Posts Tagged ‘Bradt Guide to Angola’

TALA! Visions of Angola exhibition in the UK (May to October)

April 27, 2012

TALA! – Visions of Angola 12 May – October 2012  TALA! (‘come and see’) – Visions of Angola, is a very special exhibition for 2012 made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It presents previously unseen artefacts, photographs and film footage drawn from the rich wealth of materials brought back from Angola in the 1930’s by Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton, the two pioneering daughters of Major Percy Powell-Cotton. The exhibition curators spent a year of working closely with the Angolan diaspora in the UK, including community groups and official institutions to create this multi-media display of carefully selected historical and contemporary objects as well as film footage that reflects and celebrates some very personal histories including that of the two sisters whose vision is only now being realised. The individual stories that motivate many of the selections have also been recorded and will be available via audio handsets alongside display cases, giving the objects a new voice, representing continuity, change and an evolving Angola.  Commenting on the exhibition, the curators said:  “The objects we had access to, were made by somebody’s great grandmother or great grandfather. They deserve to be seen and remembered by their rightful ancestors as well as the wider public. Just as importantly, the Angolan community here in the UK have a right to be involved in the decisions made about the collection. This is after all their history.” This unique and collaborative form of curation has innovatively mixed old and new to provide a fresh view of Angola and the collection.  For full details of opening hours and admission tickets please visit website or call the museum on 01843 842168.

UNITEL to launch BlackBerry service in Angola

March 18, 2012

UNITEL has announced it will begin the country’s first BlackBerry service – aimed initially at corporate customers. As yet there are no additional details on the UNITEL website  www.unitel.ao

Full coverage of the Angolan Foreign Minister’s visit to the UK

February 26, 2012

After decades of domestic conflict a formerly inward-looking Angola is opening up to Africa and the world. Angola is an emerging regional and continental power with increasing ambitions and presence in Africa. At the same time Angola is seeking to diversify its international relations in a multipolar world without neglecting traditional key relationships. The Minister speaks on Angola’s policy agenda for Africa, Angola’s traditional alliances, and the opportunities and tensions that its emergence in Africa may create with other international partners. The transcript is available from the Chatham House website.

For more information please contact the Chatham House  Members Events Team.

Few petrol stations in Angola

February 25, 2012

For a country that pumps around 1.7 million barrels of oil a day and is twice the size of Texas or 5 times the size of Britain you would expect that finding petrol would not be a problem. Sadly you would be wrong as the country only has 534 petrol stations. So when traveling out of town always make sure you fill up when you can. Source – O Pais.

 

New Angolan cookbook

February 25, 2012

Angolan African Recipes Cuisine is an introduction to the many cuisines from Angola and includes practical advice and information on cooking techniques, serving ideas and background detail as well as the much loved recipes, which make it an invaluable reference book for all Angolan cooking. To purchase the book now click here. Not sure you like Angolan Food? Give the Free Recipes a try!

As oportunidades de emprego em Angola

February 14, 2012

Andrea Duarte

Formação, recursos humanos, turismo e construção são alguns dos sectores que procuram quadros.

Angola está a crescer e precisa de profissionais qualificados para as áreas das tecnologias da informação, da formação profissional, dos serviços de ‘back-office’ e do turismo. Com uma economia em desenvolvimento e um mercado florescente, o país acolhe os portugueses que emigram para Angola com salários elevados e um ambiente cheio de desafios.

“Angola encontra-se num período de acelerado desenvolvimento comercial e económico”, considera a AICEP, que aponta um crescimento das importações entre Portugal e aquele país, de 2010 para 2011, na ordem dos 82%. “Assim, no âmbito da diversificação da actividade dos sectores económicos que está a ser desenvolvida por Angola, existe uma necessidade estratégica de recursos qualificados”, acrescenta a AICEP. Mais…….

Angola: Development leads to demands

February 14, 2012

By Louise Redvers in Luanda

The government is using its oil revenues to build new cities and hire more teachers, but hundreds of people are taking to the streets calling for political change.

