ARTICLES RELATING TO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Rescind ban on punishment at schools - union

2015-01-30 21:00

A teachers union in Zimbabwe says it wants President Robert Mugabe to rescind a ban on corporal punishment in schools.

Court acquits 4 on Mugabe insult charges

2015-01-30 11:19

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has cleared four people of charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe, rights lawyers say.

Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women

2015-01-29 15:39
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Zimbabwe president and soon-to-be-elected AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, says the representation of women in European parliaments isn’t good enough to warrant them advising Africans about the issue.

Mugabe explains controversial indigenisation policy

2015-01-29 08:52

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has told a visiting French delegation that his controversial indigenisation policy "only relates to resource-based operations", a report says.

Video: Grace Mugabe's animals wreak havoc

2015-01-28 13:24

Villagers from Zimbabwe’s Manzou Estate in central Mazowe district are leading a difficult life after animals were released on a farm they are living on - which First Lady wife Grace Mugabe reportedly wants to turn into a game park.

Madagascar storm death toll climbs

2015-01-27 22:23

Sixty eight people have been killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago.

Mozambique floods claim more lives

2015-01-27 05:41

The death toll from flooding in parts of Mozambique has risen to 117, with more than 157 000 people affected.

Mugabe must go demo 'dents' Zimbabwe's image

2015-01-26 14:16

Zimbabwe's international image has been dented after President Robert Mugabe was heckled by protesters in Zambia’s capital Lusaka over the weekend, political analysts say.

Zuma congratulates Zambia’s new leader Lungu

2015-01-25 16:00

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Zambia’s new president-elect Edgar Lungu with a commitment that the two countries would work closely together.

Zambia's new president Lungu sworn into office

2015-01-25 11:29

Zambia’s new president Edgar Lungu has taken the oath of office to become the country’s sixth president after narrowly winning a vote rejected by the opposition.

Lungu wins Zambia's disputed presidential race

2015-01-25 07:41

Zambia’s defence minister Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front, has narrowly won the country’s presidential race, the electoral commission says after an election marred by delays.

Malawi flood victims in dire need

2015-01-23 22:30

Tens of thousands of people urgently need clean water, food, shelter and medical care across southern Africa.

Zambian newspaper calls poll win for Lungu

2015-01-23 12:20

Zambia’s ruling party candidate, Edgar Lungu, is headed for victory in this week’s presidential election after building what appears to be an unassailable lead against his rival, a report says.

Namibia mass land action urged

2015-01-23 05:00

Members of a new land movement have called on all young and landless Namibians to join a mass action and apply for a plot of land in every town.

Mugabe 'sorry' for long holiday

2015-01-22 20:39

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has returned home from his annual holiday in the Far East and apologised for extending his stay abroad.

Zambia ruling party candidate takes early lead in vote

2015-01-22 13:55

Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu is leading in the race to replace the late president Michael Sata, authorities say, as voting continues in parts of the country.

Zim set to give white farmers 90 days to vacate farms

2015-01-22 12:07
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The Zimbabwean government is set to give the remaining white farmers at least 90 days to vacate their farms, as the southern African country intensifies its land grabs, according to a report.

Businesses save Kalahari elephant

2015-01-22 05:00

Local business people in Namibia have stepped in to save an elephant bull roaming commercial farms that had been branded a problem animal.

Zambian police teargas opposition

2015-01-21 16:56

Zambian police have fired tear gas to disperse around 100 supporters of the leading opposition candidate in the presidential election.

Grace Mugabe seeks to control more land

2015-01-21 16:56
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A new twist on the long struggle over land in Zimbabwe is now pitting powerful figures in the ruling party, which formerly was a liberation movement against oppressive white rule, against poor tenants in the southern African nation.

Zambian vote extended after bad weather

2015-01-20 22:30

Some voting in a Zambian presidential by-election will be carried over electoral authorities say after bad weather prevented election materials from reaching all polling places.

Claims of fraud as Zambians vote for president

2015-01-20 16:31

One of the frontrunners in Zambia’s presidential elections has cried fraud just hours after polling stations opened in a tightly contested race to replace Michael Sata, who died in office last year.

Zambia polls: A tight race between Lungu and Hichilema

2015-01-20 14:18

Edgar Lungu, leader of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), is seen having a slight edge over main rival Hakainde Hichilema as Zambians flock to the poll to choose their next leader.

