ARTICLES RELATING TO SADC

Lesotho to hold early vote to end political crisis

2014-09-16 07:27

Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, an official says.

SADC summit to discuss Lesotho, DRC

2014-09-15 09:32

The political impasse in Lesotho is expected to dominate the agenda at the SADC troika summit to be held in Pretoria, reports say.

Zuma prods Lesotho leaders to renew peace talks

2014-09-10 07:25

Rival Lesotho leaders have vowed to resolve an 11-day crisis that has spurred calls for regional military intervention in the tiny African nation, after South Africa brokered talks.

Lesotho PM 'trying to avoid no-confidence vote'

2014-09-08 16:30

An analyst says Lesotho PM Tom Thabane is trying to avoid a non-confidence vote by postponing plans to reopen parliament ’s delay in to reopen parliament.

Group warns of a looming coup in Zimbabwe

2014-09-05 20:00
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A rights organisation has issued a warning that a coup remains imminent in Zimbabwe if the current "serious economic situation" in the southern African country persists.

SADC holds Ebola meeting in Zimbabwe

2014-09-05 12:53

SADC health ministers are holding a two-day meeting in Zimbabwe to hammer out a regional strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic following cases of the virus in the DRC.

Mugabe could cause SADC 'democracy deficit'

2014-09-03 21:12

There could be a "democratic deficit" in the SADC during the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's tenure, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says.

Lesotho Parly likely to unseat PM – opposition

2014-09-02 12:57

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane is likely to be ousted when parliament convenes, following an agreement by the warring parties in the mountain nation to work together to restore stability.

Parties to reinstate Lesotho parliament

2014-09-01 21:58

Lesotho's ruling parties have agreed to lift a suspension of parliament ordered by the prime minister in June.

Lesotho PM asks SADC to send peace force after 'coup'

2014-09-01 14:36

Lesotho's exiled PM has called on the southern African regional block SADC to send peacekeeping troops to his country, after claiming that the army had seized power in a coup.

Zuma, Lesotho leaders in talks after 'coup'

2014-09-01 10:02

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly summoned Lesotho's political leaders for emergency talks following an apparent coup in the landlocked kingdom.

Attempt to kill top Lesotho military commander

2014-08-31 16:36

The attempted assassination of a top military commander has plunged Lesotho into further turmoil following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to South Africa.

Tsvangirai hints at anti-Mugabe protests

2014-08-22 14:56

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says his party could roll out protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government over its inability to improve a flagging economy.

Mugabe ridicules Tsvangirai’s call for fresh polls

2014-08-21 11:51

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly ridiculed former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s call for an early return to polls, labelling the demand a “joke”.

DRC army accused of executing PoWs

2014-08-18 18:55

Former rebels beaten last November by government and UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the army of executing 10 prisoners of war.

Reduce dependence on aid - Mugabe

2014-08-17 17:59

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has urged southern Africa to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

SADC calls for urgent Ebola measures

2014-08-07 05:00

Urgent preventive measures must be put in place across the SADC to ensure there is no outbreak of Ebola, health ministers have agreed.

Sugar imports not so sweet for Sadc producers

2014-07-24 12:28

Southern African sugar producers are in a pickle over imports flooding local markets and stretching demand, despite efforts to discourage dumping.

Special forces to take part in SADC training

2014-06-25 16:24

South Africa's special forces will take part in a joint multi-national training exercise in Angola with SADC special forces, the SA National Defence Force says.

Zim sends poll observers to SA – report

2014-05-05 20:27

Zimbabwe has reportedly sent observers to oversee South Africa's upcoming elections to be held on 7 May.

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.

 

Security threat worsening – Lesotho PM

2014-09-15 10:59

Prime Minister Tom Thabane says the security situation in Lesotho remains volatile and its parliament cannot reconvene under the current environment.

Too risky to arrest Lesotho coup leader - report

2014-09-14 11:06

Lesotho’s renegade army chief Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli has apparently resurfaced in Maseru despite facing treason charges, but police reportedly say it is too risky to arrest him.

Ebola: SADC agrees on travel restrictions

2014-09-09 14:36

SADC has reportedly agreed to impose travel restrictions on people coming into the region from countries affected by the Ebola virus.

Zuma to travel to Lesotho for peace talks

2014-09-08 15:37
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President Jacob Zuma is set to travel to Lesotho to discuss restoring "peace and stability" in the country, the international relations department says.

Church prays for bloodless Lesotho resolution

2014-09-05 15:31

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has welcomed the calmness in Lesotho following an apparent coup attempt last week.

Zimbabwe says Uganda's JLOS is Africa's best

2014-09-04 12:17

Zimbabwe has reportedly hailed Uganda's Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) saying the east African country runs one of the best JLOS on the continent.

Lesotho PM safely back home after 'coup'

2014-09-03 14:35

Lesotho’s embattled PM Tom Thabane, who fled to South Africa at the weekend after an apparent coup bid to oust him, has returned safely to his home country, an aide says.

Gunfire, power cuts rekindle tensions in Lesotho

2014-09-02 09:04

Gunfire and power cuts have rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru, as the mountain nation awaits the possible return of its exiled PM following an apparent coup.

Lesotho PM going home after 'coup'

2014-09-01 17:35

Lesotho's exiled Prime Minister is on his way home after claiming the military had tried to oust him.

Lesotho 'coup' a test for Mugabe – reports

2014-09-01 12:40

Zimbabwean media reports that the attempted coup in Lesotho gives President Robert Mugabe, who is the new Southern African Development chair, his first test in dealing with coups.

SADC leaders to meet over Lesotho unrest

2014-08-31 18:23

Foreign ministers of three Southern Africa Development Community member states will be discussing the recent events in Lesotho, Dirco has confirmed.

Chissano: 2-term limits not enough for African leaders

2014-08-25 11:52

Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano says two-term limits are too short for African leaders to implement their policies and ideas.

SA remains Ebola-free: Motsoaledi

2014-08-21 18:57

South Africa has no cases of the Ebola virus, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

SADC summit wraps up

2014-08-18 22:52

Southern African leaders have ended a two-day summit resolving to develop their industries to boost regional co-operation and set up a fund for its projects.

Zimbabwe police beat opposition protesters

2014-08-18 17:22

Zimbabwe police have beaten and arrested opposition activists and a journalist during a rally as regional leaders met for a key summit.

Zuma to SADC summit

2014-08-16 06:00

President Jacob Zuma is leading a delegation to the 34th ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Zimbabwe.

SA to host SADC meeting on Ebola

2014-08-06 10:47

South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department says.

'Cash-strapped' Zim ready to host SADC summit

2014-07-17 12:29

Zimbabwe says it is ready to host the 34th SADC summit, with a report saying, however that the cash-strapped government is banking on financial support from the private and corporate sectors to host the meeting.

Elections free, fair: AU observers

2014-05-09 13:17

The 2014 general elections have been free and fair, African Union election observer missions say.

SA welcomes international election observers

2014-05-05 20:20

The government has welcomed international election observers to SA ahead of the general elections.

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

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.

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