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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.

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.

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.

04 Oct 2011 description
report Voice of America

A major study has found that a hormonal contraceptive widely used in Africa appears to double a woman's chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The study also suggests that when HIV-positive women used the injectable contraceptive, their male partners were twice as likely to become infected compared to male partners of women who had used no contraception.

The report was published this week in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Most of the women tested in the study used the contraceptive Depo-Provera.

08 Mar 2011 description

Staple food prices rise seasonally as lean season peaks

Key Messages

Food security conditions remain favorable over most parts of Southern Africa with most staple foods being readily available on local markets and in some cases, on-farm.

09 Feb 2011 description


- In Mozambique, 23,632 families have been affected by floods and around 20,000 ha of crops damaged;

- Heavy rains in Madagascar have killed 15 people and injured 7;

- In South Africa, 91 people have been killed and 321 injured due to storms and flooding;

- With more rainfall forecasted for much of southern Africa, it is expected that localized flooding will continue to occur across the region, especially in Mozambique and Madagascar.

07 Feb 2011 description


FAO helps governments prepare as rising waters threaten food security

Rome, 7 February 2011 - Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal rains persist.

This is raising concern about the food security of the affected population in the poorer parts of the sub-region over the coming months.

With the rainy season still only half way through, and with the cyclone season due to peak in February, …

29 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - This has been an exciting year for the fight against HIV, with dramatic developments in biomedical HIV prevention and a record five million people receiving life-prolonging treatment. It has also been a year fraught with funding difficulties and the continued discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized groups.

11 Nov 2010 description


Phase 2 of the Global Health Research Initiative's Capacity Building for HIV/AIDS Prevention Trials in Africa program (2009-2014) is designed to strengthen research capacity for African-led HIV/AIDS prevention trials in sub-Saharan Africa, a region which remains at the centre of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Following the launch of the new five year program in 2009, a call for proposals was developed and a merit review competition was held in early 2010.

13 Sep 2010 description
report BioMed Central


Background: HIV testing with counseling is an integral component of most national HIV and AIDS prevention strategies in southern Africa.