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Mozambique Jails Six Tanzanian Poachers

By Arnaldo Vieira

Six Tanzanian nationals have been sentenced to between eight and 11 years in Mozambique jails for poaching, the media confirmed.

The Mozambican O País newspaper quoted a statement from the National Administration Conservation Areas as saying the criminals were seized after a three-year investigation.

The Tanzanians, the O Pais reported, were sentenced alongside their two Mozambican accomplices.

The convicts’ main target were elephants at the Niassa Nacional Reverse (NNR) since 2017, the paper said.

Mineral resources

NNR is located in northern Mozambique, with one of its boundaries, the Ruvuma River, bordering Tanzania.

Located some 1,516km north of Maputo, NNR is also rich in mineral resources.

The reserve covers more than 42,000-kmSq, and is considered of profound importance to the global conservation of African wildlife.

Last month, a Mozambican court at Mecula District in Niassa Province sentenced 10 Tanzanian nationals for illegal exploitation of natural resources at NNR.


Police Recover Mayor’s Stolen Cell Phone

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Mozambique: Number of Patients Abandoned in Hospitals Increasing

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Doctor’s stethoscope (file photo).

Maputo — 67 patients were abandoned by their families in Maputo hospitals in the first half of this year, according to a report on the independent television station, STV.

Of the 67 patients, 17 were infants, and many of the others were elderly. Hospital staff told STV that when people bring their sick relatives to hospital, but have no intention of returning for them, they often give false names and addresses.

There has been a 19 per cent increase in the number of abandoned patients, compared with 2016. Looking after people who should have gone home has additional costs for the health service. The Maputo city chief doctor, Sheila Lobo, told STV that last year such cases cost 1.3 million meticais (about 21,300 US dollars).

Of the 67 people abandoned between January and June, it was eventually possible to fund relatives to look after 40 of them. The other 27 had to be sent to state institutions such as orphanages and old people’s homes.

A staff member with the social services, Emilia Nhambire, said poverty was often the excuse for abandonment. “The families say they have no money, and so they opt to abandon their relatives”, he said.

In one case last year, a new-born infant was abandoned in hospital by her mother and grandmother. This case went to court, and the judge decided to send the child to the state-run 1st May orphanage, where she was later adopted.


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Mozambique: Australian Mining Firm Exceeds Ruby Auction Target

London — The Australian mining company Mustang Resources on Tuesday announced that it has gathered more rubies than expected from its mine in Montepuez, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

In a press release, the company revealed that an increase in production has led to its inventory increasing to 277,852 carats of rubies. Mustang stated that it is set to comfortably exceed 300,000 carats by the time of its maiden auction, which will take place over four days from 27 October in Mauritius.

The company had planned to accumulate 200,000 carats of the precious gems. However, record production at its mine and strong results its artisanal miner development programme (where the company buys gems from local miners) has surpassed expectations.

According to the company’s managing director, Christiaan Jordaan, “we have exceeded our most optimistic inventory targets and all the feedback we are getting points to strong demand for rubies among global customers”.

Mustang’s Montepuez Ruby Project consists of four licenses covering 19,300 hectares directly adjacent to the world’s largest ruby deposit which is mined by Montepuez Ruby Mining Ltd.

The price of Mustang’s shares on the Australian Stock Exchange increased by ten per cent after the announcement.


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Mozambique: Govt, U.S. Renew Partnership Against Aids

Maputo — The Mozambican and United States governments on Tuesday announced in Maputo a joint annual plan that renews their partnership in the fight against AIDS.

The plan has a budget of about 400 million US dollars that will be invested through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Additional efforts will be made to carry prevention messages to young people aged between 15 and 29.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Health Minister Nazira Abdula said the purpose of the plan is to support the efforts of Mozambique to achieve control over the epidemic by 2020.

