Mozam­bique tar road close to com­ple­tion

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

IF all con­tin­ues to go ac­cord­ing to plan, the much talked about Ma­putoto-Ponta do Ouro road, en­com­pass­ing Africa’s largest sus­pen­sion bridge, should be open for busi­ness ear­lier than planned.

Con­trac­tors have been work­ing around the clock to com­plete the road and bridge, and hope to have it open for use in the com­ing weeks.

Once com­plete, the road will see trav­el­ling time be­tween Maputo in Mozam­bique to Kosi Bay, South Africa’s east coast bor­der post, dras­ti­cally re­duced, from six hours on de­mand­ing sandy roads to just 90 min­utes.

Many peo­ple in­volved in the Mozam­bi­can tourism in­dus­try, which sees hordes of hol­i­day­mak­ers an­nu­ally trav­el­ling South Africa’s east coast to en­ter via the Kosi Bay bor­der post, are thrilled at the im­prove­ment.

‘Ponta’s charm will soon be ac­ces­si­ble to all,’ said Lawrence Dale of Ponta Beach Camps.

Speak­ing at the Trade and In­vest­ment KZN Ex­port Sum­mit in Dur­ban late last year, Paul Runge, Di­rec­tor of Projects and Devel­op­ment Fi­nance at Africa House, said com­ple­tion of the road was ex­pected to lead to a stream of in­ter­na­tional tourists vis­it­ing the prov­ince.

He also said KZN ex­porters should be seek­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop an­cil­lary roads in Mozam­bique as the prov­ince stands to ben­e­fit from a tourism boom.

Road con­struc­tion is al­most com­plete, need­ing per­ma­nent road signs among other mi­nor ad­just­ments

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