The most critical challenge facing South Africa in its next 10 years of democracy is the issue of poverty, President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday night. ''These [general] elections are about what we need to do in our second decade of freedom,'' Mbeki told a gathering at the Pietermaritzburg city hall.
Zimbabwe will solve its problems quickly once formal negotiations get underway in that country, President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. He said the ruling Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change would go into formal talks with an agenda currently being set in informal negotiations.
South Africa is the main destination for the trafficking of people for the sex trade in southern Africa, a report has found. Victims are from most countries in the region as well as from Thailand, China and eastern Europe.