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South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. The African Union (abbreviated AU in English, and UA in its other official languages) is a union consisting of 54 African States. 5.0/5

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African Youth Union Executive secretary giving some Career guidance to youths in Soweto, South Africa.
Haitian Ambassador to South Africa, Jacques Junior Baril says finally being part of the African Union (AU)...
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has assured African Union ambassadors that the law in South Africa protects all foreign nationals
Dabiri-Erewa wants African Union to stop xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa -
Nigeria urges African Union to intervene over 'South Africa killings'
calls on South Africa to lobby states on continent to ensure that Israel never obtain an observer seat at the African Union.
On this day 23 May in 1994, South Africa joined the Organisation of Africa Union now known as the African Union (AU) h…
has flown a total of 108 of its troops to South Africa for African Union training
Appearing at an African Union summit in South Africa on Friday, actress Angelina Jolie, who is also a United Nations Special Envoy on
President Robert Mugabe criticised South Africa and Nigeria during the African Union (AU) Summit at the weekend.
The ICC calls on South Africa to arrest Omar al-Bashir, as the Sudanese president arrives in Johannesburg to attend an African Union summit.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to travel to South Africa for an African Union summit
President Buhari IN SA FOR AU SUMMIT: President Buhari is currently in South Africa for the 25th African Union...
Nigeria's former leaders Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar in South Africa as guests on that African Union.
The President also says that South Africa will also submit a report to the African Union and the United Nations on the steps taken
AFRICA DEFINE YOURSELF: THE ASCENDING OF President Robert Mugabe INTO THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE AFRICAN UNION FOR 2015, GIVES President Zuma AND SOUTH AFRICA AN ADVANTAGEOUS OPPORTUNITY TO TRACTION THEIR LEADERSHIP ROLE IN DEMANDING THE REFORM OF UN Security Council By Senzo Scholar President Jacob Zuma is serving his last term as an executive president of the Republic of South Africa. Same applies to President Robert Mugabe, the age has somewhat compelled him to serve his last term as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Accordingly this is the very last chance for both President Zuma and Mugabe to spearhead the African Union Assembly. It is more interesting and exciting for Pan Africanists, the fact that President Robert Mugabe will be the chairperson of the African Union for year 2015. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission is Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for year 2015-16. This therefore place South African Development Community SADC to be the most influential block within the African Union ...
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In an effort to scale up services for HIV/AIDS, the Ministry of Health, Uganda AIDS Commission, the UN family (UNAIDS, UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, WFP,) and Partners are launching a national campaign using football and other sports as a platform to raise awareness about HIV and mobilize young people to commit to HIV prevention and access services. The campaign dubbed “Protect the Goal Campaign” was started by the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, and was first launched at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and later on in Brazil in 2014. This global advocacy initiative harnesses the power of sports that attracts millions of people, to bring HIV into public domain. Following the International launch, the Heads of African States including our President, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the 23rd Ordinary Session of African Union meeting held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 23rd to 27th June 2014, then committed themselves to the Global "Protect the Goal" Campaign and signed on the symbol – the bal ...
African Union (AU) [A-] | [A+] The African Union (AU) is a union consisting of 54 African States. The only all-African state that is not a member is Morocco. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa to replace the Organisation of African Unity…
Claims by Lesotho’s Prime Minister that a coup d’état was under way in his country raised alarm at the end of August, but SADC successfully intervened to prevent a military takeover. As the situation remains tense, warranting the attention of the PSC, it is fitting that the PSC reminds the political and military factions of the AU’s total rejection of unconstitutional changes of government and expresses its support for SADC. Lesotho has not been on the agenda of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), nor has it figured as a concern for the African Union (AU), due to the relative stability in the mountain kingdom, which is completely surrounded by South Africa. Instead, its peaceful changeover from the 14-year rule of former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili to a new coalition led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane in 2012 has been considered a positive example for the rest of the continent. This positive democratic evolution ended when violence broke out on 30 August after elements of the Lesotho Defe ...
IBOTA N' OGBE (28) Jacob Zuma's Protest: Barack Obama's advice IN 2013, when President Barack Obama visited South Africa, in a joint press interview with President Jacob Zuma, Zuma asked why the west, European Union, EU, and America, were angry at African Nations for bilateral trade with China. He went on to state that the world had arrived at a global village where each nation, who desire uplifting the economic wellbeing of their people, reach out to other nations, who could be of help. The EU and America are no exceptions. They both have investments in China as China too has investments in both. Barack Obama replied that they were not against African nations seeking their developmental interest from any where which includes China. But that he wish African nations to rather add values to their raw materials and mineral resources instead of selling them raw and by the time the end products come back to Africa in form of industrial hardware the cost would have eroded the initial profits at the raw materia ...
