Regional News Roundup


Zimbabwe and South Africa recently signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to deepen cooperation in tourism. Both countries acknowledged the contribution that tourism makes in growing their respective economies and creating employment opportunities. The pact was signed after negotiations between SA’s Department of Tourism and Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Tourism.

The two countries cooperate under the umbrella of the Joint Cooperation Commission, signed in 1995.

DA raps high food prices

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has rapped the country’s ever-rising cost of living. Data from a recent survey indicates that 52 per cent of households experienced hunger, with a further 33 per cent at risk as a consequence of declining purchasing power.

A food price hike of 14.3 % meant that the cost of food consumed 39 % of the income of poor South African households. Wilmot James, DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, said this was undermining poor South Africans’ human right to be free from hunger.

Swazis picket

The Swaziland Solidarity Network this week announced a resumption of monthly pickets at the country’s Consulate in South Africa, aimed at putting more pressure on the regime of King Mswati III. The pickets will resume on June 1 in Braamfontein, South Africa.

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