Mozambique monument to cost South Africa millions
South Africa will foot an eleven-point-two-million rand bill to upgrade a monument that marks the site in Mpumalanga where late Mozambican president Samora Machel was killed. African Eye news service reports that the funding, which is to be shared by the provincial and national art and culture departments, will include commissioning a statue of Machel. It will be erected in Mbuzini, south of Komatipoort, at the site of the plane crash that killed Machel and 33 other Mozambican government officials on October 19 twenty years ago. Provincial government spokesperson Lebona Mosia says the initiative will be a major economic boost and job-spinner for Mbuzini residents.