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    DECEMBER 2011

    Universo

    INSIDE: oil and gas news

    www.universo-magazine.com

    Kalandula Falls

    Miss Universe

    LIQUID ASSETSAngolas water

    AGOSTINHO NETONational hero

    REEL LIVESFilming Angola

  • DECEMBER 2011 6 5 SONANGOL UNIVERSO

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE CONTENTS

    4 ANGOLANEWSBRIEFING Election date set; new airport plans; Brazils president

    visits; border reserve; independence celebrated; new

    mining plans

    5 FIGUREDOUT A rundown of Angolas big numbers

    6 LIQUIDASSETS How Angolas generous water potential is

    being funnelled to promote social and

    economic improvement

    14 NATIONALHERO President Antnio Agostinho Neto played a lead

    role in forging Angolas future, but he also made an

    important contribution to its poetry. We examine this

    productively reflective side to his character

    22 REELLIVES A sneak preview of the latest projects of Angolas

    industrious film-makers

    30 SPORTINGSUCCESSAngolas female basketball team provided a welcome

    boost to national pride with their gold medal-winning

    performance in the African championship, beating

    rivals Senegal in a hard-fought final. Meanwhile, the

    Palancas Negras, the national soccer side, booked their

    place in Africas CAN finals next year

    32 LEILASUNIVERSE

    Leila Lopes, the mild-mannered Benguela-born

    business student, was a popular winner of this years

    Miss Universe competition. We hear the story of her

    journey to worldwide success that has put Angola

    firmly on the beauty queen map

    40 SONANGOLNEWSBRIEFING Pazflor comes on-stream; Sonangols latest tanker

    launched; Block 31 discovery; Liberia co-operation;

    desert rally win; ZEE road show kicks off

    42 SPREADINGTHEBENEFITS Sonangol leads its block partners towards investing

    widely in social projects. We visit a number of

    these enterprises to see the work being done and

    their achievements

    50 CHRISTMASCHEER:5,000NEWHOMES A new residential development with thousands

    of homes has been inaugurated by President Jos

    Eduardo dos Santos at Cacuaco near Luanda. This

    is a huge step towards solving Angolas chronic

    housing shortage

    We open our December issue with a panorama of one of Angolas lesser celebrated natural resources: water. Universo looks at the range of challenges and potential opportunities harnessing it presents to the fast-expanding economy.

    Our second feature is dedicated to modern Angolas founding father, Antnio Agostinho Neto, whose story is inextricably entwined with the key years of the struggle for independence. We also report on how the former presidents poetic prowess is now attracting greater attention and recognition both within and outside the country.

    Angolas film-makers are ploughing less lonely furrows these days with their numbers rising as equipment prices plummet. Consequently, a wider range of film subjects is being addressed. Universo looks at the work of contemporary film-makers and the trails they are blazing.

    Sonangols community social responsibility projects are an important ingredient of its work and help to spread Angolas wealth and expertise more evenly. We examine the nature of some of these varied and extremely worthwhile initiatives.

    Universo also adds our cheer to local celebrations with stories on Angolas historic winning of both the Miss Universe competition and Africas female basketball championship.

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    Universo is the international magazine of Sonangol

    Board MembersManuel Vicente (President),

    Anabela Fonseca, Mateus de Brito, Fernando Roberto, Francisco de Lemos,

    Baptista Sumbe, Sebastio Gaspar Martins

    Sonangol Department for Communication & Image

    DirectorJoo Rosa Santos

    Corporate Communications Assistants

    Nadiejda Santos, Lcio Santos, Jos Mota, Beatriz Silva,

    Paula Almeida, Sandra Teixeira, Marta Sousa

    Publisher Sheila OCallaghan

    Editor John Kolodziejski

    Art DirectorTony Hill

    Sub Editor Ron Gribble

    Circulation Manager Matthew Alexander

    Project Consultants Nathalie MacCarthy

    Mauro Perillo

    Group President John Charles Gasser

    Universo is produced by Impact Media Custom Publishing. The views expressed

    in the publication are not necessarily those of Sonangol or the publishers.

