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4. Hug Me, Hold Me Tight! The Evolution Of Passenger Transport In Luanda And Huambo (Angola), 1975-2000

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Angolan society went through marked changes following independence in 1975. Between 1975 and 2000, public transport became increasingly inefficient, expensive and scarce, thus providing a powerful stimulus to the growth of Luanda's minibus taxi industry. Taxi-bikes play an important role in the mobility of Huambo's urban population. They consist exclusively of motorcycles, which in the national language, Umbundu, are called kupapatas, meaning 'hold me tight' or 'hug me'. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for the transport sector at the national level. The Provincial Direction of Transport and Communications (DPTC), working under the Luanda Provincial Government (GPL), coordinates and regulates transport in Luanda Province.

Keywords: Angolan society; Huambo's urban population; kupapatas; Luanda Province; public transport; Umbundu



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