Yesterday I provided you with information showing how the land and natural resources are being stolen from the people in Africa under the auspices of the African Union. The same is happening in other parts of the world as well. This is not a benign plan folks. It's deadly!!! THE AFRICAN UNION This is the organization that follows The Union of African Unity. Founded in July 2002, the entity was created after the E.U. model, having the promotion of democracy, human right and development of Africa as goals, especially increasing the level of foreign investments trough The New Partnership for Africa Development programme (NEPAD) . Elected in 2004, The Pan African Parliament opened in March 2004, initially having its headquarters in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. It is currently having its headquarters in Midland, South Africa. Initially, the Pan African Parliament only had a consultative role, but now it also has legislative powers. It has 265 members that are also members of the national Parliament of the 53 Afri ...
REVIEW OF EFFORTS TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A FREE, QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN CAMEROON AS WELL AS MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE Today is Day of African Child adopted by the General Assembly of the African Union in 1991 in commemoration of 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa against racial segregation in the educational system which eventually contributed significantly to the collapse of the apartheid regime. Over the years, it has been an opportunity to evaluate progress met to achieving the rights of the African child as well as discuss new challenges. This year theme coming under the theme " A CHILD FRIENDLY AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN AFRICA" Why is the education of the African Child so important? Education is central to development and improvement of a nation's welfare It is a powerful equalizer because two of the eight MDGs pertains to education i.e ◦ universal primary completion ◦ Gender parity in primary and secondary schools Education of the girl child h ...
HELP RESTORE PEACE IN ZAMBIA, SAKALA APPEALS TO CHINA 23rd May, 2014 His Excellency The Ambassador Peoples Republic of China Embassy Lusaka- Zambia Your Excellency, HELP RESTORE PEACE IN ZAMBIA War is not only when uniformed soldiers fight using guns but even in the Zambian situation where citizen are terrorized by their own leaders , made voiceless because the public media has been turned into a propaganda tool , the majority population are dehumanized and dying at an alarming rate because of the selfish agendas of those in power . This has prompted us into engaging in sending petitions to the United Nations Secretary-General, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Pope at the Vatican. We were also part of the team of five opposition political party presidents who traveled from Zambia to Johannesburg in South Africa to deliver a petition to the Commonwealth in which we outline the serious crisis in Zambia. This week we have been writing to call on the African Union and the Southern African Dev ...
Dr Salim Ahmed Salim I salute you wherever you are!! Lecture delivered by Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary General of the OAU and Chairperson of the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Foundation. Annual Thabo Mbeki Foundation Africa Day Lecture, UNISA, Tshwane, South Africa, 23rd May 2014 “Defining the Leadership Paradigm for a New Africa” Your Excellency President Thabo Mbeki, Patron of The Thabo Mbeki Foundation; Members of the Board of Trustees of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; All protocols observed. As we are all very much aware that on Africa Day, we formally commemorate the creation of the Organisation of the African Unity in 1963, 51 years from this Sunday, as well as the inception of its successor, the African Union, just 12 years ago. Obviously, these landmark occasions signify the achievements of our liberated continent, the collective assertion of freedom, equality, and a distinctly pan-African identity as we reflect on our colonial past and as we define ...
African unity remains elusive SUNDAY, May 25 marks 51 years since the formation of an organisation designed to foster the unity of all African States was formed. The initial name Organisation of African Unity (OAU), later changed to African Union (AU), placed special emphasis on the importance of a united Africa. When the Chairperson of the AU, Madame Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma recently gave her vision of Africa 50 years from now as a heavily industrialised continent full of glamour and glitz with everybody pulled out of poverty, she was probably influenced by that dream of unity. That dream looked a distinct possibility when the founders of the then OAU were of the calibre of leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Gamel Nasser and Emperor Haile Selassie, among others. Indeed, their resolute determination to see the whole of Africa achieve political independence through majority rule saw the dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa. Their united determination remains legendary. However, the unity envisaged by Madame Nk ...
JAMAICAN MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES In 2006, late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, was posthumously awarded a gold Order of Companions of O R Tambo in South Africa. Manley was in 1978 awarded the UN Gold Medal for his "significant contribution in cooperation with the United Nations and in solidarity with the South African liberation movement in the international campaign against apartheid" In 2011, Ambassador Dudley Thompson, Jamaica's former envoy to several African countries, created history by being the first person to be made a citizen of Africa and given a passport by the African Union (AU). The United Nation’s Peace Medal of the Third World was given to Bob Marley in 1978. He was bestowed the award by the African delegation to the UN, led by Senegalese Youth Ambassador to the UN on behalf of 500 million Africans. Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, was awarded the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo. Sizzla Kalonji was honoured this week by the government of Gambia when he recen ...
Hon. Isaac Maigua Mwaura’s Profile Hon. Isaac Maigua Mwaura was born in 1982, Kiambu District. He went to Thika Primary School for the Blind and later on Thika High School for the Blind. He then joined Kenyatta University to do a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and French. He further did a Post-graduate diploma in Public Relations Management and a Diploma in Theology. Hon. Mwaura went on to do a Masters degree in Social and Public Policy as a Ford Scholar from the University of Leeds. Hon. Mwaura holds another Masters Degree from Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. Hon. Mwaura has previously worked in various organizations. He worked as a program officer in United Disabled Persons of Kenya. He also worked as an advisor-Human Rights and Program Development-VSO/PSO Papua New Guinea. He has also worked as a Program Coordinator-Gender and Union development, a Program Manager –African Union of the Blind, Advocacy and Rehab Services, Kenya Society for the Blind. Ag. Deputy Director Programs and H ...
