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December 4, 2011

The Angolan Cultural Foundation in London presents on 10 December 2011:

*Music by DJ Johnny
*Traditional music by Corte Real and Paulo Carnoth
*Hip-pop by DCN
*Fashion Show by M. Helena Salvador
*Comedy from Comedia dos Domingos

*Angolan Gastronomy
*Launch of the ACF website
*Special guest historian and poet Dr. Ana Paula Tavares



VENUE: Crowndale community hall, 82A Godwin court, London, NW1 1NW
Nearest tube station Mornington Crescent
For bookings call: Carlos 07904065496, Dilma–07790465442, Xana 07723054524


Answers to the Angolan travel quiz

December 2, 2011

Many thanks to those of you who tried my travel quiz a couple of weeks ago. Here are the answers, and it’s funny that they all have an Angolan connection!

In which capital city will you find Salvador Allende, Friedrich Engels, Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara?

a) Luanda

Which animals are thought to be able to smell landmines?

c) Elephants and rats

Until recently, which capital city only had one working escalator?

c) Luanda

What is Kimbundu?

b) A language

Where would you celebrate the Martyrs of Colonial Repression Day?

c) Angola

What is the modern name for Nova Lisboa?

a) Huambo (Angola)

Where did Kuduru (hard ass) music originate?

a) Angola

Where can you find the endangered Great Sable Antelope?

b) Angola

What does an upturned can or bottle on a stick signify in some countries?

B) Potential minefield

Where would you find Candongueiros, Kupapatas and Machimbombos?

C) On the streets of most Angola towns

What are catatos?

a) Caterpillars served fried with garlic and served with rice

The strange Welwitschia mirabilis plant is unique to which countries?

b) Angola and Nambia

Benguela railroad in Angola expected to reach Zambian border in 2012

December 2, 2011

Lobito, Angola, 28 Nov – Angola’s Benguela railroad is die to arrive at the Zambian border in 2012, the Angolan Transport Minister said in Lobito adding that it was necessary for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, “to do their work,” to have “links between the railroad networks.” More…..

Angola: Slick Business Deals

November 26, 2011

by  Markus Weimer,            Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Angola’s economy is the fastest growing in the world in the last decade and it has welcomed a long list of foreign dignitaries in a bid to attract business.
Norway’s Ministers for Business & Trade and Environment & Development are currently in Luanda as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations. Norway’s courting of Angola is emblematic of changes in the global economic order that the financial crisis has catalysed: different countries are engaging as equal players. More……..

Angola not for faint-hearted firms

November 26, 2011

LOUISE REDVERS Nov 25 2011 00:00

We needed a sturdy car and a lot of patience to reach Bevcan Nampak’s Angolata factory, which is situated at the end of a long and bumpy sand road on the eastern outskirts of the Angolan capital, Luanda.
After a good hour on the road and several stops for directions, we finally made it into the cool air-conditioned offices located above the giant production line. Our trip through Luanda’s dense and impossible traffic and then along the unknown, unpaved roads of Viana was in many ways a metaphor for South African company Nampak’s own frustrating journey into Angola. More……….

Portugal PM: Angolan capital welcome in privatisations

November 19, 2011

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho invited investors from former colony Angola to take part in the privatisation programme his country is implementing under the terms of its international rescue package. More…….

Festival Internacional de Cinema – Luanda

November 19, 2011

O Ministério da Cultura, através do IACAM, vai realizar na semana de 18 a 24 de Novembro de 2011, a IVª edição do Festival Internacional de Cinema – FIC Luanda, com o objectivo de promoção do Cinema Angolano e Internacional e para troca de experiências com cineastas estrangeiros.


Angola’s Eduardo Dos Santos offers help to Portugal

November 19, 2011

Angola is prepared to help its former colonial power Portugal cope with its financial crisis, the oil-rich nation’s President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said.

After meeting visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, he said solutions needed to be found. They should be “advantageous for both countries” and “in a spirit of solidarity and mutual help”, he said.

