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    19 September, 2016
Defence Ministry receives inspection vessel
 
The Mozambican Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries on 19 September  handed over to the Defence Ministry a monitoring and inspection vessel which had once been seized by the Mozambican authorities for illegal fishing.

The boat, the “Antilles Reefer”, was a Namibian vessel that was seized in 2008 when it was caught fishing illegally in Mozambican waters. On board were 45 tonnes of fisheries produce, including sharks.

The owners of the ship were fined US$4.5 million. But the fine was never paid, and in 2009 the ship reverted in favour of the Mozambican state.

The government decided to turn the poacher into a gamekeeper, and the “Antilles Reefer”, with funding from Norway, was refitted as a fisheries inspection vessel in a shipyard in the South Africa port of Durban.

The authorities have now decided that it makes more sense for this ship, as a pillar of the exercise of state authority in Mozambican waters, to be operated by the Defence Ministry rather than the Fisheries Ministry.

Fisheries Minister Agostinho Mondlane told the ceremony “we are transferring this boat due to the multidisciplinary nature of integrated inspection of maritime activities to be undertaken on a coordinated and joint basis. The ‘Antilles Reefer’ is a fundamental resource for inspection activities for both sectors (fisheries and defence)”.
 
For his part, Defence Minister Atanasio M’tumuke declared “this boat will assist in surveillance to make viable joint activities strengthening the exercise of state authority at sea, with a stress on preventing and repressing crime in our national waters”.
 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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