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25 Jan 2018 description

Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells persistency in northern and southern parts of the SADC Region during the period of 24 - 29 January 2018

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, northern DRC, southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland, southwestern Zimbabwe and southern fringes of Zambia.

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23 Jan 2018 description

Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells over southern parts of the SADC Region

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, southern Mozambique, Swaziland and some parts of Lesotho.

04 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Several countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Zimbabwe, on Monday evening experienced an earth tremor described by a seismologist as out of the ordinary.

Times Live of South Africa, quoting TMG Digital, reported the tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale in Gauteng occurred earlier in the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng before another one hit in the evening.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa

Key Messages

13 Apr 2015 description


  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

11 Mar 2015 description


•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.

•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.

05 Dec 2014 description


  • The season started slowly with a delays over most parts of the region. A delay of one or two dekad(s) was observed.

  • Over eastern part of the region covering the southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the southern Mozambique and northern part of South Africa was drier than normal.

  • Some wet spots were observed during this period, spreading over eastern DRC, west and south of Tanzania, central Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

03 Sep 2013 description

New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it

September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

29 Jul 2013 description

Government has declared 2013/14 a drought year following an assessment. The food insecure rural population is estimated at 372,479 (49% of the rural population), 18.4% of the total population .
Government is planning to undertake a number of interventions.

20 Mar 2013 description

1) Since the beginning of the year, several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has worsened ground conditions and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout northern Namibia and southern Angola. Many local areas have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January. With little to no rain forecast during the upcoming outlook period, relief is unlikely as the seasonal rains weaken during March.

27 Apr 2012 description
report UN Women

UN Women co-sponsored a side-event on advancing HIV prevention among young people, at this year’s Commission on Population and Development in New York on 25 April. Dr. Carol Underwood, a health and communications expert, spoke at the event.

She has examined the gendered nature of HIV risk as the co-author of a new paper: Structural determinants of adolescent girls’ vulnerability to HIV: Views from community members in Botswana, Malawi, and Mozambique.

20 Mar 2012 description

Minimal acute food insecurity across the region

Currently, most parts of the region remain generally food secure, despite the current peak of the lean season. The green harvest and targeted food distribution programs are helping to ameliorate acute food insecurity in areas facing food shortages due to poor harvests during the last agricultural production season.

19 Mar 2012 description

Release date: 19-03-2012


  • Tropical cyclones and tropical storms bring more rain to Madagascar and Mozambique

  • Dry spell affects cropping in southern parts of the region, including Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Southern Malawi, southern Mozambique and southern Zimbabwe

29 Feb 2012 description

Lean season peaks, but food security conditions remain favorable over most parts

Key Messages

  • Food security remains favorable over most parts of Southern Africa with most staple foods being readily available on local markets and in some cases, on‐farm. Conditions are expected to remain stable, gradually improving as consumption of seasonal crops increases and the early season and main maize harvests become available.

07 Sep 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund
  1. INTRODUCTION Since the beginning of the 1990s, HIV/AIDS has greatly affected the lives of many around the world, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Children are especially vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, and its adverse consequences are not expected to subside in the near future. In 2010, the total number of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach 50 million, with around 20 percent of those being orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS (Webb, 2010).
03 Jun 2011 description

3 June 2011 - Keetie Roelen

This weekend marks the fifth Global Partners Forum (GPF) on Children affected by HIV and AIDS. Held in New York and hosted by UNICEF, the GPF serves as a platform for organisations playing part in the global response to HIV and AIDS to discuss and advance its agenda, particularly with respect to children.