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Delme Cupido | Aug 30th, 2013

“All we need is for governments in SADC to recognise our existence and to protect our way of life without discrimination and exploitation.” This was the heart of the message that was delivered by Moses //Khumub and the San from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and...

Ntibinyane Ntib... | Aug 29th, 2013

All you need to know about President Ian Khama’s view of the private media in Botswana is encapsulated in a quote he delivered at his party’s recent national conference. “These people are shallow in their reasoning,” he said, “and do not contribute anything that is good...

Hennie van Vuuren | Aug 22nd, 2013

Time, it appears, may both heal wounds and erase memory. An example is the argument made by Tony Leon, the former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance, that despite the brutality of its system, the apartheid political elite practised greater internal...

Nicole Fritz | Aug 22nd, 2013

To be a lawyer in Zimbabwe who is prepared to act for those who find themselves targeted by the Zimbabwean authorities, and more particularly ZANU PF authorities, must be among the most courageous and conscientious decisions any person can make. Not only must you ...

Zarina Geloo | Aug 22nd, 2013

Zambia will have a draft constitution by the end of September. A host of deadlines have already come and gone but this one will not be missed says the Technical Committee tasked with drafting the country’s new Supreme Law. But don’t hold your breath.

The current...

Ntibinyane Ntib... | Aug 15th, 2013

This is the truth: this land belongs to the San. History shows that the San of the Kalahari were the first inhabitants of modern-day Botswana and other countries in southern Africa.

And this is another indisputable fact: the San...

Willems Odendaal | Aug 13th, 2013

Ongoing land grabs in San areas are laying bare weaknesses in state protections of the rights of marginalised communities. And the San are arguably the poorest and most marginalised group in Namibia with little access to existing political and economic institutions....

Mantoe Phakathi | Aug 12th, 2013

When the Swazi Member of Parliament Marwick Khumalo screamed ‘political persecution’ before his recent arrest on fraud charges, the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) showed him no sympathy.

Phakama Shili | Aug 08th, 2013

July 18th was another historic day for women in Swaziland. In a landmark judgement, the High Court declared aspects of marital power unconstitutional so that women married under civil rites and in community of property can finally sue in their own names.

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Masego Madzwamuse | Aug 07th, 2013

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Dakar was a hive of activity on July 8th-9th for the launch of a ground-breaking project – Improving Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Policy and Practice Interaction in Sub-Saharan...

Gwen Lister | Jul 31st, 2013

A war of words is heating up between those who served in the pre-independence South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF as it was known) and Namibia's ruling party, SWAPO.

Alan Wallis | Jul 29th, 2013

Recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng noted in his foreword to a SALC report...

Thabang Matjama | Jul 26th, 2013

While there were celebrations both in Lesotho and around the region when the opposition won the elections in 2012 and power was peacefully handed over, no one was entirely sure how the new government would cope – not only because Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had...

Alan Wallis | Jul 25th, 2013

The recent decision of South Africa’s Constitutional Court is perhaps a fitting eulogy for the now defunct Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal. Finding that a decision of the SADC...

Pascal Fletcher | Jul 24th, 2013

REUTERS: At Bobole, a bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique's north south highway, brightly painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to thirsty travellers, while hawkers sell bananas, pawpaws and carrots in a typical Africa roadside scene. But memories...

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