Archive for the ‘SADC’ Category

source: SW Radio Africa
30 October 2009
By Violet Gonda

Joseph Kabila, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, told journalists in South Africa on Friday that he didn’t believe the political deadlock in Zimbabwe was out of control. Kabila, the current chairman of SADC, was speaking as the SADC Troika on Defence, Security and Politics was in Zimbabwe on its ‘fact finding’ mission. The South African news agency, Sapa, said the SADC chair, who is expected to meet the political rivals on Saturday in Zimbabwe, said the regional bloc still believed that the implementation of the Global Political Agreement is the only solution to the problems affecting Zimbabwe.

However, while President Kabila is saying things are not out of control, his counterpart in Botswana disagrees. President Ian Khama said recently that the unity government is on the brink of collapse and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

The Southern African Development Committee (SADC) Observer Mission for next Friday’s Botswana elections has said it will monitor access to media by political parties.

Speaking to political parties, media and other stakeholders, the head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission, Francisco Madeira said yesterday that they will determine how independent the judiciary is before and after elections. Madeira is the Mozambican Diplomatic Affairs Minister. He said his team has more than 40 observers from all SADC member states. He stated that so far observers from Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania have arrived in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
HUMPHREY NKONDE
Correspondent

NDOLA: The common customs union in the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is almost in sight.

While the surrogate demand from the population of about 400 million people will benefit the whole region, there are some challenges to overcome.

Common customs unions are formed by countries in a region implementing a common tariff against goods coming from outside, while promoting a free trade area among member states.

The first step is for the countries to co-operate and collaborate on capital-intensive ventures such as steel, cement or [continue reading]

source: BOPA
10 September, 2009

GABORONE – A group of 26 Botswana Police Service officers have been selected to take part in a simulated peacekeeping exercise in South Africa under the SADC auspices.

The group comprises of one assistant commissioner, one senior superintendent, three superintendents, four assistant superintendents, four sub-inspectors, three sergeants and 11 constables.

Briefing the group before their departure on Monday, the Commissioner of Botswana Police, Mr Thebeyame Tsimako urged them to always maintain the highest degree of discipline and professionalism in the execution of their duties.

The officers will take part in Exercise Golfhino which started at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)
Stanley Kwenda
9 September 2009

Kinshasa — Condemning Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from a regional tribunal which ruled its state-orchestrated land seizures illegal, civil society groups have said the country should abide by decisions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) or pull out of the regional body entirely.

A SADC heads of state meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo referred a SADC Tribunal’s ruling in favour of farmers whose land had been seized to a special summit planned for Maputo in two weeks time, a parallel summit of groups belonging to the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) called for firm action.

“The SADC Tribunal is now an integral part of the SADC Treaty. Any attempt to pull out of the Tribunal by the government of Zimbabwe would amount to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BAME PIET
Staff Writer

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is waiting for President Ian Khama to announce the date of general elections before deciding the number of its observers for the polls.

SADC executive secretary Dr Tomaz Salomao said that they can only deploy observers after the date has been announced. Besides, they need to be invited by the government of Botswana to avail observers for the elections.

He said they will only know the number of observers to deploy and where after the elections date is announced.

“We are willing to bring in observers but for us to start the process, we need the date and an invitation from the government of Botswana.

The date its critical,” Salomao said at a media briefing on the 29th Summit of Heads of State to be [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.06.2009 2:13:24 P

Ministers for Agriculture and Food Security in the Southern African region have said that despite the economic slow-down that affected the region the food security in the region is reassuring.

The ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said this at the end of their meeting recently where the issue of the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of Action on Agriculture and Food Security was the key issue.

It was observed at the meeting that most member states are set to achieve improved yields in crop production this year than in 2008/2009 due to favourable rains that [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
20.07.2009 10:45:50 A

A number of power sector investors are meeting this week in the Zambian tourism resort of Livingstone to discuss possible participation in the financing of energy projects that are in the offing in the SADC region.

