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Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party early on Sunday picked Defence Minister Filipe Nyusi, a close ally of current two-term President Armando Guebuza, to be its candidate for an election in October that will choose the country's next leader.
The SADC Lawyers’ Association Urges SADC Ministers of Justice
not to Deny SADC Citizens and NGOs Access to the SADC Tribunal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria, South Africa
The SADC Association (“SADCLA”) expresses grave concern over the decision of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government to uphold the 2012 Maputo SADC Summit resolution to draft a new Protocol on the SADC Tribunal, which restricts access by individuals and organizations. This decision catastrophically renders the SADC Tribunal an interstate court.
The SADCLA laments over this closed-door, decision making practice that runs contrary to Article 23 of the Treaty Establishing SADC, which prescribes a consultative process in which the peoples and organizations of SADC are to pursue the joint implementation of the objects of the Treaty. The consequences of this practice impact negatively on the regional integration agenda, the business community engaged in business within SADC, and SADC employees, all of which will no longer have an avenue to pursue legal remedies for regional disputes. Furthermore, this decision creates a legal quagmire with regard to the disposition of the cases that are still pending before the Tribunal.
The SADCLA recalls Article 9 of the SADC Treaty, which established the SADC Tribunal, and the scope of the Tribunal prescribed in its original establishing Protocol to, among other things: hear disputes between States, and between natural or legal persons and States; have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes between natural or legal persons and the Community; and to have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes between the Community and its staff relating to their conditions of employment.
The dilution of the jurisdiction of the SADC Tribunal, therefore, will go against the “spirit” of the Treaty and runs contrary to the jurisdictional trend that is prevailing on the African continent with regard to regional and continental courts. To be sure, the Economic Community of West African States Community Court of Justice, the East Africa Court of Justice, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Court
of Justice are directly accessible by natural and legal persons. Furthermore, the African Court of Justice and Human Rights permits individuals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to file cases against Member States. Therefore, a blanket ban on access to the SADC Tribunal by individuals and other non-state actors goes against this trend and is a negation of the implementation of the principles and objectives of the SADC Treaty and Constitutive Act of the African Union.
In this regard, the SADCLA strongly recommends that:
a) The SADC Council of Ministers advise the SADC Heads of State and Government to reverse the decision to draft a Protocol, which will dilute the powers, roles and responsibilities of the SADC Tribunal, and to reinstate the SADC Tribunal according to its original mandate; and
b) The SADC Council of Minister to advise the SADC Heads of State and Government to facilitate wider participation of the citizens of the region in the formulation of a new protocol on the SADC Tribunal.
The SADC Lawyers’ Association and all of the law societies and bar associations of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are committed to, and urge the invitation of, the provision of technical legal assistance to facilitate the implementation of these recommendations by the SADC Council of Ministers and SADC Heads of State and Government.
By and on behalf of the SADC Lawyers’ Association
SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCE MINISTER LAUDED OVER BUDGET SPEECH!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SADC Protocol@Work Summits to start with district summits in 2014
Deadline for district summit submissions is 7 March; national summits 20 March. For more information go to: http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/gender-summit
Johannesburg, 27 February: The SADC Gender Protocol Summit and Awards soar to greater heights this year with 20 district, 12 national and a regional summit calling on governments to account for their commitments to gender equality in the critical countdown to 2015. The summits will also witness the launch, from the ground up, of a movement from a strong post 2015 global and SADC gender agenda.
Gender Links (GL), the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, local government associations, Faith Based Organisations and the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) with the collaboration of the SADC Gender Unit, will coordinate the SADC Gender Protocol@Work summits under the strapline “50/50 by 2015 and a strong post 2015 agenda.”
The summits will serve as a loud speaker for the call to step up the pace on fulfilling the 28 targets on the SADC Protocol before the 2015 deadline. With ten elections in the region between now and the end of 2015, the Alliance and partners will especially focus on the 50/50 campaign and use the elections to demand government actions and accountability.
