Metropolitan Transport Agency moving forward as price hikes loom over Maputo, Matola & Boane
The city and province of Maputo continue to experience a shortage of cooking gas, especially the Galp brand, with demand increasing as prices fall. Even a relative increase in supply has been insufficient to meet demand, with Noticias finding visitors to some outlets returning home with empty bottles.
For example, dealer Bom Gás had unusually not received its daily delivery by 9:00 a.m. on Monday.
“There is no gas, and the bills get complicated because this is the only affordable cooking fuel. Coal remains expensive. Using an electric stove is even more expensive,” one gas customer told Notícias.
Mavigás, another reseller visited by the newspaper, complained about its daily quota of bottles being reduced to 500, as opposed to the previous 1,000. Similar situations are also reported by several other resellers who have not received sufficient quantities.
Moisés Paulino, director of Hydrocarbons and Fuels in the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, said that the shortage resulted from the increase in demand.
Petrogal, which supplies Galp brand bottles, has promised to issue a statement in the next few days, covering also complaints that some bottles have been reaching dealers without the customary seal in place.Source: Notícias