The north-eastern region of Mozambique has been experiencing attacks by armed groups said to be linked to Islamic militants. On 19 June, Human Rights Watch reported that at least 39 people had been killed and a further estimated 1 000 displaced in the province of Cabo Delgado, while 400 homes have been torched.
The attacks began in October 2017 when police stations in the Mocimboa da Praia district in Cabo Delgado came under fire by the suspected militants, who may be affiliated to the Al-Shabab militant group (although not publicly linked in Somalia) and Al-Sunna wa Jama’a.
The UK has issued a travel warning: “The… Read More
Flying into the capital late last year, the Sawubona team and our fellow SAA passengers were amazed at the aerial views of Africa’s biggest suspension bridge, which is now complete. This is the sexy, new US$725 million dollar, 60m high, 3km-long Catembe Bridge, which has changed the landscape and flow of Maputo forever.
Built by the China Roads and Bridges Corporation, the bridge connects the two shores of the Bay of Maputo and finally completes the reconstructed road link from the north of Mozambique to the south, which was shattered during the civil war.
Both Mavalane International Airport and the highway… Read More
From the mainland, a surreal single-lane bridge crosses the Indian Ocean, leading onto Ilha de Moҫambique – a tiny little island whose powerful ancient soul makes you want to drop to your knees, clutch your heart and break into song.
Ilha is a spicy mix of Swahili, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and Chinese, with a torrid history of explorers and occupations, missionaries, slavery, colonialism and civil war. Yet it is utterly charming – the whole island is a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its unique coral rock buildings and architecture – and the people are even more charming.
A SARS (South African Revenue Service) detector dog unit responded to the woman’s luggage in which several packages labelled “Brazilian coffee” were found. Upon closer inspection, the bags tested positive for cocaine.
She has been handed over to the police, SARS said.
In a separate incident, counterfeit goods and drugs with a combined value of over R10,29 million were seized at the airport on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.
Customs officials opened various consignments from Hong Kong destined for various suburbs in Gauteng, SARS said in a statement on Tuesday. Cell phones, sneakers, shirts, tracksuit tops and other high-quality goods were discovered at various airline cargo sheds. Clothes from a… Read More
A man who allegedly attempted to smuggle 7kg of cocaine worth an estimated street value of R2 million through OR Tambo International Airport appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, said the Hawks.
Segundo Melendez Damacina (40) was arrested on Wednesday evening before he was able to board a flight to Maputo, Mozambique, said Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda.
He had arrived alone in the country from Sao Paulo, Brazil with the cocaine in his luggage, wrapped in tin foil inside coldrink containers.
He would remain in custody until his bail application next Thursday.
“The Hawks are keeping drugs out of the airport. We are… Read More
The school holidays are here, giving families much-needed time to recharge. If you haven’t yet planned a getaway, Southern Africa, with all its spectacular regions, offers holiday destinations that are unique – and perfect for a family break.
Taking the scenic route from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia by car would be a 15-hour road trip, while by plane it’s no more than an hour and a half away. The country offers loads of activities and natural scenery to busk and reconnect in. Enjoy quad-biking on endless sand dunes or take it easy with walks through the Klein Windhoek Valley. Here’s a list… Read More