This year, for the first time, in a bid to strengthen the reach and impact of the SADC Protocol@Work Summit at the local level, summits will be cascaded to the district level in ten SADC countries. The district summits will serve to verify the work of nearly 200 Councils that have developed and are implementing gender action plans through the Centres of Excellence for Gender in Local Government initiative.
During March and April, partners will convene 14 preparatory district summits and 12 preparatory national summits in Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, culminating in a regional summit held in Johannesburg from 26-28 May.
The 2014 SADC Protocol@Work Summit will have a stronger institutional and sustainability focus, with new categories for government ministries and the Alliance networks. The first new category is on the 50/50 campaign, to put the spotlight on SADC countries holding elections over the next two years, and turn up the pressure for delivery. The second category is on gender and climate change, to increase pressure for strong provisions on gender and sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda. In addition, a 50/50 and post-2015 working meeting will follow each national summit, and all recommendations will be consolidated at the regional summit – see http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/policy-briefs.
The summits date back to the biannual Gender and Media Summits from 2004, joined in 2010 by annual Gender Justice and Local Government Summits. In 2013 GL, the Alliance, Faith Based Organisations, local government associations and media houses combined forces to host one overall 2013 SADC Protocol@Work Summit. The regional summit followed twelve national summits bringing to together over 1400 participants and gathering 742 best practices of the SADC Gender Protocol @ Work.
After a gruelling judging process, GL and the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance awarded 45 gender champions (34 women and 11 men) prizes for their efforts to put the SADC Gender Protocol to work. Former South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, now head of UNWOMEN presented the awards at the joyous ceremony held under the banner, "2015, yes we can, and yes we must!"
Current chair of SADC and the only woman head of state in SADC Joyce Banda sent a video message to the summit, urging all governments to step up their efforts to meet the targets of the unique sub-regional instrument that brings together all existing commitments to gender equality and enhances them through targets and timeframes.
With this slogan in mind, GL and Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is calling for entries at local and national level, from civil society and Faith Based Organisations; government ministries; local government councils and media. The closing date for district level entries is 7 March 2014 and entries for national level close at 5 pm 20 March 2014.
For entry instructions and to view the relevant award categories visit http://www.genderlinks.org.za/page/gender-summit. For more information, contact Gender Links on 27 (0) 11 622 2877 or email queries to email@example.com. Country contact points can be found on the GL website.
Follow Gender Links on Twitter (@GenderLinks) and Facebook. The official SADC Gender Protocol Summit hash tag is #SGPsummit
Nouveau départ pour l’École nationale d’administration
Soixante candidats vont être sélectionnés en mars pour former la première promotion de la nouvelle École nationale d’administration. Basée à Kinshasa, elle ouvrira ses portes en avril.
“Servir l’État avec intégrité, compétence et patriotisme.” La nouvelle École nationale d’administration (ENA) de Kinshasa se fixe d’ambitieux défis. En mars, elle organise son premier concours national d’entrée, gratuit, avec l’aide de sa consœur française, chargée d’apporter une “méthodologie de correction rapide”, a expliqué le professeur Daniel Makiesse Mwanawanzambi, directeur général de l’ENA-RDC, lors d’une conférence de presse fin janvier dans la capitale congolaise.
Makiesse Mwanawanzambi et son adjoint, Guillaume Banga Wakimesa, ont été nommés à la tête de l’ENA-RDC sur une ordonnance du président de la République, Joseph Kabila, datée du 24 décembre 2013. Il y a un an, Makiesse Mwanawanzambi, ex-directeur de l’académie diplomatique au ministère des Affaires étrangères, a été élu membre de la Commission de l’union africaine pour le droit international. Précédemment, son numéro deux a été, lui, chef de service de la coopération décentralisée au ministère de l’Intérieur.
Neuf mois de cours
Les 60 meilleurs candidats du concours – déjà fonctionnaires ou non, et âgés de 30 ans maximum – seront sélectionnés sur le principe de la “méritocratie” et chacun recevra une bourse de “pas moins de 500 dollars par mois”, a souligné le directeur général de l’ENA-RDC. À partir d’avril, ils doivent suivre neuf mois d’enseignement (management, politique publique…) assurés par des hauts fonctionnaires congolais ou étrangers. À cela s’ajoutera un stage dans une administration en République démocratique du Congo et à l’étranger.
