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The development of tourism creates resentment towards foreign investors

Saturday 25 August 2007

Mozambique is attracting more and more tourists (about 600 000 in 2006), but this success is also resentment towards foreign investors accused of making huge profits at the expense of the local population.

Since the return of peace, tourism is booming in this former Portuguese colony torn by a bloody civil war (1976-92). But the accumulated grievances against foreigners, who come mostly from neighboring South Africa.
"The bottom line is that South Africans use the land and the people here do not take advantage," said Lazaro Timba, secretary of the mayor of single village of the island paradise of Inhaca, a two-hour ferry from Maputo.
In Mozambique, foreigners are not allowed to buy land, but according to Timba, they are circumventing the law by partnering with local.
In the province of Inhambane, the discontent is due, then the emergence of private beaches.

Laurence de Susanne - IleMayotte.com