Southern Africa

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Classification of the term Southern Africa according to different sources (dark green: UN statistics department, green: geographical, light green: SADC )

The term Southern Africa ( English Southern Africa ), also southern Africa , refers to the southern part of the African continent. It belongs to sub-Saharan Africa . The exact demarcation to the north is unclear and is made differently in different subject areas.

Unlike North , West , East and Central Africa , with South Africa (English South Africa usually not meant) a region, but the state of South Africa. That is why the region of Southern Africa is used to distinguish it . However, there is the Central African Republic in Central Africa.

Southern Africa (overview)

country Defined as Southern Africa according to ...
(Statistics Department)
AngolaAngola Angola x x x x x
BotswanaBotswana Botswana x x x x x x x x
ComorosComoros Comoros x x
Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo Congo, DR x x
LesothoLesotho Lesotho x x x x x x x x
MadagascarMadagascar Madagascar x x x
MalawiMalawi Malawi x x x x x
MauritiusMauritius Mauritius x x x x
MozambiqueMozambique Mozambique x x x x x
NamibiaNamibia Namibia x x x x x x x x
ZambiaZambia Zambia x x x x x
SeychellesSeychelles Seychelles x x x
ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe x x x x x
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa x x x x x x x x
SwazilandSwaziland Swaziland x x x x x x x x
TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania x
ReunionReunion Reunion x
Countries total 5 14th 11 11 15th 5 5 14 + 1

Definition of terms

United Nations

The use of the term is by no means uniform within the United Nations.

In the statistics department of the UN, the following five countries are listed under the Southern Africa Statistics District : Botswana , Lesotho , Namibia , South Africa and Swaziland . These countries also form the Customs Union of Southern Africa (SACU).

Under the responsibility of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ), the region is Southern Africa together from 14 countries. The Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), which reports to him, deals with matters in the states of Angola , Botswana, Comoros , Lesotho, Madagascar , Malawi , Mauritius , Mozambique , Namibia, Zambia , Seychelles , Zimbabwe , South Africa and Swaziland.

The work of the UN Economic Commission for Africa with its Office for Southern Africa of the Economic Commission for Africa extends to 11 countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe , South Africa and Swaziland.

The mandate ( UNODC Southern Africa Mandate ) for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) covers eleven states. These are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.

Southern Africa Development Community

International community of SADC

In Gaborone based Development Community of Southern Africa ( Southern African Development Community , SADC) has 15 Member States: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.

Other bodies

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