Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 3 April, 2018.
- Today: Mozambique defence minister Atanásio Salvador M’tumuke takes part in Russia’s VII Moscow Conference on International Security
The latest from Zitamar News:
Vale promises environmental assessment as locals claim mine is ‘killing us bit by bit’
Company says it is not going to resettle people living on the edge of its expanded coal mine
Mozambique negotiating $415m worth of highway PPPs
Country wants to move the national highway network onto a ‘user pays’ toll model
The best of the rest:
- Work will start this year to build Xai-Xai airport, Nyusi says
- Mozambique to supply 10 MW of power to Malawi
- Around 40% of Inhambane without drinking water
- Cotton company plans oil refinery in Niassa
Work will start this year to build Xai-Xai airport, Nyusi says (O País)
Nyusi has promised the province of Gaza, which he is visiting this week, that work on an international airport at the provincial capital of Xai-Xai, financed by China, will start this year.
Gaza is the only province without an international airport – for good reason: it doesn’t need one. The experience of Nacala airport should be salutary for the government, but instead – as with the Maputo-Katembe bridge – it has again been suckered by cheap Chinese finance for unnecessary infrastructure. The money doesn’t need to be paid back yet, but it nevertheless adds to the country’s unsustainable debt burden.
Mozambique to supply 10 MW of power to Malawi (RFI, CanalMoz)
Mozambique is ready to supply 10 megawatts of power to Malawi, under an agreement signed between the two countries’ foreign ministers in Maputo yesterday. As part of the deal, Malawi will provide $300,000 for a new substation to be built in Mozambique.
No mention was made by the two ministers of an agreement to repatriate 3,000 Mozambican refugees from Malawi, which Zitamar understood was ready to be signed as soon as the two ministers met.
Around 40% of Inhambane without drinking water (DW)
Around 40% of the population of Inhambane province does not have access to clean water, according to local authorities, who are blaming poorly maintained infrastructure.
Provision of this basic need remains a huge challenge in Mozambique, 42 years after independence.
Cotton company plans oil refinery in Niassa (AIM)
The Sociedade Algodoeira do Niassa (Niassa Cotton Company), part of the JFS Holding group, says it will invest MZN 120m ($2m) to set up a vegetable oil refinery in Cuamba, Niassa province, using cotton, soya and sunflower seeds as its raw materials. The project will provide a guaranteed market for farmers growing these crops in Niassa province and elsewhere in northern Mozambique, selling to the domestic market initially, and perhaps internationally in the future.
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