Devastating Impact of Global Fund Crisis

According to an article Richard Lee, everyone knew that the crisis at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will have a serious impact across Southern Africa, which is still the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Lee, who says that no one knew how serious the crisis will be and/or what will be most affected, notes that new research from Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe highlights how devastating the cancellation of Round 11 funding has been on the HIV and TB response in the region.

SADC Infrastructure Plan Welcomed

South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders.

The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in Mozambique.

The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide setting up of efficient and cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, information and communication technology and transport.

SADC Faces Food Shortage

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have been warned of an impending food shortage as a result of poor rains this season.

SADC executive secretary, Tomaz Salomao, says that the region will experience an overall cereal deficit of 5.5 million tonnes.

Salomao says that, "This will therefore result in an increase in the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in terms of food and non-food intervention."

UNESCO: No Education for Marginalised Groups

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says that some marginalised communities, including the San people of Southern Africa, still do not have access to formal education.

The agency argues this lack of education makes it difficult for them to contribute to the economic development of their communities, countries and the region.

It also states that most of the world’s 370 million marginalised indigenous people - representing approximately five percent of global population – do not have access to education.

Call to Safeguard SADC Tribunal

Leading Southern African legal rights groups have called on regional governments to safeguard the still suspended Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal, and to fully reinstate the court with a strengthened human rights mandate.

The SADC lawyers association, the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), made a joint submission to the SADC ministers, reminding them of their duty to protect the Tribunal.

SADC Media Awards Competition 2012

The South African Chapter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards has launched the 2012 Media Awards Competition that is open to all journalists who are South African nationals. The Award is in the fields of print journalism, radio journalism, television journalism and photojournalism.

The Awards are in the fields of print journalism, radio journalism, television journalism and photojournalism.

SADC to Support Dlamini-Zuma for AU Post

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be backing Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as its candidate to head the African Union (AU) Commission.

Angolan Foreign Minister, Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, points out that, "It’s going to be a campaign of all SADC member states, and we are going to work and convince others with all the strong arguments that we have."

SADC’s decision, taken at a meeting in Cape Town, comes barely two weeks after Dlamini-Zuma failed to unseat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon at an AU summit in Addis Ababa.

SADC Urged to Recognise Migrants

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) is calling Southern African Development Community (SADC) governments put in place policies that recognise the rights of migrants.
The IFRC, which joins forces with regional humanitarian organisations to eliminated problems faced by migrants in the region, argues that migrants’ needs must be addressed irrespective of their legal status in a host country.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

SA Scores Highly on Gender – Activist

Malawian gender activist, Emma Kaliya, says her country is at position eight, while South Africa has clinched the first position on gender development and governance in Southern African Development Community region.

Kaliya, who is executive director of NGO Gender Coordination network, argues that the cancellation of the local polls to 2014 has affected the country's standing.

The NGO only assessed the country on 2009 elections and public as well as private sectors.


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