Analysts say Portugal’s economy is expected to contract by 2.8% next year and Angola’s to grow by 12%. More…….

Travel Quiz

November 11, 2011

Try your hand with my travel quiz. I’ll post the answers next week. Sorry there’s no prize for correct answers but I hope you get a warm and smug feeling if you get most of them right. Good luck!

In which capital city will you find Salvador Allende, Friedrich Engels, Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara?

a)     Luanda

b)     Moscow

c)     Havana

Which animals are thought to be able to smell landmines?

a)     Ant eater

b)      Rat

c)      Elephant

Until recently, which capital city only had one working escalator?

a)     Kinshasa

b)     Dushanbe

c)      Luanda

What is Kimbundu?

a)     A type of food

b)     A language

c)      A small rodent

Where would you celebrate the Martyrs of Colonial Repression Day?

a)     Cuba

b)     North Korea

c)      Angola

What is the modern name for Nova Lisboa?

a)     Huambo (Angola)

b)     Maputo (Mozambique)

c)      Goa (India)

Where did Kuduru (hard ass) music originate?

a)     Angola

b)     South Africa

c)      Brazil

Where can you find the endangered Great Sable Antelope?

a)     Namibia

b)     Angola

c)      London Zoo

What does an upturned can or bottle on a stick signify in some countries?

A)    Cafe ahead

B)     Potential minefield

C)     Dividing line between farms

Where would you find Candongueiros, Kupapatas and Machimbombos?

A)    Most African game parks

B)     A Mongolian food market

C)     On the streets of most Angola towns

What are catatos?

a)     Caterpillars  served fried with garlic and served with rice

b)     A type of crayfish unique to the Nile river

c)      Henna tattoos applied before marriage in Mali

The strange  Welwitschia mirabilis plant is unique to which countries?

a)      Ethiopia and Eritrea

b)      Angola and Nambia

c)      Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Trip to Kwanza Sul

November 10, 2011

Eco Tur will be adding another vehicle to their 3 day trip to Kwanza Sul taking advantage of the bank holiday
this weekend (11/12/13 Nov).  They still have places available. Brochure available at

Contact – +244 923 601 601 /

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Angola

November 10, 2011

By Shrikesh Laxmidas

LISBON Nov 8 (Reuters) – The ruling MPLA’s December Central Committee meeting will be closely watched after media reports suggested long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos had chosen a successor and may step down before or one year after a 2012 general election.

The weekly Novo Jornal said in September dos Santos had selected Manuel Vicente, head of state oil company Sonangol, as his successor, but a party spokesman said no decisions had been taken and the party would appoint its candidate in December.

Meanwhile, several anti-government protests organised this year show Angolan youths are ready to air their grievances about human rights, social conditions and high unemployment but also that the authorities are willing to respond with force.

On the economic front, technical problems in oil production have led the government to slash its growth forecast for this year, highlighting the need to diversify the economy. More…….

Português assassinado em Luanda

November 7, 2011

Fonte : Publico

Um cidadão português foi assassinado no domingo em Luanda, à porta do seu escritório, na avenida marginal da capital angolana, disse à Lusa fonte da Embaixada de Portugal. O empresário José António Monteiro Gomes, de 80 anos, foi morto a tiro em circunstâncias ainda não esclarecidas, à porta do seu escritório, num 5.º andar, cerca das 7h00 locais. Desconhece-se o móbil do crime. A fonte contactada pela Lusa acrescentou que a família da vítima já foi avisada, bem como o Gabinete de Emergência Consular, do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros, em Lisboa.

José António Monteiro Gomes desenvolvia a sua actividade empresarial a partir da Angofex, empresa sediada em Benguela, a cerca de 690 quilómetros a sul de Luanda.

Actualmente vivem cerca de 120 mil portugueses em Angola, a maior parte dos quais reside na área da capital.