Pour l’heure, l’ENA, créée le 16 avril 2013 en replacement de celle fondée en 2007, ne sait pas encore où seront affectés ses diplômés. Mais “nombreux sont les cadres qui sont en âge de partir à la retraite, ce qui implique le rajeunissement de l’administration publique”, indique un communiqué de l’ENA-RDC, alors que des milliers d’agents et cadres doivent quitter leur poste à partir de cette année. Une obligation non négligeable pour les futurs énarques : rester sept ans dans la fonction publique, ou rembourser leur formation…
Anglo American Platinum (LON:AAL), the world's largest platinum producer, warned Monday the current strike at its South African operations could force the company to cut 1,200 to 1,400 jobs this year.
The miner said the planned layoffs would follow last year’s lost of 7,438 jobs, when merged five mines at its Rustenburg complex into three.
Despite Amplats returned to profitability last year, the company is now facing fresh challenges. Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which represents about 10% of the company’s 4,500 staff at its processing plants, downed tools on Monday.
Reporting a net reported a loss of 568 million rand (US$51.2 million) for 2013, from a loss of 6.4 billion rand in 2012, CEO Chris Griffith warned a protracted strike would impact its recently achieved profitability, forcing Amplats to reconsider some of its more marginal operations.
“We have just gone through this very difficult 2012/2013, returned the company to profitability,” he said. “But if this strike continues at Rustenburg and some of those other operations, then clearly we are going to have to relook at what this means for the profitably of those mines.”
Mining accounts for 6% of South Africa's gross domestic product and mineral exports make up 60% of export revenue. Companies have already cut several thousand jobs because of costly strikes and a weakening demand environment in the past two years, a blow to the country's high unemployment rate of roughly 24%.
The workers on strike now are demanding that their employers raise entry-level salaries to ZAR12,500 rand ($1,150) a month from around ZAR5,000. Companies have offered an up to 9% increase.
Climate change effects are foregrounded as the rains bless the southern African region. Floods in Botswana and South Africa highlight the need for better infrastructure. If you have been affected by floods in your area share your story with us and how we can mitigate the effects of climate change in the region.
The South Africa-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento are hosting the fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference under the theme 'Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges' from 25-26 July 2014 in Johannesburg.
Organisers recently launched preparations and published a call for papers for this international summit, which will seek to address a gap in knowledge and research on various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms as well as peace and conflict resolution initiatives and their impact in reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa. Within this context, the conference will attempt to identify best practices, common challenges and prospects in addition to providing space for networking, self-assessment, reflection and innovation among practitioners, academics, policymakers, and donors participating in the event.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and related conﬂict resolution programmes emerged in Africa in the mid-1990s, followed by peace studies in the 2000s. During the said periods, many government and educational institutions and non-governmental organisations have been created in different parts of Africa; various related programmes and projects have been developed and implemented, and certain enabling legislations, policies and institutions created. However, there is paucity of knowledge or research on the key lessons, common challenges and prospects of the various ADR mechanisms as well as peace and conﬂict resolution initiatives and their impact in reducing conflicts, increasing peace and development, and promoting social justice in Africa.
This fourth international summit, following earlier meetings in 1998 and 2011 in Accra, and 2008 in Addis Ababa, will attempt to fill the void by identifying the best practices or lessons of current programmes, projects and initiatives and promote exchanges on key gains, progress made and common challenges; it will also create opportunities for continent-wide regional / international networking in peace building practice and research. Identifying / addressing current void or gaps will provide opportunity for self-assessment, reflection and innovation among advocates, practitioners and scholars, donors and policymakers, and contribute to the sustainability of emergent popularity and promise of peace studies and various conflict resolution projects in Africa.
The meeting will also facilitate regional networking and development of common standards of ethics for ADR and/or conflict resolution practice and training as well as articulate evaluation benchmarks.
