| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
Rosita Mabuiango's birth in a tree above swirling waters 17 years ago thrust her into instant stardom, drawing global attention to the worst floods to hit Mozambique in recent memory. The images of Rosita draped in dirty linen, moments after she and her mother were hoisted to safety by a helicopter, touched the world, helping raise funds for tens of thousands of flood victims. But these days, the teenager doesn't consider herself special. "I'm normal, it's just a different way of being born," she says with a broad smile. Rosita was born on March 1, 2000, four days after her marooned mother clambered into a tree to escape deadly floods ripping through southern Mozambique. "I...
(Macauhub 02/27/17)
The China Brasil Xinnenghuan International Investment (CBSteel) company plans to invest US$1.4 billion to build a plant in Nacala to transform metallurgical coal into coking coal to export to Brazil. CBSteel’s intentions were indicated in a memorandum signed last Friday in Maputo by the permanent secretary of Mozambique’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), Carla Soto, and the chairman of the board of China Brasil Xinnenghuan International Investment (CBSteel), Zhang Shengsheng. After signing the memorandum, Zhang said that construction of the Nacala plant in Nampula province would be financed by the Chinese government and should last about a year. CBSteel expects to annually export 4 million tons of coal to Brazil for use in steel production. Mozambique’s AIM news agency...
(Macauhub 02/27/17)
The Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric plants in Mozambique’s Manica province will officially open in March, the chairman of the board of Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), Mateus Magala, has indicated. The two projects will add 80 megawatts to current electric power supply capacity. Restoration work on the two plants, which are managed by EDM, cost the government nearly US$133 million. The Covaninga plant is also set to open in the next few months and will add 40 megawatts of power production...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Mozambican former first lady Graca Machel's daughter on Tuesday won a high-profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend, a landmark victory in a country where abuse of women is growing. Josina Machel lost the sight in her right eye in 2015 after she was savagely beaten by a Mozambican businessman Rofino Licuco with whom she had been in a relationship for three years. A court in Maputo on Tuesday sentenced Licuco to a suspended prison sentence of three years and...
(Macau Daily Times 02/22/17)
The government of Mozambique has approved a regulation to facilitate the granting of entry visas to foreign nationals engaged in investment activities, thus contributing to improving the business climate, the deputy minister of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday in Maputo. Quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM, Ana Comoana said the approved document reduces the minimum amount to grant the Investment Activity visa from US50 million to US$500,000. “If the amount required is high there will be few people who...
(Macauhub 02/22/17)
The government of Mozambique has approved the regulation of the Gaming and Gambling Law which, in addition to increasing the number of casino licenses to be granted, reducing the distance between casinos from 5 kilometres to 100 metres, said on Tuesday in Maputo the deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism. Ana Comoana said after the meeting of the Council of Ministers the regulation states that the country’s capital, Maputo, may have up to four casinos within a 100-metre radius while...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(AFP (eng) 02/18/17)
Cyclone Dineo killed seven people, injured 55 and displaced more than 100,000 as it battered southern Mozambique, natural disasters agencies said Friday. The National Institute of Disaster Management said that among the 55 people injured, four were in critical condition. More than 650,000 people in the southeastern African country were also affected since the storm made landfall late Wednesday. Dineo's impact has been greatest in Inhambane and Vilanculos, two areas popular with tourists on Mozambique's southeast coast, where total rainfall reached 100 to 200 millimetres.
(Xinhuanet 02/17/17)
Seven people died and around 50 were injured when cyclone Dineo hit the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane on Wednesday evening, an official confirmed on Thursday evening. "The total number of affected people is 130,000, most of them lived along the coastline, and we registered 20,000 houses affected," said Mauricio Xerinda, director of the National Emergency Operational Centre (CENOE). Xerinda said more victims might be found as some people ignored the cyclone warning and insisted to stay in areas identified as dangerous. "We still don't have the exact location of the dead victims
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
A powerful cyclone is set to slam into the southern coast of Mozambique in the early hours of Thursday, bringing flooding, storm surges and high winds, meteorologists have warned. Severe tropical storm Dineo will deepen into an intense tropical cyclone on Wednesday, packing wind of 166 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, the South African Weather Service said in a statement. It warned of "torrential rain resulting in widespread flooding" when the cyclone, currently positioned between Mozambique and Madagascar, makes landfall...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
Mozambican police authorities said on Monday that three people were killed by thunder lightning strikes during the rains last week in northern Nampula province. "The police has been in the scene and collected the bodies, handed them to the families for funeral services." Police spokesperson Zacarias Nacuti said to the media. During this rainy season in Mozambique, a number of incidents are reported and most of them are caused by thunder lightning strikes. Last week, the police authorities said 47...
(Bloomberg 02/14/17)
Mozambique’s central bank will introduce a prime lending rate in two months and immediately removed a curb on how much citizens can spend overseas using their bank cards. The introduction of the new rate on April 15 “is intended to strengthen the mechanism for the formation of interest rates on the market as a whole and to make it more transparent,” Governor Rogerio Zandamela told reporters Monday in the capital, Maputo. He removed a 700,000-metical ($9,950) annual limit on payments...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/14/17)
Mozambique is prone to flooding and is especially vulnerable after a scorching drought last year. A tropical storm heading for the coast of southern Mozambique is expected to develop into a cyclone with winds of up to 118 to 165km per hour, the South African Weather Service said on Tuesday. Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries which is in the throes of a debt and financial crisis, is prone to flooding and is especially vulnerable after a scorching drought...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment...

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