ARTICLES RELATING TO SADC

Botswana's Khama re-affirms SADC pull-out

2014-04-15 10:10

Botswana President Ian Khama has re-affirmed his decision to not send his country's officials to participate in future SADC election observer missions.

Africa calls for EU summit boycott – report

2014-03-27 09:37

An organ of the AU has reportedly urged a boycott of the EU-AU summit scheduled for next week in Brussels to protest what is seen as a "dictation" by the EU on who is eligible to attend the meeting.

SANDF anti-piracy ops extended

2014-03-25 21:17

The deployment of SA National Defence Force members taking part in anti-piracy operations off East Africa has been extended for a year.

Stranded Zim troops swim for 3hrs in the Atlantic

2014-03-10 09:41

Five Zimbabwean soldiers reportedly swam to safety for more than three hours in the shark-infested Atlantic Ocean after their boats capsized and sank during a training exercise.

Mugabe gets top AU position

2014-01-31 08:49
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly been appointed first deputy chair of the AU executive council, a development that positions him to assume the organ’s chairmanship next year.

Top SADC envoy to attend Madagascar inauguration

2014-01-21 13:26

A top Southern African Development Community envoy will attend the inauguration of Madagascar’s new president, Namibia’s foreign minister says.

Airlines shun Swaziland's new airport

2013-12-11 10:05

Swaziland’s new R3bn international airport became fully operational last week, but the problem is that no airline wants to go there, a report says.

SA has strong relations with Malawi - Zuma

2013-11-22 22:36

President Jacob Zuma says in a written response to a parliamentary question, that South Africa continues to have good relations with Malawi.

Zuma suggests alternative SADC tribunal

2013-11-06 23:10

President Jacob Zuma has suggested an alternative to the SADC tribunal was needed but defended its disbandment at Zimbabwe's behest.

SA commends Madagascar on peaceful polls

2013-10-28 15:18

Madagascar has been commended by South Africa’s department of international relations for having a peaceful election last week.

Concerns grow over Mozambique violence

2013-10-24 22:27

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane says South Africa is extremely concerned at the armed conflict in Mozambique.

West unprincipled, dishonest – Mugabe

2013-09-16 10:38

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe remains frustrated by the West's refusal to accept the outcome of the 31 July polls in which he emerged victorious, a report says.

'Mugabe not in a hurry to leave office'

2013-08-26 10:11

Strong indications are that the recently inaugurated Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is not in a hurry to leave office despite his advanced age and ill-health, a report says.

UK wants independent probe into Zim vote

2013-08-22 11:19

UK says the result of the Zimbabwe election was not credible without an independent investigation of alleged vote-rigging, as Robert Mugabe prepares to be sworn in for another term as president.

US says Zim vote flawed, won't lift sanctions

2013-08-20 08:00
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The US believes Zimbabwe's recent election was flawed and it doesn’t plan to loosen sanctions against President Robert Mugabe’s government until there are signs of change in the country.

Zimbabweans must work together – Banda

2013-08-19 08:36

The incoming head of SADC Malawian President Joyce Banda has urged Zimbabweans to work together to move the country forward after the bloc endorsed Robert Mugabe's victory in last month’s polls.

Zuma concludes Malawi visit

2013-08-18 21:03

The spokesperson for the presidency says President Jacob Zuma has concluded a working visit to Malawi where he attended a summit of SADC heads of state.

SADC endorses Zimbabwe's elections

2013-08-17 17:23
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Southern African leaders have opened an annual summit by endorsing disputed elections in Zimbabwe, offering congratulations and continued support to President Robert Mugabe.

Zuma not done in Zim - presidency

2013-08-14 22:44

The presidency has dismissed a report that President Jacob Zuma is expected to tell leaders at an SADC summit, that he had accomplished his mission in Zimbabwe.

SA: Our work in Zimbabwe is done

2013-08-12 11:24

President Jacob Zuma is expected to inform SADC next weekend that the four-year facilitation process, which he headed, is over, following the conclusion of Zimbabwe’s elections.

No need for Zuma mediation - Zanu-PF

2013-08-08 13:31

Zanu-PF has rejected President Jacob Zuma’s continued mediation in Zimbabwe, saying there was no longer a need for it after last week’s polls, according to a report.

DA urges Zuma to act on Zim election

2013-08-07 22:19

The DA has urged President Jacob Zuma to back the call for an independent audit of last week's elections in Zimbabwe.

US unlikely to lift sanctions against Zim

2013-08-06 08:54
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The US has reiterated its long held position that any easing or lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe would happen only in the context of a credible election, a report says.

Aus joins UK, US, urges Zim poll re-run

2013-08-05 09:30
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Australia which suspended sanctions against Zimbabwe to help encourage "free and fair" elections has added its voice to international concerns on voting in last week’s elections, a report says.

SADC urged Tsvangirai to quit polls

2013-08-04 15:49

Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party reportedly took part in Zimbabwe’s elections against advice from the SADC, which urged him to withdraw from the polls.

