SERVAS REGIONAL CONFERENCE

LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

(16 to 18 May 1997)

Historic. Simply historic. The first EVER regional conference on the continent of Africa held in Livingstone, Zambia should be written in GOLDEN letters. Those few days at the Whitehead's family where the conference took place was just rich in events, exchangings ideas, etc...

The conference gave a boost to the African Servas branches and all those who participated came out enriched and the willingness to develop and consolidate Servas in this part of the world. The energy and enthusiasm put in by the participants during our sessions of work was simply fantastic. Delegates from Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Denmark actively took part in that great event. Reunion Island could not be represented but still a written report by fax expressing their solidarity with us was received wishing all the participants all the best for their first Regional conference.

Following were the resolutions taken at the conference :-
Mineswar Sibsurun to be appointed as the Southern Africa Regional co-ordinator.
His responsibilities will include :-
Compiling and printing of a combined Host List for South Africa for 1998, publishing a South Africa Newsletter, organising the next Regional Conference in 3 years time.
The delegate from Botswana, Miss Regina Dambe suggested that the meeting be held in Kasane, Botswana at Chobe Game Park.
Visiting all countries in the Region-say in 2 years time-to prepare for the Regional Conference. He might combine this with National Hosts Conferences.
Tanzania is to be included until there is an East African Regional Conference ( Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia).
Mineswar Sibsurun to be our representative at the next International Conference in Guatemala, April 1998.

Regional Co-ordinators should have Deputies. Host Lists could include tips on the local culture, for eg., like shaking hands or don't wear mini - skirts, etc...Confiscation of LOI for bad travellers.
Each country participating at the meeting should write a vision statement about Servas in Africa over the next decade. A consolidated Host List SHOULD include ALL Servas branches. Rural areas are not to be neglected while recruiting hosts. Servas branches in developed countries be twinned with Servas Branches from the developing countries for advice, support and help.

At the end of the conference, Mineswar Sibsurun in the name of all the delegates present extended his warmest thanks to the Whitehead family for their hospitality and Vibeke MATORP for organising the hosts, food, transport, etc.. and all the delegates for their participation.vision and hard work in setting up the conference.