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People Power: How Civil Society Blocked an Arms Shipment for Zimbabwe

"In April 2008, a Chinese ship carrying arms destined for Zimbabwe’s Defence Force attempted to offload those weapons in Durban’s harbour, so that they might be transported across South African territory to land-locked Zimbabwe. South African civ...

China in Mozambique: A Cautious Approach

"China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are characterised by caution and compromise. China's engagement with Africa has taken a different form in its relations with Mozambique, which are c...

The accord of Nkomati: Context and content

"The purpose of the present article is to focus on the Accord of Nkomati in the broader context of Southern African relations, to analyse its content and to compare it with the other non-aggression agreements concluded by South Africa. Part of ...

Frelimo and the transitional government of Mozambique: The Lusaka agreement

"In terms of the Lusaka Agreements the terms of which are reproduced in the first part of this paper, a transitional Government has been formed in Mozambique, whose task is to prepare for the coming of independence on 25 June, 1975, A High Commis...

Mozambique: rise of the phoenix?

This brief report describes recent events in Mozambique. The war that erupted in 1980 wrecked the country’s infrastructure and economy. Combined with natural disasters, declining food production, and Renamo’s destruction of the infrastructure, the...

See no evil, hear no evil: The social economy of organised crime in Mozambique

"The rapid growth of organised crime in Southern Africa over the last decade has become a serious concern for both governments and citizens living in the region. In developing countries, organised crime activities exact a high cost in terms of hea...

Mozambique - South African relations and the resurrection of the Nkomati Accord

This brief report describes the elusive prospects for peace in Mozambique despite renewed contact between the South African and Mozambican heads of state. South Africa was willing to play a role in attempting to end the war, which is dampened by s...

'Every continent needs an America' The experience of South African firms doing business in Mozambique

"Over the last 10 years, Mozambique, sometimes touted as South Africa's tenth province, has emerged as one of the most significant South African investment destinations on the African continent. South Africa is a leading investor in that country ...

The experience of South African firms doing business in Africa: a preliminary survey and analysis

"A key challenge for Africa in the 21st century is to develop an enabling business environment. This is a clear objective of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). Business, it is presumed, can provide the necessary impetus to unlo...

External engagement experiences from Ghana and Mozambique

"The two case studies in this report, Ghana and Mozambique, are poor countries with low human development indicators, who have experienced substantial political turmoil since their independence. Ghana witnessed a number of military coups, while M...

Political decompression and historical revisionism in Mozambique

"This article looks at developments at the periphery of the old communist world, by examining change in one ex-Afromarxist regime, namely Mozambique.Firstly, it aims to provide an overview of those factors that led to a radical shift in the rules ...

Investment opportunities in Southern Africa The Business Climate in the SADCC States

"This paper will begin by looking at the reasons why the investor should consider SADCC, and will then go on to discuss the business climate in these countries. There are three appendices, a map to help locate the countries and major trade route...

EISA Regional Observer Mission Report: Mozambique parliamentary and presidential elections 1-2 December 2004

"EISA deployed a regional observer mission to the Mozambique parliamentary and presidential elections, which were held on 1,2 Dec 2004. This report is the mission's assessment of the elections and covers the election period: pre-polling and pollin...

Mozambique - A country in transition

Mozambique is being torn apart by its colonial legacy, external aggression, natural disasters and ill-considered economic policies. The two most crucial issues are the political and economic future of the country. With independence, Frelimo ado...

Ballots in place of bullets? Negotiating Mozambique's future

In 1990 the Mozambique government initiated direct talks with the rebel movement Renamo, and restructured the country’s constitution. Representatives from the government and Renamo met in Rome on 10 July and issued a statement that committed both ...

Election Talk [Botswana, Malawi, Namibia,Mozambique]

Prof Tsie looked at delimitation of constituencies, demarcation of polling districts and identification of polling stations. Prof Chirwa discussed the post election situation in Malawi. He examines the mismanagement of the electoral process and th...

Election Talk [Botswana, Malawi,Mozambique,Namibia]

This brief has several articles written by 4 different authors. Dr Sebudubudu discussed the boycott of the All Party Conference in Botswana by the main opposition parties. Dr Kanyongolo discussed the consequences of increased separation between pa...

Election Talk [Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana]

This brief consists of several articles written by 5 different authors. Brooks and Letsholo highlighted the nature of the accusations from the warring parties, which appear to have surrounded RENAMO leader, Afonso Dhlakama's visit to Sofala in Apr...

Election Talk [Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana]

This monthly policy brief consists of several articles written by 4 different authors. Kaapama discussed the Local Government elections of Namibia and the implications for the general election. De Brito reviewed the updating of the voters roll ahe...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on ...

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