Cunene Province

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Cunene
Province
Angola - Cunene.svg
Country  Angola
Capital Ondjiva
Area
 • Total 77,213 km2 (29,812 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 687,348
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 035
ISO 3166 code AO-CNN
Website www.cunene.gov.ao

Cunene is a province of Angola. It has an area of 87,342 km² and a population of approximately 600,000.

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Ondjiva is the capital of the province; it was previously known as Vila Pereira d’Eça. Ondjiva is the only city in this province. Municipalities in this province include Cahama, Kuvelai, Namakunde, Kuroka, and Xangongo. The distance from Ondjiva to Luanda is 1424 km and to Lubango is 415 km. The Cunene River gave its name to the province.

Cunene lies north of the Cunene River, which forms the border between Angola and Namibia. Cunene is traversed by the northwesterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

The inhabitants of the Province are overwhelmingly Ovambo pastoralists. Since the 1960s, they have been under pressure first from white settlers, and after independence from high-ranking military officers and politicians, who acquired large extensions of land which the Ovambo need for the transhumance of their cattle. The ecological, economic and social advantage of pastoralism over ranching has been known since the 1970s, but has not been sufficiently taken into account in policy making.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ See Eduardo Cruz de Carvalho, "'Traditional' and 'Modern' Patterns of Cattle Raising in Southwestern Angola: A critical evaluation of change from Pastoralism to Ranching", The Journal of Developing Areas, 8 1974, pp. 199-226 http://www.the-eis.com/data/literature/Pastoralism%20in%20southern%20Angola.pdf

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Coordinates: 16°42′S 16°3′E / 16.700°S 16.050°E / -16.700; 16.050