Posts Tagged ‘Luanda’

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………..

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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

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……………

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.

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.

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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.

EPIC SANA LUANDA HOTEL OPENING: November 11, 2011

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

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

Consulado-Geral de Angola em Faro inaugurado

September 20, 2011

O Consuldado-Geral de Angola em Faro é inaugurado recentemente, numa cerimónia presidida pelo ministro angolano das Relações Exteriores, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti. O consul-geral de Angola em Faro, Mateus de Sá Miranda Neto, apresentará as instalações, que vão acolher os sectores de migração, registo civil e notariado e gabinetes, entre outras dependências.

O novo Consulado-Geral da República de Angola em Faro funcionará na Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, (Praceta Projectada à Rua de Moçambique), Lote Q, 1º Esquerdo, 8005-203, Faro.

First Friday Club Angola

September 4, 2011

On the first Friday of each month, conversation in the Jango Veleiro restaurant revolves around business. Businessmen, entrepreneurs and stakeholders come together in a relaxed atmosphere to talk business and to make new contacts. The club is an initiative of the Chamber
of Commerce and Industry. Members of the First Friday Club Angola pay an annual subscription of twenty dollars.

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First Friday Club – Luanda (em Português)

September 4, 2011

Na primeira Sexta-feira de cada mês, a conversa no restaurante Jango Veleiro gira a volta dos negócios. Empresários, empreendedores e interessados juntam-se num ambiente saudável e relaxado para falar de negócios, rever e fazer novos amigos.

Numa iniciativa da Câmara do Comércio e Indústria, o First Friday Club Angola reúne durante duas horas homens de negócios e outros potenciais parceiros existentes em Angola, num ambiente oportuno de negócios ou potenciais parcerias.

Segundo a organização do evento, o membro do First Friday Club Angola paga uma quota mínima anual de vinte dólares e é provido de um cartão de membro, onde será depositado o que for consumido nas suas noites de Sexta-feira no Veleiro.

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Roque Santeiro Relocated

September 3, 2011

Louise Redvers uncovers the mixed blessings of relocating one of Africa’s largest markets.

Named after a Brazilian soap opera and spreading over 50 hectares with close to 6,000 vendors, Roque Santeiro was the heartbeat of the country’s informal economy where you could buy everything from food and household products to car parts, white goods and clothes.

Despite a huge community outcry, the market was closed down last September and its traders relocated to a new custom-built market 20 kilometres north at Panguila. More………

The Development of Luanda’s Marginal

August 21, 2011

What’s happening to ‘The Marginal’?  The downtown main street that runs along the bay has always been the favourite destination for families on a Sunday stroll or joggers exercising while watching the sun set. Now piles of dredged sand and wire fences have taken over Luanda’s favourite promenade.

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation on The Development of Luanda’s Bay, at the Viking Club on August 25 at 8:00 PM with Kwame Gomes, a Project Manager with Baía de Luanda Project, “Projecto de Requalificação e Reordenamento Urbano da Zona Marginal”.

He will talk about the evolution of the project, the dredging, the sewage system, and the new squares and green spaces which will be developed. Kwame, who received his MSc. in Management at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007, will answer all your questions about the future of the Marginal and Luanda’s waterfront.

Como vivem os ricos na cidade mais cara do mundo

August 21, 2011

Como vivem os ricos em Angola

Pressure on hotel rooms in Luanda

August 8, 2011

The Angolan government has booked around 1200 hotel rooms in Luanda to accommodate delegates of the SADC conference which is being  held in Luanda from 4 to 23 August at the Talatona Conference Centre. Pressure for decent hotel rooms across Luanda will be acute from the 15th onwards as the VIPs arrive.

GUEST HOUSE MAIANGA / HOSPEDARIA MAIANGA

August 2, 2011

Here’s details of a guest house in Maianga, Luanda (nb, I’ve taken this direct from the Internet and have not checked it).

Angolan airline TAAG opens route to Havana

August 1, 2011

Angolan flag carrier TAAG opened a new route from Luanda to Havana, state news agency Angop reported. Cubana de Aviación is already flying the route. TAAG uses a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Angola and Cuba are long-standing partners. Hundreds of Angolans study in Cuba, and Cuban doctors and engineers are assisting Angolans in the African country. Meanwhile, state oil company Sonangol is supporting its Cuban peer, Cupet, in oil ventures in Angola

Fancy trying out the $70 pizza — in the world’s most expensive city?

July 30, 2011

By Andrew Nolan

Saturday July 30 2011

If your boss told you tomorrow that you had been relocated to the most  expensive city in the world where would you think of? Tokyo? In 2009 you would have been right. Moscow? You would have to go back to 2008. London or New York?  Wrong again. The destination on your plane ticket would be Luanda.

It’s official: the Angolan city has the 2011 top spot according to Mercer, a US financial consultancy company which compiles an annual report comparing  prices in the world’s capitals.

So how expensive is it?………