Monday 24 July 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/03/17)
Mozambique's Renamo opposition party will extend a ceasefire by a further two months, its leader Afonso Dhlakama said on Friday, the third such extension since a truce aimed at aiding peace talks began on Dec. 27. Renamo and Frelimo fought on opposing sides in a civil war from 1976 to 1992 in which a million people died before a peace accord ended the fighting. But Renamo retains its own militia. The ceasefire was due to end on Friday having been extended by two months on January 3. (Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Writing by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Joe Brock)
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
A prolonged drought across the East African region and heavy flooding in some southern African countries are compounding the effects of conflicts to make people's lives difficult. Against the global trend of good harvests, Africa, especially its eastern part, faces the challenge of worsening food security due to drought and conflicts. Some 37 countries require external assistance for food, including 28 African countries, as a result of lingering effects of last year's El Nino-triggered drought on harvests, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In South Sudan, nearly half of the population of 11.3 million are in urgent need of food aid as the UN declared famine in the East African nation last week. Tens of thousands of people...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Mozambican parliament opened its session on Monday in Maputo with parliamentary groups of both Frelimo and Renamo calling for a definitive and effective peace agreement in the country. "The indicators that we registered in the last few months, demonstrate political will for a definitive and effective peace, they are a clear example that it is possible for Mozambicans to reach an effective and long lasting peace through dialogue," said Veronica Macamo, spokesperson of the parliament. Macamo saluted Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his efforts together with Afonso Dlhakama, leader of main opposition
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(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 think it's God who chose...
(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 capacity. Magala also said that the Maputo thermal plant would be inaugurated next year, adding a further 110 megawatts to the country’s electric power supply capacity. Mozambique’s electric power consumption stands at 900 megawatts, of which 150 megawatts are bought...
(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 by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(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 Africa. "The spread of artemisinin resistance in Africa would be a major setback in the fight against malaria, as ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) is the only effective and widely used antimalarial treatment at the moment," said lead author Arnab Pain,...
(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 four months, Machel's lawyer Abdul Carimo said during a press conference following the hearing. Licuco was also ordered to pay 200 million meticals (2.7 million euros) damages, Carimo added. Licuco's lawyer said that he would appeal. "This victory should be...
(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 will invest in Mozambique but if it is smaller it is likely that in return the number of investors will increase,” she said. Comoana said after the meeting of the Council of Ministers that the regulations also intend to facilitate...
(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 the Beira and Chimoio cities can have a maximum of three within that same area. The cities of Mozambique were classified under this regulation into three classes – A, B and C – and Maputo is considered class A, the...
(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 of gas in Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania provides a huge opportunity for the continent. He said there is a need for the countries to work together to tap benefits from the gas for the good of the continent. Strachan said...
(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 the proceedings where a judge will have to decide how much Thakkar -- described in videos posted on his foundation’s website as "Africa’s Youngest Billionaire" -- is worth. Thakkar says he has assets of 445,532 pounds ($553,000) while his wife,...
(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 near the city of Inhambane on Thursday. "Along the southern coastline of Mozambique, strong and damaging winds (are predicted) as well as sea conditions are expected to become very rough," the statement said, forecasting a storm surge centred near Xai...
(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 to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...

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