Posts Tagged ‘Cabinda’

SIS hotels in Angola

May 21, 2011

Sistec, a well known Angolan company is opening a chain of hotels in Angola. SisHotels are already open in Cabinda, Huambo and Benguela. Other hotels are under construction in Sumbe, Lubango and Kuito and there are plans to build in Lobito, Namibe, Gabela and Luanda. Details are on their website which is in Portuguese only.

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Sleeping in no-man’s land

April 21, 2011

INTO LITTLE ANGOLA. The crossing into Cabinda entails only moderate hassle. Via a translator, the Portuguese-speaking Angolan immigration officer insists on our writing out the itinerary of our entire trip, which is difficult if you’ve been living out of a suitcase for 18 months.

After the roads we’ve been down lately, Cabinda comes as a shock: motorways of perfect asphalt, complete with guardrails in places, a product of Angola’s oil boom. Once known as the Portuguese Congo, the Angolan province of Cabinda is an exclave, separate from the main part of the country, whose oil wells are a major revenue earner for Angola. The government has long been keen to keep it Angolan despite a separatist movement with a government-in-exile in Paris. More……..

Fly540 to begin flights in Angola

December 28, 2010

Fly540 Angola, the country’s first International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) registered privately owned commercial airline, is to begin operations. Fly540 is operated by Africa-focused investment holding company Lonrho Plc. It is expected to fly from Luanda to Cabinda, Soyo, Benguela, Huambo and Malanje.

Border Focus: Angola and DRC

December 12, 2010

What is disputed?

The irregular shape of both Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in numerous conflicts between the two countries.

Many of the problems come from the fact than Angola is divided in two by a narrow strip of DRC territory. This narrow piece of territory is DRC’s only access to the sea, giving it a coastline of only 37miles. Angola’s territory north of DRC is an exclave, Cabinda, a region that has been engaged in a secession dispute for over 30 years.

Angola and DRC have both land and maritime disputes, and while they seem to be inching towards resolution on both fronts, continued political instability in the DRC and expulsions of nationals from both countries means full resolution is probably still many years away. More……..

Chinese workers attacked in Angola’s Cabinda province

November 12, 2010

An Angolan minister tells the BBC that a convoy carrying Chinese mine workers was attacked in the region of Cabinda this week.He said that two soldiers guarding the workers, contracted by Angola’s state oil company Sonangol, were killed.

A faction of the Cabinda separatist movement Flec has said it carried out Monday’s attack. Secretary of State for Human Rights Bento Bembe condemned the attack as the work of “terrorists”. More……

Plans for a road bridge between mainland Angola and Cabinda

September 5, 2010

Luanda, Angola, 1 Sept – The Angolan government Monday in Luanda asked for financial and technological support from Japan for the construction of a bridge between the provinces of Zaire and Cabinda, the National Private Investment Agency (ANIP) said.

In a statement cited by Angolan news agency Angop, ANIP said that the request had been made during a meeting of Japanese and Angolan government officials, at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

The bridge will be 20 kilometre long and is part of a project known as Cabinda Link, with an estimated cost of US$2.55 billion, which begins in Soyo and ends 150 kilometres later in Cabinda, passing through the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Angolan and Congolese authorities have regularly met to analyse the various phases of execution, such as choice of blueprint, financier and contractor, as well as visits along its entire length.

As part of the project, the China Road and Bridge Corporation drew up, at the request of the Angolan government, four projects with separate quotes, characteristics and deadlines for execution.

The statement published by ANI said that the Angolan government, represented by the secretary of State for Cooperation, Exalgina Gambôa, had also asked for Japan’s support for large-scale road and mini hydroelectric projects.

At the meeting with the Japanese delegation, headed by secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Osamu Fujimura, Angola also asked for help in creating and introducing a digital television system across the country. (macauhub)

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Angola

September 2, 2010

 By Henrique Almeida LUANDA, Sept 1 | Wed Sep 1, 2010 8:46am EDT

(Reuters) – Angola’s ruling MPLA party emerged victorious from a 27-year civil war in 2002 promising a better life for Angolans but this dream is fading as corruption is rife and the government is seen failing to help the poor.

Despite their nation’s vast oil resources, millions of Angolans live in poverty with an estimated two-thirds of people in the country living on less than $2 a day.

Other problems include uncertainty around a possible successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, liquidity problems in the banking sector and heavy dependence on oil.

Many of the issues feed demands for more government transparency and accountability as Angola tries to regain investor confidence after the global financial crisis. More……….

Angola and DR Congo: Gas troubles flare

August 21, 2010

A delegation from US oil giant Chevron visited Kinshasa several weeks ago to discuss the building of a natural gas pipeline from its Block 0 off the Cabinda coast (see map) to Soyo in northern Angola. Initially the pipeline was supposed to go through the water, but it turned out to be too expensive, so the pipeline will have to cross Congolese territory around the mouth of the Congo river. According to some people close to the meeting, the Congolese government demanded a huge sum of money, a sum so large that Chevron had to walk away and the Angolan government, who is helping develop the $4 billion plant in Soyo, was reportedly furious. The Angolans reportedly said something like: “After everything we have done for the Congo, this is how you thank us?” More….

