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SA and Zambia relations to create peace, stability in the continent
12 October 2017, 8:30 PM

South Africa says it’s looking forward to working with Zambia in an effort to push development and create peace and stability on the continent.

President Jacob Zuma, who’s on a two-day state visit to Zambia told his counterpart President Edgar Lungu that the two countries will continue to tap into each other’s experience as they seek to better the relations.

The visit will also see Oliver Tambo being honoured as the house he used to live in would be declared a national heritage site.

It’s probably that feeling of sameness that president Zuma went through as he experienced the guard of honour on his arrival.

With pomp and ceremony out of the way, it was down to business.

The two countries also signed several memoranda of understanding, from arts and culture, tourism and to the cooperation between the national broadcasters.

South African businesses are a regular feature in Zambia. Exports in 2016 amounted to R30 billion, but both countries want this increased. They addressed the business forum which explored various opportunities for both countries.

There’s no doubt that the two countries enjoy excellent relations.

But these two nations know that if poverty persists, the progress registered in the past years can easily be reversed.

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– By Mzwandile Mbeje

SA and Zambia relations to create peace, stability in the continent
12 October 2017, 8:30 PM

South Africa says it’s looking forward to working with Zambia in an effort to push development and create peace and stability on the continent.

President Jacob Zuma, who’s on a two-day state visit to Zambia told his counterpart President Edgar Lungu that the two countries will continue to tap into each other’s experience as they seek to better the relations.

The visit will also see Oliver Tambo being honoured as the house he used to live in would be declared a national heritage site.

It’s probably that feeling of sameness that president Zuma went through as he experienced the guard of honour on his arrival.

With pomp and ceremony out of the way, it was down to business.

The two countries also signed several memoranda of understanding, from arts and culture, tourism and to the cooperation between the national broadcasters.

South African businesses are a regular feature in Zambia. Exports in 2016 amounted to R30 billion, but both countries want this increased. They addressed the business forum which explored various opportunities for both countries.

There’s no doubt that the two countries enjoy excellent relations.

But these two nations know that if poverty persists, the progress registered in the past years can easily be reversed.

Thursday 12 October 2017 20:30

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Zuma in Tanzania to strengthen ties
11 May 2017, 9:06 AM

President Jacob Zuma is in Tanzania to strengthen trade and investment between the two countries.

He will meet his counterpart, John Magufuli on Thursday.

The president accompanied by six ministers, arrived in the east African country on Wednesday night.

First lady, Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma is also part of the visiting delegation.

President Zuma, together with President Magufuli, will sign the National Commission in a bid to increase trade.

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– By Mzwandile Mbeje

SADC tackles political challenges in DRC and Lesotho
18 March 2017, 7:17 AM

The SADC Troika summit held a meeting Friday night to discuss the volatile situation in the eastern DRC and the political uncertainty in Lesotho.

SADC chairperson King Mswati III and President Jacob Zuma were joined by the SADC facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Troika summit received a report from the SADC facilitator on Lesotho. The mountain kingdom is due to hold elections in just over two months after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on Prime Minister Phakathili Mosisidi.

Lesotho has been battling political impasse for some time now. They also discussed the resurgent conflicts in the eastern DRC.

With the DRC undergoing its own political challenges at the moment, the regional body would want to see the matter resolved before it escalates further.

On Saturday, the heads of state of SADC will meet to consider a number of issues. Among them, the application of Burundi and Comoros to join.

– By Mzwandile Mbeje

SADC to decide on inclusion of Burundi, Comoros
17 March 2017, 7:34 PM

The 15 member Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc is expected to make a decision whether to accept the two countries which have applied to join the regional body. Burundi and Comoros want to be part of the Southern African grouping.

“Burundi remains divided after the disputed stay of its president’s in power. Possibly issues SADC will have to consider. Comoros on the hand would likely pose no difficulties. But another bugbear for the region is the DRC president Joseph Kabila who has exceeded his mandate, and the east is shaky,” said president Jacob Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Nqulunga.

Conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the political situation in Lesotho will also be on the agenda.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend while Cyril Ramaphosa will give a progress report on the Lesotho situation.

For the past year, the tiny kingdom of Swaziland has been the chair of the SADC regional body – the first time ever since its inception in 1992. And this weekend Mbabane plays host to regional leaders with much on its plate.

Besides dealing with issues in the DRC and Lesotho, they will determine the fate of Burundi and the Union of Comoros which have applied to join.

Despite sporadic incidents in DRC and political uncertainty in Lesotho, SADC remains the most stable region on the continent.

South Africa, as the next chair, will want to use that to advance regional economic integration.

The summit will take place on Saturday.

It will also discuss food security following the armyworm outbreak currently affecting crop production.

– By Mzwandile Mbeje

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