    Reproduction in whole or in part without prior permission is prohibited.

    This magazine is distributed to a closed circulation. To receive a free copy:

    circulation@universo-magazine.com

    Circulation: 17,000

    Davenport House16 Pepper Street,London E14 9RP

    Tel + 44 20 7510 9595Fax +44 20 7510 9596

    sonangol@impact-media.comwww.universo-magazine.com

    Cover: Miss Universe L.P., LLLP.Back Cover: Jan Vranken

    John Kolodziejski, Editor

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  • Angola news briefing

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    Figured out

    Mining ventureAngola plans to start mining copper in Kuando Kubango province at the beginning of 2012. Angolan company Geomineira has been prospecting in an area of about 22 square kilometres. The company is also carrying out copper prospecting work in the areas of Caindo and Luassenha.

    There are proposals to start producing iron, manganese and gold by 2013. Mining projects for iron and manganese are planned at Kassinga, Hula province and Kassala Kitungo in Kwanza-Norte and Malange provinces. Gold will be mined in Chipendo, Hula.

    Angolas main iron ore reserves are concentrated in five areas, in the south at Kassinga and Cunene, in the centre at Lucala and Huambo and in the east at Alto Zambeze.

    11.8 % growth of geology and

    mining sector since 2008

    6 million children under five have

    received polio vaccination

    $17 billion to be spent on electricity projects in next five years

    15 million a year capacity at Luandas new international airport

    16.1% increase in tourist visits during 2010

    12 % GDP growth forecast for 2012

    Neighbourly reserveAngola has joined forces with Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe to create the worlds largest nature reserve area, measuring a massive 450,000 sq km.

    The Okavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is made up of 36 national parks across the five countries, creating a reserve 15 times the size of Tanzanias Serengeti. The idea is not only to protect the wildlife within the conservation area but also to boost tourism between the neighbouring countries.

    Brazilian visit

    Independence celebrationAngola celebrated 36 years of independence from Portugal on November 11. The event was marked with a range of ceremonies and parties to remember those who were lost in the liberation struggle and also to celebrate the achievements of the country since it won independence in 1975.

    Fly awayWork is underway to build a new international airport near Luanda. The facility at Bom Jesus, Viana, 40km from the city centre, is on course for completion by early 2015.

    The airport will have two double runways with sufficient space to accommodate the giant Airbus A380, and more than 40 plane-docking gates.

    Covering 10,000 hectares, the airport will have 12 departure tunnels as well as restaurants, offices, a hotel and a rail link to Luanda and possibly Malange.

    Annual passenger volume is expected to exceed 15 million and there are plans to move 600,000 tonnes of cargo each year. The new airport is being built by China International Fund Airport Construction and Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Luanda during her first official trip to Africa. As well as meeting President dos Santos privately, President Rousseff also made a speech to deputies at the National Assembly, where she praised Angola for its post-war reconstruction, describing it as a paradigm of social and economic development for the continent.

    The Brazilian head of state said Angola was like a brother to Brazil and said she hoped the two

    countries would continue to work closely together both culturally and economically. Over the past six years, Brazil has extended more than $3 billion in credit lines to Angola, most of which has been spent on construction projects such as new roads, dams and bridges.

    Angola is the third-largest destination for Brazilian exports in Africa, while Angola is the fourth-biggest exporter from the continent to Brazil. Several Brazilian companies have major operations in Angola.

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    Election dateIn his October annual State of the Nation address, President Jos Eduardo dos Santos announced that parliamentary elections would be held in the third quarter of 2012.

    Electoral registration is currently underway throughout Angola to ensure that all eligible voters have their details lodged. Votes will be cast for different political parties, and the one with the most votes nominates the president. Following a 2010 change to the constitution, there are no longer direct presidential elections.

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    LIQUID ASSETS

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