Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Making sense of the DRC declarations on M23

Kampala:  The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the former rebel group known as the M23 Movement signed declarations on 12 December formalizing agreements to end hostilities in eastern DRC.  The declarations, together with a Final Communique on the Kampala Dialogue, were released by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community - which together sponsored almost a year of fitful peace talks in the Ugandan capital.

Humanitarian trends in Southern Africa: challenges and opportunities

Pretoria:  A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges. The study found that, contrary to perceptions that southern Africa has a homogeneous and ‘low-risk’ profile, the region is exposed to a range of environmental and social pressures, with 47 defined international humanitarian emergencies between 2000 and 2012.

SADC - ICGLR Joint Summit: communique

Pretoria:  Joint Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 04 November, 2013.  Joint Summit was co-chaired by Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of SADC and His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairman of the ICGLR.

President Zuma returns from a State visit to the DRC

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, 30 October 2013, returned from a successful two-day State Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The visit was of historical significance since it was the first State Visit by President Zuma to the DRC. The Visit also took place at a time when the DRC is experiencing relative stability as a result of the role of the Intervention Brigade which South Africa is part of. South Africa has played a crucial role in the realization of peace and stability in the DRC since 1997.

Angola says strategic partnership with Portugal hinges on respect

Luanda:  Angola may scrap a planned strategic partnership with Portugal in favour of closer ties to China and other emerging powers if Lisbon does not show greater respect for the oil-rich African nation, Angola's foreign minister warned on Wednesday. Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said last week that relations with Portugal were not well, reflecting tensions in the planned partnership between Africa's number two oil producer and its former colonial ruler. Portugal is Angola's main source of imports and Portuguese companies are active in banking and construction in the vast southwestern African country. In turn, Angolan investors have snapped up large stakes in top Lisbon-listed companies.

Southern Africa Resource Barometer

Johannesburg:  Few people may have noticed but a potentially game-changing decision was taken on Tuesday in the Tanzanian town of Arusha by the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) – when its Plenary Assembly unanimously adopted the Southern Africa Resource Barometer. Developed over the past three years by the SADC-PF and the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW), the Barometer is a set of clear principles for measuring transparency, accountability and equity in the exploitation of the region’s vast natural resources – principles that will empower parliaments and parliamentarians to play a more constructive role in the oversight of the extractive sector.

SADC engaging West over sanctions, says Zulu

New York: South African president Jacob Zuma's international relations advisor, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, yesterday said regional efforts were now on lobbying the West to lift its illegal economic sanctions as captured in the communiqué of the 33rd Summit of Sadc Heads of State and Government that met in Lilongwe, Malawi last month.

Swaziland: NEHAWU calls on ANC, SADC, to support the struggle for democracy

Johannesburg: NEHAWU staged a successful international solidarity picket on the 20 September 2013 at Jeppe's Reef border post in Swaziland. The picket was attended by more than 200 members and shop-stewards of the union joined by the leadership and members of the Alliance components, the ANC, SACP, COSATU and its affiliates including various progressive youth formations. We were also joined by the revolutionary forces of Swaziland namely, People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) and Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) also with its affiliates and youth formations including the National Public Servants Association Workers Union (NAPSAWU) and Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO).

Swaziland: preliminary statement of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission

Ezulwini:  It is indeed an honour and pleasure to welcome you all to this important event, the presentation of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) Preliminary Statement on the recently concluded election process in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Communique: Regional oversight mechanism of Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for DRC and region

New York:  We, signatories to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, held our second meeting of the regional oversight mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region on 23 September in New York, on the margins of the sixty-eighth General Assembly of the United Nations.  This high-level meeting was jointly convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.  The purpose of the meeting was to review developments in the region and progress in the implementation of the Framework, including benchmarks drafted by the Technical Support Committee.

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