Dear Sir Morgan Today I received the letter dated 19 November 2008, which was correctly communicated through the South African Embassy in Harare, written to me by your Secretary General, the Hon Tendai Biti, MP, concerning Constitutional Amendment No 19. I must confess that the contents of this letter came to me as a complete surprise, causing me grave concern. As you know, Mr Biti's letter describes the decisions on Zimbabwe, taken by the November 9 SADC Extraordinary Summit Meeting held in South Africa, as "a nullity". The letter goes further to say that "it is then difficult for any of the parties to move in any direction for fear of legitimising the SADC Summit 'ruling'". The first point I would like to make with regard to the foregoing is that, as you know, we were appointed as facilitator of the Zimbabwe Dialogue by the SADC. This position was later endorsed by both the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), both of which expressly rely on SADC to facilitate the Zimbabwe Dialogue, and thus ...
One of South Africa's opposition parties the DA (Democratic Alliance), the leading opposition party which controls a major Province of which Cape Town is its capital. South African PARLIAMENT’S INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON PALESTINE 06 February 2014 1. South Africa has a legal obligation under the Rome Statute to set up a special court to deal with war crimes, this needs to be urgently setup. South Africa must expeditiously deal with the “Gaza Docket” and deal with South Africans serving in the Israeli Defense Force; 2. The 2009 Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report that found Israeli guilty of Apartheid should be adopted by South Africa’s Parliament and by the South African government. The HSRC report must also be referred to international bodies including the International Parliamentary Union, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations and the African Union. 3. South Africa has a legal obligation and must stop all financial transactions ...
In 1999 joined the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.In June 1999, Gaddafi visited Mandela in South Africa,and the following month attended the OAU summit in Algiers, calling for greater political and economic integration across the continent and advocating the foundation of a United States of Africa. He became one of the founders of the African Union (AU), initiated in July 2002 to replace the OAU; at the opening ceremonies, he proclaimed that African States should reject conditional aid from the developed world, a direct contrast to the message of South African President Thabo Mbeki. At the third AU summit, held in Libya in July 2005, he called for a greater level of integration, advocating a single AU passport, a common defence system and a single currency, utilising the slogan: "The United States of Africa is the hope
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WHY JONATHAN DID NOT SPEAK AT MANDELA'S MEMORIAL SERVICE - ABATI Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, has stated that Nigeria’s President Jonathan’s inability to give a personal eulogy was not an insult on the president as believed by many people. Abati said that Jonathan did not speak because there was no need for a personal speech as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, had already spoken on behalf of all African leaders. According to Daily Independent: It was good enough that Jonathan attended the event in solidarity with the people of South Africa, said Abati, who described the attendant fuss back home as an “indication of a rising, minority tendency to read the negative into every official item”. Abati added that “it is a classic case of much ado about nothing” and “a complete non-issue”. According to him: “The late Madiba’s burial is not a United Nations debating session. It is what it is a burial: a solemn, national ceremony. “Leaders ...
News MOURNING MANDELA: The world will gather in tens of thousands today in Johannesburg for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The 11:00am ET ceremony at FNB Stadium in Soweto is expected to attract over 80,000 people including the US President Barack Obama and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The former South African President died at the age of 95 last Thursday and is expected to be laid to rest on Sunday. MUSEVENI IN S.A TO MOURN MANDELA: President Yoweri Museveni is in South Africa, to join other heads of state in mourning the fallen hero Nelson Mandela. Mr. Museveni arrived in South Africa yesterday evening. A statement from the government of Uganda described the departed Nelson Mandela's liberation struggles as "monumental". WOMAN KILLS PROSTITUTE: A woman in Lwengo district has been arrested for beating to death a prostitute after she found her husband in a bar cuddling the prostitute. CAR VIOLENCE: The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic ( ...
AFRICAN UNION: A look at DLAMINi ZUMA one year in OFFICE 15 October 2013 marked a year in office for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). While her election in July 2012 was a source of division among African Union (AU) Member States, her reputation as a capable leader signalled a new dawn for the AU. South Africa, which sponsored her candidacy to the chagrin of key regional powers, including Nigeria, used her competencies to articulate implicit weaknesses in the AUC, while mobilising for high expectations regarding the future of the AU. However, just like her contested entry as Chairperson, her first year in office has yielded mixed results, with the AU still unable to turn into an effective continental and global actor, able to deal with the myriad challenges facing Africa. Granted, a year is hardly a sufficient time frame to make a judgement on her contribution to regional integration. Nonetheless, given that she has a four-year term at the helm of the AUC, it is ...
Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, on Friday stated that most of the challenges facing the world are due to the fact that the world is engulfed in hypocrisy.The former President said abuse of freedom of speech and Human Rights by world super powers and their allies had damaged the power, the virtue and the principle of right.President Rawlings said the handling of the Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden issues made him want to question whether the United States wants a genuine democratic relationship with the rest of the world or just wants the world to live in fear of its perceived super power status.The former President who is in South Africa as part of African National Congress activities marking the 50th Anniversary of the African Union made the comments after he was crowned a Global Champion for People’s Freedom by the Mkiva Humanitarian Foundation at the Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.President Rawlings was presented with a tr ...
In 1898 Cecil Rhodes, the Governor of the Cape Colony in South Africa dreamt of building a great Capetown-to-Cairo railway that would connect Africa North-to-South. 115 yrs thereafter and well over 50yrs after independence from Colonial rule, the formation of African Union, Africans are still business jealously guarding our little fiefdom called Nation-States: the same narrow mindedness that gave the colonialists the upper hand in the first place . What exactly is the problem of the black race? The skin, climate or what? Someone with an idea please tell me!!! And how do we get out of being the Open sore of the human race?
South Africa and Senegal have agreed on the need to unlock the economic potential between the two countries through economic cooperation that includes industrial and technological partnership, and the transfer of skills.   President Jacob Zuma, who is visiting Senegal, met with his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, where they agreed that relations between the two countries remained solid. Agreements were signed in the field of agriculture as well as cooperation in the field of arts and culture.   “The signing of these two agreements demonstrates that both people-to-people relations, as well as agro-industrial partnership for development are important to our relationship,” Zuma said.He said there was considerable scope for bilateral cooperation in trade and economic development, energy, security, environment, and mining beneficiation among others.   The South Africa-Senegal Business Forum was scheduled to meet today to discuss areas of economic cooperation in investments in the two economies. “W ...
Leave the AU Chairperson position to small countries. When South Africa broke the unwritten rule of the African Union not to elect a Chairperson from the Big 5, i.e. Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and South Africa by electing Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma, I opposed the move for the same reasons the rule was observed for over 50 years. The reasoning is that it would be unwise to have the biggest economy with the biggest political and diplomatic power in Africa, hold the biggest political offices on the continent. If gives that country an undue sway over the rest of the continent which could prove problematic as we have seen last week. South Africa stayed mum throughout the planning of the Extra-ordinary Summit for the AU membership to withdraw en masse from the ICC over the indictment of the President and Vice President of Kenya. To complicate matters further, the president of South Africa happens to be the ex-husband of the Chairperson of the AU, so he had to stay relatively mute instead of taking a lead role in ...
Desmond Tutu: "In just 2 days’ time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s first and only global court to adjudicate crimes against humanity. But leaders of Sudan and Kenya, who have inflicted terror and fear across their countries, are trying to drag Africa out of the ICC, allowing them the freedom to kill, rape, and inspire hatred without consequences. I know that together we can change this. But we have to join hands and call on the voices of reason at the African Union (AU) – Nigeria and South Africa – to speak out and ensure that the persecuted are protected by the ICC. Join me by adding your name to the petition now and share it with everyone -- when we have hit 1 million our petition will be delivered straight into the AU conference hall where Africa’s leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa."
Pretoria (AFP) - South Africa on Tuesday skirted declaring its position on withdrawing from the International Criminal Court just days before African leaders debate the matter amid claims the tribunal targets the continent. President Jacob Zuma will this weekend attend an African Union summit which will discuss Africa's relationship with the world's first permanent court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity. But the country's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane refused to be drawn on Pretoria's stand days ahead of the meeting in Addis Ababa. "South Africa is going to that meeting to participate, fully aware of the developments that have taken place, but having listened to genuine complaints," she told journalists. "We were there when the ICC was formed. We understood why we needed the ICC." Some countries in the 54-member bloc have accused the ICC of targeting Africans in its prosecutions, pointing to the high-profile trials of top leaders of Kenya and an arrest warrant for Sudanese President ...
Reporting Mr President to Nigerians - BY ’TUNJI AJIBADE One should not even think that President Goodluck Jonathan said it. He didn’t say in the course of his recent visit to Kenya that high-profiled people in Africa can slaughter their citizens, and once they become presidents, the matter should be forgotten. He didn’t stand in the Kenyan parliament to say that one of that country’s citizens who had encouraged blood-letting is now a saint just because he’s become president. One should be baffled if President Jonathan did. It’s better imagined he only wanted to make those Kenyan lawmakers smile and clap when he spoke in their chamber; his rhetoric that time concerning the effort of the International Criminal Court to prosecute cases of crime against humanity in Africa must mean only that. In the event, the President deserves a medal for this ability to make citizens of other nations hear him and clap whenever he goes visiting, the same way he had gone to South Africa and had said the point is ...
African leaders to discuss Kenya's ICC cases African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on Oct. 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya's planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday. So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal. Last week's start of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for crimes against humanity - with President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial due in November - has fuelled a growing backlash against the Hague-based court from some African governments, which see it as a tool of Western powers. "The Kenyans have been criss-crossing Africa in search of support for their cause, even before their parliament voted to withdraw from the ICC," an AU official told Reuters. "An extraordinary summit will now ta ...
