Media Accreditation Requirements


All venues for the Summit and its preceding meetings are accessible strictly only upon presentation of an accreditation badge.

All media practitioners who wish to cover the Summit and have access to the Royal Swazi Hotel and Lozitha Palace SADC Summit venues and other areas accessible to the media are required to be accredited through the Director of Information and Media Development, Ministry of ICT by submitting the following details:


All delegates and media will be given a free undertaking. This means that all equipment/goods they intend to bring into the country (as per the list) will not be liable to any customs duty. However, it is important for the customs officers to receive this information on time through the relevant channels indicated above. A desk officer will be assigned to attend to all lists submitted.

Official photographers and videographers are required to apply to be accredited as media practitioners and not as delegates. Applications must be sent by 18 August 2016 to the Director of Information and Media Development.


Media Centre

A Media Centre dedicated to the Summit will be available at the Grand Hall in Lozitha. Accredited media personnel may gather at the Media Centre to use computers, printers and photocopying machines. They may also come over to access the internet to compile materials and file reports to their home agency.


Requests for Interviews

The press attachés of each delegation may request the Organising Committee of the Summit to provide them with the telephone number they can use to make interviews requests. They can make such requests before or during the Summit.


Media Programme for the 36th Ordinary Summit of SADC


Media accreditation starts at Lugogo Sun Hotel

Pre-Summit Briefing of Diplomats
10:00 – 11:00
Pre-summit briefing of diplomats by SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax and host SADC Incoming Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Bertram Stewart, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Royal Swazi Hotel (TBC)

Arrival of Members of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials

SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials Meeting at Royal Swazi Hotel

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee/tea break

11:00 – 16:30
SADC Secretariat Departmental Media Briefings at Royal Swazi Spa

11:00 – 11:30
Briefing by Dr. Thembinkosi Mhlongo, SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration

11:30 – 12:00
Briefing by Ms. Emilie A. Mushobekwa, SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration, and Mr. Russell Mufaya, SADC Director of Administration and Human Resources

12:00 – 12:30
Briefing by Ms. Boitumelo Gofhamodimo, SADC Director of Trade, Finance, Industry and Investment

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30
Briefing by Dr. Angelo Mondlane, SADC Director of Policy, Planning and Resource Mobilisation

Launch of 2014 SADC Statistics Year Book

14:30 – 15:00
Briefing by Mr. Remigious Makumbe, SADC Director of Infrastructure and Services
Launch of the SADC Regional Water Strategic Action Plan

15:30 – 16:00
Briefing by Mr. Stephen Sianga, SADC Director of Social and Human Development and Special Programmes


Public Lecture at the University of Swaziland

13:30 – 16:45
Public lecture by H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Meeting of the Finance Committee in Session at Royal Swazi Spa
SADC Secretariat Departmental Media Briefings Continue at Royal Swazi Spa:

11:30 – 12:00
Briefing by Mr. Jorge Cardoso, SADC Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

12:00 – 12:30
Briefing by Dr. Joseph Pitso, SADC Head of Gender Unit

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30
Briefing by Ms. Margaret Nyirenda, SADC Director of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Launch of SADC Regional Agricultural Policy and Food and Nutrition Security.


SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials at Royal Swazi Spa


11:30 – 11:45
Pre-Council Media Encounter with SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax and Incoming Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Bertram Stewart, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Royal Swazi Hotel, Mbabane, Swaziland.

Arrival of Ministers

SADC Council of Ministers Meeting at the Lozitha Royal Palace

08:30 – 08:40
Opening Session
Handing over of SADC Council Chairpersonship of the Council of Ministers by Hon. Kenneth Matambo, Minister of Finance and Development Planning of the Republic of Botswana, to HRH Prince Hlangusemphi, Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland at Lozitha Palace.
Acceptance of Chairpersonship of the Council of Ministers by HRH Prince Hlangusemphi, Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

10:30 – 10:35
Council Family Photograph

10:35 – 11:00
Coffee/tea break

SADC Council of Ministers Meeting in Session

16:00 – 16:30
Post-council and Pre-summit media briefing by HRH Prince Hlangusemphi, Chairperson of SADC Council of Ministers and Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland, accompanied by SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the Lozitha Palace.

