Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 11 September, 2017.
The latest from Zitamar News:
Syrah signs graphite sales agreement with Chinese offtaker
The Australian company expects to start producing in October, and to become a significant supplier to battery producers supplying electric vehicles and storage for renewable energy projects.
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Government promises ‘rigid’ inspection of mining companies (O País)
The Mozambique government will intensify its inspection of mining activities in Maputo province to ensure they are complying with the law and not endangering the environment, minister Letícia Klemens said on Saturday.
Klemens is concerned that an increase in construction activity in Maputo has meant an increase in demand for stone and sand, leading some miners to operate carelessly.
Police foil kidnap attempt in Zambézia (Rádio Moçambique)
Police in the district of Guruè, province of Zambézia, foiled an attempted kidnap of a Bengali national last Thursday. Local police chief Júlio Armazém said the intended victim was attacked while returning to the administrative post of Lioma from the town of Guruè, where he had withdrawn 500,000 meticais in cash to pay his workers.
Frelimo elects new leader in South Africa (Correio da Manhã)
The Frelimo Committee for the South Africa Zone has elected 34-year-old Hélio David as its new leader. David, the former leader of Frelimo’s youth organisation in South Africa, beat businesswoman Amélia Nhantumbo and Chuva Titosse Mahesse in the leadership race held in Johannesburg this weekend. David promised to work in the interests of undocumented Mozambican immigrants in South Africa, as well as working towards a Frelimo victory in Mozambique’s national elections in 2019.
Frelimo’s outposts in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland also elected new representatives last week, in time for them to participate in the party Congress taking place at the end of this month.
Inhambane government slammed over mass burial of crash victims (O País)
Inhambane provincial government ordered at least 10 corpses to be buried in a mass grave after the bus crash that killed 12 and injured 40 in Zavala district last week. Legal expert Elísio de Sousa condemned the move saying it was premature and should be a last resort – while medico-legal expert Virgílio Ceia said the argument that the burned bodies were unrecognisable does not stand up. There are a number of scientific methods used to identify burned bodies that work decades if not centuries after the people were killed, he said.
Forecasters warn of heatwave in southern Mozambique
Mozambique’s meteorological institute, INAM, put out a warning at lunchtime on Monday of a heatwave set to hit Maputo City, Maputo province, and Gaza province from Monday to Thursday. Temperatures are expected to rise quickly to 35-38C, before dropping back to the mid-20s on Thursday.
- The Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley, begins a three-day visit to Maputo, focused on collaboration with the financial sector and promoting new financial technologies.
Bank of Mozambique exchange rates as at 12:30
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