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Refugees, Asylum Seekers in South Africa Brace For New Regulations

Refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia and other troubled African countries seeking a new life in South Africa are bracing themselves for tighter regulations as part of planned government amendments. Several dozen Somali men and women mill around the offices of human rights lawyers in Pretoria, showing the papers they have brought with them to...

Soutnern African Nations Urge Faster Progress on Zimbabwe Power Sharing

A SADC summit in Johannesburg urged Zimbabwe's political rivals to move faster to resolve differences. The Southern African Development Community called for South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique to appoint officials to a team to assist implementation of the country's power-sharing agreement.The multi-party Joint Monitoring and Implementation...

World Bank: Developing Country Growth Outpacing Rich Nations

The World Bank has released its annual forecast on the global economy.  While it predicts growth in the coming years, the forecast varies sharply between rich and developing countries. The forecast for developing countries actually is better than that for developed nations. But the report says developing nations should “shift from crisis-fighting...

Brazilian Company Opens $1.7 Billion Mine in Mozambique

Brazilian mining giant Vale has opened a coal mine in Mozambique, as the impoverished country seeks to exploit its vast coal reserves.Mozambican President Armando Guebuza presided over a ceremony Sunday in Moatize, in western Tete province.Vale has invested $1.7 billion in the project. Officials say the mine will begin exporting coal later this...

Southern Africa Region Slams Mugabe

The regional Southern African Development Community or SADC has delivered a sharp rebuke to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing the global political agreement which is the foundation stone of the two-year-old inclusive government. The SADC also decided to call for an extra ordinary...

Madagascar's Interim President to Form New Transitional Government

The government of Madagascar's de facto president Andry Rajoelina has resigned, in line with a regional mediation proposal to lead the country out of a two-year political crisis.  On Thursday, several opposition parties signed an agreement recognizing Mr. Rajoelina as president until elections are held.  But two key parties did not sign the...

Greater Support Urged for Private Sector in Post-Conflict Africa

“A strong private sector is crucial to broad based economic growth, and this is especially true to post conflict African states such as Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone as well as a host of others in Africa, ”says Hany Besada, a senior researcher and the head of the Development Corporation Program at the North-South Institute in Ottawa,...

Disagreement Persists on SADC Madagascar Proposal

A southern African mediator says a proposed deal to end Madagascar's political crisis will be concluded in a few days despite the main political parties rejecting it.  Andry Rajoelina, who seized presidential power in a 2009 coup, has threatened to move ahead if the deal is not signed soon, while deposed President Marc Ravalomanana says no...

Somalia: Not Enough Ships to Stop Pirate Attacks

-- With the killing this week of four Americans by Somali pirates, there is renewed debate over how to deal with the piracy problem. Among those studying the issue is Professor Peter Lehr of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, author of the book Violence at Sea: Piracy in the Age of Global Terrorism. Needle in a haystack Somali piracy has...

Ethiopian Asylum Seekers Suffocate in Truck in Mozambique

The United Nations refugee agency said it has just recently learned that eight Ethiopian asylum seekers died February 2 from suffocation aboard a closed container truck in Mozambique. The UNHCR reported the men were among a group of 26 young Ethiopians trying to reach South Africa. The UN refugee agency said the Ethiopian asylum seekers had been...

Southern Africa May Face Worst Flooding in Decades

In the coming months, parts of southern Africa may experience the worst flooding in the last 20 or 30 years.  That’s the warning Monday from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It says the La Nina weather phenomenon has brought heavier than normal rainfall, destroying thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops so far.  The...

Over 700,000 Mozambican Children Still Studying in Open Air

Over 700,000 Mozambican children are currently studying in the open air, deprived of minimal conditions for learning. This is considered to be a situation that negatively affects their educational progress. According to the Minister of Education, Zeferino Martins, there has been no improvement in the number of children being taught outside, a...

Connection to Cocaine Seized in South Africa

Three Mozambicans are among six people arrested in South Africa after the seizure of 312 kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 316 million rands (47.7 million US dollars). According to reports in the South African press, the cocaine was hidden among bags of rice in a container that was unloaded at the port of Durban. But Durban was...

In Malawi, Traditional Dance Called ‘Wicked’

Nyau is a secret society whose membership is usually open only to the Chewas in central Malawi. The tribe is mainly known for Gule wankulu, or Nyau -- literally its “big dance,” performed by masked men called spirits.  It’s restricted to the men of the Chewa ethnic group. Dyson Gonthi is the director of Chewa Cultural Heritage and Development, a...

South Africans Bask in Success of 2010 World Cup

Although the 2010 Football World Cup ended nearly six months ago, many people in South Africa are still basking in warm memories of the event, and most say it was the highlight of the year.  For the organizers and the South African government it was the culmination of years of hard work.  People in South Africa still recall the excitement of...