Jianhua, who arrived in Khartoum last week, has previously met with foreign minister Ali Karti and oil minister Awad al-Jaz. According to state media, Bashir explained to the Chinese envoy in details the reasons that prompted the Khartoum to order the closure but he nonetheless renewed Sudan’s commitment to the cooperation agreements signed with Juba last year. The Sudanese leader also expressed support to African Union (AU) efforts to defuse the fresh crisis between the two countries. Jianhua on his end said that Beijing backs the AU and international mediators plan to end the row and normalize ties between Khartoum and Juba. The Chinese official is expected to stop in both Juba and Addis Ababa for discussions on the same issue. He later met with Bashir’s assistant Nafie Ali Nafie and said that China will work to bridge gap between Khartoum and Juba. Sudan, aggravated by what it claims is Juba’s continued support to anti-Khartoum rebels, left the door open for reversing the decision if South Sudan ...
In the words of Timothy Kaberia: Why Prime Minister Odinga’s Visit To USA Is Critical Former Kenya Prime Minister Odinga Visit To USA Critical, Precedes Obama’s Africa Trip. On Tuesday, June 18, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will address scholars and international policy enthusiasts in Washington, DC at an event organised by the Woodrow Wilson Centre. This visit confirms Raila’s declaration that losing the presidential race opened a window of opportunity for him to engage at a different level on behalf of Kenyans. The former Prime Minister is slated to discuss the past 50 years, highlighting achievements and challenges on the African continent. He will also share his vision for Africa over the next 50 years, with a particular focus on Africa’s future engagements with China and US. Odinga’s visit to Washington, DC is critical for various reasons. First, it comes at a time when the African Union has taken a hardline stance against the International Criminal Court and by extension the West. Se ...
If Nile water issue result in conflict, United States would become more involved" David Shinn, Former U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia by Meron 26 minutes ago Amb. David Shinn is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. His diverse career in the foreign service of the United States has included ambassadorships to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Read his interview with the Egyptian private daily newspaper, Youm 7 Question: Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi recently visited Ethiopia. How do you interpret the visit? Shinn: President Mursi seems to have had a good visit to Ethiopia on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity/African Union. He also conducted some bilateral business, especially concerning the Nile water issue. Following a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Mursi said both countries agreed that their Nile water interests would be addressed by a tripartite committee th ...
Tsvangirai dismisses Zanu PF claims MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed claims by Zanu PF and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara that Sadc comments on the Constitutional Court (Concourt) judgment to declare an election date by July 31 amount to interfering with the country’s sovereignty. Mutambara, along with Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo, recently said the Concourt’s judgment was final and any attempt by either Sadc or the African Union (AU) to reverse the ruling was tantamount to overstepping into Zimbabwe’s territorial integrity. The two professors were responding to reports that South Africa wanted “the comfort of having a clear roadmap to the elections, with timelines agreed upon by the parties themselves”. “Contrary to certain opinions I have seen in the media about sovereignty, we surrendered part of our sovereignty when we allowed South Africa to be the facilitator, when we allowed Sadc and the AU to be the guarantors of managing this process,” Ts ...
For those still in doubt, the deportation of the Chagossians unfortunately benefited from the complicity of the Mauritius government of 1965. This has been shown in several research works and the media as inThe Independent online (South Africa edition) as follows: " "Mauritius now contests sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and has received support from the African Union, which contends that the UK must return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius; that the US military base on Diego Garcia is a threat to Africa and a threat to the Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace. "What is little known is the collusion of Mauritius in exiling the entire population of former African slaves from the Chagos Islands. Mauritius received R55 million for its consent to the Chagos Islands excision without seeking the consent of the islanders. The Chagossians only discovered that their islands had been “sold” when they were bundled on to a cargo ship and transported under deplorable conditions to Mauritius and Seychelles without any ...
I have always hinted on the New World Order being brought under the guise of different aspects, here is on of the dimensions coming up as Regional Intergration [continentalism-globalisation] bringing the World to one central government. This came out of the AU Summit recently ended in Addis Abbaba-Ethopia...copied & pasted...'ANC favours opening up SA borders May 31, 2013 | Moipone Malefane Political Editor THE ANC supports the African Union's (AU's) decision of integrated continental economy - including a plan to dismantle borders of countries surrounding South Africa. INTEGRATE AFRICA: ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete The issue of the borders came out sharply. Africans are tired of applying for visas. We need to enable our people to move freely in these countries, goods be moved freely. That's the future we are looking at Yesterday ANC chairman Baleka Mbete, briefing the media on the the ruling party's position on Foreign Policy, said most African leaders sharply raised how the borders were making it diffic ...
IATA AGM Opens in Cape Town Huge Opportunity for African Aviation Cape Town – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened its 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Cape Town, South Africa today. The meeting kicked-off with strong calls for African governments to take full advantage of aviation as a catalyst for growth and development. “Nowhere is the potential for aviation greater than on the African continent—the home to a billion people spread across 20% of the world’s land mass. Economic reforms and political stability have spurred growth and development. South Africa is the newest member of the BRICS grouping of states. And the 50th anniversary of the African Union reminds us of its vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena. Aviation is well placed to contribute to these and the other long-term goals so vital to the development of Africa,” said Tony Tyle ...
