Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 10 September, 2018.
- Today: 1st National Tourism Forum, at Hotel Avenida, Maputo, opened by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário at 14:30
The latest from Zitamar News:
Mozambique blocking access to extractive industry information, civil society claims
The government fears citizens will demand a greater share in extractive industry profits if they know the truth, according to leading civil society figures
Mozambique set for broadly normal rainy season
Meteorological institute says northern provinces may receive more rainfall than usual, but the overall forecast is for normal amounts of rain
The best of the rest:
- EMATUM chief exec quits in search of a quiet life (Savana)
- Two Cabo Delgado villages attacked over three days (MediaFax, Lusa, Pinnacle News)
- Korea’s Kogas plans to buy Area 4 LNG (O País)
- Mobile phones light up maternity ward in Cabo Delgado town (O País)
- Bank of Mozambique said to owe MZN 36 million to EDM (@Verdade)
- Sweden gives €18m to help clean plastic from Mozambique’s seas (Lusa)
EMATUM chief exec quits in search of a quiet life (Savana)
Felisberto Manuel, who has led the disaster that is state-owned fishing company EMATUM since January 2016, has quit to return to Spanish-owned fishing company Pescamar. The boats have not hit the seas for three years, Savana reports, and Manuel was denied funds even to buy squid to use as bait to catch tuna. The company is now involved in a joint venture called Tunamar, with Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group – as a result of which, 80 staff members have been fired, with no notice or compensation.
“There are many bandits in that company”, one of the sacked workers told Savana. He can say that again. Sadly for the 80 who have lost their jobs, those ‘bandits’ probably are above the employment law – just as they have proven to be above the law in contracting $2 billion in sovereign debt for three completely unproductive companies – ProIndicus, EMATUM, and MAM.
Two Cabo Delgado villages attacked over three days (MediaFax, Lusa, Pinnacle News)
Around a dozen armed men torched the village of Ilala in Macomia district in Cabo Delgado on Friday night. No people were killed in the attack, according to reports. On Wednesday, a health centre on the coast at Malinde was attacked, again without human fatalities.
Pinnacle News is reporting another attack in Macomia, on the village of Namaneco, which resembles that reported at Ilala. Zitamar will update our map of attacks in Cabo Delgado later today once we’ve verified the facts.
Korea’s Kogas plans to buy Area 4 LNG (O País)
Korean state-owned Kogas, a 10% shareholder in the Area 4 consortium operated by Eni and ExxonMobil, could be among the buyers of the LNG produced by its onshore liquefaction project, according to the company’s president, Seung Cheong.
The announcement comes as no surprise, after the consortium’s leaders said that a large part of the projected output would be sold to shareholders and related entities. Area 4’s floating LNG project has already sold all of its production to BP, and now Exxon, Eni, CNPC, Galp and KOGAS might be in a position to commit to buy enough of their onshore LNG project’s output to allow it to beat the Anadarko-led Area 1 project to FID.
Mobile phones light up maternity ward in Cabo Delgado town (O País)
The health centre in Ancuabe is having to resort to using the torches on people’s mobile phones to provide lighting for births, as the centre doesn’t have enough money to pay for electricity. The district administrator said the situation has been going on for a while.
Ancuabe is home to at least two graphite mining projects and is located in between the rich ruby mines of Montepuez and the supposed gas hub of Pemba. It’s little wonder communities feel that extractive industry mega-projects are doing little for them, when situations like this remain the norm.
Bank of Mozambique said to owe MZN 36 million to EDM (@Verdade)
The Bank of Mozambique has denied being in debt to electricity utility EDM – but @Verdade insists it is MZN 36 million ($620,000) in arrears, having seen EDM’s 2017 accounts. The central bank’s new building uses 3 megawatts of power to keep running – roughly the same as the city of Pemba, the deputy energy minister said last year.
With maternity units being cut off or forced to use pre-pay meters, stories like this seem even more outrageous.
Sweden gives €18m to help clean plastic from Mozambique’s seas (Lusa)
Sweden’s international development agency will make €18m available to combat plastic pollution along the Mozambican coast, under the ‘Marplastic’ project. The funds will go to help clean up coastal areas of Pemba and Beira.
It’s an important initiative to help preserve one of Mozambique’s most important assets. Restrictions on plastic bags, brought in a couple of years ago, are a good start, but more could and should be done to reduce the use of plastic in the country.
Two Renamo men given senior police roles (Notícias)
Two of 10 people nominated by Renamo to join Mozambique’s police force have been given jobs – one as head of a squadron in the city of Beira, and one as the district commander of the island of Inhaca, which is formally part of the city of Maputo. Of the other eight, four will join the transport police; two will join the coast, rivers, and lakes police; and two will join the border force.
The job of ‘district commander in Maputo city’ is not as big as it sounds, given that he’ll be on the island of Inhaca; the appointment to lead a squad in Beira, a known opposition stronghold, is probably a bigger deal. Clearly complications over the electoral process have not stopped movement on the integration of Renamo’s men into the defence and security forces.
- Tongaat Hullet have appointed Sydney Mtsambiwa as their interim CEO, replacing Peter Staude from November while the company finalises a permanent successor
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