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23 Nov 2009 description

A two-day joint meeting of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and AIDS was officially opened in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland on Thursday, 12 November 2009 by the Right Honourable Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

In his address, the Prime Minister urged SADC Member States to implement SADC policy documents on HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The meeting, which will culminate in the commemoration of Malaria Week starting on Friday 13 November 2009, follows on the heels of a similar meeting held in Durban, South Africa from 15th to 16th …

03 Sep 2009 description


October to March constitutes the main rainfall season over most of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. From October to December 2009, most of the western parts of conterminous SADC will have an increased chance of receiving normal to below-normal rainfall with the exception of extreme west of Angola, northern Mozambique, bulk of Malawi and eastern parts of Zambia which are expected to receive above-normal rainfall. The eastern part of conterminous SADC is likely to have an increased chance of receiving normal to above-normal rainfall.

21 May 2009 description

SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 21st May 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa, Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, hosted the meeting. A 3-day meeting of Senior Officials preceded the meeting of the Ministers.

31 Mar 2009 description

Regional Overview

Rainfall Performance

There was a significant reduction in rains in most parts of the region in the period 21-31 March 2009. The central and southern parts of the region were largely dry, with only a few areas getting light showers. Even though the rainfall season is nearing its end, these areas are expected to receive more rains in the period under review. Meanwhile, there were some good rains received in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Malawi, northern Mozambique, northeastern Zambia and the uni-modal rainfall areas of Tanzania.

20 Mar 2009 description


Heavy rains in Angola and Namibia in February and March have caused flooding in these two countries. The worst affected areas are in the border area of Angola and Namibia, particularly in the Cuvelai basin that covers Cunene (Angola), Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto. An Emergency has been declared by the Government of Namibia, where close to 100 people have drowned from the floods.

24 Feb 2009 description


Outlook Highlights

- Above-normal rains over northeast continental SADC, bulk of Madagascar.

- Normal to above - normal rainfall is expected over most parts of continental SADC, south and eastern Madagascar and Mauritius.

- Northern DRC and bulk of Tanzania, and the southwest of contiguous SADC should experience normal to below normal rainfall


The rains have persisted in across most of SADC countries as season reaches peak. Flash floods have occurred in places.

15 Feb 2009 description


Seasonal rainfall performance has generally been good for most parts of the SADC region so far except for central and southern Mozambique, Lesotho, Tanzania and southern Madagascar where below average rains have been received.

Problems of access to inputs have been experienced in a number of SADC countries, but more seriously in Lesotho and Zimbabwe.