Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).
The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 9th April 2018 handed over the second HIV and AIDS Cross Border Wellness Clinic situated at the Tlokweng border to the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness.
The three-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Conference started on 26th March, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa under the theme; Resilience for Sustainable Development with a call for renewed commitment to accelerate the implementation of the DRR frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for DRR (SFDRR) (2015 – 2030) and the African Union Programme of Action for DRR.
The United Nations (UN) Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) met with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the UN Headquarters in New York on 14 February 2018, to discuss on ways that will ensure continued support to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB).- MONUSCO, through the SADC FIB, continues to conduct offensive operations against negative forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the eastern territory-.
The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax met the Head of Regional Delegation of ICRC for Southern Africa, Mr. Vincent Cassard at the SADC Secretariat Headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana on 12th February 2018.