ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

I am not dead, says Zambia president

2014-09-19 15:22

Zambia’s elusive President Michael Sata has made a rare public appearance, opening a new session of parliament and declaring "I am not dead".

Mugabe's wife Grace completes PhD in 3 months

2014-09-19 10:27

Soon after being shoe-horned into the top ranks of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the wife of ageing leader Robert Mugabe has gained a PhD in orphanages, seen as the latest sign that she may be destined for the high office.

Frelimo man promises change

2014-09-18 23:21

The man likely to become Mozambique's next president has given the clearest indication yet of his political goals, vowing to redistribute wealth if elected this October.

Don't disrupt operations on white-owned farms - Zim minister

2014-09-18 14:54

Zimbabwe cannot afford to kick white farmers off the land and then import products such as milk from South Africa, a Zimbabwean minister says.

Russia's FM hails Mugabe as Africa's legend

2014-09-17 15:23
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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “African legend and historic figure”.

Ramaphosa to make peace in Lesotho

2014-09-16 15:43

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will act as the Southern African Development Community's facilitator in Lesotho.

Zimbabwe army to stay above politics

2014-09-15 18:35

Zimbabwe's army chief warned those jostling to succeed President Robert Mugabe not to try and drag the military into politics.

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.

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.

Dhlakama to hit the campaign trail

2014-09-11 21:15

Days after coming out of hiding to sign a peace deal with the government, Mozambican rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama said he is ready to start campaigning for presidential elections.

Outrage as Botswana journo charged with sedition

2014-09-11 07:42

A Botswana newspaper editor has been discharged with sedition after a story claimed President Ian Khama was involved in a car accident, prompting angry allegations of stifling press freedom.

Lesotho's 'renegade general' not in hiding – report

2014-09-10 14:23

A Lesotho army general thought to be in possession of a stockpile of weapons while hiding in the country’s mountains has been seen at a meeting in Maseru, a report says.

Mugabe the poorest among world leaders - wife

2014-09-10 13:08
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Zimbabwe’s first lady says her husband President Robert Mugabe is the "poorest president the world over", according to a report.

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: Chief’s daughter challenges male succession

2014-09-09 17:24

A complaint has been lodged with the African Commission about a law providing for male-only succession to chieftainship in Lesotho, Salc says.

Mugabe's anti-white remarks 'vile, vindictive'

2014-09-09 12:59
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s recent anti-white remarks have been condemned by his critics who said the veteran leader was not serious about resolving the country’s pressing issues.

Rare Seychelles snail found alive

2014-09-08 21:27

A Seychelles snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change, has reappeared in the wild.

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.

Basotho fear an attack at any time - police

2014-09-08 14:53

Lesotho citizens are reportedly living in fear as tensions continue to simmer in the mountain nation following last week’s attempted coup that forced PM Tom Thabane to flee the country.

Lesotho peace deal in doubt, Zuma to mediate

2014-09-08 11:23

Lesotho's PM says he would not reopen parliament, calling into question a South African-brokered peace deal which allowed him to return to the country after an attempted coup.

Military action only option against Lesotho general

2014-09-07 14:31

Lesotho's army commander says military action is now the only option against a general accused of masterminding an attempted coup.

Mugabe: Whites still in Zim should go back to England

2014-09-06 14:56

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says whites who are still in the country should go back to England.

Kenya poaching crisis a national disaster

2014-09-05 21:22

Kenya's government is under renewed pressure to declare a 'national disaster' because of the rampant slaughter of elephant and rhino.

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.

Moz peace deal: Botswana to lead military observers

2014-09-05 13:22

Botswana is set to lead a team of 23 foreign military observers who will monitor the implementation of the peace accord between Renamo and ruling Frelimo in Mozambique ahead of a crucial election.

 

Police, army exchange fire in Lesotho

2014-09-19 11:40

Police and the military have exchanged gunfire in Lesotho’s capital, the latest violence to rock Africa’s tiny mountain kingdom.

Ramaphosa 'encouraged' by Lesotho patriotism

2014-09-19 07:35

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been encouraged by the determination of Lesotho's political roleplayers to find a lasting solution to their challenges, his office says.

Top court rejects Zim’s complaint over EU sanctions

2014-09-18 16:51

The European Union’s top court has rejected the complaint of a Zimbabwean businessman and former government official who was hit by EU sanctions and was briefly detained at a British airport in 2007.

Zimbabwe police holding cells filthy

2014-09-17 20:39

Zimbabwean lawyers have decried reported assaults and the death of suspects in police custody, as well as conditions in holding cells they called unfit for human habitation.

Mugabe backs Russia

2014-09-16 19:26
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Zimbabwean's veteran president Robert Mugabe has voiced his support for Russia describing Western sanctions against Moscow as illegal.

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.

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.

SA, Mpuma, ready for Moz Ebola threat

2014-09-14 21:11

While neighbouring Mozambique is on a list of 15 countries at risk of animal-to-human transmission of Ebola, South Africa is not.

Lesotho deadlock prompts fresh crisis summit

2014-09-12 19:21

Lesotho's deadlocked political parties have failed to meet a deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.

Grace Mugabe is 'queen of the land'

2014-09-11 12:40
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Zimbabwean justice minister has reportedly told parliament that President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace is a “queen” who should be honoured by traditional leaders and opposition politicians.

Zambia's Sata appears in public after three-months

2014-09-10 21:09

Zambian president Michael Sata has appeared in public allaying concerns about the health of the 77-year-old leader that had mounted during a largely unexplained three-month absence from the public eye.

No corruption in my govt - Botswana leader

2014-09-10 14:23

President Ian Khama says Botswana is the only country in Africa where corruption suspects are investigated in order to ensure transparency.

Zuma gives Lesotho 2 days to open parliament

2014-09-10 10:02
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Lesotho coalition leaders have been given two days to agree on a date to open parliament by President Jacob Zuma, a report says.

Zuma in bid to rescue Lesotho peace deal

2014-09-09 21:05

South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Lesotho, in what is being seen as a last-ditch effort to resolve a political crisis amid calls for regional military intervention.

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 welcomes Moz peace deal

2014-09-09 05:00

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Renamo.

Mozambique parliament ratifies peace

2014-09-08 20:31

The Mozambican parliament has ratified a peace deal aimed at ending nearly two years of low-level warfare between the government and Renamo.

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.

I instil fear in Western leaders, says Mugabe

2014-09-08 12:30
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe claims the reason he is barred from attending international summits is because Western leaders are afraid of him.

Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF to elect VPs by secret ballot

2014-09-08 09:28

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party is set to choose the country’s two vice presidents through a secret ballot in December, media reports say.

Renegade Lesotho general seizes weapons

2014-09-05 22:28

A Lesotho general suspected of involvement in last week's attempted coup has seized army weapons in preparation for a possible stand-off.

Two officers die prepping for Zimbabwe air show

2014-09-05 21:22

Two officers have been killed in an aircraft crash preparing for Zimbabwe's air show.

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.

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.

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