Ethiopia announced that the African Union (AU) will create an interim military rapid reaction force. The rapid reaction force would be available to respond to coups, large-scale Human Rights violations, rebellions and other crises. At the moment the AU is calling the force the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises force. The interim force will serve until the AU’s African Standby Force becomes operational. South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia have agreed to provide military units to serve in the force. This is actually an old idea. Since the 1960s there have been calls for a pan-African rapid response force. The recent trouble in the Central African Republic (CAR) spurred creation of the interim force
President Jacob Zuma has pledged South Africa's full support for the new African Union rapid response force.
        In the attendane of H.E Ambassador Bassem Khalil, the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Junior Squash Mr Mark Ralphs, the Vice President of the African Squash Union Eng.Hany Hamoda and Mr Ahmed Maher Member of the Board of the African Union.   Egypt was crowned the All Africa Junior Squash Champions ,As the championship was held in Harare - Zimbabwe for 6 days starting from the 5 TH of April to the 10 TH of April 2012 at St. John's Squash Club, Six countries entered the competition ( Egypt - Namibia - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - South Africa ). Egypt finished the top of all tables with 84 points as they dominated both team & individual events with their players scooping titles in both the boys and girls category, Mazen Heshan beat his countryman Mostafa Bayoumi 3-1 to scoop the Gold Medal, third place went to Nell Van  Der from South Africa who beat Shehab Essam from Egypt, Kanzy EL Dafrawy won the girls title beating her friend Salma Hatem 3-1 in the finals .   H.E Ambassador Bassem Khalil said ...
Zim nationalists to be honoured: Zimbabwean nationalists, Dr Joshua Nkomo and Cde Herbert Chitepo will be accorded a posthumous status of Africa liberators for their role during Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence and Africa at large. The late Vice President Dr Nkomo and Cde Chitepo will be accorded the African liberators status along with Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Oliver Tambo of South Africa, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Agostinho Neto of Angola at the African Union (AU) Golden Jubilee Celebrations to be held this Saturday in Addis Ababa. Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ethiopia Andrew Mtetwa said the AU will acknowledge the African revolutionaries in honour of the role they played towards the total emancipation of Africa. The Golden Jubilee Celebrations will be attended by several African leaders including President Robert Mugabe and other world leaders among them US President Barack Obama, Raul Castro of Cuba and Vladimir Putin of Russia. The celebrations will also be marked by plenary sessions where the ...
Vice President Ponatshego kedikilwe and His entourage left for Addis Ababa yesterday to attend the AU meeting. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the organization of the African unity, now known as African Union. Set up on May 25 1963 in the Ethiopian capital, the body had 32 initial signatory governments, headed first by Ethiopia's Haile Selassie, with 21 more nations joining over the years. Before the official inauguration, there was much debate about what the role of the organization should be. There was tension around the idea of forming a "United States of Africa", an idea promulgated by Ghanaian leader and pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah, but disputed by many others. There was also debate about whether South Africa should be allowed to join the continental body, with an apartheid government in place in Pretoria. AU has been set up to promote the "unity and solidarity of African States" as well as to boost "efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of ...
Ms. Dlamini Zuma has been South Africa's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Health and Home Affairs. Now first female African Union Chair
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) — Eleven African countries signed a United Nations-drafted peace deal on Sunday to stabilize the troubled Central African country of Congo, where rebels allegedly backed by neighboring countries last year threatened to oust the government. Opening the agreement-signing meeting at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said peace, security and cooperation framework for Congo would bring stability to the region. "The signing ceremony is a significant even in itself. But it is only the beginning of a comprehensive approach that will require sustained engagement. The framework before you outlines commitments and oversight mechanisms which aim at addressing key national and regional issues," Ban said in his speech. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Angola, Uganda, South Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Republic of Congo signed the accord. Congo's neighbors collectively promised to not interfere in the Internal Affairs ...
is interested to find out who wrote Q9 on the NZ Census form. "In which country were you born? NZ, Australia, England, China, India, South Africa, Samoa, Cook Islands, other. Guess I'll have to put down my answer of "United Kingdom" as other then?
Deputy Minister Gwen Ramokgopa: Inauguration of Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council (South Africa Government) (Source: South Africa Government) Speech by Deputy Minister Gwen Ramokgopa at the inauguration of the interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa 12 Feb 2013 The inauguration of the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council today is a historic occasion and a significant milestone towards integrating African Traditional Medicine into the National Health System in South Africa. As an integral part of Indigenous knowledge systems, Traditional Medicine has been recognised and endorsed by the World Health Organisation since the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration of PHC as well as recently the African Union in its Plan of Action on Traditional Medicine (2001 to 2010 extended to... ~GeeK3r
Ethiopia Dictatorial administration the are Driving car running out gas regarding Ogadenia Situation, they are failed about Ogaden Issues, they are failed about the International community, when African Union, got together in South Africa, all African leaders invited Ogaden leaders to join with African Union meeting also according Private media Report says,African Union leaders Kick Ethiopia out of the meeting after they Ethiopia Violated the meeting Rules and Regulation, that,s worst nightmare for Ethiopia Dictatorial administration regime who tried to Block Ogadenia their self determination from rest of the world, not only African Union who agreed with Ogaden nation Ethiopia is the worst Human Rights Violation in the world but also the International community also believe that as well, European Union, African Union, and Human Rights arguing was big mistake when African Union got together Ethiopia Capital City Addis Ababa for years, world leaders now Vote they didn,t Qualified, African Union and Europe . ...
