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Containers in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, have a number of uses in addition to transporting freight. Many traders and institutions adapt them for use as offices, shops and even public services. Let us start with the ‘Adapted Container’ above:
Locksmiths prepare these containers, also known as maritime containers. This one already has a small window and a door. And, as you can see, the base is made of concrete.
Containers in the Port of Maputo
Maritime containers doubling as workshops are used to store material. Those that no longer meet the requirements for transporting cargo can be purchased at the Port of Maputo. It is not known for sure, but Nigerians were reportedly the first to use containers as shops.
This is a different type of container, and serves as the reception at a state institution in the capital city of Maputo. These containers are more frequently seen in the city centre.
This container is being used as an office at the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) in Maputo City. The only extras required were some crates and a suspended base.
Advantage for Merchants
Using containers as shops is very popular in Maputo. They are safe and can be moved, which particularly appeals to informal traders used to being moved on by the authorities.
Bar owners see containers as safe because of their thickness, which prevents burglary. The owner of this container has adapted a cover to create shade for his customers.
Owners who cannot afford to buy a container have one made at a locksmith, with the result you can see here. Just buy some sheet metal and rods, and the locksmith does the rest.
It is common in Maputo informal markets to see a line of containers selling various products. In the Praça dos Combatentes (Xiquelene) market, there are several containers, either ex-maritime cargo or custom-made by locksmiths.
This container, at a state health centre, functions as a medical consultation office. As the needs of the health centre grew, containers were brought in to cope with the increase.
Banks and ATM
Banks also find containers useful as a way to make their work easier. This container even serves as an ATM for withdrawals.
Marine containers are also suitable for use as service stations. And if the service station owner is removed from his or her premises, they can easily transport their equipment to another location.
The Dutch multinational Heineken recently installed these containers on Costa do Sol beach to collect glass bottles for recycling. The base is made from metal drums, and has a small balcony.Source: Deutsche Welle
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