The Conflict with Renamo
November 1981

Dossier MZ-0020

South Africa’s Focus on the Beira-Mutare Lifeline

South Africa, having taken over the job of supporting the MNR insurgency from the defunct Rhodesian regime of Ian Smith, began to up the ante by attacking what was later to become known as the Beira Corridor, i.e. the road, rail and fuel pipeline links between Beira and Mutare (formerly Umtali), in Zimbabwe. At the end of November a piece by David Ward in the London weekly the New Statesman argued that attacks on marker buoys in Beira harbor and the blowing up of road and rail bridges were the work of the MNR supported by the South Africans, and were a manifestation of this policy. Mozambique claimed over 40 airspace violations during an 18 month period, presumably to drop supplies to the insurgents. South Africa continued to deny any involvement.

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1977 1978 September 1981

1 November 1981
Militares boers abatidos em Doeroi. Tempo [Maputo], no.577, 1 November 1981, p.7. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 35 kb.

1 November 1981
S[outh] Africa blamed for blast. Observer [London], 1 November 1981. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 18 kb.

2 November 1981
War damage repair work in Mozambique’s Manica province. Summary of World Broadcasts [London], no.ME/6869, 2 November 1981, p.B/1. Manica’s provincial government decides to elevate Machave locality to district status. Machave was destroyed by Rhodesian troops in 1976. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 258 kb.

9 November 1981
African food aid lifeline cut by rebels. Rand Daily Mail [Johannesburg], 9 November 1981. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 42 kb.

14 November 1981
Sabotadas bóias no porto da Beira. Notícias [Maputo], 14 November 1981. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 32 kb.

20 November 1981
David Ward. Mozambique: lifelines under attack. New Statesman [London], 20 November 1981. Click here to view or download a PDF, size 109 kb.

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