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/ 26 May 2008

Mozambicans flee over the border

Mozambique has received nearly 20 000 citizens fleeing South Africa, said Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze, adding that the government there had set up three reception centres around the capital Maputo. He denied reports that the Mozambican government had declared a state of emergency.

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/ 23 May 2008

Mozambique issues flood warning

Mozambican authorities have ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in the Limpopo River valley near Kruger National Park after one of the floodgates on a dam on the river broke. The breakage, which occurred despite recent repairs on the dam, comes as it fills to unseasonally high levels.

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/ 23 May 2008

Mozambique raises security at SA embassy

Mozambique said on Friday it had beefed up security at South Africa’s embassy in Maputo to prevent any retaliation over the xenophobic violence that has engulfed Johannesburg townships. ”We are taking measures to prevent retaliatory action by furious Mozambicans,” police spokesperson Arnaldo Chefo said.

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/ 14 May 2008

ADB lends $500m to Eskom for expansion

The African Development Bank (ADB) has lent -million to fund Eskom’s multibillion-dollar expansion project, and to help the power-starved country achieve 6% economic growth from 2010, the bank said on Wednesday. Eskom is battling to shore up electricity supplies due an economic boom that has boosted demand.

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/ 12 May 2008

Zim pays back $650 000 to ADB

Zimbabwe has paid back  000 in arrears to the African Development Bank (ADB), despite vast economic problems at home, as part of efforts to meet commitments to donors, the bank said on Monday. ”Zimbabwe has in all paid  000 to the bank group despite numerous economic challenges,” the bank said.

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/ 29 April 2008

Amnesty: Mozambique cops killing with impunity

Police in Mozambique are killing and torturing people with near total impunity, according to a report by Amnesty International released on Tuesday. "Police in Mozambique seem to think they have a licence to kill, and the weak police accountability system allows for this," Michelle Kagari, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Africa Programme, said.

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/ 26 April 2008

Fifteen migrants a day trafficked to SA from Maputo

Up to 15 illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa were trafficked every day through Maputo’s Mavalane International airport to South Africa, the Mozambican media reported on Saturday. O País said that this was done with the involvement of officials from the police, airports security, immigration and customs officials, and private airport security guards.

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/ 12 April 2008

Mozambique, SA hold economic meeting

Mozambique and South Africa on Friday agreed to speed up work on new energy-production projects to benefit both countries, South African Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said. This was among several issues discussed at a one-day binational commission in Maputo, also attended by President Thabo Mbeki.

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/ 1 April 2008

Mozambique to sell more power to SA

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.

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/ 22 March 2008

SA sends 8 000 Mozambicans home in March

More than 8 000 Mozambican nationals living illegally in South Africa were repatriated to their country in March, one of the highest monthly figures after a visa-waiver agreement was introduced in April 2005. In February, at least 3 577 illegal Mozambicans were repatriated through the Ressano Garcia border post.

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/ 12 March 2008

Cyclone Jokwe bears down on Mozambique

As tropical cyclone Jokwe threatened the tourism districts of Vilankulo and Govuro on Wednesday, the government of Inhambane province advised business owners and residents to take precautions. The state broadcaster reported that the owners of tourism establishments near the coast were being encouraged to close their businesses.

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/ 11 March 2008

Mozambique cyclone death toll rises to 16

A cyclone that has battered coastal areas of northern and central Mozambique has killed at least 16 people and hundreds more have been injured, rescue services said on Tuesday. Joao Ribeiro, deputy director of the national disaster-management institute, said that six people were killed by Cyclone Jokwe between Saturday and Sunday.

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/ 9 March 2008

Cyclone Jokwe flays Mozambique, one killed

Tropical cyclone Jokwe lashed northern Mozambique on Sunday, killing at least one person and destroying over 500 homes, a meteorological official said. Mussa Mustafa, head of Mozambique’s National Meteorological Institute, said the cyclone, which swept through part of Madagascar last week, is expected to intensify by Monday.