The region has revamped its strategy for stability but 2013 will be the ultimate test of its muscle,, writes Webster Zambara.
South Africa has been accused of putting undue pressure on a weak government to extract an unfair deal. Caswell Tlali reports.
The Southern African Development Community's decision to scrap its regional court was inevitable, says Laurie Nathan.
So often are the winds of change said to blow through the southern reaches of Africa that the uninformed might think there are always hurricanes here.
President Jacob Zuma has arrived in the Republic of Seychelles for Madagascar mediation talks, the presidency has announced.
Southern African Development Community leaders have neglected to use an opportunity to lead from the front, following Bingu wa Mutharika's passing.
The region's slow increase in enrolment is worrying -- but there are bright spots.
South Africa's inclusion into Brics has been a political triumph, but the real challenges are about to start.
Science Minister Naledi Pandor has stressed the need for the Southern African region to increase spending on improving science and technology.
South Africa's continental rival, Nigeria, has seized an opportunity that arose when Africa's southern region suspended its own court.
The SADC have announced they would back Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's attempt to be elected the new AU chief in fresh polls to be held in June.
Southern African foreign ministers discussed the deadlocked polls for a new African Union head and to chart the bloc's strategy for the next vote.
An attempt to return home by Madagascar's deposed president Marc Ravalomanana has been thwarted in the air by Malagasy ground control.
South Africa and France have called a truce over their differing views of the Libya problem, and have displayed a united front regarding Syria.
Malagasy politicians have collectively agreed on how to implement a road map for ending a leadership crisis in the country, the SADC says.
Madagascan parties have signed an agreement allowing the return of Marc Ravalomanana whose 2009 ouster plunged the country into political paralysis.
Southern Africa has moved forward with regional economic integration, but challenges remain, say trade experts.
Pockets of food insecurity are plaguing areas in Southern Africa where floods or prolonged mid-season dry spells have reduced harvests.
Zimbabwean and Swaziland activists have slammed the failure of the SADC summit to act on political crises threatening their countries.
Why did the SADC Tribunal have to die? Its former president tells the story of the demise of perhaps the region's most important court.