Archive for the ‘Maputo’ Category

US props Mozambican police

9 April, 2006

I find this hilarious. US generosity at its best: 50 bikes to patrol Maputo's streets. US consul explains: "We are committed in helping transform the Mozambican police into a better trained force, that can better sustain the democratic institutions of the country". Right. (more…)

dolphin research in Mozambique

5 January, 2006

Primeiro barco para pesquisa de golfinhos em Moçambique.
First boat for dolphin research acquired by SOS foundation (Geneve). Dolphin sights in Inhaca Island, and research conducted by University of Maputo (Eduardo Mondlane).
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Rui Assubuji, photographer

9 December, 2005

Xipamanine

Xipamanine market, Maputo.

Maputo: $30 million shopping mall

5 December, 2005

The Globe and Mail, 2 Dec. 2005: Mozambique hangs out ‘open for business’ sign Momad Bachir Suleman has a vision: “It will be the most beautiful shopping centre in southern Africa,” he says of the monster retail and entertainment complex he is building near the waterfront here in the Mozambican capital.

That remains to be judged, of course, and the eponymous MBS Centre won’t open until the middle of next year — but in the meantime the huge glass, marble and brushed-steel complex rising behind rickety hoardings is the source of much interested speculation in the city. The mall will have more than 150 stores, a full-floor food court, two cinemas, an electronics store the size of a Wal-Mart, and office space for more than 100 companies, all of it finished with tiles and columns imported from Spain, Italy and Belgium. There are many in this town who think Mr. Suleman is more than a little mad for bankrolling this project, which he estimates will cost in the neighbourhood of $30-million (U.S.) once the last piece of marble is laid. He has an economic counterargument, noting that wealthy Maputo denizens and expatriates routinely cross the border to the South African city of Nelspruit two hours away on weekends, to go to the movies and shop in the malls — he says they spend $11-million there each month, and his goal is to keep 60 per cent of it in Mozambique. But Mr. Suleman also has an emotional reason for his giant investment. “Sometimes I ask myself, am I crazy?” he said, but added, “I’m trying to be an example — if a local business can build something so big, maybe foreigners will see that Mozambique is stable and will want to come here.”

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