South Africa's state power utility is near a deal to buy more electricity from Mozambique's Cahora Bassa development in a bid to ease an energy crisis threatening Africa's largest economy, a Mozambican official said on Tuesday. Eskom is negotiating to buy an additional 250MW of electricity per day from Hydroelectrica de Cahora Bassa.
More than one-sixth of Mozambique's 9 000 teachers are dying of HIV/Aids each year, lowering the quality of education and jeopardising future development, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. Education and Culture Minister Aires Aly said in an interview that the pandemic had become a national emergency.
Thousands of Mozambicans have clashed with police in another wave of protests over the rising cost of living in the booming but impoverished Southern African nation, state-owned radio reported. Maputo was rocked by street demonstrations last week that saw angry crowds loot shops, destroy vehicles and burn electricity poles.
Floods in Southern Africa have killed about 45 people in a growing humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the region and brought renewed appeals for Western financial help. Heavy rains have caused rivers in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi to burst, killing three people in Malawi since Friday and forcing hundreds of others to flee.
A -million diesel and petrol pipeline linking the Mozambican capital, Maputo, with neighbouring South Africa will be in operation by the end of 2009, an official with the company overseeing the project said on Monday. ''We will start building it in mid-2008 and it will be ready by 2009,'' said an executive with pipeline firm Petroline.
The state-owned Mozambican Petroleum Company on Thursday unveiled a -million biofuels project aimed at easing an energy crunch in the fast-growing Southern African nation. A senior official said it will lead to a maximum annual production of 226-million litres of ethanol and biodiesel seven years after start-up.
The World Bank agreed on Monday to give Mozambique -million in credit to help upgrade its road network, most of which was damaged and neglected during a 17-year civil war that ended in 1992. Mozambique will be exempt from interest and have 40 years to pay back the funds.
Mozambique hopes to recruit 8Â 000 doctors from other African nations to improve a healthcare system battered by one of the continent's worst Aids pandemics, the country's health minister said on Monday.
Mozambique's government is considering a proposal by a group of United States businessmen to build a ,3-billion oil refinery in the Southern African country. The proposed refinery at Nacala would be the first of its kind in Mozambique, which has relied entirely on imports of oil products.
Mozambique's national disaster agency, already struggling to get food and clean water to thousands of victims of flooding, warned on Monday the worst could be yet to come as the rainy season gets under way. Paulo Zucula, the country's top disaster official, said there was only one helicopter working to bring relief supplies to people stranded in isolated evacuation centres.
The United Nations' World Food Programme started handing out food aid on Tuesday to about 6 000 flood-hit Mozambicans and said their needs could become more desperate. Officials said the flooding of the Zambezi river had compounded food woes in the Southern African country where thousands were already in need of aid.
Flooding has killed at least 44 people and forced thousands of others in Angola and Mozambique to flee their homes, officials in the Southern African nations said on Tuesday. Most of the deaths occurred in and around Angola's capital, Luanda, which was pelted by torrential rains last week.