Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 6 April, 2018.
- Today: President Filipe Nyusi starts a two-day visit to the Province of Zambèzia
From Zitamar News this week:
- Exxon-Eni JV launches latest Mozambique LNG tender
- Mozambique’s private sector sets out local content demands
- Gemfields starts resettling community around Mozambique ruby mine
- Mozambique currency volatility hits Vodacom revenues
- Mozambique negotiating $415m worth of highway PPPs
- Vale promises environmental assessment as locals claim mine is ‘killing us bit by bit’
The best of the rest:
- Investigation reveals alleged land-grabs along Kruger Park border
- Malawian Airlines and others lose right to operate Mozambican routes
- PM launches Niassa investment conference
- Constitutional Council validates Nampula by-election result
Investigation reveals alleged land-grabs along Kruger Park border (Oxpeckers)
South African conservationists and tourism businesses are developing land on the Mozambican side of the border with South Africa’s Kruger Park in an effort to create an anti-poaching buffer zone to protect the park’s rhinos and elephants. But communities who have had to make way for the buffer zone are accusing the companies of grabbing land to create eco-cocoons for the mega-rich – helped by the son of a former Mozambican president and local politicians through a combination of bribes, failed promises and deliberately stoked land conflicts.
Malawian Airlines and others lose right to operate Mozambican routes (Savana)
Malawian Airlines has failed to register a Mozambican subsidiary in the 180-day period since it was awarded the right to operate domestic routes – meaning that the right has lapsed. Ethiopian Airways, however, which operates the Malawian airline, has registered a company in Mozambique. Another bidder in last year’s competition, TTA, has also failed to register a local company – but another, Solenta Aviation, has already started operations as the local branch of FastJet.
Ethiopian Airlines is expected to announce its entry into Mozambique’s domestic market imminently – even, perhaps, through a management agreement with the state-owned airline LAM, similar to the agreement it has in place with Malawian Airlines.
PM launches Niassa investment conference (O País)
Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário opened an investor conference in Lichinga, capital of Niassa, yesterday – aimed at revitalising the economy of the biggest and poorest province in the country.
The government is promising infrastructure improvements, to improve access by road and rail – but the recent experience of a short-lived goods rail service shows that such investments can be difficult to justify commercially.
Constitutional Council validates Nampula by-election result (AIM)
The Constitutional Council, Mozambique’s highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, on Thursday validated the result of the second round of the mayoral by-election in the northern city of Nampula, held on 14 March. The CC’s proclamation confirms the result which had already been announced by the electoral authorities, namely that Renamo’s Paulo Vahanle won with 58.6% of the vote, with the Frelimo candidate on 41.4%.
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