“The aid from PEPFAR will strengthen the action of those involved in the response to HIV/AIDS, such as the National AIDS Council, the Ministry of Health, multilateral implementation partners, civil sector and the private sector”, she said, describing the renewal of the joint plan as “an immeasurable gain” for the health sector.

The latest data on HIV/AIDS, from the IMASIDA survey of June-December 2015 showed that HIV prevalence among Mozambicans aged between 15 and 49 had increased from 11.5 per cent in 2009 to 13.2 per cent. In 2015, about 1.8 million Mozambicans were living with HIV and there were an estimated 223 new infections every day.

The worst hit provinces are in the south of the country – the prevalence rate is 24.4 per cent in Gaza, 22.9 per cent in Maputo province and 16.9 per cent in Maputo city.

Over the past decade the number of health units offering the life-prolonging anti-retroviral treatment (ARVT) has risen from 14 to 76 per cent of the total. In 2007, only 88,211 Mozambicans were receiving ARVT – today that number has risen to over a million, of whom more than 80,000 are children.

“The operational plan we are launching today”, Abdula said, “comes as a strategy to finance the response to HIV, in order to control the epidemic, with a focus on identifying HIV-positive people, speeding up access to ARVT and to male circumcision, improved retention of people undergoing treatment, and expanded access to the viral load test”.

The measures advocated under the plan, she said, will allow a further 375,000 HIV-positive citizens to be reached and treated, while retaining the 1.2 million people undergoing treatment. It will focus on the 85 worst hit districts in Gaza, Inhambane, Maputo, Niassa, Sofala and Zambezia provinces.

Special attention will be paid to Zambezia, the minister said. The prevalence rate here rose from 12.6 to 15.1 per cent between 2009 and 2015. But because of the sheer size of Zambezia (it is the second most populous province in the country), it contains a third of all known HIV-positive people (about 400,000).

In absolute terms, Zambezia has the largest number of HIV-positive people of any province, but also the lowest coverage of anti-retroviral treatment.

The US ambassador, Dean Pittman, pledged that the United States will remain a partner committed to eradicating HIV/AIDS in Mozambique and throughout the world. He said that since PEPFAR was launched, in 2003, it has put around three billion dollars into the fight against AIDS in Mozambique.

He pledged that, under the new joint plan, “we shall expand efforts to ensure that all pregnant and breastfeeding women know their HIV status, in order to prevent the transmission of the disease to new-born infants. Mothers living with HIV should receive the treatment they deserve in order to live healthy lives and prevent the transmission of the virus to their babies”.

In addition to treating people living with HIV, “we also need to prevent new infections”, said Pittman. “To this end, in 2018 we shall concentrate on protecting the population groups at high risk of catching the virus”.

These groups, he added, included young people in general, but also sex workers and their clients, gay men, prisoners and migrant workers.

Mozambique: Ten Million Dollars to Fight Malaria in Pregnancy

Maputo — Maputo 11 Sep (AIM) – Lelio Marmora, the Executive Director of Unitaid, an international body that works closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), said in Maputo on Monday that ten million US dollars will be invested in combating malaria among pregnant women.

He was speaking at the launch of the programme TIPTOP (Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy), which is projected to reach about 100,000 pregnant women in Mozambique.

Malaria is a major threat to pregnant women and their babies. According to the survey of 2015 on Indicators of Immunization, Malaria, HIV/AIDS in Mozambique (IMASIDA), more than 28 per cent of pregnant women are infected with malaria.

To make matters worse, most pregnant women seek ante-natal services late in their pregnancy, which contributes to low coverage of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria. The IMASIDA survey showed that less than 25 per cent of women received three or more doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) during their last pregnancy. This is the drug recommended by WHO for use in IPT, often sold under the brand name Fansidar.

Through the TIPTOP project, community health workers, health volunteers, traditional midwives and community counselors will administer SP at the community level, increasing the number of pregnant women accessing antenatal services.

