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38th SADC Communique 17-18 August 2018

38th SADC Communique 17-18 August 2018

Version of 18/08/2018 08:50 COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 38th SADC SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT SAFARI COURT CONFERENCE CENTRE WINDHOEK NAMIBIA 17th – 18th AUGUST, 2018 1. The 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at Safari Court Conference Centre, in Windhoek, the Republic of Namibia, on ...

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38th Sadc Summit: A momentous occasion

38th Sadc Summit: A momentous occasion

KIZITO SIKUKA WINDHOEK – No  matter how one would want to look at it, the annual summit of southern African leaders which begins tomorrow will be momentous in more ways than one. For the first time in history, none of the Founding Fathers of the Southern African Development Community (sadc) will participate during the 38th sadc Summit. sadc, formerly the ...

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A Bahá’í Perspective

A Bahá’í Perspective

Genuine, lasting and universal friendships FLORA TECKIE The International Day of Friendship – celebrated globally on 30 July – is a reminder of the great value in genuine friendships and lasting fellowships. We often wonder what kind of friendships are lasting and how to have genuine friendships – the kind that do not end after a couple of arguments? We ...

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When the state is weak, constitutional reforms are a prerequisite

When the state is weak, constitutional reforms are a prerequisite

The main function of the state is to sustain and maintain order and stability in society. The state is made up of different institutions (government) to provide services for the public. Government is part of the state, but its temporary; it is the means through which the state is brought into operation, and it exercises impersonal authority. In its broadest ...

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A new dawn for African migrants

A new dawn for African migrants

Leaders show commitment to better migration policy by approving free movement of people across Africa. It has taken over 25 years, but the African Union (AU) has at last endorsed the idea of free movement of people in Africa. On January 29, the AU summit adopted the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to Free Movement ...

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Winds of change blow through Southern Africa

Winds of change blow through Southern Africa

But is it real change or just an evolution from one-man states to one-party states? It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after 38 years in power. He was replaced by Defence Minister, ...

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Reforms are not a panacea

Reforms are not a panacea

When Lesotho transitioned from single-party politics to volatile coalition politics in 2012, it became apparent to all and sundry that the post-independence constitutional design had lost its elasticity. Consequently, the reforms agenda emerged to occupy the centre-stage in the public discourse. It took some time to be accepted by all the political players, but now it is indisputably the only ...

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Lesotho political parties’ inclusive reforms pledge

Lesotho political parties’ inclusive reforms pledge

Continued from last week . . . In signing the inclusive Reforms Process Pledge before the June 3, 2017 elections, the Lesotho political parties together with international observers, envisaged that no party shall renege on this important National Programme. All 29 political parties in Lesotho, College of Chiefs, Christian Council of Lesotho, Independent Electoral Commission and Lesotho NGOs; together with ...

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Will Jacob Zuma be ousted as SA’s president?

Will Jacob Zuma be ousted as SA’s president?

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s scandal-hit president, may not see out his second term now that the governing African National Congress (ANC) party has elected Cyril Ramaphosa its leader. For the last few years Mr. Ramaphosa has been Mr. Zuma’s deputy, but their relationship has been an uneasy one. Mr. Ramaphosa ran on an anti-corruption ticket, and many believe this means ...

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Africa tackles inequalities in education

Africa tackles inequalities in education

At the dawn of independence, incoming African leaders were quick to prioritise education on their development agendas. Attaining universal primary education, they maintained, would help post-independence Africa lift itself out of abject poverty. As governments began to build schools and post teachers even to the farthest corners of the continent, with help from religious organisations and other partners, children began ...

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