South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma elected to become the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission. The woman who previously served as minister of health and Foreign Affairs of South Africa and currently South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister to bring better governance and stability, accompanied by optimistic growth in Africa. (Africa Union, 2012) We have women that overcome the above mentioned limitations in Africa, we can even mention some of them like; • Ellen Johnson: Liberian president, the first black president to win presidency election in Africa. • Joyce Banda: The first female Head of State of the land locked country in South-Eastern Africa. Long time women’s right activist and the founder of Joyce Banda foundation. • Anna Tibaijuka: Tanzanian women, the highest ranked African female heading the United Nation HABITAT program. • Dr. Wangari Mathai: Member of Kenyan Parliament activist and environmentalist and she has got variety of awards from differe ...
PLAYING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE: While generous international accolades continue, the house that Joyce built crumbles. Is it justifiable for African leaders to prioritise international recognition at the expense of the welfare of their people? No- if you ask most pan-African commentators. Yes- according to some African leaders and the international community that gives them international accolades without investigating closely how those accolades are translating to the improvement of Africa. The online publication “Ahram Online” reported on 29th January that Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi had cancelled an official visit to France following problems in his North African country. On Friday, the second anniversary of Egypt’s January 25, 2011 revolution, the presidency had announced that Morsi would not cancel his visit to Addis Ababa to attend an African Union summit. However, as violent clashes continued in the country, he chose to send the minister of Foreign Affairs on his behalf. Clashes and ...
Bafana is playing Mali on Saturday, and this is what we get from news 24, ohannesburg - South Africa has donated more than R90m to curb violence in Mali, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday. "On behalf of President Jacob Zuma, the Republic of South Africa pledges $10m [more than R90m]... for the capacitation of police forces, to the Mali Donor Fund," she said at a Mali Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "South Africa rises on this occasion to add its voice to those of our fellow African brothers and sisters and the international role players in condemning the acts of violence perpetrated against the peoples of Mali." Mapisa-Nqakula said South Africa had also sent about R122m worth of humanitarian aid to the country. This was in addition to the $55m (about R499m) pledged by the African Union to the donor fund. "It is hoped that this is the materialisation of Africa's aspiration to stand up against the grave acts of those who opt for blood shedding and political turmoil in tryin ...
Here's an example of how Democracy works: South Africa went into the first round of elections thinking that it has enough support to win the African Union's top position for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, but at the polls she lost to Jean Ping. Applying this to Mangaung we cannot declare Zuma's victory just by the noise his supporters make. Mangaung is still uncertain but if members love their country they will choose Motlanthe! And we are confident that they will. Motlanthe for President!!!
The nations of Eritrea, Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Cape Verde have supported an African federation.Others such as South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria have shown less interest in the idea.Support appears to be inversely proportional to a nation's power and influence. Doubts have been raised about whether the goal of a unified Africa can ever be achieved while ongoing problems of conflict and poverty persist throughout the continent. Gaddafi also received criticism for his involvement in the movement, and lack of support for the idea from among other African leaders.A week before Gaddafi's death during the Libyan civil war, South African President Jacob Zuma expressed relief at the regime's downfall, complaining that Gaddafi had been "intimidating" many African heads of state in an effort to gain influence throughout the continent and suggesting that the African Union will function better without Gaddafi and his repeated proposals for a unitary African government.
South Africa: AU, UN need better cooperation, says Zuma: President Jacob Zuma has called on the African Union an...
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa: "Currently the African Union continues to address issue on state of South Sudan."
Johannesburg - Former President Thabo Mbeki has accused the African Union (AU) of letting down the continent, because of petty disagreements between heads of state, the Sunday Times reported. Mbeki criticised African leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, in an article to be published in The Thinker magazine, according to the newspaper. Mbeki's criticisms included South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria agreeing to military action against Libya, contrary to an AU decision; the failure to acknowledge the AU's anniversary at its Addis Ababa summit in July; and Africa falling off the world economic Development Agenda. The former president was also critical of the summit's lopsided focus on the contest for the AU commission chair, and said African leaders had not assessed the AU's impact on the continent since its establishment. The focus on this leadership contest was reflective of the malaise poisoning the African body politic, Mbeki said.
South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has won the vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission and the first woman to hold the post.She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of ...
