Charles is a sub-editor at Radio Mozambique and Reuters News Agency’s principal correspondent in Mozambique.
His main journalistic interests are politics and developing economies. He started his career in 1997 as a trainee reporter for Radio Mozambique in the English External Service and soon became the Mozambican correspondent of Channel Africa for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC. He has also worked for various South African commercial radio stations and newspapers.
Why did you decide to be a journalist?
I did not decide to become a journalist, it was a coincidence. I joined Radio Mozambique through a public tender for a single journalist vacancy – I outbidded 400 other contenders! Eleven years down the line, I feel very comfortable in the profession.
Why did you decide to focus your work on development issues?
These are interesting subjects because Mozambique is still a poor country that went through a devastating 16-year civil war, which left everything in ashes. So our people always want to know what could improve their lives. Investors are also interested in finding opportunities. Therefore my work is a lot about development.
What is the role of journalism for the development of your country?
As a foreign correspondent I think I can market the country, tell the world what is going on in terms of development, in terms of investment opportunities and about how Mozambicans are fighting poverty.