| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/18/16)
At least 43 people were killed and 110 others injured Thursday when a truck carrying petrol blew up in western Mozambique near Malawi, the government said in a statement. "The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck" in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, the statement said. "Because of the heat, the truck burst into flames, leading to the deaths of 43 people and causing burns in 110 others, according to investigators' initial findings," it added. "Ambulances and medical personnel were deployed to the scene in order to assist the victims. The injured were evacuated to Tete hospital" around 90 kilometres (55 miles) away, it said. Authorities were probing whether the truck was selling petrol...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/16)
Authorities in Mozambique were on Friday investigating whether locals were taking petrol from a tanker that exploded in the country's west killing at least 56 people and injuring more than 100. Officials had originally put the death toll at 73 following the massive blast on Thursday in Tete province, in the country's remote western region near Malawi. By Friday morning, officials had counted 56 bodies in mortuaries as searching continued and three days of national mourning were announced. "In the accident, 108 people were injured, 96 of whom are still being kept in for treatment at Tete Provincial Hospital," government spokesman Mouzinho Saide said at a press conference in Maputo. "The cabinet has created a commission of inquiry to investigate...
(AL Jazeera 11/18/16)
At least 73 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded after a lorry carrying fuel blew up in western Mozambique, according to the government. In a statement on Thursday, officials said that the vehicle had overturned while transporting fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira. "The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck" in a small village in Tete province, the statement said. "Because of the heat, the truck burst into flames." The initial death toll stood at 43, but official later raised it to 73. At least 110 others suffered burns, the government said. A local journalist told AFP news agency the lorry had crashed on Wednesday and exploded on Thursday...
(APA 11/17/16)
The Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Leticia Klemens, has launched a combined cycle power station in Maputo, fired by natural gas, a plant that will produce up to 50 percent more electricity from the same amount of fuel than a traditional simple cycle plant, APA can report on Thursday. The gas to feed the new station will come from the Pande and Temane gas fields in the southern province of Inhambane and when the new power station is complete, in August 2018, it will be capable of generating 106 megawatts of electricity. The chairperson of Mozambique’s power utility, Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), Mateus Magala said that the new power station will cost about 180 million US dollars of...
(APA 11/17/16)
The provincial director of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Mouzinho Carlos in Mozambique's Manica province has said a total of 141 micro and small enterprises closed their activities during the first nine months of this year due to the unfavourable economic environment. According to the Beira-based daily newspaper Diario de Mocambique, more than 300 workers were made redundant. Meanwhile, the National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training said it created 22,665 workers in the labour market of the 16,654 planned, compared to 10,685 in the same period of 2015. Of the total number of admissions to the labour market during the period in question 2,497 are women. Mouzinho Carlos said that the companies that ended their activities paid taxes and...
(APA 11/17/16)
The Mozambican parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of a government bill on electronic transactions, intended to regulate the use of electronic systems in trade, finance and other areas, APA can report on Thursday. The bill also imposes sanctions for offenses committed in cyberspace, and attempts to protect consumers against cybercrime. According to the government, the bill will create a legal framework for electronic transactions, allowing security and flexibility. Chairperson of the Assemblys Commission on Legal and Constitutional Matters, Edson Macuacua said the bill intends to fill a vacuum concerning electronic trade, including consumer protection, digital certification, regulation of the mz domain, and protection of personal electronic data. This is all uncontroversial except for the government's sudden decision to...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/16)
African leaders met in Morocco Wednesday on the sidelines of UN climate talks to agree a joint stance to fight global warming on the continent. "Africa is paying a heavy price over the climate issue and is without doubt the continent worst affected," Morocco's King Mohammed VI told the summit attended by 20 African leaders. "These disruptions... greatly hamper Africa's development and gravely threaten the basic rights of tens of millions of Africans," he said. He said the continent needed to "speak in a single voice, demand climate justice". France's President Francois Hollande and UN chief Ban Ki-moon also attended the summit which took place alongside the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakesh. Ban said Africa was at the forefront...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
"Don't go!" That was the heartfelt appeal to African nations as the International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting Wednesday under the cloud of a wave of unprecedented defections. Gambia on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the court, following in the wake of South Africa and Burundi. "Don't go," pleaded Senegalese politician Sidiki Kaba, the president of the ICC's Assembly of State Parties meeting in The Hague. "In a world criss-crossed by violent extremism... it is urgent and necessary to defend the ideal of justice for all," he said. The tribunal opened in 2002 in The Hague as a court of last resort to try the world's worst crimes. But in his passionate plea,...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones become increasingly affordable,” says Reed. “There will be 1-billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4-million 4G LTE connections. “Additionally, the number of smartphone connections on the continent will reach 929.9-million at the end of 2021. And non-SMS...
(AFP (eng) 11/12/16)
Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change. Many African countries had high hopes that Barack Obama would bring transformative benefits to the continent and were left disappointed as he winds down his time in office. But Trump's rise to power poses fresh questions that reveal the lack of concrete detail on his foreign policy plans -- while the president-elect himself has seldom addressed African issues directly. One possible pointer is Trump's often repeated vow to kill "terrorists", which may lead to more aggressive US intervention against Islamist forces such as Nigeria's Boko Haram, linked to the Islamic...
