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Mozambique’s Deputy Transport minister, Manuela Rebelo, on Monday delivered 29 new buses to public and private transport operators in Maputo and the adjoining city of Matola.
15 of the buses are for Maputo and 14 for Matola. Speaking at a ceremony in the Matola neighbourhood of Ndlavela, Rebelo said “As we promised, we are here today to deliver 29 buses to private operators organised in cooperatives and to the Maputo and Matola municipal public bus companies”.
“The delivery of these buses”, she continued, “represents the continuation of our strategic vision to reorganise urban public transport, counting on the strong involvement of private operators who, at difficult times, have guaranteed this activity with a lot of sacrifice”.
She stressed that the central government “recognises the capacity and the experience of the urban public transport operators. We want operational results that should be expressed in the efficiency of the operation and the sustainability of the activity”.
She told the residents of Ndlavela that the problem of transport in the two cities cannot be solved merely through acquiring more buses, and so the government is undertaking other measures, including improving the access roads.
“The government is aware of the complexity of the urban public transport problem”, she said, “and the solution cannot be found just by increasing the number of buses on the roads”.
The governor of Maputo Province, Raimundo Diomba, told the ceremony that the delivery of more buses to strengthen the public transport network in Maputo and Matola is an unequivocal signal of “the government’s concern to solve the most pressing concerns of the people”.
He urged the transport operators and the general public to ensure that the vehicles are used correctly. “As the government, we shall do everything to ensure that we are not the cause of any stoppage of these buses”, he said. “We are making a strong appeal that the vehicles be managed competently, and that everyone uses them correctly”.Source: AIM