The programme is scheduled to last for five years in Mozambique, and it is hoped that the correct use of SP by the community health workers will lead to a reduction in maternal mortality.

The project also covers Madagascar, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, for a total budget of 50 million dollars, with 10 million dollars earmarked for Mozambique.

Speaking at the Monday ceremony, Health Minister Nazira Abdula said TIPTOP will be implemented first in Nhamatanda district, in the central province of Sofala, and will then be expanded to Meconta and Rapale districts in Nampula, in the north.

“Community mobilization will be undertaken”, she said, “with the selection and involvement of community structures, and training, implementation, monitoring and research to demonstrate results prior to later large scale implementation”.

“This project should also be used as an opportunity for increased use of ante-natal services in the health units, increased IPT coverage, and improved management of medicines”, Abdula added.

“The launch of the TIPTOP project, which we are witnessing today, is a recognition of the importance of preventing malaria in pregnancy worldwide, at a time when there is a global call for the need to accelerate the implementation of actions in order to achieve the goals set out in the Global Malaria Strategy 2016-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2030”, declared the Minister. “This also presents an opportunity to mobilize other sectors and partners to commit resources to improving the health of women and children”.

Jhpiego, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University of the United States, will oversee and manage the project in partnership with the Mozambican local governments. Jhpiego has partnered with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), which will lead the research and evaluation components of the project.

Mozambique: Weight Restriction On Maputo-Katembe Ferry

Maputo — The Mozambican Transport Ministry has imposed weight restrictions on the ferry crossing the Bay of Maputo, and connecting the centre of the city to the outlying district of Katembe.

According to a press release from the Ministry, as from next Monday no vehicle weighing more than four tonnes may use the ferry. The current weight limit is eight tonnes.

The Ministry says the restriction is necessary because the severe deterioration of the metallic structures at the ferry docking points makes it unsafe for vehicles heavier than four tonnes.

Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita announced the measure immediately after visiting the docking points on both sides of the bay on Wednesday. He said that emergency work would begin at once to strengthen the structure of the docking points.

“While the work to select a contractor for the definitive rehabilitation of the jetties for the Maputo-Katembe crossing is not concluded, we are setting up a multi-sector team that will intervene immediately in strengthening safety conditions”, the Minister added.

Mesquita was angered by the poor condition of the two jetties, and insisted on the need for regular maintenance of transport infrastructures. “We must not neglect the impact of preventive maintenance, particularly on metallic structures that are exposed to marine environments”, he said. “Otherwise we risk reducing their useful life, and we will then need large sums of money to rebuild them”.

The new weight restriction could have a serious impact on some of the businesses that use the ferry. The Ministry says the measure is intended to be temporary, and is appealing for understanding and cooperation from all ferry users. The Ministry release stresses that the restriction “seeks to restire the solidity of the jetties and to safeguard human lives”.

But within a few months, use of the ferry service is bound to decline drastically. Work on the suspension bridge between Maputo and Katembe is nearing conclusion, and most of those who queue up every day to use the ferry would certainly prefer to use the bridge.


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Mozambique: Govt to Save Over U.S.$60 Million On Imported Refined Sugar

Maputo — Mozambican Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário on Monday laid the first stone for the construction of a new sugar refinery in the Xinavane sugar mill, about 120 kilometres north of Maputo.

The new refinery, which is expected to start production by the end of October 2018, will help to save over 60 million US dollars annually on imports of refined white sugar. The country currently imports about 40 thousand tonnes per year.

The new plant, budgeted at 41 million US dollars, is an investment being undertaken by the South African company Tongaat Hulett’s, and will have an installed capacity to produce 90 thousand tonnes of refined sugar per annum, and meet the needs of the growing domestic market over the next seven to 10 years.

Also, the quality of refined sugar to be produced in Xinavane is expected to meet the requirements for both domestic consumption and export and will receive FSSC 22000 food safety certification.