(Macauhub 11/11/16)
Brazil will honour its promise to finance the construction of the Moamba Major dam on the River Umbelúzi, in Mozambique’s Maputo province, despite the fact that Brazilian projects in Mozambique and other countries are being reevaluated, Brazil’s ambassador in Mozambique said on Wednesday in Maputo. Ambassador Rodrigo Soares said at the end of an audience granted by the Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosario, the reassessment of projects that require public funds “is a normal procedure in the context of current changes in the Brazilian government (with the impeachment of President Dilma Roussef).” The diplomat also said that the revaluation is being carried out by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), which in October announced the suspension...
(APA 11/11/16)
Maputo City Council says it needs at least US$6 billion to implement water and sanitation projects in the capital. The council said in a statement on Friday that it would take over responsibility for managing the city's drainage system from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing from January 2017. The current drainage system is more than 30 years old and its maintenance costs US$100 million. Last year, the Maputo City Council launched a water supply and sanitation project in the capital city, under which it aims to rehabilitate the water supply infrastructure, reduce wastage and extend service to the outer fringes of the metropolitan area formed by Maputo and the satellite city of Matola. By 2017, the target is...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will be spread among a number of unspecified African countries, have a major focus on training and increasing “capacity” of the host nation as well as other countries’ troops, and build on existing social, economic and deradicalization programs on the ground...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million more than South African club Mamelodi Sundowns received last month. There is an even bigger percentage increase for winners of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup with first prize increasing from $660,000 to $1.25 million. Both the Champions League and Confederation...
(APA 11/09/16)
Mozambique's State Administration and Public Service Minister Carmelita Namashulua says the US$2.1 million set aside by the government to mitigate against the effects of natural disasters during the 2016/17 period will not be enough to cover the needs of the over one million people expected to be affected by heavy rains and flooding. Mozambique's State Administration and Public Service Minister Carmelita Namashulua says the US$2.1 million set aside by the government to mitigate against the effects of natural disasters during the 2016/17 period will not be enough to cover the needs of the over one million people expected to be affected by heavy rains and flooding. Speaking in Maputo on Tuesday at the start of a two-day coordinating council meeting...
(APA 11/09/16)
Suspected gunmen from Mozambique's main opposition Renamo party attacked a train in the northern Nampula province when they opened fire on a locomotive early on Wednesday, APA has leant. Provincial police spokesperson Zacarias Nacute told journalists that the locomotive belonged to the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor (CLN) and was travelling to Nacala-a-Velha where there is a new port devoted to coal exports. CLN is the company that operates the railway from the Moatize coal basin in Tete province across to southern Malawi. Nacute said police dispatched a team to the area as soon as it received news of the attack. He said the police are on the spot to guarantee public order and safety. Meanwhile, a crowd attacked and burnt...
(APA 11/09/16)
A Mozambican-based multinational firm, Westefália Fruto de Moçambique said Avocado and Litchi produced in the districts of Macate and Báruè districts in Mozambique's central Manica province will be exported from next month, beginning of January 2017 to Countries of the European Union, APA can report on Wednesday. Without further details, the company's consultant, Manuel Roriz, said everything is being done to achieve this first operation within the deadlines. Westefália Fruto de Moçambique is developing an ambitious plantation of these fruit trees in the districts of Macate and Báruè, based on financing that has the majority contribution of the World Bank. Recent data indicate that the company's average production volume is around 100 thousand tons per year, with 75 percent of...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision to stay in power beyond a constitutional two-term limit- followed suit. "Your victory is the victory of all Americans," he wrote on Twitter. Buzz on social media Social media platforms were abuzz with reactions just moments after the poll results...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/16)
Mozambique's finance minister has a plan to deal with a debt crisis that threatens to derail one of Africa's most promising frontier economies but investors are far from convinced. Adriano Maleiane told money managers in Maputo last week an independent audit should bring transparency to billions of dollars of secret debts while negotiations with creditors would calm financial markets and bring the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Western donors back to the table. However, in interviews, bond-holders, energy executives, Western diplomats and political analysts expected Mozambique's crisis will run deeper and longer than Maleiane says as debt talks hit hurdles and a planned gas boom is delayed.
(APA 11/08/16)
The Mozambican government intends to reduce the level of sulphur in the diesel used in the country to just 50 parts per million (ppm) by 2020 from the current 500 ppm, APA can report. During a two-day regional seminar in Maputo which began on Monday under the theme; “Promotion of low levels of sulphur in fuels in Mozambique and the neighbouring countries”, delegates are seeking to harmonise fuel specifications and as a result reduce high levels of sulphur in the fuels, notably diesel, used in the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Sulphur oxides from vehicle exhausts are a major component of air pollution. High levels of sulphur dioxide can cause respiratory illnesses, and are particularly dangerous...

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