The Port of Beira in Mozambique is Rhodesia's nearest outlet to the sea and continues to be vital for the country's economic survival in the face of sanctions.
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Background: The Port of Beira in Mozambique is Rhodesia's nearest outlet to the sea and continues to be vital for the country's economic survival in the face of sanctions.
Founded in 1505, Beira is also the regional capital and is periodically in the news because of guerrilla activities there.
But in spite of all this, its beaches, sea food, and sporting facilities have turned it into one of the most popular resorts, particularly fair Rhodesian holiday-makers.
SYNOPSIS: Whenever the Rhodesian crisis bursts into the news, Beira in Mozambique is almost inevitably mentioned as well. It's Rhodesia's closest outlet to the sea, and as such, is necessary for the country's survival in the face of economic sanctions. From time to time, Beira is also in the news as a target of guerrilla attacks.
The marshy area on which Beira stands, at first sight appears an unlikely spot on which to build a beautiful, flourishing city. Yet, as early as 1505, the Portuguese started building there. Beira is now the second most populous city of Mozambique, a regional capital and commercial centre, and is playing an important role in Portugal's plans for the economic development of Mozambique. These include such vast projects as the Cabora Basso Scheme, which involves building huge dams and vast hydro-electric plants, and much of the material for these schemes is channelled through Beira.
But political pressures and economic sanctions are easily forgotten on golden beaches and in luxury hotels. Modern Beira is a sporting centre too... there is swimming, yachting, roller-skating and golf, plus soccer, basket ball or motor racing. And were there's a sea, there's usually seas food...items such as prawns and shell-fish are famous in Beira, as is the traditional piri-piri chickens and the choice of wines is enormous.
The Rhodesians are flocking to Beira, not only on business, but also for pleasure. Their oil-refinery at Umtali is just across the border. So, when Rhodesia openly defied Britain, declaring itself in dependent, the British navy made an appearance off Beira to discourage oil-tankers from approaching. But all that doesn't appear to worry today's holiday-makers.