 

Robert Mugabe takes over as new AU chair

2015-01-30 13:00
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has taken over the post of African Union chair, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Increase in number of mentally ill in Zim

2015-01-29 19:22

Zimbabwe Health Minister David Parirenyatwa says the country’s continued economic hardships have contributed the increase of people suffering from mental illness.

AU 'mixed signals' as Mugabe tipped for top job

2015-01-29 14:19

African leaders are expected to elect Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe to the 54-member AU’s rotating chair, a choice critics say risks tarnishing the organisation’s reputation.

Fourth student suicide in week in Zimbabwe

2015-01-28 14:20

A fourth student has killed himself in Zimbabwe, a report says, adding he was found hanging from a tree by his father.

Zimbabwe refugees jailed

2015-01-28 05:00

A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced four villagers who were displaced by floods last year to five years in jail each for taking part in demonstrations that rocked the camp they and thousands of others were sheltering in.

Shivambu congratulates Zambia's Lungu

2015-01-27 20:54

The Economic Freedom Fighters have congratulated the Patriotic Front in Zambia for winning the recent elections.

Electing Mugabe AU chair 'will send a wrong message to Africa'

2015-01-27 18:19
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Electing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the African Union chairmanship would send a wrong message to African citizens, civil society organisations have reportedly said.

Namibia to beef up rhino, elephant protection

2015-01-27 05:00

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhino and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year, it says.

Zambia's new leader drops white VP Scott

2015-01-26 18:04

Zambia's newly-elected president Edgar Lungu has dropped vice president Guy Scott – who was briefly Africa’s only white leader – from his administration.

Comoros votes ahead of 2016 presidential race

2015-01-26 10:08

Voters have gone to the polls in the chronically unstable Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros in a parliamentary election seen as a test for former leader Abdallah Sambi.

Dlamini-Zuma congratulates Zambia after polls

2015-01-25 14:06

The AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Zambia for holding successful elections, which set an example for the rest of the continent.

Video : Zambians chant 'Mugabe must go'

2015-01-25 11:07

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly come face to face with Zambian protesters who expressed their dislike for him over his continued 35-years grip on power.

Opposition concedes defeat in Zambian election

2015-01-24 20:29

Edgar Lungu, the candidate of the ruling Patriotic Front party, looks set to become Zambia's new president after opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema conceded defeat while claiming electoral fraud.

Lungu keeps slim lead in Zambia

2015-01-23 19:36

Zambia's ruling party presidential candidate Edgar Lungu is keeping a slim lead over his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema as counting continues.

We don't entertain outside interference, Mugabe tells former ally

2015-01-23 08:04

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired a salvo at former governing Zanu-PF administration chief Didymus Mutasa for seeking external intervention to resolve the party’s internal problems.

China planning Namibia navy base?

2015-01-22 21:40

The Namibian government has dismissed as fabricated local media reports that China is planning to construct a naval base along Namibia's coast.

Grace Mugabe's park gets game

2015-01-22 16:39

Villagers in Zimbabwe are taking legal action after animals were released on a farm they are living on.

Zim man arrested for bogus rape claim

2015-01-22 13:16

A Zimbabwean man who claimed he had been raped by women on five separate occasions has been arrested for making false reports, according to state media.

Pangolin poachers caught in Zim

2015-01-22 10:29

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested five pangolin poachers in two separate incidents.

Zambia delays poll results

2015-01-21 20:17

Zambia's electoral body has delayed the announcement of presidential election results after voting was extended and the opposition alleged fraud.

Polls: Zambian ruling party takes early lead

2015-01-21 16:56

Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party candidate Edgar Lungu has taken an early lead in a presidential election that ran into a second day after heavy rains disrupted voting.

Boats, oxen deployed to save Zambia's rain-hit polls

2015-01-21 13:08

Boats and ox-wagons have deployed to get ballot papers to parts of Zambia hit by torrential rains as presidential elections are extended for a second day.

Botswana prisoners wait for ARVs

2015-01-20 21:14

Foreign prisoners in Botswana with HIV/Aids will have to wait longer before they receive free anti-retroviral medication from government.

Botswana court denies Zim man change of plea

2015-01-20 14:18

A Botswana court has denied a Zimbabwean national a request to change his plea after he allegedly made a false statement that led to him obtaining a Botswana national identity card nearly three years ago.

Video: Rescue teams face challenges in Malawi floods

2015-01-20 13:09

Flooding has continued to overwhelm Malawi with rescue teams saying their biggest challenge is to access the most hit areas.

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