 

Eastern Cape miners get one-stop service centre

2014-04-07 19:10

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has opened a one-stop service centre in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, for former and present miners.

Mugabe to boycott summit if wife not invited

2014-03-26 13:18

Zimbabwe says it would boycott a summit between the EU and African Union in Brussels next week if President Robert Mugabe’s wife is not granted a visa to travel with him.

Zim’s role in the Malawi polls 'raises eye-brows'

2014-03-11 14:28

Zimbabwe's involvement in Malawi’s upcoming elections has raised eye-brows, with opposition parties expressing fears that the polls might be rigged in favour of President Joyce Banda.

Russia, China hail Mugabe – report

2014-02-24 10:02
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Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reportedly praised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for his “astute leadership in spearheading Africa’s fight for self-determination”.

Botswana 'breaks ranks with SADC, AU'

2014-01-27 12:03
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Botswana President Ian Khama says his country won’t participate in future SADC election observer missions after he noted what he says were irregularities in Zimbabwe’s last year elections.

Loser in Madagascar vote appeals to SADC, AU

2014-01-15 10:53

The defeated candidate in Madagascar’s disputed presidential election has appealed to African states to investigate alleged fraud in last month’s vote, an aide says.

Nujoma takes a swipe at UK over 'Zim invasion plot'

2013-12-04 12:52
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Former Namibian president Sam Nujoma has said that Africa must be prepared to defend the African continent from Western "imperialists" - this after reports of a Zimbabwe invasion plot by UK.

Namibia port terminal gets $338m AfDB boost

2013-11-12 09:37

The African Development Bank has granted Namibia a $338m sovereign guaranteed loan to finance construction of a container terminal at its Walvis Bay New Port.

Zuma: Regions must unite to restore peace in DRC

2013-11-05 13:33

President Jacob Zuma has told delegates of a joint summit of the SADC and the ICGLR that the decisions taken there would have consequences for Africa's future.

Madagascar to hold polls in bid to end crisis

2013-10-25 08:11

Madagascar is set to hold elections in an effort to end political tensions that erupted in a 2009 coup and lift the aid-dependent country out of poverty.

Mogoeng wants judiciary to be independent

2013-10-11 18:11

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the judicial system and politics must be separated.

SADC queries fairness of Zim polls

2013-09-02 15:58

The fairness of Zimbabwe's election is questionable, the Southern African Development Community says, stating that the voters' roll was distributed by the national electoral commission too late.

Madagascar struggles to end political crisis

2013-08-23 08:01

Madagascar has pushed back the date of its presidential elections for the third time to 25 October, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to end years of political crisis.

Mugabe to become next SADC leader

2013-08-20 09:32
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has scored a major diplomatic comeback after Southern African leaders selected him the next chairperson of SADC, according to a report.

Robert Mugabe set to be sworn in

2013-08-19 09:52
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to be sworn in after he emerged victorious in last month’s disputed elections.

SADC calls on West to end Zim sanctions

2013-08-19 07:34
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Southern African leaders have called on the West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe as they rubber stamped President Robert Mugabe’s victory in last month’s disputed elections.

Banda sees 'peaceful, stable' SADC region

2013-08-17 22:50

President Joyce Banda of Malawi has opened the two-day SADC summit, saying that despite trouble spots, she foresees "a region that is peaceful and stable".

SA condemns Egypt violence

2013-08-15 19:45

South Africa has condemned violence used by Egyptian security forces to disperse pro-democracy demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere.

Cabinet congratulates Zim on elections

2013-08-12 20:24
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Cabinet has congratulated Zimbabwe on its "successful harmonised" elections.

MDC challenges Mugabe win in court

2013-08-09 19:30

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change has challenged President Robert Mugabe's landslide re-election in the country's top court, calling for a re-run.

Zim polls: SADC 'must revise report'

2013-08-08 10:32
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A US-based NGO has called upon member states of SADC to revise their preliminary statements and acknowledge flaws in Zimbabwe's election process, a report says.

Ian Khama the only bad apple - Zanu-PF

2013-08-07 12:48
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Zanu-PF's politburo member Jonathan Moyo has dismissed as "thoroughly stupid" Botswana's demand for an audit of last week’s Zimbabwe elections which it declared "unfair", a report says.

Mugabe re-election a fraud – Fedusa

2013-08-05 14:03
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The re-election of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe was a fraud and far from being free and fair, union federation Fedusa says.

Knock for MDC as Zuma endorses Mugabe

2013-08-05 08:28
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Zimbabwean MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai's plans to take his poll challenge to SADC have received a major knock after President Jacob Zuma endorsed President Robert Mugabe's victory, a report says.

Mugabe wins polls, MDC rejects result

2013-08-03 22:10
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Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe has won 61% of the presidential vote, trailed by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at 33%, election officials say.

 
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