Male Activists Promote Female Condom

The female condom has been making its way across developing countries, particularly those in the African continent.

While many see this as a woman's commodity, one man in Mozambique is actively campaigning for it too. Felix Magul and his seven colleagues from the Kutenga youth association have been promoting female condoms in that country.

NGO Marches Ahead of Macia’s Funeral

Mourners in Mozambique have buried a taxi driver, Mido Macia, who died in custody in South Africa after officers cuffed him to their van and dragged him through the streets.

Before the funeral on 9 March 2013, Human Rights League, a non-governmental organisation, marched to the South African High Commission in central Maputo.

The chanted: ‘Down with xenophobia’. ‘Stop Humiliating Mozambicans’ and ‘Mido Macia Forever’.

Mozambique Residents Evacuated After Floods

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique has collaborated with the government to assist in the evacuation of residents affected by the heavy rains.

Mozambican authorities say they have evacuated about 3 000 families affected by floods to higher ground, since yesterday.

UNDP's humanitarian coordinating officer in Mozambique, Casimiro Sande, says the flooding is caused by the high rain fall recorded in South Africa and other countries as Mozambique is in a downstream.

At least 40 people have been killed since the start of the rains.

Anti-Poaching Partnerships for Mozambique

According to a report by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), an international NGO devoted to conservation, Mozambique scores in the worst category for the slaughtering of elephants and rhino for ivory even though it does not have an indigenous rhino.

In their comment on WPR website, Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport and Larry McCabe, former United States Navy officer, Larry McCabe, says the country is merely a useful transit route because of the government’s inability to stop the illegal traffic.

CSOs Want Political Parties Off the CNE

Mozambican civil society is by and large in favour of removing all political party appointees from the country’s National Elections Commission (CNE).

That is one of the conclusions of research undertaken by the Mozambican NGO, Centre for Democracy and Development Studies (CEDE) in cooperation with the German Konrad Adenhauer Foundation.

Presenting the results of the project at a meeting in Maputo, CEDE suggested slimming down the CNE from 13 to seven members, none of whom would come from political parties.

AIDS Testing Goes Hi-Tech

Communications engineers have adapted office printers and cellphone technology to wirelessly and immediately relay AIDS test results.

Britain's Sequoia Technology Group and Telit Wireless say that the printers are being rolled out elsewhere in Africa after initial success in Mozambique, where the project has been running for a year.

Telit’s Phillip Collins points out that his company's technology is more often used for monitoring electricity meters than saving lives.

NGO Volunteers All-African Games

The Mozambique Red Cross Society (MRCS) has partnered with the government's ministry of youth and sport to provide first aid assistance to athletes during the 10th All-Africa Games.

Under the government agreement, MRCS trained volunteers in first aid for the games, and provided them with the first aid kits and equipment to deliver a world class service.

"The recently acquired ten ambulances have put the Mozambique Red Cross Society in a better position to be a strategic partner in these All Africa Games," says Américo José Ubisse, MRCS secretary-general.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

No Pre-School in Basic Education

The Mozambican government has admitted that it is still premature to include pre-school education as part of the country's basic education programme, given the country’s financial and institutional constraints.

The country’s education minister, Zeferino Martins, made the announcement in Maputo during a meeting presenting the results of a programme of a NGO, Save the Children, which was aimed at developing pre-school education in the southern province of Gaza.

Undersea Cable to Connect Zimbabwe

SEACOM, a company running a high-speed Internet cable along Africa's east coast, says that it has reached a deal with Mozambique to provide a new link to landlocked Zimbabwe.

In a press statement, SEACOM says that under the agreement, the parastatal Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) will allow its fibre-optic network to be used to link Zimbabweans to the 13 700-kilometre cable running along the coast.


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