This week, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, the minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, led a Botswana delegation to the roundtable that will attract financiers from 15 states.

The ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources officials said this week that the aim of the roundtable is to obtain sound interest and, possibly, firm commitment from investors on some of the projects that could reach financial closure in the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.06.2009 2:13:24 P

Ministers for Agriculture and Food Security in the Southern African region have said that despite the economic slow-down that affected the region the food security in the region is reassuring.

The ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said this at the end of their meeting recently where the issue of the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of Action on Agriculture and Food Security was the key issue.

It was observed at the meeting that most member states are set to achieve improved yields in crop production this year than in 2008/2009 due to favourable rains that covered vast parts of the region.

“Although most countries in the [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Gowenius Toka
02.06.2009 2:13:24 P

Ministers for Agriculture and Food Security in the Southern African region have said that despite the economic slow-down that affected the region the food security in the region is reassuring.

The ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said this at the end of their meeting recently where the issue of the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan of Action on Agriculture and Food Security was the key issue.

It was observed at the meeting that most member states are set to achieve improved yields in crop production this year than in 2008/2009 due to favourable rains that covered vast parts of the region.

“Although most countries in the region continue to import large volumes of milk and meat, significant increase in the production of [continue reading]

source: The Standard
Saturday, 06 June 2009 20:08

ZIMBABWE could be censured by its neighbours over its controversial chaotic land reform programme after a regional tribunal accused the country of violating the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) treaty by ignoring a ruling in favour of commercial farmers being forced off their land.
The government was in November last year ordered by the Sadc tribunal in Namibia to compensate 77 commercial farmers who had been violently removed from their farms during the chaotic programme.

The court also ordered a moratorium on land seizures, which it described as “racist and illegal”.

But President Robert Mugabe has insisted that the government would not respect the ruling because the Sadc tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

On Friday, Mauritius’ former Chief Justice Pillay who now presides over the tribunal with senior judges from Angola, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique dismissed a last minute application by the government to postpone a contempt application by the commercial farmers.

The tribunal delivered a unanimous judgement that Zimbabwe was in contempt of [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
01 June 2009

The MDC used a national conference over the weekend to call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to convene an extraordinary summit, to tackle the outstanding issues plaguing the coalition government. Over 1000 party delegates converged on Harare for the first national conference since the MDC entered into the shaky coalition government with ZANU PF.

Spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Newsreel on Monday that delegates resolved that Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana must step down in the national interest. With district and provincial reports being submitted and debated, the delegates agreed that both Gono and Tomana had ‘poisoned the economic and human rights situation in the country.’ Since SADC and the African Union acted as guarantors to the deal, the MDC now want them to intervene and resolve the impasse.

In other resolutions the MDC vowed it would re-engage civil society groups in the constitution making process and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Jo-Maré Duddy
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]

source: Mmegi
KEINEETSE KEINEETSE

Throughout southern Africa, there are tiffs and standoffs between media practitioners and various national governments.

Most governments of this region, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and Zambia for example, do not have the freedom of information bills that compel accountability by people in authority. That, in spite of SADC’s professed commitment to an unhindered flow of information and other claims to transparent governance.

In the meantime there are tensions in most of the SADC states that indicate lack of transparency at all levels of governance. In almost all the cases the governments seek to rein the media in, so nothing critical of them is heard outside. The result is that citizenry is often forced to make choices without the facts.

In all these cases there are draconian media laws -in Botswana it is called the National Security Act – that are felt not only to be [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
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4 May 2009

South Africa won’t be going it alone when it comes to powering Fifa’s footballing showpiece in 2010. Countries from the southern African region have agreed to a range of measures to help South Africa ensure an uninterrupted World Cup electricity supply.

According to the initiative, announced at a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) in Maputo, Mozambique last week, the SAPP’s 12 member countries will conduct a number of power-saving exercises, passing the surplus power created on to South African state company Eskom for use during the 2009 and 2010 football events.

Regional manufacturers will be encouraged to reduce pressure on the interconnected SAPP power grid by [continue reading]