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    President Samora Machel of Mozambique attended a service in Maputo on September 22, as soldiers who died fighting for independence were buried with full military and ceremonial honours.

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    1. GV Ceremonial troops with flags in procession. 0.10
    2. SV President Samora Machel at head of procession. 0.16
    3. GV Procession reaches crypt, coffins placed on catafalques. (3 SHOTS) 0.32
    4. GV Coffins draped in Mozambique flags. 0.37
    5. SV Machel takes salute. 0.40
    6. GV & SVs Coffins taken into crypt, followed by President. (4 SHOTS) 1.02
    7. GV Irish freighter arrives at Maputo port. 1.13
    8. GVs Ships unloading South African goods. (3 SHOTS) 1.29
    9. SV Slogan on wall saying 'Down with racism'. 1.35
    10. GV & SVs Goods continue to be unloaded. (3 SHOTS) 1.57
    11. GVs Workers queuing at the Wenel Centre to sign on for work in South African gold mines. (7 SHOTS) 2.46
    12. SVs PAN People queuing in market place in Maputo for fresh fruit and vegetables; people buying breed. (9 SHOTS) 3.25
    13. GVs Village scenes in shanty town on outskirts of Maputo. (4 SHOTS) 3.53
    14. GV Skyline of Maputo buildings in background with shanty dwellings in foreground. 3.58

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    Background: MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

    President Samora Machel of Mozambique attended a service in Maputo on September 22, as soldiers who died fighting for independence were buried with full military and ceremonial honours. The President is facing increasing action from the Mozambique National Resistance (MNR) guerrillas and the economic outlook for the country is bleak. In all but two of its northernmost provinces the army is locked in a fight with the guerrillas, an army created by the white authorities of what was then Rhodesia. The units are now widely thought to be supported by South Africa. On September 27, Mozambique's Economic Affairs Minister, Major-General Jacinto Veloso began talks with South African Foreign Minister Mr. Pik Botha, warning that a recent peace pact between the two countries was in danger. Botha also met with a delegation from the rebels, the second time within six weeks that Pretoria has attempted to sponsor talks between the Marxist regime and the right-wing guerrillas. But Major-General Veloso said that six months after the pact with South Africa there had been no appreciable reduction in the violence within Mozambique. The MNR guerrillas have vowed to continue fighting until they are given a share of power. As well as the continuing violence, President Machel and his government are seeking closer ties with the West in an effort to encourage investment in agriculture. industry and mining. Most of the country's thirteen million inhabitants live in poverty. Shops in Maputo, Beira and other centres are bare. Basic commodities are strictly rationed and petrol is in short supply. Most market stalls are empty and long queues form to buy bread. Industry, hit by shortages of spare parts, is operating at little more than 15-20 per cent of its capacity. The number of migrant workers in South African mines - whose salary remittances were the largest source of foreign exchange - has fallen by sixty per cent since 1975. Together with the economic problems, the country has faced a series of natural disasters. The current drought ha
    s already cost some 100,000 lives and the toll is likely to rise with relief efforts hampered by security problems posed by the MNR, who are active in all the affected provinces. But the outlook is not all bleak, and Maputo hopes that assistance from South Africa will increase, easing their mounting problems, and that Western investment will alleviate some of their economic difficulties.


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