Category Archive for: African Unity

SA to serve on AU Peace and Security Council

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  • Posted on January 29, 2016

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NEWS/AFRICA /  28 January 2016 at 20:47pm By: Peter Fabricius Addis Ababa – The African Union’s Executive Council elected South Africa to continue serving on the AU’s Peace and Security Council, suggesting that the country is bidding to become – as Nigeria apparently is – a de facto permanent member. Nigeria was also elected again on…



Africa Day: It Is Time to Take Stock

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  • Posted on May 25, 2014

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Today  continental and Diaspora Africans celebrate the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity that spearheaded decolonisation of the continent up to 2002, when it passed the baton to the African Union which was given the special brief of bringing holistic independence.         On May 25, 1963, leaders…



Mandela’s Funeral Arrangements

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As the world mourns the passing of international human rights icon, Nelson Mandela, South African President Jacob Zuma announced the date of the former president’s funeral. Mandela’s funeral will be held on Sunday 15th December 2013 when he will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province. Zuma also announced there will…



Mandela presented humanitarian achievement award

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  • Posted on September 23, 2013

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Former South African president Nelson Mandela was conferred the Humanitarian Achievement Award at this year’s South-South Awards ceremony here. The anti-apartheid crusader, a global icon for peace and freedom, was given the award Sunday night for his outstanding leadership for human rights and development, reported Xinhua. His wife, Graca Machel, received a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition…



Rise up against corruption – Mbeki

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  • Posted on November 23, 2012

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Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki has urged the people of Africa to celebrate the ANC’s centenary by rising against political and other leaders who abuse power for self-enrichment at the expense of the masses. Delivering a lecture at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania on Thursday night, under the theme “The centenary of the…



African leaders meet over resolution to take back Mali’s north

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  • Posted on October 21, 2012

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Sapa -AP African leaders met in the capital of the troubled nation of Mali to prepare their plan for a military intervention to take back the nation’s north, which was overrun by al Qaeda-linked rebels six months ago. The high-level meeting comes after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution last week giving Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…



Dlamini-Zuma takes over AU office TODAY – Oct 15, 2012

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  • Posted on October 15, 2012

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Former South African Home Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will on Monday begin a four-year tenure as the head of the African Union’s executive arm. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa over the weekend. A hand-over ceremony is set for the AU’s headquarters where she will take over from Gabonese Jean Ping, whom she ousted…



AU has failed Africa

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Former South African 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 split after election win for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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  • Posted on July 17, 2012

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  Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been appointed the first female head of the African Union, prompting accusations that the South Africa is looking to dominate the politics of the continent. Ms Dlamini-Zuma beat incumbent Jean Ping, from Cameroon, after a bruising six-month leadership battle which highlighted lingering divisions between Africa’s Anglophone and Francophone nations and deflected attention from…



Time is now for New Leadership in Africa

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  • Posted on June 14, 2012

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Africa will face high long-term unemployment for years to come unless something changes soon. With the AU Head of States unable to do anything more ambitious than to have conferences on conferences and the regional committees working slower than a snail’s pace to facilitate regional integration and regional free trade, the last best hope for…