• 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.

    To read the article titled, “SADC wants Dlamini-Zuma to try again for AU post,” click here.

    Business Day
  • 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.
    IFRC Southern Africa representative, Ken Odur, points out that, "We want all the relevant authorities to partner with us in finding lasting solution on migrants problems.”
    To read the article titled, “SADC urged for policies to recognise migrants,” click here.

    shanghai Daily
  • African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    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.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to:

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to

    Event start date: 
    Event venue: 
    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
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  • 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.

    To read the article titled, “South Africa scores highly on gender, Malawi # 8,” click here.

    The Maravi Post
  • South Africa to Host SADC Election Forum

    The electoral commissions of Southern African Development Community (SADC)  countries will meet from 23-25 August 2011 in South Africa to examine critical recent trends and developments affecting electoral democracy in the region.

    The Electoral Commissions Forum, which was launched in 1998 is an independent entity which facilitates cooperation between the electoral authorities of countries in the SADC.

    Its main function is the promotion of democratic values and free, fair and transparent elections in the SADC region.

    To read the article titled, “SA hosts SADC election forum,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • COP17: SADC to Speak With One Voice

    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has released a common ‘framework’ intended to shape and support a regional climate-change response that means the region would go to the United Nations (UN) climate change talks in December with one voice.
    Director of Zimbabwe’s science and technology ministry, Rungano Karimanzira, has described the process as an important step, adding that, “We won’t be going to COP17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban) wearing different jackets, never mind speaking with different voices.”
    Developing nations are battling reluctance from some of the world’s most developed nations, such as the US, Canada and Japan, to sign up to a second commitment period for the 1997 UN’s Kyoto Protocol that started international collaboration on stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

    To read the article titled, “SADC plans to speak with one voice at climate talks,” click here.

    Business Day
  • Swaziland Democracy Campaign Supports Civil Society Mass Rally and March for Democratic Zimbabwe Elections

    Why the Swaziland Democracy Campaign is Supporting the Mass Rally and March for Democratic Zimbabwe Elections

    The Swaziland Democracy Campaign is supporting the call for a march and rally at the special SADC gathering taking place on Saturday 11th June 2011 in Sandton, and urges all of its supporters and progressive forces to do likewise. The march has been called to draw attention to the need for a clear programme for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, that are not subjected to intimidation, manipulation, or the anti-democratic measures of ZANU-PF and state military forces that have marred previous elections.

    We hope this protest will serve as a wake up call to SADC. SADC has virtually destroyed its own reputation by prevaricating on the need for democratic change in Zimbabwe, and by endlessly pandering to the prejudices of Robert Mugabe. In the face of irrefutable evidence of violence, including physical abuse, blatant interference and widespread  fraud, SADC failed to  defend the democratic majority who voted for real change, and failed to unambiguously condemn the terror unleashed by forces loyal to Mugabe. A range of respected human rights organisations and many eye witnesses have drawn attention to the way that ZANU-PF supporters used the worst possible means to intimidate poor communities, including rape and illegal abductions.

    We note the critical report that has been developed by the South African Government which now appears to have taken a reality check, and has produced a report that offers some hope. SADC now needs to make amends for its chronic indecision and appeasement, and especially so given the leading role of the South African Government in this travesty of justice. The SADC must now strive to rescue its reputation and put its weight behind the people of Zimbabwe so that they are able to exercise their democratic rights in a conducive environment. The South African Government must stand firm, and stop protecting Mugabe, and decisively side with the people of Zimbabwe against his barbarous rule.

    Those campaigning for democracy in Swaziland share the frustrations of the people of Zimbabwe. The Swazi people have also heard endless excuses for inaction by SADC, have been shocked by the silence of SADC members when the Mswati Regime has illegally beaten, arrested and murdered its citizens rather than respect their democratic rights. How can the democratic protocols and policies of SADC and AU be respected when governments ignore them when it is politically convenient? There is however absolutely no doubt that a move towards democratic rule in Zimbabwe will immeasurably assist the struggles for democracy everywhere and that is why all democratic forces must mobilise for the march on Saturday.

    As events unfolding in North Africa, and in the Arab states has indicated, there is a growing recognition that the only way to make significant changes in Zimbabwe, in Swaziland, and in all of those countries where undemocratic practices have taken root, is for there to be a vibrant mass based civil society, encompassing, trade unions, faith based organisations, youth organisations and social movements that is capable of defending democratic rights. Mugabe and Mswati know this very well, that’s why they spend substantial resources on state security services, and on the instruments of repression. That’s why Mugabe arrests those innocently watching a film about events in Egypt. That’s why Mswati murders and imprisons those who dare to wear struggle T-shirts. Dictators are terrified of a mass democratic movement emerging that can challenge their power and wastefulness. The actions of Mugabe and Mswati are the actions of those desperate to hold onto power at all costs, but their actions also expose their fragility. 

    SADC must make a decision. It can either continue to be part of the problem and effectively do nothing, or it can break with its own sorry past, and be part of a popular solution that puts the needs of the people first. Either way, the democratic forces of our Continent will push ahead and assert their rights. Down with Mugabe, down with Mswati. Forward with the People. Forward to Democracy.

    For more information contact:

    Stephen Faulkner
    Mobile: 082 817 5455

    Ntokozo Mbhele
    Mobile: 072 370 0974

    Philani Ndebele
    Mobile: 076 942 3565

    To view other NGO press releases, refer to

    Date published: 
    Swaziland Democracy Campaign
  • Call for Systematic HIV Drug Resistance Testing

    A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.

    Led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in five African countries, the study found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia is considerably higher than previously reported.

    Meanwhile, head of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Omu Anzala, states that,
    "The message to take away from this study is the urgent need for regular drug resistance surveillance, which we currently do not have."

    To read the article titled, “Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing,” click here
  • Gbagbo Must Go for Africa’s Sake – Annan

    Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, says that if Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, stays in power in despite losing a presidential election, it will be a setback for the whole of Africa.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan, who mediated in many African conflicts, said the result of the December election appeared clear and almost everyone accepted the UN-certified outcome that former Prime Minister, Alessane Ouattara had won.

    "Except for Gbagbo and his group, everyone accepts the results as they came out," he explained.

    To read the article titled, “Gbagbo 'must go for Africa's sake',” click here.


  • Heavy Rain Puts Relief Agencies on Alert

    Heavy rains and localised flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

    Hein Zeelie, an OCHA humanitarian affairs officer based in Johannesburg, points out that, "All countries in contiguous southern Africa are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2011.

    Zeelie warns that northern Zimbabwe, central Zambia, southern Malawi, central Mozambique and most of Madagascar are expected to receive above-normal rainfall.

    To read the article titled, “Heavy rain puts relief agencies on alert,” click here.
    All Africa
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