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Port of Mayumba Tour

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Port of Mayumba Tour

Hello, hello, Welcome to Nyanga! I hope you enjoy your stay here and make sure to visit all the wonderful sites to experience what Nyanga has to offer! Today we will be looking at the old port of Mayumba. At this location the original European Settlers came and met with the tribesmen of Nyanga, and so began the arduous journey which makes what Mayumba is today. The port is a thriving hub of markets, industry and crime, so lock the car doors and put up the windows...

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Fruit and vegetables are being unloaded and sorted, to be ready for shipping, some of it ends up on the street markets or in local shops. Trucks also stop here for rest stops or a tire change.

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Some factories are located here as well, such as D'acton's chemical production facility (the factory lot in the centre) and Patriot Protective's workshop (on the left). Some of buildings here have been around since colonial times, where sugar was processed from the plantations.

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There are also some warehouse depots throughout the port, where storage facilities and smaller factories are located

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One of the busiest freight terminals is the bulk freight dock, everything from food, to chemicals and clothes is shipped out from here. The boats though are small and mostly head north to neighbouring Gabon, some go to Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

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Here are the grain processing docks. Wheat, maize and hops and brought here by truck for processing and then shipped all over the world. These mills are owned and operated by the government, but have been infamously known for the poor conditions and terrible quality housing provided for the workers.

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The coal docks take up the majority of large shipping traffic in Mayumba. They also take up the most space in the port, by having a massive coal storage yard.

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In some effort to provide housing for the workers employed at the port the government built council houses and flats. Sadly they were poorly constructed and not properly mainitained, today they are riddled with crime and are in very bad need of re-development, but many workers have no other choice and have to live here to keep their families alive.

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Our last visit for the day is to one of the many very busy street markets at the Portside Townships. These usually occur all through the week and many stalls and shops continue selling right through the night. You can get everything you could ever think of at these markets, much of the stuff like food and some clothes are not terribly bad quality, but stay away from any electronics or branded clothing, these are almost always fakes and a waste of money! You also have to watch you pockets, pick pocketing is a frequent occurance in any city around here.

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We're back at the hotel, I hope you enjoyed your day out!

Thanks guys for the comments on my last post! They are much appreciated!! :)

IRE505

The Nyangan Free State

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Welcome to Nyanga!

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Nyanga is located just south of Gabon bordering the Congo and Atlantic Ocean.

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National FactFile:

Nation Name: The Nyangan Free State

Nation Name: L'Etat Libre Nyangan

National Anthem: Abres Vert, (Green Trees)

National Motto: Liberté,Unité,Faculté (Freedom, Unity, Power)

Capital: Mayumba

Government: Presidential Republic

Head(s) of State:

President - Ebele Makanzu

Deputy President - Enitan Baako

Offical Language(s): French, English

Recognised Regional Languages: Myene,Punu,Nzebi

Population: 2014 estimate: 1,570,500, 2010 census: 1,386,357

Area: 21,285 km2, 8,218 sq mi

Climate: Tropical, (Here for more detail)

GDP ($ PPP - Per Capita): $26.722 billion ($16,845)

HDI: 0.638

Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF)

Drives on the: Left

Calling code: +275

Natural resources include: petroleum, natural gas, diamond, niobium, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore, coal and hydropower

Major Natural Resources: petroleum, timber, coal, iron, manganese, uranium

Major Import/Export Partners: Ireland, UK, France, USA, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, China, South Korea, Teiko, Histalpol, Russia, Gabon and Brasil

Main Industries: Mineral Extraction and Processing, Timber, financial and logistics (More detail Here)

History:

Main Article: History of Nyanga

The earliest inhabitants of the region comprising present-day Nyanga were the Bambuti people. The Bambuti were linked to Pygmy tribes whose Stone Age culture was slowly replaced by Bantu tribes coming from regions north of present-day Republic of Congo about 1,700 years ago. Bantu tribes living in the Nyanganese Region, established kingdoms along the coast and along the Nyanga River. The capital of these Kingdoms was Tchibanga.

French, Histalian and Dutch traders were some of the first European colonists’ to arrive in Nyanga. They traded mainly with silver and glass for various types of, plant and animal products. Histalpol first colonised Nyanga in 1846, following the French in their colonising of the area. Many Histalians immigrated to Nyanga to start new industries and businesses after the 1885 Berlin Conference. After the fall of the Histalian Empire in the 1900s France claimed Nyanga and merged it with Gabon forming one of Gabons’ nine provinces.

After Gabon's independence in 1960 and M'Ba's bloodless coup in 1964, Nyanga's population wanted a way out. When Omar Bongo's one party state came into rule desire for political liberalization provoked violent demonstrations. Strikes by students and workers occured in early 1990. Tensions worsened after Several PDG politcians were murdered in Maybumba, ILN leader, Alabode Johnathon, urged his followers to end the violence and continue peacefully. In June 1991 Alabode and his coleagues' housing complex in Mayumba was raided during the night and he was taken to Libreville for questioning.

He was released a week later but was under surrveillance. Alabode spoke at ILN rally in Tchibanga, requesting a referendum for Nyanga's inpedendence be made following a poll in Nyanga. Bongo responed to the referendum on a positive note, making it a requirment of a 65% in favour for the bill to pass. Voting began in July through to August, the results were 83% in favour.

The Independence League of Nyanga, with Alabode Johnathon as president won with 56% of vote in the first democratic elections in Nyanga. During Alabode’s second term as president (1997-2001) Nyanga experienced an economic downturn following the many civil wars taking place on the continent. In 2001 elections took for the third time during the whole month of March. The Democratic Alliance won with 37% of the vote. Since then the Democratic Alliance has won the 2004, 2008 and 2013 being the current political party in state. In August 2014 Nyanga became a member of the Alliance of Independent Nations.

Pictures:

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Mayumba's CBD

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An inner city apartment block

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Port of Mayumba

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Mayumba's Waterfront

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