O que é preciso para ter vistos para Angola?

January 28, 2012

Há vários tipos de vistos para Angola. O Jornal de Negócios diz-lhe o que é necessário, actualmente, para ter um visto de trabalho, um visto de permanência temporária, um visto de curta duração e um visto ordinário para particulares e empresas. Mais……


O Guia de Angola agora esta disponível em Português

January 15, 2012

Finalmente o Guia de Angola de Bradt esta disponível em Português através da loja FNAC em Portugal


Luanda – how the Ilha was formed

January 13, 2012

Here’s an interesting simulation showing how the shape of Luanda’s Ilha has changed since the 18th century to the present day.

Angola : Storms leave Angolans facing food shortages

January 13, 2012

Hundreds of Angolan families in dozens of villages are facing serious food shortages for months to come after flooding and hail storms wrecked essential crops.

Peanut and cassava plants were destroyed by the extreme weather last month in the northern province of Uige.

Tearfund partner IERA has been assessing aid requirements in several areas and has found widespread need, with an estimated 65,000 people at risk. More…….

Angolan Cultural Foundation in London

December 24, 2011

The Angolan Cultural Foundation in London (ACF) now has a website at http://www.acfangola.com

Lets Keep The Angolan Culture Alive in the Diaspora!”

 Good morning, Angolan Diaspora!  Life has taken us out of Angola, but it has not taken Angola out of us.
WHO ARE WE? We are the Angolan Cultural Foundation–an association created by people with Angolan roots.   We aim —through culture, unity and solidarity– to make the dreams of children and young people happen even though they are living in places far from Angola.


We provide a focal point to strengthen the Angolan community spirit. We seek support from companies, friendly people, governmental institutions and other organisations….


With projects that are aligned with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, not grand projects,  but small things and small gestures that make a difference.


Angola – Assesssing Risks to Stability

December 20, 2011


A CSIS Report  by  Alex Vines and Markus Weimer, July 2011

Download paper here
  • Angola’s commodity-based economy is tied to global oil and diamond prices, and is thus highly susceptible to exogenous shocks. The ability of the government to diversify the economy and open the business environment to attract investment in other sectors, such as agriculture, will be vital to ensuring long-term stability.
  • Urban poverty is a source of social strife. The ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) will need to improve service delivery and quicken the pace of social reform to stave off potential unrest.
  • If mismanaged, the task of choosing a successor to President José Eduardo dos Santos could spark a destabilizing power struggle within the MPLA.

This is a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report

Wildlife, wild places and wild times in Angola 1970 to 2011

December 11, 2011

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation Thursday, December 15, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club with renowned conservation scientist Dr. Brian Huntley, one of the fathers of Angolan ecology. He will present an illustrated talk on the rise, fall, and hopefully, resurrection of wildlife conservation in Angola. More…….

Arik Air starts non stop flights from Lagos to Luanda, Angola

December 10, 2011

Arik Air is to begin scheduled flights from its hub in Lagos to the Angolan capital, Luanda, becoming the first and only Nigerian carrier to operate scheduled flights between the two cities. The first flight is to launch on 13th December (2011) and will operate twice weekly on a Tuesday and Saturday.
The outbound flight will depart Lagos Murtala Muhammed International every Tuesday at 07:00am (local time), arrive in Luanda at 10:10am (local time) with the inbound flight leaving Luanda at 11:50am and arriving back to Lagos at 2:55pm.
Every Saturday, the outbound flight departs Lagos at 02:00am and arrives in Luanda at 05:05am. The inbound flight leaves Luanda at 07:00am and arrives in Lagos at 10:05am. Passengers on Arik’s international routes from London (UK), Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana) and Cotonou (Benin) can connect onwards to Luanda with convenient connections in both directions.
The Lagos – Luanda route will be served with a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. The 737-800 is a two class compartment and the configuration is 16 Business Class seats and 132 Economy Class. Business Class passengers can enjoy a 44” seat pitch, cradle style seat with 8.6” individual screens. Economy Class passengers will equally enjoy plenty of room on the 3h 10min flight with a seat pitch of 34”.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO/ President Arik Air, said of the new route; “We are pleased to announce the launch of operations to a new destination, our second sub-Saharan and ninth African point. Luanda is a strategically important capital for the oil & gas and extraction industry and this new route offers increased availability and capacity to the capital as well as introducing the first route between Lagos and Luanda.
“We are sure the partnership with TAAG is going to be a great success and of mutual benefit to both airlines. We can offer TAAG access to an extensive West African and Nigerian network and, similarly, it can offer our passengers the ability to utilize its domestic network and regional network incorporating 23 destinations in southern, eastern and West Af



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
Email: acf.info2010@googlemail.com

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 http://www.eco-tur.com/images/brochures/3_day_trip_Luanda-Massangano-Cabuta-Calulo-Gabela-Cachoeiras-Porto_Amboim_ENG_2011.pdf

Contact – +244 923 601 601 / info@eco-tur.com

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.