The bay of Luanda is being transformed. New pedestrian- and jogger friendly pathways weave past patches of lush green grass, and a giant concrete flyover has thinned the once-notorious traffic jams that clogged the entrance onto the peninsula known as the Ilha.

After dark, wealthy Angolans and expatriates flock to waterside restaurants to sip overpriced cocktails and enjoy the view of the ever-expanding skyline. More………..

New currency regulations come into force in Angola

February 7, 2012

The National Bank of Angola has announced new regulations about the import and export of foreign currency and Kwanzas which will come into effect on 27 February 2012.

In summary adult residents can take out of Angola the equivalent of USD15000 in foreign currency and non residents can take out USD10000.

The total ban on exporting Kwanzas has been lifted and residents and non residents can take out of Angola 50000 Kwanzas in addition to the dollars or foreign currency mentioned above.

On entering Angola, residents continue to need to declare amounts over USD15000 and non residents amounts over USD10000.

 

Standard Bank opens for business in Luanda

February 5, 2012

On 27 September 2010, Standard Bank Group opened its first branch in Luanda at Belas Business Park. The branch was opened to initially service the personal banking market. They have since expanded to also offer corporate and investment banking services.

Standard Bank de Angola is part of the financial fabric of the Angolan market with system links to other banks in the country and Angola’s Central Bank. As part of Standard Bank Group, Standard Bank de Angola provides its customers with a connection to the rest of Africa and other key financial markets of the world.

The branch network will grow with new branches opening this year.

Standard Bank de Angola

Condominio Belas Business Park
Edificio Luanda 7 and/Av. Talatona
S/N (ao lado do Belas Shopping)
Luanda
Angola

Tel: 244 222 396355
Fax: 244 222 394641

 www.standardbank.com/cib

There can be few places in the world riper than Angola for an exponential growth in tourism

February 4, 2012

Until a few years ago, Angola was off-limits to leisure visitors. There was no guidebook and reliable information for travellers was hard to come by. Tourist visas did not exist, decent hotels were rare and outrageously expensive and oil workers filled all the flights into Luanda. In the space of 3 or 4 years, much of this has changed. Although still not an easy destination, Angola remains off the mainstream tourist circuit but will reward visitors with miles of deserted beaches, an extraordinarily rich bird life and stunning examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Read the rest of my article on the Angola -today website

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Angola

February 3, 2012

By Shrikesh Laxmidas

LISBON Jan 10 (Reuters) – Long-serving Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is expected to confirm later this month that he will lead his MPLA party in a general election in the third quarter of the year.

This is unlikely to dispel intense speculation over a possible future successor to the 69-year-old leader, who is the second longest-serving ruler in Africa after Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

With Dos Santos apparently ready to go ahead with a re-election bid, the focus is on the MPLA’s choice for No. 2 on its candidate list for the election to be announced this month. This may signal the choice of a successor.

Anti-government protests last year showed that Angolan youths, inspired by uprisings in North Africa that toppled several leaders, are ready to take their grievances about human rights, social conditions and high unemployment to the streets.

But Angolan authorities have demonstrated they are willing to respond with force.

On the economic front, technical problems in oil production have led the government to slash its growth estimate for 2011, highlighting the need to diversify the economy.

 More………………

 

Living in the world’s most expensive city

February 3, 2012

By Louise Redvers, BBC News, Luanda

When you think of the world’s most expensive cities, the dusty Angolan capital of Luanda seems an unlikely contender.

Potholed, chaotic and still scarred by decades of civil war, the city has little of the glitz and glamour of Tokyo, New York or Moscow, and an estimated half of Angolans live on less than $2 a day.

But despite the obvious poverty and sprawling slums, Luanda still manages to boast some eye-wateringly high prices.

A house can be $10,000 (£6,500) a month to rent, a basic meal out for two is easily $50, a hotel room can weigh in at $400 a night and a kilo of imported tomatoes a staggering $16.

A basic saloon car without a driver (which foreigners need to negotiate the difficult traffic and parking) will be $90 a day, but upgrade to a SUV (recommended due to the poor quality roads) and you’re looking at $200. More……………

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.

WHAT DO WE DO?

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

HOW DO WE DO IT?

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
rica.

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