Call for Papers:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 March 2014
Send proposals to: Ernest Uwazie, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Sabrina Ensenbach, E-mail: email@example.com.
Download the Call for Papers here
Guidelines for Submissions:
• Only online submissions will be accepted;
• Please endeavour to use the same email address for all correspondence;
• Early submission is strongly encouraged.
Abstracts must be 150 words and should include your title, full contact details, description of your data, key ﬁndings and recommendations as well as your institution / organisation with which you are afﬁliated or identiﬁed.
Submissions must be in MS Word, font style: Calibri body, font size: 12 with double spacing.
Papers must be between 15-20 pages, including illustrations / tables and references, due on 1 July 2014.
An interactive presentation, for the purposes of this conference, is either a photographic presentation or a video-graphic presentation. Some research is easily adapted to this style, especially in the area of case studies and role plays. If your presentation is in this category, please indicate it in your proposal and also indicate what accessory it may require.
Proposals for panel discussions or presentations of 3-5 people are welcome. The panel members (with names, institution, contact, paper title and abstract) you propose must agree in advance of submission to participate as panel presenters and to register for the conference.
Authorship: Authors must give credit through references or notes to the original author of any idea or concept presented in the paper and proposal. This includes direct quotations and paraphrases.
Publication or Presentation History: If material in your presentation has been published, presented, or accepted for publication or presentation, this must be disclosed in your paper and proposal. Please note that depending on the decision of the reviewers, this may render your material ineligible.
Conference Attendance: If your panel, paper, or interactive display presentation is accepted for this conference, you have a commitment to register for and attend the conference and perform your assigned role. All chairs and respondents also make this commitment.
If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending, ﬁnd a substitute to perform your duties and notify the organisers through the contacts given in this Call for Papers.
Conference Registration Fee: US$100. The fee caters for space, refreshments, conference materials, and logistics / arrangements.
Hotel/Lodging: Johannesburg, South Africa (hotel / venue to be conﬁrmed)
Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs and arrangements.
Paper Publication: Select papers will be published in a post-conference book or conference proceedings.
Submission of Papers, Rights, and Agreement
By submitting papers, abstracts, author names, diagrams, and other data (the 'submission') to the conference organisers for inclusion in the 2014 conference, authors understand that they become part of an agreement between the organisers of the conference, which stipulates the following:
As part of the conference, this submission may be included and/or made available in an online conference website, printed conference documents, or other online or electronic media. After the conference, accepted submissions will be archived and distributed as a part of the fourth International Africa Peace and Conﬂict Resolution Conference.
Authors grant to CAPCR and ACCORD, a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works from, publicly perform, and publicly display the submission in all languages, in whole or in part, to end users through a direct online or relicense or sale of information products, including but not limited to all formats of magnetic digital, CD-ROM, tape, online hosts, Internet services, and other electronic, laser, or optical media or other formats now known or hereafter discovered.
CAPCR and ACCORD shall have the right to register copyright to the submission and the accompanying abstract in their name as claimant as part of the conference proceedings or another medium in which such submission is included. An author submitting a paper to this conference retains the right to publish this work in a journal or other publication without limitation by CAPCR, ACCORD or other afﬁliates.
Presentations are invited from all areas of experience and case studies of alternative dispute resolution and peace studies at/by governmental agencies and nongovernmental organisations, educational institutions, Chambers of Commerce and Election Commissions among several others.
