Mar. 2015 Southern African News Features by Kizito Sikuka - SANF 15 no 10
Late rains and floods that affected most parts of southern Africa late last year and early this year have subdued the overall food security situation in the region, which has otherwise been impressive over the last few years.
This was said by the SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Lawrence Stergomena Tax at the recent SADC Council of Ministers meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 6-7 March.
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SANF 05 no 51
by Juakali Kambale
The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the process of developing a new constitution, which should pave the way for general elections scheduled for later this year.
The draft constitution was adopted by parliament in May, but before entering into force, the new constitution has to be submitted to a referendum.
Analysts say the draft constitution is the most liberal the country has ever had. According to the new constitution the president can be elected for a maximum of two five-year terms.
The agreement between Angola and Zambia to reconstruct the life-line Benguela railway is the latest example of practical commitment to regional integration in southern Africa and economic development on the continent.
The US$60 million project to rebuild the Benguela rail line is a direct dividend of the peace process that ended a protracted civil war that, for 27 years, tore apart and slowed down Angola's otherwise vibrant economy.
Harare - At least 150 people have died in the flooding in central and southern Mozambique, and dozens of others are missing, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi told the country's parliament.
Briefing the Assembly on the floods, he said that a definitive death toll could only be given once the waters had subsided, communications could be re-established and it would be possible "to assess with greater precision the number of lives lost in this present disaster".
Harare - The Pan-African Women conference on "Culture of Peace in Africa" adopted a Declaration that seeks to promote peace on the continent by involving the active participation of women in peace talks. The conference was held on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar in May 1999.
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