Arrival of Heads of State and Government

10:00 – 10:30
SADC Secretariat Publications Launch at the Lozitha Palace
Launch of the following SADC Publications by SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax and Deputy Head of Mission for Austrian Embassy in Pretoria, Mr. Matthias Radosztics:

  • SADC Gender and Development Monitor
  • SADC Energy Monitor
  • Booklet on Mainstreaming Gender in Renewable Energy in the SADC Energy Sector

14:00 – 16:00
Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) Troika Meeting

SADC Organ Troika Summit

09:00 – 12:30
SADC Organ Troika Summit in Session

SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government

08:00 – 12:00
Official opening of the 36th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government at the Lozitha Palace

08:00 – 08:25
Invited guests take their seats

08:25 – 08:40
Arrival of the Heads of State and Government escorted to the holding room

08:40 – 08:55
The First Spouses take their seats in the Summit Halls

08:55 – 09:00
The Heads of State and Government, and invited Special Guests enter the Hall in procession and take their positions at the High Table

09:00 – 09:15
Singing of anthems (Kingdom of Swaziland and the SADC Anthem) Introduction of the Heads of State and Government and the dignitaries seated at the High Table by the Director of Ceremonies

09:15 – 09:35
Cultural intervention

09:35 – 09:50
Introductory remarks by SADC Executive Secretary H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax

09:50 – 10:05
Welcome statement by incoming SADC Chairperson His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and host of the 36th Summit

10:05 – 10:15
Statement by H.E. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

10:15 – 10:25
Statement by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission

10:35 – 10:45
Maiden Speech by H.E. John Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania

10:45 – 10:55
Maiden Speech by H.E. Prime Minister of Seychelles (TBC)

10:55 – 11:05
Prize-giving to the regional winners of the 2016 SADC Secondary School Essay Competition and Media Awards by SADC Chairperson, Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana

11:05 – 11:15
Cultural intervention

11:15 – 11:25
Keynote address by SADC Chairperson, Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana and ceremonial handing over of the SADC Chairperson’s Badge to incoming SADC Chairperson

11:25 – 11:35
Cultural intervention

11:35 – 11:45
Acceptance statement by the new SADC Chairperson, His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland
End of the official opening ceremony

11:45 – 11:55
Family Photograph of SADC Heads of State and Government and special invited guests

12:00
First Spouses’ programme commences

12:00 – 13:00
Summit in Session

13:00 – 14:00
Luncheon

14:00 – 15:30
Summit in Session

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee/tea break

16:00 – 17:00
Summit in Session

19:30
State banquet for Heads of State and Government hosted by SADC Chairperson, His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and host of the 36th Ordinary SADC Summit

SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government

09:00 – 13:00
Summit in Session

13:00 – 14:00
Luncheon

14:00 – 16:20
Official closing ceremony of the 36th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government at Lozitha Palace

14:00
Invited guests take their seats in the Hall

14:15
Arrival and proceeding to the Holding Room of Heads of State and Government

14:35
First Spouses take their seats in the Hall

14:40
Heads of State and Government & Special Invited Guests enter the Hall in procession

15:20
Closing Statement by SADC Chairperson, His Majesty King Mswati III

15:30
Vote of Thanks by the host of next Ordinary Summit

15:30
Reading of the Summit Communiqué by SADC

Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax

15:50
Playing of the SADC Anthem and the National Anthem of the Kingdom of Swaziland

16:00
End of the closing ceremony

16:10
Post-Summit Media Briefing by SADC Chairperson H.M. King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland, accompanied by Chairperson of Council, and Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland, H. R. H. Prince Hlangusemphi, and SADC Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax at Lozitha Palace

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