Mod­ern Con­nec­tion

Ma­puto’s new sus­pen­sion bridge will im­prove the daily lives of res­i­dents

ChinAfrica - - PROS AND CONS - By Paulo Men­des

Mozam­bique has en­tered the his­tory books in the in­fras­truc­ture stakes, now be­ing the proud owner of the long­est sus­pen­sion bridge on the con­ti­nent. The Ma­puto-katembe Sus­pen­sion Bridge, set to be of­fi­cially launched in Oc­to­ber, now means ve­hi­cles can drive be­tween the cap­i­tal Ma­puto and the Mu­nic­i­pal District of Katembe. Katembe, a small and pic­turesque town on the south end of Ma­puto Bay, is one of the largest tourist at­trac­tions in Mozam­bique.

The bridge deck is just un­der 700 me­ters long and hangs be­tween two tow­ers mea­sur­ing more than 135 me­ters each, while the en­tire bridge length ex­ceeds 3 km.

It forms part of a larger 209-km Ma­puto Bridge and Link Roads con­struc­tion project that ends at the bor­der town of Ponta do Ouro, with a to­tal bud­get of $875 mil­lion fi­nanced through a con­ces­sional loan from the Ex­port-im­port Bank of China, ac­cord­ing to Silva Ma­gaia, CEO of Ma­puto South De­vel­op­ment Co., who man­ages the project. The bridge was built by China Road and Bridge Corp. along with Ger­many’s Gauff En­gi­neer­ing.

Ma­gaia said that “the project has a tech­no­log­i­cal com­plex­ity” as the lo­ca­tion cre­ated enor­mous chal­lenges de­rived from ac­cess to the bridge in a heav­ily oc­cu­pied ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, which has made the ac­qui­si­tion of work ar­eas a marvel of en­gi­neer­ing. In the process, 3,000 jobs were gen­er­ated, ac­cord­ing to the Chair­man of Ma­puto City Coun­cil David Si­mango.

The con­struc­tion of the bridge be­gan in March 2012 with a launch cer­e­mony of the first stone laid by then Mozam­bi­can Pres­i­dent Ar­mando Gue­buza.

Cheaper cross­ing

The bridge will help do away with the te­dious wait­ing time that mo­torists en­dure while

The Ma­puto-katembe Sus­pen­sion Bridge is the long­est of its kind in Africa

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