Minister discusses Moz resort evictions

2011-08-16 18:28

Maputo - Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk discussed the eviction of South Africans from a Mozambican resort with his counterpart in that country, an official said on Tuesday.

Van Schalkwyk raised the issue with Mozambican Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana during an official visit on Monday and Tuesday in Maputo, deputy-general Kingsley Makhubela said.

"During our discussions it came up and they gave an explanation," he said.

"When we arrived here our embassy gave us a detailed brief."

Mozambique's special police force evicted inhabitants of the 13 houses in La Perla do Bilene resort in the lakeside town of Bilene in southern Mozambique in July.

The police left furniture on the pavement and changed the locks to the doors, despite a pending Supreme Court judgment on whether the Mozambican government may register the buildings on the resort in the state's name.

The resort borders on properties linked to Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and former president Joaquim Chissano.

"Essentially land cannot be owned in Mozambique," said Makhubela.

"The South African sub-contractor sub-divided the land and sold it off."

The tourism ministry would contact the developer as well, he said.

"It will be useful for us to talk to them after hearing the Mozambican side."

The tourism delegation did not know of a pending court case about the resort, said Makhubela.

Van Schalkwyk’s visit prepared the way for a state visit later this year of President Jacob Zuma to Mozambique.

The tourism ministries discussed standardising the two countries’ grading systems to facilitate travel for international tourists.

Meanwhile, Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali invited South Africans to invest in Mozambique, according to independent newspaper O Pais.

The country has set aside seven areas for tourism development across the country, it quoted the tourism minister as having said.

  • So What If.. - 2011-08-16 19:05

    Sure, we as South Africans, would love to invest after this incident!

      Chika01 - 2011-08-17 07:33

      Hay all here get the facts. Te paperwork was not done correctly. He had a lease to develop a resort but sold off the land, this is ileagal. He had due warning but did nor rectify the problems. To be able to subdevide land in Moz is a additional permit aplication. He duped good South Africans out of their cash. He is a crook and deserved it.

      Smaal - 2011-08-17 07:58

      This is not the Mozambicans fault. That being said, I believe Mozambique to be the investment opportunity for the next 5 to 10 years. Your money will grow like you won’t believe but know the facts and invest wisely. The smart money is on Mozambique. There is a reason they are called the new gateway to Africa and that is thanks to India, the Chinese and of course cheap labour and a few other reasons.

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-16 19:24

    the land gets developed then taken away to be mismanaged & left to ruin.

      Smaal - 2011-08-17 08:18

      Anonymus, Mozambicans are nothing like South Africans. In fact Mozambicans can’t stand black South Africans. Mozambicans welcomes you but unfortunately over there it is us who “makes trouble”. Ever been to Moz for vacation over December? Another point: In these developments the Old Portuguese has a big hand. They are trying to resurrect Moz to the standards of the old glory days and to a certain extent they are achieving it. Also go read up on farming and deals made with framers from South Africa. If you start reading between the lines you’ll be surprised at what you find.

  • george60 - 2011-08-16 19:25

    Beware of landmines I have spoken to south africans? How much are you willing to spend and pay into trust accounts, liaise with master Malema first for such fun? As far as I can recall you must have a moz citzen as a partner on a 50/50 99 year lease agreement.

  • Cliff - 2011-08-16 19:28

    Moz is a lovely country, but to me it is quite clear that as a 'whitey' we should not own land in Africa. It was good while it lasted, but it is not for us!! Too risky - let Africa have it - don't invest a cent here for a long while until it breaks and crumbles. Thinking btetween Westerners and the rest is different - that's OK. Blame nobody and take money elsewhere!!

      allan.clean - 2011-08-16 19:51

      am with you. They look to whites as a cash cow for everything. Then they blame whites for failures. They always manage to blame the whites in a power struggle, taking from white property to keep power. Nope. Never put your money here. Look at what the thinking is now on tax properties in South Africa. All the same, these and their kind

      Anonymus - 2011-08-16 21:45


      Nobody - 2011-08-16 23:17

      Um, were't the owners of the resort black south africans? I'm sure I read that somewhere. Maybe not? Who cares. Why do we always feel the need to mention race?

  • Ashley - 2011-08-16 19:45

    Here is something else to ponder....A family member of mine bought a piece of land on bilene to develop a resort. After building some structures the government suddenly took the land away. The reason at that time....some Dubai company wanted it to build a 5 star resort with some nice kick back to the government. The said family member refused to let it go, and to this day it is still in the courts. They know they wont get the money back, but is keeping the case in court to this day (10 years) to stop any transfer of land. Because of the delays the Dubai company pulled out.....Careful of investing people!!

  • Kalla - 2011-08-16 19:56

    IT is the old story,why did the Moz gov. wait so long before stopping developers.I smell a big fat dead rat,stay away the crime is also rising and behind every corner gov.officials ask bribes.

  • rudie.stoltz - 2011-08-16 20:46

    Sure we will invest so that you can also take our property which we developed. screw you man. You should stop smoking that stuff your smoking.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-16 20:55

    Hey kortbroek! This is Africa! Corrupt & incompetent & greed! Sure you must be used to it? You have joined the comrades?

  • FIO - 2011-08-16 21:43

    why would anyone want to own land in SA in this day and age? Yes, land is nice to hae, but whn somuch threatens t, let someone else deal with that stress. Giovernment is happy to lease land to you, and you can make money out of it, but just be sure your lease is water-tight, that way you can live on it, not worry about it being taken away from you, employ black people to keep the BEE tofies happy, make money, pay no biond etc, and be safe that blacks will not take away land that already belongs to thgem. None of this is about economic growth etc for SA, its about who owns what, whether its used or not, crappy or not, productive or not. All that matters is ownership. It'll take a bit of time for them to realise that what they owned is no longer worth the value it was when thy first redistributed it, but does not mater, "I own a pice of Land" Stupid, who wants to own a piece of nothing...

  • John Paul - 2011-08-16 22:11

    The law of reciprocity must apply; If land can not be owned ( by any one, local or South African ), then Mozambican employees and officials of the moz state must not be allowed to own land in SA.

  • Kim - 2011-08-17 07:18

    The land was supposed to be used for a tourist resort and not for individual homes. The land, which belongs to the government, was illegally split up by the developer and sold to individual investors. That is what the whole issue is about. You cannot buy land in Mozambique. You cannot own land in Mozambique. If you apply for a piece of land to farm rice, you cannot use that land to farm mielies and you cannot split the land and sell it to someone else because it does not belong to you. Simple as that!!

  • Jim - 2011-08-17 07:43

    Comrade Kort Broek Investigates.What more can we ask for?

  • Jim - 2011-08-17 07:44

    Comrad Kort Broek investigates. What more can we ask for?

  • Sisie - 2011-08-17 07:56

    Invest in Mozambique, as long as it's not on some Dignitaries doorstep or next door. You will spoil their view.

  • zackie - 2011-08-17 09:59

    Invest in Moz so they can take it all over makes sense

  • Badballie - 2011-08-17 10:13

    we aren't allowed to own land in MOZ, what do you want us to invest in??????

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