DRC delegates on benchmarking visit to Namibia


Delegates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's various government road sector institutions are on a benchmarking visit to Namibia.


The visit, which aims at sharing technical skills on the maintenance of roads, is a partnership between Road Fund Administrators within SADC and other organisations such as the Walvis Bay Corridor Group to pass road maintenance skills to those that are linked to the transport hub concept.


SADC integrated development agenda affected by economic challenges


Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, says the SADC integrated development agenda has been adversely affected by economic challenges, the recent global COVID-19 pandemic, and international geopolitics.

Hinda-Mbuende said this during the opening of the SADC Development Finance Institutions Chief Executive Officers Forum in Swakopmund.

She highlighted that these circumstances have resulted in ongoing challenges for governments and kingdoms within the SADC region in terms of providing essential support to development finance institutions.

Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Diaspora Engagement


SADC member states are finding ways to effectively harness the potential of their diaspora communities.

These were some of the reasons behind the Regional Capacity Development Workshop on Diaspora Engagement, which ended in Windhoek.

Even though the diaspora plays a significant role in the development of the SADC region, governments and other stakeholders still need to put in place policies and programmes that facilitate the contributions diaspora members make to their communities.

SADC proposes that ongoing conflict in eastern DRC be discussed at African Union and UN level


SADC has proposed that the issue of the ongoing conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) be escalated to the African Union and the United Nations.

President Hage Geingob, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, said this during a visit from Huang Xia at the State House.

Huang is the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region.

Geingob and Ramaphosa directed an audit on legal instruments before Bi-National Commission


President Hage Geingob and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, have directed that an audit of all legal instruments of cooperation be carried out before the meeting of the Bi-National Commission.

The directive was issued following official talks between Dr. Geingob and Ramaphosa at the Union Building in Pretoria.

The presidents, Geingob and Ramaphosa, say they evaluated progress in the implementation of previous decisions and agreements.

Senior Officials Meetings will reflect on international issues


South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation Director General Zane Dangor says the Senior Officials Meetings will also reflect on international issues with the view to continue aligning policy positions and strengthening cooperation in multilateral fora between the two sister countries.

This can be achieved by enhancing advocacy for the self-determination of the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as well as providing systematic support in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trans-Kalahari-Mamuno Border Post connects Namibia to African countries


The Trans-Kalahari-Mamuno Border Post is an important point of entry as it connects Namibia to other SADC countries and central Africa.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa, says it's for this reason that Namibia and Botswana's Bi-national Commission agreed to urgently introduce a One-Stop-Border-Post.

A one-stop border post is a port-of-entry environment in which two governments decide to co-locate their port-of-entry operations at a common land border crossing.

Political parties from Eswatini & Civil Society Organisations call on regional body to facilitate dialogue


Political parties from Eswatini and Civil Society Organisations from some SADC countries have called on the regional body to facilitate dialogue between role players in Africa's last absolute monarch.

The call was made at a media conference, which was held on the sidelines of the just-ended SADC Troika Summit in Windhoek.

The Kingdom of Eswatini has witnessed an intense uprising in recent years, a severe revolt since the abolishment of the multi-party system in the 1970s.