Mozambique spends millions of US dollars a year on imports of refined sugar, which is one of the most important ingredients for both beverage and food industries, including soft drinks, dairy products, beers, candies and confectionery.

Speaking during the ceremony, Prime-minister said that the new plant is an expression of investors’ confidence in the country.

He pointed out that sugar produced in Mozambique is exported to some of the neighbouring countries where it is processed, refined and sold in the local markets and eventually it may find its way back to Mozambique.

“The money we used to waste by sending raw sugar abroad and buying back white refined sugar will now stay in Mozambique,” said the Prime minister, stressing that the savings will be used for the purchase of a number of vital imported products such as fuels, medicines and among others.

In fact, said the Do Rosario, the new refinery is in line with the government’s targets embodied its Five-Year Plan 2015/19, which calls for value adding in the various segments of the economy. This will allow the transformation of Mozambique’s natural resources into wealth.

For his part the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Max Tonela, said that sugar industry plays a very important role for Mozambique’s socio-economic development due its potential for job creation and exports.

Last year the sugar sector employed over 31,000 people, and is ranked as the second largest employer after the civil service, and more than half of domestic production is exported to the European markets.

The new refinery will also generate about three thousand new jobs in the sugar plantations and another 60 permanent jobs in the plant.

Xinavane Sugar Mill has an estimated installed capacity of 250 thousand tonnes of brown sugar, but due to the severe drought that devastated the country, production volume dropped to 148 thousand tonnes last year, that will be offset in the current year by the increase this year to 170 thousand tonnes, of which 65 per cent for export and the balance for domestic market.

Sugar cane plantation in Xinavane covers an area of nine thousand hectares, a number which is expected to increase due to the increase of the sugar mill capacity.

The total installed capacity in Mozambique is estimated at 500 thousand tonnes unrefined brown sugar.

Mozambique: Nyusi Dismayed By ‘Cemetery of Buses’ At Maputo Company

Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday called for a far-reaching restructuring of the Maputo municipal bus company (EMTPM) so that it can meet the increasing demand for passenger transport in the capital.

When he visited the company, as part of his tour of institutions supervised by the Transport and Communications Ministry, Nyusi was faced with the carcasses of dozens of buses that are off the roads because of various breakdowns, and lack of parts, some of them as basic as tyres and batteries.

In the workshops, Nyusi found several young mechanics, apparently idle, and chatting among themselves. They told him “there’s no work. All the buses are circulating. Today we have had no breakdowns”.

But as Nyusi could see with his own eyes, all the EMTPM buses were clearly not circulating. “You say you have no work”, the President declared. “But here there are buses that are not moving. Aren’t you able to repair tyres?”

The young mechanics told him the tyres are repaired outside the country. In all, they said, there are more than 30 buses off the roads because of problems with tyres and batteries.

Nyusi called all the workers together and asked why they were so unable to repair the company’s buses – and they complained of a shortage of spare parts. They urged that when the company acquires new buses, the contract should deal with questions of maintenance. They said that EMTPM has equipment to repair tyres, but that it is no good for the type of buses currently circulating.

“You are telling me that more than 30 buses are stopped because you can’t solve problems of tyres and batteries”, said Nyusi incredulously. “A further 80 buses are on the way (from China), and by December the number will rise to 300. But I see we will have the same problems”.

“You have to understand that this company is yours. It’s where you earn your bread”, the President told the workers. “So you must not be indifferent to problems that are so small”.

At the ensuing meeting of the Consultative Council of the Transport Ministry, Nyusi said the problem was not just a shortage of buses. There was also a problem of attitude. He was sure that if the carcasses of broken down EMTPM buses were sold off, private operators would soon put them back on the roads.

“In the hands of private businessmen, all those buses can circulate”, he said. “The problem is us – we relax because we will always receive our wages”.

Nyusi warned the managers of public transport companies that, although transport is a social service, that fact does not justify the problems he had seen. “The workshops of the public transport companies are becoming cemeteries of buses”, he said. “We are going to import more buses, but it will always be money lost”.