“[The] African Union has lost one of its pan-Africanists, he’s one of those people who stood for the African vision, who understood very well what it meant and what it means to uphold the African ideals and how to push for it. The Horn of Africa has also lost someone who was kind of pro-peace, even though I’m not sure all actors will agree that way.” Andrew Asamoah, a senior Horn of Africa researcher at the South Africa-based Institute of Security Studies
New Reports Say Meles Will Return to Work by September Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 12:50 pm An Ethiopian official says the country's leader, who has not been seen in public for more than a month, is recovering from an illness and will be back at work by September. His comments on Friday follow a report in the British newspaper The Financial Times on Thursday that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been in frequent contact with South Africa's former president to discuss African Union negotiations with Sudan and South Sudan. Ethiopian government officials have said Mr. Meles is on sick leave, but deny previous reports he was being treated in Europe. Speaking to a radio station in Australia that serves Ethiopian immigrants, Information Minister Bereket Simon said Mr. Meles' health is improving and he will be back at work before the Ethiopian new year on September 11. However the Information Minister had no comment when asked what illness Mr. Meles was suffering from. Mr. Meles' absence from public view ...
Today in South Africa its womens day.On then 9 august 1956 black women marched to the union building which was then a white goverment.They were marching for womens freedom and womens rights to vote.After 1994 when south Africa gain its independence the day was marked womens day in South Africa.It is a public holiday.Women like Winnie Mandela marched to the union building.I salute all the women who took part it the march,especially now that women are taking the driver seats in Africa.We have three women who are making their mark in Africa.President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia a country formen by Black African Slave when got Freedom from America decided to go back to Africa,they were given a piece of land thats how Liberia was born.President Joyce Banda From Malawi and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the first women in Africa to chair the African Union similar to the European Union.The African Union consists of 54 African States.Africa has 53 states the 54 number is made up of a carribean country called Haiti ...
Just read that African Union's new leader, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a former wife of Jacob Zuma of South Africa, having divorced him in 1998.
I read a friend status yesterday and it got me worried the future of our Nation "In the last 10 years,I have covered events at the African Union from the day it was inaugurated in Durban in 2002.And I know there is an unwritten agreement by the big five; Nigeria,Egypt,Algeria,South Africa and Ethiopia,that non of them will present candidates for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union. But South Africa shoved that agreement aside when it pursued with uncharacteristic vigor the enthronement of Dlamini Zuma as the next AU Chairperson.Nigeria scuttled that ambition early in the year,but South Africa changed tactics by overwhelmingly supporting Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for the Presidency of the World Bank,this softened Nigeria's stand on Zuma.At the last summit,Zuma was elected as the AU Chair. I have said it severally that Nigeria's Foreign Policy needs a shot in the arm as Nigeria's influence is fast waning even within the sub-region."
Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa's Home Affairs Minister, beats incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon to end months of deadlock
What lessons for Africa? After 500 years of a profoundly unequal relationship with the West, it is clear that we don’t have the same criteria of what is good and bad. We have deeply divergent interests. How can one not deplore the “yes” votes from three sub-Saharan countries – Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon – for Resolution 1973 that inaugurated the latest form of colonization baptized “the protection of people,” which legitimizes the racist theories that have informed Europeans since the 18th century and according to which North Africa has nothing to do with sub-Saharan Africa, that North Africa is more evolved, cultivated and civilized than the rest of Africa? The U.S.-France-Britain-NATO assault on Libya has caused widespread death and deprivation. The shelves of this bakery in Tripoli were bare on April 21. – Photo: APIt is as if Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Algeria were not part of Africa. Even the United Nations seems to ignore the role of the African Union in the affairs of member sta ...
49 years ago in Adis Ababa,capital city of Ethiopia,30 of 32 African States met and formed what was known as Organization of African Unity( OAU). It was succeeded by its own African Union in 2002,South Africa under Thabo Mbeki being its first chairperson. That is why we celebrate Africa Day today. Who can forget the likes of Jomo Kennyata, Kwame Nkurumah,Seisa Toure,Patrice Lumumba,Augustino Neto,the list is endless. HALALA MAAFRIKA !!!
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African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki says Sudan's President Bashir is committed to security agreements with South Sudan
A stalemate in the never-ending race to chair the AU Commission is inevitable unless someone can show some real leadership. It’s time for our diplomats to ditch their egos and find a compromise candidate, or it’s Africa that will be compromised – again. BY SIMON ALLISON. The time is not so far away now when South Africa will once again be putting its diplomatic might to the test. In July, African heads of state will descend upon Malawi’s verdant capital, Lilongwe, to discuss all kinds of important things, from coups in Mali to war in Somalia, as part of the year’s second African Union summit. Looming largest on the agenda, however, is the issue they failed to settle at the first, in Addis Ababa in January: just who will lead the African Union Commission? The race is between two very different candidates. Jean Ping, the incumbent, is an old-school Gabonese diplomat with close links to that country’s ruling dynasty, the Bongos. He has a reputation as an able technocrat, a steady and safe pair of ...
Mleuben Maccarthy shared the following link: Many African countries, with the notable exception of South Africa, have laws that ban or repress homosexuality. The subject took on added sensitivity after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently told leaders at an African Union summit they must respect *** ..
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