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The Maputo-Catembe crossing will be subject to cargo restrictions from Monday because of the poor state of the two metal docking bridges.
A press release from the Ministry of Transport and Communications says the new restrictions ban vehicles with a gross weight exceeding four tons, down from the previous limit of eight tonnes.
The measure comes after an on-site inspection revealed a marked deterioration in the metal structure.
On Wednesday, Minister of the Transport, Carlos Mesquita, visited to the site to better understand the situation, and said that work to reinforce the structure “should start immediately”.
“Pending the selection of a contractor for the final rehabilitation of the Maputo-Catembe crossing docking bridges, we have created a multi-sectoral team to carry out an immediate intervention to bolster the safety of the crossing,” he said.
The statement also said that the ministry was liaising with the Association of Friends of Catembe to ensure the efficient operation of the crossing, and apologised to users of the crossing for any inconvenience caused.