Hostility Toward Workers Cools Angola-China Relationship

August 11, 2010

By BENOIT FAUCON and SHERRY SU

Luanda, Angola

Here, the love affair between China and Africa is on the wane. Oil-rich Angola, the recipient of at least $8.5 billion in infrastructure loan agreements from China, has become a symbol of the Asian nation’s strategy in Africa. But cracks are showing in the relationship between the two countries, at a time when China is already showing a new interest in other regions—notably, ones where Western nations are reluctant to do business. 

Human-rights activists say Chinese workers and companies have been singled out for physical attacks. Meanwhile, staff and facilities have been targeted by antigovernment forces.

A central issue is growing resentment that companies are importing their own Chinese workers rather than employing Angolans to rebuild the country after its 27-year civil war. According to the Angolan government, 70,000 Chinese people work in Angola, ranging from crane and bulldozer operators to more-skilled railway technicians. More…….

Angolan rebels in oil enclave seek talks

July 17, 2010

LUANDA, Angola, July 16 (UPI) — Separatist rebels in Angola’s oil-rich Cabinda enclave on Africa’s west coast are reportedly seeking peace talks with the Luanda regime, a move that could open vast offshore fields in the Atlantic.

Ending the 35-year conflict in Cabinda, cut off from the rest of the former Portuguese colony by a sliver of the Democratic Republic of Congo, would do much to consolidate Angola’s position as one of Africa’s leading oil producers. More……

FLEC quer ‘fim da guerra’ com Angola

July 11, 2010
Louise Redvers
Correspondente da BBC em Luanda

 
 
 
 

O líder do grupo separatista FLEC anunciou o fim da luta armada contra o governo de Angola para o controlo do enclave petrolífero de Cabinda, noticiou esta sexta-feira a agência de notícias Lusa. Mais…..

Angola jails rights activist

June 18, 2010

By Henrique Almeida

LUANDA, June 11 (Reuters) – A human rights campaigner has been sentenced to three years in jail by an Angolan court that convicted him of committing crimes against the state, in what his lawyer says is part of a crackdown on activists. More……….

Angola nega ataque FLEC-PM a trabalhadores chineses Cabinda

May 22, 2010

O secretário de Estado dos Direitos Humanos angolano, António Bento Bembe, disse à Lusa que as notícias sobre a morte de um trabalhador chinês e o rapto de outro em Cabinda, no passado fim de semana, «são pura alucinação».

«É pura alucinação de algumas pessoas em Cabinda que resulta do tanto quererem que estas coisas aconteçam», disse o governante angolano, que tem também a função de fazer a «ponte» entre Luanda e a província-enclave do norte do país.

A notícia do ataque à coluna de camiões chineses foi avançada pela Voz da América que, citando fontes da FLEC-PM, a mesma fação que foi reivindicou o ataque em janeiro à comitiva do Togo que se preparava para participar na CAN 2010 de futebol, ocorreu junto à fronteira com o vizinho Congo-Brazzaville.

Diário Digital / Lusa. 20 de Maio 2010

Cabinda pós trauma

February 13, 2010

Se é de manhã que se chega, como aconteceu, Cabinda mostra que não precisa das maquilhagens e das artes de toucador muito comuns na vaidade feminina, para disfarçar mazelas que, de resto, não possui. Leia mais……….

Angola : Complacency Hands Separatists Publicity

January 27, 2010

Alex Vines, Chatham House London:  Most of Angola is peaceful and safe but northern Cabinda province has for many years been unsafe because of a low level insurgency by separatists operating out of the Mayombe rain forest.

A blame game has started over why the Togolese football team decided to drive from Pointe Noire in Congo to Cabinda City. This was like dangling a juicy joint of meat in front a pack of hyenas and the result was the attack on the footballers by a splinter group of Front of the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC). More…………..

Soccer, Terrorism, Repression and Constitutions in Angola

January 24, 2010

From the Amnesty Inernational USA blog – The new decade started off with a bang in Angola-literally. Fireworks exploded in the night sky at the opening games of the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament on January 10th; and, sadly, gunfire shattered the day as the Togo soccer team was attacked on their way to participate in the tourney. Continues……………….

Angola : Volatile mix of soccer and politics

January 20, 2010

Amnesty International warns the Angolan authorities against a crackdown on human rights

January 20, 2010

Amnesty International has warned the Angolan authorities against a crackdown on human rights activists after several were detained in the Cabinda region in the wake of the 8 January attack on the Togolese national football team.  More………….

Angolan lawyer: Activists arrested over bus attack

January 19, 2010

By SAMUEL PETREQUINThe Associated Press
Tuesday, January 19, 2010; 9:30 AM .
CABINDA, Angola — An Angolan human rights lawyer said Tuesday that police are rounding up peaceful activists and accusing them of responsibility in a deadly attack on the Togo national soccer team’s bus as it headed to the African Cup of Nations tournament.

Martinho Nombo said the five people arrested over the last week were not related to the separatist group that has claimed responsibility for the Jan. 8 attack that killed three people and wounded eight. Authorities already had arrested two members of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC). More…………..

The battle for Angola’s oil

January 17, 2010

LUANDA, Angola, Jan. 15 (UPI) — The recent killing of two members of Togo’s national soccer squad in Angola during an African tournament by separatist rebels from oil-rich Cabinda province marked an escalation in their long-simmering war over the West African state’s energy wealth.

The high-profile killings on Jan. 8 in Cabinda, the center of Angola’s burgeoning oil industry and the core of its economy, can be expected to trigger a government crackdown against the separatists that will intensify the violence. More…….