Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 29 March, 2018.
- Today: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for a 5-day state visit to Mozambique
- Tomorrow: Christian public holiday for Good Friday (which Zitamar News will observe)
The latest from Zitamar News:
Mozambique PM confirms Total interest in buying Anadarko LNG
Do Rosário said Anadarko had sealed agreements to sell the majority of its gas to Japan, with the rest “being negotiated with European companies including EDF and Total”
Mozambique political parties close to agreement on constitutional changes
Parties agreed to move ahead with ‘lead candidates’ model – but disagreements remain over appointment of district administrators
The best of the rest:
Dhlakama says ‘separation of powers’ would bring an end to political violence (O País)
Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama said yesterday that depoliticising the various instruments of state security – the secret services, the police, and criminal investigations unit – would mean they could no longer be used to carry out, or cover up, violence on behalf of Frelimo.
He’s probably right – and that’s exactly why Frelimo won’t let it happen. Renamo will be allowed in to the military – and perhaps have some control over it – but the government will keep control of the police, including the rapid reaction force, and the secret services.
Port of Beira will be able to receive 5 tonne boats from next month (Rádio Moçambique)
The conclusion of the first phase of dredging at the Port of Beira will allow it to receive boats over 5 tonnes as of April, as the depth of the access channel is doubled from 6m to 12m.
The nature of Beira’s port is that it needs almost constant dredging. This ‘emergency dredging’ programme meant the port was closed from 2-20 March this year.
Australia’s Battery Minerals wins graphite mining licence (MacauHub)
Another Australian graphite miner, Battery Minerals, has won a mining licence for a concession in Cabo Delgado. Construction of the mine has already started and should be completed in November this year, with the first shipment of graphite targeted for Q1 2019.
Mozambique’s energetic graphite miners will likely cause a ‘graphite glut’ next decade. Battery producers and car manufacturers are now more worried about their supplies of cobalt, most of which comes from the unstable Democratic Republic of Congo.
SA border to stay open 24 hours over Easter weekend (O País)
The Ressano Garcia-Lebombo land border between Mozambique and South Africa will be open 24-hours a day starting today and through the Easter weekend, in the expectation of greater holiday traffic.
The authorities recently promised that it will be open 24/7 permanently, starting in April.
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