Archive for the ‘Mozambique’ Category

source: allAfrica
Jo-Maré Duddy
20 May 2009

Windhoek — THE European Union (EU) is not motivated by commercial self-interest in seeking economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with Namibia and other African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, Dr Elizabeth Pape, the European Commission’s (EC) Ambassador to Namibia, said on the eve of the watershed EPA meeting between Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob and his peers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Botswana today.

It is believed that Geingob and his fellow trade ministers from South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and Botswana will attempt to find a common stance on signing the controversial pact during their one-day meeting in Gaborone.

Negotiations between the ACP and the EU have been dragging on for two years as the economic superpower simply could not persuade countries like Namibia and South Africa to even initial the interim agreement. Namibia provisionally initialled the interim EPA so that its table [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Gowenius Toka

Plans by Botswana government to draw electricity from Mozambique through Zimbabwe’s existing electricity supply infrastructure, will help revive the latter’s economy, in more ways than one.

This follows successful negotiations between Botswana and Mozambique, through the Ministers of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources of the two countries recently, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe and Dr Salvador Namburete, to the effect that Mozambique, through its power facilities, assist Botswana with firm power supply up to a level to be agreed in the near future.

In addition, it was also proposed that Mozambique facilitates the conclusion of a Power Purchase Agreement from its 50MW Natural Gas Fired IPP Power Plant

Kedikilwe said on his return from Mozambique recently, that all things being constant, it is expected that [continue reading]

source: allAfrica

Maputo — Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia have agreed that the three countries will jointly manage the natural resources in their cross border conservation areas.

The announcement was made in Maputo on Tuesday by Afonso Madope, of the Cross-border Conservation Areas Unit in the Mozambican Tourism Ministry. He was speaking to reporters shortly after the start of a meeting between the tourism authorities of the three countries.

“Our proposal is that the agreement be formalized in a period of not more than two months”, said Madope.

The preparation of this cross-border conservation area, to be known as ZIMOZA, has dragged on for more than seven years. The document before Tuesday’s meeting is the minutes of a meeting from 2002, and the idea of joint management was first raised by a Zimbabwean deputy minister in 1999.

After Tuesday’s meeting, the document from the tourism ministries must be submitted to [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
10.05.2009 8:04:28 P

The Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) this week sent an agent to Mozambique, allegedly to try and secure the release of former Botswana Defence Force (BDF) pilot, Captain Tino Phuthego.

Phuthego, who in 2006 led the Botswana Defence Force C-130 crew to the Dafur region of Sudan to support the African Union peace keeping mission there, was two weeks ago arrested with three other men in Mozambique on suspicion of trying to sabotage the Cahora Bassa Dam, one of the largest hydro-electric dams in Africa.

The other three were a German soldier and architect, a South African herbalist and a Portuguese hotelier. The quartet was caught with 500 kg of unidentified powder, trying to feed it to the turbines of the dam. The powder, which has been confiscated by Mozambique police officers, was initially believed to be corrosive material designed to damage the Cahora Bassa Dam.

Information, however, started emerging on [continue reading]

source: News24
09/02/2008 16:20 – (SA)

Gcina Ntsaluba

Nelspruit – Construction of a 249km-long pipeline that will transport liquid petroleum from Mozambique to South Africa is set to begin in June.

The pipeline will transport liquid petroleum from Matola harbour in Mozambique to Gauteng via Nelspruit.

“Construction will take 18 months at a cost of three billion rand to four billion rand,” said Alfonso Niemand, managing director of Nature & Business Alliance Africa, a management consulting company that is doing the environmental impact assessment.

He said construction would begin in June once the EIA was approved by South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) gave Petroline RSA a licence on [continue reading]

Gcina Ntsaluba 18 January 2008

South Africa and Mozambique are to open a R600-million, 24-hour, one-stop border post by 2009 to handle the growing movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative CEO Barbara Mommen told BuaNews that the existing Lebombo/ Ressano Garica border post was not designed to handle the current load.

“The implementation of the 24-hour joint one-stop border post in 2009 will go a long way towards addressing both the infrastructure, processing and congestion constraints,” she said.

Over the recent festive season, there was a 25% increase in the number of passengers who crossed the border compared to December 2006. Altogether 580 116 passengers crossed the border in December 2007 compared to 465 600 people in December 2006.

The new one-stop border post will be built to ensure that there is enough space for the movement of both passengers and freight trucks.

Mommen said that currently, the processing of documentation in the two customs departments was also not consistent. “The speed of processing seems to depend on the capacity of staff on shift at [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

10 January 2008
Posted to the web 10 January 2008


Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa dam has interrupted supplies of electricity to the Zimbabwean power facility, ZESA, for non-payment of bills.

A senior source in the dam operating company, Hidroelectrrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB) told AIM on Thursday that resumption of the power supply to Zimbabwe is dependent on ZESA paying in full a debt of 10 million US dollars.

HCB gave ZESA a serious warning of its intent when, in mid-December, it reduced supplies to Zimbabwe from 150 to 75 megawatts. ZESA still did not pay the debt, and so, on 28 December, the flow of all HCB power to Zimbabwe was interrupted.

AIM’s source added that, [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

2 January 2008
Posted to the web 2 January 2008


The SADC (Southern African Development Community) Free Trade Area took effect as from Monday, and in principle the vast majority of goods produced in other SADC countries can now enter Mozambique free of customs duties.

To benefit from the scrapping of customs duties, however, importers will need to produce a certificate of origin, guaranteeing that the goods really do come from other SADC member states.

The duty free status applies to about 85 per cent of the goods on the Mozambican customs list. The liberalization only affects customs duties: where applicable, imported goods will still pay Value Added Tax (VAT).

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been fixing at all Mozambique’s entry points a list of goods that are now free of customs duties, and a list of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

3 December 2007
Posted to the web 3 December 2007


A new set of regulations on the marketing and consumption of tobacco products took effect in Mozambique at the weekend.

From Saturday onwards it became illegal to smoke in any public place, including all state institutions, restaurants, schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, train stations and all forms of public transport (though it should be added that in most of these places, smoking had already been frowned upon, if not completely banned, long before these regulations were published)

Restaurants, bars, and other places of entertainment can, if they choose, provide a space for smokers. But such a space must occupy no more than 25 per cent of their total area, clearly marked as a smoking area, and separated by walls from the non-smoking areas.

The ventilation for such areas must ensure that the smoke is channelled outside the building so that there is no risk of [continue reading]