Thematic areas include but are not limited to the following:
• Governance disputes - including political disputes, government administration / civil service disputes and electoral/election disputes;
• Extractive industries disputes - including mining, oil and gas and quarrying;
• Commercial disputes - including employment and labour relations;
• Cultural / ethnic disputes - including chieftaincy issues and succession, community and indigenous justice systems;
• Construction disputes;
• Property / asset disputes - including land disputes;
• Family disputes - including marriage and divorce, child custody and inheritance disputes;
• Peace education - peace education as part of the curriculum of educational institutions, civic education, and leadership development;
• Mainstreaming ADR - including judicial reform, challenges, lessons and the way forward, ADR legislations and legislations that give room for ADR;
• National reconciliation and transitional justice;
• Gender and women;
• Human rights;
• Youth non-violence and leadership;
• Disability issues;
• Building a culture of peace and its sustainability - including national architectures for peace, the role of peace councils and civil society and non-governmental organisations;
• Crisis response and national security concerns - including the role of the Red Cross / Crescent organisations, disaster management and other relief efforts;
• Trends in the usage of ADR mechanisms;
• Congregational/religious disputes - including intra-faith and inter-faith disputes;
• Security interventions and armed conﬂicts - including declaration of state of emergencies and imposition of curfews, peacekeeping operations and de-escalation, disarmament and reintegration efforts.
Tentative Agenda (subject to change)
24 July 2014: Arrival of Participants
25 July 2014: Day One
• 09h00 - 10h45: Opening / Keynote
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Panel Presentations
• 17h00 - 19h00: Networking / Reception
26 July 2014: Day Two • 09h00 - 11h00: Panel Presentations
• 11h00 - 13h00: Panel Presentations
• 13h00 - 14h00: Lunch
• 14h00 - 17h00: Summit of ADR / Peace Studies Leaders/Directors: Exchanges on Lessons, Prospects and Challenges
• 17h00 - 18h00: Closing / Conference Communiqué
• 19h00 - 21h00: Closing Dinner / Cultural Gala Night - additional fee of US$35
27 July 2014: Departure of Participants
Optional tours / sightseeing in South Africa
United States of America
Professor. Ernest Uwazie
For more about African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, refer to http://www.accord.org.za.
For more about Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, refer to http://www.csus.edu/hhs/capcr.
Event start date: 25/07/2014
Event end date: 26/07/2014
Event venue: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Event type: Conference
Zimbabwe requires $27 billion - more than twice the size of its economy - to fund a five-year plan to improve basic services and rebuild the impoverished country...
South Africa houses 80% of platinum reserves but the country's market shares has fallen to 53% due to reduced productions caused partly by protests.
South Africa's DA and Agang's brief alliance bring to the fore issues of funder manipulation!
The next step now is for civil society to engage in the spaces with the decision/policy makers at the global, regional and national levels to influence the discourse and the architecture of the new development goals. - See more at: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/blog/parliament-and-civil-society#sthash.uOKmQuHi.dpuf
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of Mozambique will co-host a conference on May 29-30, 2014, in Maputo to take stock of Sub-Saharan Africa's strong economic performance and the ongoing challenges in the region. The Africa Rising conferencewill also explore how to strengthen the partnership between the IMF and its African member countries.
VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has challenged former Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba to resign from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
Dr Scott said during a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Mwamba should not ride on the back of the PF to prove his political muscle to the nation.
The Angolan delegation led by Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti at preparatory meeting for 22nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held Thursday and Friday developed an intense diplomatic activity marked by separate audiences to the European, South American and Asian countries diplomats on Tuesday.
At the first audience, Angolan Foreign minister received in audience the British Deputy Foreign Minister, Mark Simmonds.
During meeting, the two interlocutors discussed the cooperation between the two States and the situation in the Great Lakes region, with stress to the political situation in DR Congo.
Thirty minutes later, the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto met with the representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at UN, Samuel Moncada.
Then the Angolan top diplomat, Georges Chikoti, received in audience the Deputy Foreign minister of India , Dinkar Khullar, with whom he discussed bilateral issues.
The Foreign Minister addressed the need for close cooperation in the agricultural sector and in the field of Science and Technology.
Other meeting are being held on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Executive Council of the African Union, in preparation of the 22nd Summit of Heads of State and Government with stress to the meeting of the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP) and the ministerial meeting of the Southern Africa Development Countries Community (SADC).
The summit is running under the central theme: agriculture and food security in the continent.
The ministers of the Executive Council are also discussing issues relating to financial contributions by member States, the countries infrastructure, relationship between the AU and the International Criminal Court (ICC), conflicts in some countries, such as in South Sudan, Central African Republic, among others.
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