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The high cost of mining

Failure to act on abuses by Chinese mining companies will fuel prejudice

Notícias leads with a report that tax revenues have increased thanks to the introduction of reference prices for mineral exports. That is followed by a story about the acceleration of investigation into state owned airline LAM. To the right is a piece on President Filipe Nyusi meeting Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune and attending the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. Lastly at the bottom right, a short piece encourages optimism due to falling rates of HIV, and claims that by 2025, the case rate of HIV will have fallen to half its 2019 levels. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Mozambique’s mining sector is growing out of all proportion to the economy: its economic output grew by over 38% in the first quarter of last year, in a national economy growing in single digits. Mines bring the promise of improved living standards for local communities, in the form of jobs, infrastructure funded by the mining company, resettlement in improved housing and the sharing of a portion of tax revenue with the community.

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Civilians ordered to evacuate Macomia coast
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Children make up approximately 61% of the 71,681 people displaced by insurgent violence in Cabo Delgado province since 22 December, according to the latest figures published by the United Nations childrens’ agency Unicef. Unicef also reports that 125 schools are closed, disrupting the education of more than 68,000 children. Four of these schools in Chiúre district were damaged in insurgent attacks and one is being occupied by the military. 33,218 people were being accommodated in Eráti district in Nampula province as of 25 February and another 38,463 were displaced within Cabo Delgado as of 27 February. The majority of displaced people are staying with host families but over 28,000 are living in camps across Chiúre and Metuge districts. Chiúre and Eráti districts are also suffering from outbreaks of cholera.

A report by the United Nations childrens' agency details the devastation in Cabo Delgado province

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Theunis Christian De Klerk Crous, chief operating officer at the South African company Fly Modern Ark, is the new interim director general of Mozambican state-owned airline LAM, replacing João Carlos Pó Jorge at the head of the company. According to a press release, Crous will hold the position until 30 April, when the future of Fly Modern Ark’s contract to restructure LAM will be decided.

State owned airline LAM announces their director general will step down

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💥 Insurgents burned a church and a school in the village of Muamala in the Chiúre district of Cabo Deglado province yesterday.

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