in seeking economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with Namibia and other African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, Dr Elizabeth Pape, the European Commission’s (EC) Ambassador to Namibia, said on the eve of the watershed EPA meeting between Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob and his peers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana today.
It is believed that Geingob and his fellow trade ministers from South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and Botswana will attempt to find a common stance on signing the controversial pact during their one-day meeting in Gaborone.
Negotiations between the ACP and the EU have been dragging on for two years as the economic superpower simply could not persuade countries like Namibia and South Africa to even initial the interim agreement. Namibia provisionally initialled the interim EPA so that its table [continue reading]
11 July 2007
Posted to the web 11 July 2007
(Retired) President Ketumile Masire of Botswana has been flown in to defuse the political crisis in Lesotho. His job, mandated by SADC, the Southern African Development Community, is to break a political stalemate over the allocation of seats in the government.
In the past few weeks tensions have mounted in the capital of Maseru with a week-long curfew and roadblocks set up after shooting attacks on the homes of a number of government ministers and their bodyguards as well as at the home of main opposition leader, Tom Thabane. But local analysts believe the curfew was intended to undermine a potential political threat from the opposition.
The army also announced it had foiled a coup attempt and a leading journalist was accused of subversion after he read out on a morning radio programme this week a letter from a group of soldiers threatening the government.
Last week SA’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said violence should not be used to try and destabilise Lesotho and that “decisive action” was needed from the SADC leaders appointed to help resolve the issue.
Earlier Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili also met with President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town.
As we went to press results were still being awaited from the mediation talks but the [continue reading]