Press Releases

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:30am

Windhoek --- Public and private sector stakeholders moved Namibia closer today to implementing a National Single Window, an online tool to ease cross-border trade that has been supported by technical assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The revenues from increased trade, the freer flow of more components and goods are what all stakeholders seek from the government, from the haulers, to the businesses, and down to the Namibian consumer. You are truly on the precipice of a win-win situation,” said John Kowalski, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Namibia. “We are proud to have worked closely with our partners in the Namibian government to advance the Single Window and look forward to the day that it is operational.”

USAID/Southern Africa's new Green Building
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 6:15am

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has approved an environmentally friendly rating of the U.S. Agency for International Development new office building in Pretoria. The final design received the council’s four-star rating, in recognition of best practice, in November 2014. The GBCSA now has awarded the building’s final as-built design a five-star certification, which recognizes South African excellence.

Musician Nathi performing during the Moyo Benefit Launch concert in Lesotho
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:15am

ViiV Healthcare, a global specialist HIV company, announced today jointly with its global partners, Vodafone Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies and the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the launch of the Mobilising HIV Identification and Treatment (MHIT) programme in Lesotho.

Official handover of the complete RERA training curriculum
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:15am

The U.S. government commemorated the completion of a new regulatory training curriculum with a formal hand-over ceremony with its energy sector partner, the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA). The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) hosted the hand-over ceremony.

Swazi farmer Mr. Khanyile receiving the high yielding maize seed MRI 514
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 10:00am

A new hybrid seed well-suited to Swaziland’s farming community has just been introduced into the country. The seed, MRI 514, is an early-maturing, drought-tolerant and has a potential yield of ten metric tons per hectare.  Adoption of this variety could significantly increase the average smallholder’s yield, currently less than two metric tons per hectare. The launch of the seed into the Swazi market by Mbovane Marketing from Syngenta Zambia is evidence of the progress Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States have made harmonizing and modernizing their seed sectors. Lengthy seed trial processes have been replaced with a streamlined system to ensure quality seed can be introduced quickly for the benefit of farmers.

SPS handover to SADC
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:00am

Today’s event celebrated 12 months of cooperation between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Programme.  The results of this collaboration are Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary Strategies to ensure that consumers are being supplied with food products that are safe to eat, plants and animals are protected from plant pests and animal diseases and at the same time improving safe regional and international trade.

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 1:15pm

Cheryl Anderson was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Southern Africa. In this capacity, she will oversee USAID’s regional activities in the Southern Africa region, country-specific activities in South Africa, as well as activities in countries in the region where there is no USAID mission.

Graduation ceremony
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 2:45am

This first group of graduates has been equipped to respond to emergency disasters in the most effective life-saving ways. This ground-breaking grassroots pilot project begins the USAID-sponsored roll-out that is envisaged to cover eight Southern African countries to vastly reduce the time taken to respond to crises and rescue victims.  This first phase involved 30 emergency services personnel, drawn from the Lesotho Fire and Police Services and covered the following:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:00am

PRETORIA/BANGKOK -- Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a new agreement to combat illegal wildlife trade between Asia and Africa with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  The three-year, $1.5 million

Roma Flash
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:15am

 MASERU – After nine-months in the making, Pusha Love has arrived! A movement that celebrates healthy living as a means to achieving individual dreams, Pusha Love promises to change the way each of us thinks about our health, life, relationships, and what it means to love oneself and others.