SALO Notices and Highlights

In memory of Ms Lineo Chabana

SALO’s heart goes out to Lineo’s close family and friends particularly her son Bokamoso, her mother, three sisters Rethabile, Thato and Puseletso. 

Obituary: Lineo J. Chabana (1988 – 2018)

Ms Lineo Chabana was born in Matatiele on 21 January 1988 to Gerald and Flora Chabana and was the second of four siblings.

She completed her primary schooling at King Edward (Matatiele), and proceeded with her high school education at St Barnabas College, in Johannesburg, where she completed her Matric.

She obtained her BA Honours in Public Management at the University of Johannesburg, and was finalizing her Masters in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Pretoria.

Lineo assumed duty at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on 01 August 2014, as a Research Assistant (Assistant Director) in the Minister’s Office. She later joined the Directorate: Politics, Governance, Peace and Security Research (formerly known as PRAU) where she served until her passing on 13 January 2018.

As Colleagues we honour her positive legacy as a dedicated foreign service officer and the exemplary manner in which she served and promoted our country’s national interests.

She will be sorely missed by her son Bokamoso, her mother, three sisters Rethabile, Thato and Puseletso,  extended family, friends and colleagues.

Robala ka khotso MaMohlakoane

Lineo was a former SALO staff member.

Zimbabwe: The Morning After

DATE: Friday, 1 December 2017
TIME: (09:30 Registration) 10:00am to 13:00pm
VENUE: University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Kingsway A Les (LECTURE HALL) G02 –  Ground floor, near the main library. Entrance no 1 on Kingsway
The dialogue will analyse political developments in Zimbabwe in relation to the 2018 elections and the role that the region (specifically SA) and other external players should play. It will also address questions about the state of the opposition as we approach 2018.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Morgan Tsvangirai (Hon Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and President of MDC-T)
Mr Welshman Ncube (President of the MDC-N)
Mr Tendai Biti (Hon Former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe and President of PDP)

Please RSVP to Ms Vuyelwa Nkumande on:
012 753 0203

SALO at Migration Side Meeting 28th International Population Conference – 1 November 2017

On 01 November SALO participated in the Migration Side Meeting 28th International Population Conference that was hosted in Cape Town from 29 October to 04 November. The side meeting was convened in response to the build-up of the series of migration roundtables that were hosted by StatsSA and the National Department of Social Development. SALO not only attended the roundtables, but also provided input on the concept note. The Side Meeting was a success and will feed into the migration conference that will be hosted in 2018.

Vuyelwa Nkumanda from SALO presented a poster of her Master’s paper titled ‘The Determinants of the Choice of Type of Contraceptive Methods Used by Young Women in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2001’ during the Africa Population Day poster session on 01 November 2017 at the 28th International Population Conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in Cape Town.

25th Anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 Oct 2017

On the 17 of October 2017, the Southern Africa Trust convened an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
In the picture, SALO’s Deputy Director Dr Showers Mawowa (standing) hands over SALO’s publication,  Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: Perspectives on Goal 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda to Mr. McBride Nkhalamba, Head of Division of Thematic Research and Coordination at the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The event was convened by SAT to reflect on the progress and challenges in the fight against poverty in Southern Africa and globally. 


The African Policy Circle Meeting 5-6 Oct 2017

AU Agenda 2063 and Africa Peace and Security

SALO is part of the Africa Policy Circle (APC), a network of African Civil Society and Policy Think tanks to contribute collaboratively to Africa’s development, Gender equality and the strengthening of the Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The APC occasionally produces policy briefs and meets with relevant organs of the AU to contribute towards the evolving APSA. The APC also supports network members in addressing development challenges at national level. The APC meets twice a year.

On the 5th and 6th October 2017, SALO attended the 7th Workshop of the African Policy Circle. The meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya focused on their continuing theme of “inequalities”.  The topic discussed was “Structural Inequalities as a driver for Violent Extremism.”

Francisca Mdleleni, Salo Operations Manager can be seen in the second row from the back in the image above.

The Role of SADC in the Elimination of Poverty -28 September 2017

On the 28th September 2017, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) together with the African Union Student Alliance (AUSA) hosted a seminar at the University of Pretoria. The purpose of the event was to allow students to engage with Pan African Institutions about combating poverty in SADC. The event was attended by students from the University, moderated by AUSA’s President Alpha Shawa and speakers were Mr Martin Bwalya (Advisor to the CEO on Programme Development – NEPAD) and Mr Marlon Zakeyo (Advocacy Manager – Southern African Trust). The topic on the day was “The Role of the Southern African Development Community as a governance institution in combating poverty.


Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue “From G20 to BRICS: Civil Society Engagement and Government Perspectives” – 14 Sept 2017

On the 14th of September 2017 SALO co-hosted a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue with the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa (FES) entitled “From G20 to BRICS: Civil Society Engagement and Government Perspectives” at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria.

In 2018 South Africa will host the 10th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit. The South African foreign affairs ministry together with the official civil society lead organisation in South Africa, Economic Justice Network (EJN), are currently consolidating their plans for the civil society forum in the summit.

With a special interest in addressing inequality and looking forward to 2018, the objective of this public dialogue was to unpack engagement in multilateral fora, in particular G20 and BRICS.

Speakers included the South African Sherpa for the G20 and BRICS, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who spoke on government perspectives on the G20 and BRICS; as well as a representative from the German Embassy, who shared the German experience of hosting the G20, outcomes, lessons and opportunities around the G20 for addressing inequality. Other speakers reflected on civil society engagement with multilateral processes, past, present and future.

Participants included members of the diplomatic corps, civil society organisations and think tanks based in South Africa, government officials, youth and ordinary members of the public.


SALO and Pan-African Parliament enter 3 year MoU – 11 August 2017

On the 11th of August 2017, SALO entered into a three year MoU with the Pan-African Parliament to strengthen civic engagement with the Parliament. PAP sees this as an important step to strengthen the representation capacity of the African peoples. Signing on behalf of SALO, Deputy Director, Dr Showers Mawowa was quoted on the PAP website as saying the agreement will allow civil society, “to closely coordinate and cooperate with the PAP on strategies that will help the latter play its due role and fully deliver on its mandate.” The MoU formalises an already existing collaboration between the two organisations. 
The MoU provides a framework for cooperation in a number of areas among them,   
1. Establishment of Forum for PAP-Civil Society Dialogue
2. Support the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda through provision of technical support to PAP Committees inter alia
3. Raise awareness on the work of the PAP in the areas of peace, security, human rights and good governance, inter alia
The two organisations further agreed to jointly mobilise resources in order to deliver on the objectives of the agreement.