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Maputo-Sul chairman Silva Magaia is inviting entrepreneurs to take advantage of the business opportunities created by the construction of the Maputo-Catembe bridge and the Maputo ring road.
In his opinion, the industrial and commercial sectors, logistics, recreation, cafeterias, bank branches, multipurpose parks and gardens, car parks and real estate, among others would make suitable investments.
Such activities could be carried out in the Malanga, Katembe, Kumbeza, Intaka, Guava and Albasine districts, he noted. In Malanga and Catembe in particular, families have been moved to make way bridge construction and the ring road.
Magaia made his call yesterday during a seminar on business opportunities at the Maputo International Fair (FACIM). He said that there was also space reserved for commerce in Tenga, where families moved from Malanga were now housed.
A viewpoint was planned for Malanga, on the Avenida 24 de Julho where the market is currently located, he explained. The people who are currently selling there will have to leave to make way for the project.
“It is necessary that the areas to which I have referred, attract activity because, if not, the people who were resettled may re-occupy the area and build willy-nilly, overshadowing the beauty of the bridge,” he warned.
Future partnerships may be formalised as concessions, agreements, management contracts, partnerships and tertiarisation, Magaia said.
Main structure assemblage from October
In relation to the bridge, the Maputo-South CEO has assured the public that the main structure will starts to be assembled in October and be completed by December of this year.
The possibility of a delay in the delivery of the work had arisen from people insisting on remaining in places through which the project passes, like the Malanga market vendors who were refusing to vacate.
“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll have a part of the bridge completed by December. At this moment we have problems on the Maputo-Catembe ferry crossing, where freight vehicles use the Boane road of to get to Catembe. It is a problem that needs to be resolved,” he said.
He explained that with the assembly of the main structure did not necessarily mean that the crossing would open, for which more work would be needed.
As for tolling the Maputo ring road, Magaia said that a plan for the first two stations to be built this year had failed because of delays in the mobilisation of funds.
“But there is already a money-back guarantee. What we are doing now is finalising agreements with the contractors, and then we will start on the project,” he said.
Magaia spoke of the need to maintain the ring road to avoid early degradation, and regular cleaning as well as controlling the weight of trucks would be necessary.
With regard to the Section 6 project to build a road from the Machava junction in Matola via the Praça 16 de Junho to the Catembe bridge, it was concluded that it was not viable as a result of a series of challenges.
One of them is the fact that the Mozambique Electricity Thermal Terminal was being built where the road would have to run, and it would also pass through a mangrove wetland zone.
The Maputo-Catembe Bridge will have a total length of approximately three kilometres, with access viaducts of 1.1 kilometres to the north and 1.2 kilometres to the south. The main bridge will be 680 metres long and 60 metres high in the centre.
The bridge’s towers are 135 and 137 metres high (north and south), and the deck in the central span, made of steel box sections, will have two lanes running in each direction.
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