Harare: The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa, the tourism marketing, promotion and development arm of SADC is teetering on the brink of collapse as some member states sharply disagree with the big brother mentality of South Africa in particular. This writer has it on record that on November 29 2013 SADC ministers in charge of tourism met in Maputo, Mozambique where South Africa, supported by Mozambique, proposed the collapsing of Retosa, which they feel is blocking them from abusing their big brother status in the region.
Pretoria: South Africa and Botswana have put into effect 34 agreements on co-operation in several sectors, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. These included transport, immigration, defence and security, energy, trade, and the environment, she said at the closing of a bi-national commission headed by President Jacob Zuma and his Botswana counterpart Ian Khama.
At the invitation of the H.E Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, paid a State Visit to the Republic of Namibia, which coincided with the inauguration of the Bi-National Commission from 6 to 7 November 2013.
Harare: Zimbabwe will review its trade agreements with regional countries, particularly South Africa, amid concerns in Government and industry that some third party products from that country are entering Zimbabwe under the guise of Sadc rules of origin. Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa told Members of Parliament in Victoria Falls that the country will review trade rules with regional partners with emphasis on South Africa due to abuse of the Sadc rules of origin trade pact. Mrs Mabuwa said some South African companies were receiving cheap products from Asia and were then putting South African trademarks before exporting to Zimbabwe.
Pretoria: We have just concluded our bilateral discussions which have been characterised by the usual friendliness and comradeship. We have been holding the meeting of the Joint Commission for Cooperation between South Africa and Angola. The main objective of the Joint Commission is to promote political, economic and social cooperation between our two countries. During our discussions, we reviewed progress in the bilateral cooperation between our sister Republics. In this regard, we have noted with great appreciation the noticeable progress that has been achieved in strengthening of the bilateral cooperation. To date, we have signed over twenty-two (22) bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding covering a wide range of sectors including trade and industry, energy, science and technology, sport, arts and culture, mining, tourism, defence, etc.
Cape Town: Africa is a major growth frontier. Also important is the fact that Africans are actively beginning to do business amongst themselves, in addition to trading with other parts of the world. A case in point is that South Africa was the single largest investor in the rest of Africa in 2012. We are playing our part. The presence of South African companies in many capitals in the continent demonstrates that as government we are achieving our goal of opening up the continent to South African business.
Pretoria: In the implementation of monetary policy, the South African Reserve Bank faces a difficult set of challenges, given slowing growth and rising inflationary pressures. The Bank will continue to take the necessary steps to anchor inflation expectations and achieve price stability within our mandate of flexible inflation targeting. There are also a series of measures that the international community needs to take collectively to make the world a safer, fairer and more prosperous place for all. I wish to highlight three aspects. The first is accelerated reform of the global financial system. The second is continued reform and strengthening of global and regional institutions such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the African Union (AU), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The third is to promote regional economic integration, especially on the African continent.
New York: I wish to express my appreciation to the Secretary – General for his comprehensive report. My delegation also acknowledges the role of the special Representative of the Secretary – General on Migration and Development, relevant UN Agencies and the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) for its work on managing migration in a humane and orderly fashion. My delegation also associates itself with the statements presented by the African group and the G77/China. We meet seven years after the first high level dialogue on migration united in our resolve to advance international cooperation.
Cape Town: Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Max Sisulu, and the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique, Dr Veronica Macamo Dlhovo, today held a first bilateral meeting between the two parliaments and signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding. This, the first parliament-to-parliament cooperation agreement between South Africa and an African country, establishes a formal mechanism to concretise the two country’s parliamentary relations. It encourages:
Luanda: The government of Angola requested that South Africa postpone until December its elimination of refugee status for Angolans living in the country, official sources said today. The Director for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joaquim do Espirito Santo, said that refugee status for Angolans in South Africa ran out last August. In this regard he added that talks between the parties to reach a new agreement regarding the end of refugee status are taking place in a climate of understanding and solidarity.