Restructuring EMTPM, he added, did not just mean replacing the company’s leadership – it was an exercise “in transforming and clarifying responsibilities at the workplace”.

Nyusi was also dismayed to find that the company Transmaritima had acquired boats for coastal shipping in 2011, but they proved inappropriate, and are now paralysed in Zambezia province, waiting to be scrapped. Another eight Transmaritima vessels are destined for the scrapyard. Yet, Nyusi noted, there are countless bay, lake and river crossings that need ferries to carry passengers and cargo.

As for the Ministry itself, Nyusi said it must stop being “a warehouse of staff who can work nowhere except in the ministry”. He said he had found cadres holding senior positions, but with no clear plan for what they were doing.

In some cases, Ministry officials actively hindered transport solutions. “How is it that we create difficulties for somebody who has buses and wants to operate a route to Zumbo (a remote district in the western province of Tete)?”, asked Nyusi.

The excuse for refusing to licence companies for certain routes was often that other operators were already working there. “What is the commitment we have given to this businessman saying that only he can operate?”, asked Nyusi, revealing that he had heard complaints from private businesses that they were running into this sort of barrier.

Nyusi wanted “radical decisions” to revive the whole transport sector – and Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita promised that the President’s recommendations will be implemented.

Mozambique: President Nyusi Briefed On Tokyo Metro System

Tokyo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday said that a surface metro system is one of the alternatives that his government is analyzing in order to solve the urban transport problems in the country’s main cities.

He was speaking during a visit to the Yurikamome metro system which links downtown Tokyo to the waterfront area. The driverless, fully computerised trains, operated by the Tokyo Waterfront New Transport Corporation, run over a distance of 15 kilometres, and are used by over 160,000 passengers a day.

Nyusi received detailed explanations of how the system works, and took a ride in one of the carriages, which can travel at speeds of up to 60 kilometres an hour.

He said the government is looking at solutions to transport problems, but avoided expressing a preference for any particular model. “We must have a vision for the future”, he said.

Asked whether Mozambique is able to adopt high technology solutions, Nyusi said he was not aware of any solution that could not be applicable in Mozambique because of technological difficulties. He stressed it was important to solve in-depth problems, and not simply take “emergency measures”.

The solution to urban transport, the President said, is in the hands of private companies, and they should not be afraid of advanced technology, because all modern services are endowed with high technology.

In fact, the dream of a surface metro system in Maputo has already cost Mozambique dear. Under the previous government, headed by President Armando Guebuza, there was great enthusiasm about such a system, and a viability study was signed in 2011, involving the Italian company SALCEF, on the feasibility of a surface metro between Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola.

But the project was cancelled, because the financial model proposed by SALCEF was supposedly too expensive for the Maputo and Matola municipalities. SALCEF then sued the Mozambican state through the Paris-based Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The settlement reached, according to Mozambique’s own Administrative Tribunal, in its analysis of the 2015 General State Account, was that Mozambique would have to pay SALCEF compensation of 6.5 million US dollars.


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Mozambique: Cyclone Dineo – Over 200 Cases of Cholera Reported

Photo: Nancy Palus/IRIN

A man washes his hands during cholera prevention session

Along with the havoc wreaked by tropical storm Dineo, Mozambique has also been hit by a cholera epidemic, with 216 confirmed cases of the diarrhoeal disease and one death in three cities, radio station VOA Portugues reported on Thursday.

The capital Maputo, currently experiencing water shortages and rationing, is one of the affected cities. The others are Matola, which lies to the south of Maputo and Nampula in northern Mozambique. the radio said, quoting the deputy national director of public health.

Dineo has brought destruction to coastal areas of the southern African country. There are now reports of seven deaths.

Cholera’s spread is facilitated by heavy rains. This is also the case with typhoid, which has been reported in neighbouring Zimbabwe in recent weeks.



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