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Mozambique now using satellite for predicting cyclones, natural disasters

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  • In neighbouring Zimbabwe, Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube announced in November during the 2020 Budget presentation that Zimbabwe will be channeling resources towards the launch of the country’s very own satellite.

Mozambique’s National Meteorology Institute (INAM) announced Friday that it is shifting from the former satellite system to the new one provided by China, which will allow for more accurate predictions on weather forecast, climate change and potential natural disasters.

“From this Friday on, we will have a system that allows the country to monitor tropical cyclones, something the former system did not allow us to do because of its coverage limitation,” said the deputy director of INAM Mussa Mustafa on the launching ceremony in Maputo.

Mustafa explained that the new system has almost a global coverage that can be used to monitor where the tropical cyclones form and their courses, the information helpful to issue early warnings.

The deputy minister of Transport and Communications Manuela Ribelo said the government expects to equip the institute with capacity to issue better meteorological information, which can be used for early and adequate preparation in different sectors, particular for air and maritime services, and prevention and mitigation of natural disasters.

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube announced in November during the 2020 Budget presentation that Zimbabwe will be channeling resources towards the launch of the country’s very own satellite.

He said the government is seeking to innovate and develop new products.

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“Research and development is critical for Zimbabwe’s social-economic transformation and competitiveness of the economy,”

“Research and Development Programmes will be supported by both Government and private sectors as the country seeks to innovate in developing new products and services and also advance the value addition strategy,”

“The Budget has set aside resources for the Research and Development programme including the launch of the space satellite,” he said

These remarks have attracted a lot of skepticism over social media as citizens believe the government has failed to cater for basic needs such as the current fuel shortages and electricity outages affecting millions of people and large numbers of industries in Zimbabwe.

Currently, people are failing to access necessities such as clean water, and it is estimated that a total of 5,3 million Zimbabweans will need food aid as a result of erratic rains and economic challenges.

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China People’s Daily
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