Africa – 11 March 2016

Zuma hopes for deeper ties after Nigeria trip

President Jacob Zuma arrived back in South Africa on Wednesday after he concluded his two-day state visit to Nigeria with an agreement to formalise the South Africa-Nigeria Business Council, the Presidency said

“The president said the agreement reached to formalise the South Africa-Nigeria Business Council will assist in managing and advancing the economic relations between the two countries,” said the Presidency late on Wednesday.



Peace, Security in the Great Lakes Region – No Peace Without Women

Today, on 8 March, we are celebrating the International Women’s Day under the theme “Step it up for Gender Equality”. On that note, Sweden together with civil society organisations International Alert and Kvinna to Kvinna presents a gender audit of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region (PSCF), which is celebrating three years.

The PSCF signed by eleven African States, including Rwanda, in the context of the crisis of the Movement of March 23 (M23), calls on states in the region to stop supporting rebellions in the DRC. It also indicates that the Congolese government should apply fundamental governance reforms and encourages the international community to renew its commitments to the DRC.


South Africa not sending soldiers – or Special Forces – to Nigeria

No South African military assistance, including Special Forces, will be sent to Nigeria to assist in fighting Boko Haram.

This assurance comes from South Africa’s top soldier, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.

He was responding to reports coming out of the West African powerhouse during President Jacob Zuma’s official visit there this week.

“I note with concern some media reports suggesting the SANDF is planning to send Special Forces to Nigeria in a combat support role to that country’s military against known militia group. These reports are reckless and unfortunate,” Shoke said in a statement.