President Thabo Mbeki is to deliver the opening address at the African National Congress's policy conference in a bitterly cold Midrand, Gauteng, where delegates started arriving on Wednesday morning. The conference takes place against intense behind-the-scenes jockeying over the leadership of the party, and coincides with a bitter public-service strike.
Deputies and experts attending the Pan African Parliament on Monday called for Western countries to help reverse the environmental damage to the continent that they had helped create. "This problem is generated by countries in the West," said the African Union Commission's rural development and agriculture commission director Babagana Ahmadu.
The African Union announced on Monday it would send an extra 8Â 000 peacekeepers to Somalia but said dialogue remained the only solution to the bloody conflict in that country. "The crisis in that country has so far proved intractable. The AU has decided to send 8Â 000 troops immediately to assist peacekeeping efforts," AU chairperson John Kufuor said.
South African Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni said on Tuesday that government support of the private sector is important and development of the local bond and corporate bond markets should be encouraged. He also said it is important to improve international ratings to add to foreign-investment confidence in South Africa.
The resolution to keep intact the tripartite alliance -- led by the African National Congress -- has been passed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, but not without questions being raised from the floor about whether working-class interests were being fostered.