Luanda,Thursday, 10 November 2011: Presentation: An Evening with Paul Theroux

November 6, 2011

Paul Theroux is travelling to Luanda! The Angola Field Group invites you to An Evening with Paul Theroux the well known American novelist and travel writer, Thursday 10 November at 8:00 PM. The author of over a dozen novels, six travel books and countless travel articles, Theroux is presently driving through Angola and will talk about his writing, traveling and his impressions of this country. Maybe Angola will be the topic of his next book?! Join us this Thursday for an outstanding opportunity to meet this author, one of the foremost travel writers in the world today.


November 6, 2011

Another new hotel opens in the centre of Luanda later this month. The EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel offers a total of 288 rooms, including 131 double rooms, 88 twin rooms, 16 suites and 3 presidential suites. For business trips, or longer stays, the hotel also has 50 SANA Residence apartments, with one or two rooms.

The hotel facilities include five restaurants and four bars. An extensive Wellness Club & Spa provides pools (indoor and outdoor), Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi, Vichy shower, spa treatments and massage service, fitness centre, hairdresser and nail spa.

The meetings and conference centre of the hotel offers nine meeting rooms, the largest with capacity for 680 people. All the meeting rooms have state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

The website is in English, Spanish, German and Portuguese

Há vida na Kissama

October 29, 2011

Às 6 horas do último Sábado do mês de Fevereiro,  partimos nós para a expedição Kissama, realizada pela Eco-Tur de Mário Pinto e Paul Wesson (nosso guia durante  o passeio).

O passeio, é destinado a todos os interessados em conhecer melhor um dos  principais pontos turísticos angolanos.

Muitos são os expatriados que alinham nesta aventura. “As pessoas aproveitam  para conhecer Angola, para ver que o país tem belezas naturais únicas”, frisou  Paul Wesson no inicio da nossa viagem.

Restoring Angolan agriculture to its former glory

October 1, 2011

Many might find it hard to believe that Angola’s capital Luanda used to be the party capital of the central African region up until 1975, when the country gained independence from Portugal. “Luanda was a place of fun,” says Pierre Sauveur, commercial advisor at TAAG Angolan Airlines, the country’s national carrier. “While Portugal was an underdeveloped European country, the fun was in Angola .  .  . Angola was the place where the Portuguese would really enjoy life . . . Movies would come out first in Luanda before Lisbon. New cars would be presented first in Angola before Portugal. They had race tracks; they had a very much developed society.” More…….

Angolan visa application forms now available on line

September 30, 2011

SME, the Angolan Foreigners and Migration service has just launched an on-line portal at The site (part of which is in English) provides information about visa requirements and you can download visa application forms, though these are in Portuguese.

Waldemar Bastos – the voice of Angola

September 23, 2011

A new album has just come out from this storied Angolan singer/songwriter.  It’s called Classics of My Soul.    While not a household name, Bastos has created a singular and impressive array of Lusophone (Portuguese language) music, and is to Angola and its troubled history what Cesaria Evora is to Cape Verde.  He did a spellbinding set during the first Hollywood Bowl World Music season way back in 1999, playing the huge amphitheater with just four musicians on stage.  Such is his power to communicate and transcend language barriers, that time with an audience hardly familiar with his music. More………..

Luanda – airport maintenance affects some flights

September 23, 2011

From media and airline reports: Unscheduled runway maintenance at Luanda Airport through 28 Sept. 2011 is affecting flights on several airlines. In some cases, flights are being shifted to other aircraft, but in others, flights are being cancelled on selected days, or being diverted to other airports.

Affected airlines include South African Airways, Lufthansa, British Airways and AirFrance. Emirates airline has cancelled all flights through 28 September. Check with your carrier for specific details and arrangements

Rail link re-established between Lobito and Benguela

September 21, 2011

A passenger and freight rail link has been re-established between Lobito and Benguela. The new 4 carriage long Chinese built trains carry 256 passengers. The cost of a ticket is 50 Kwanzas and there is a fine of 300 Kwanzas for those caught travelling without a ticket.

Initially there will be two trains daily, stopping at Catumbela, Negrão Damba-Maria and Universidade Jean Piaget stations.

The trains leave Benguela and Lobito stations at 0600 each day, arriving 65 minutes later. The return journey leaves each station at 1700.