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De­spite nig­gling po­lit­i­cal is­sues, there’s an air of eco­nomic op­ti­mism in Mozam­bique. With a fancy new road run­ning along sub­stan­tial lengths of the coast (from our bor­der at Kosi Bay, no­gal), a huge sus­pen­sion bridge link­ing Ma­puto and Catembe due to open shortly, and nat­u­ral gas and oil re­serves that have all kinds of en­trepreneurs in a flus­ter, things are on the go.

Stand in the cus­toms queue at our east­erly neigh­bour’s in­ter­na­tional air­port and you’ll bump lap­top bags with busi­ness types pop­ping in for a day of meet­ings. Drive through the cap­i­tal and see a sky­line pep­pered with shiny new build­ings and con­struc­tion cranes.

It makes sense that Tsogo Sun has opened its maiden Mozam­bi­can Stayeasy in trop­i­cal Ma­puto.

Lo­cated a cou­ple of min­utes’ drive from the cen­tre of town, along the sea­side strip of the Avenida Mar­ginal, this bud­get ho­tel is firmly geared for peo­ple who are in town to do some hard graft. It’s not fancy — there isn’t room ser­vice, nor are there lux­u­ri­ous pala­tial rooms, gi­gan­tic baths or a ritzy restau­rant.

But, re­ally, when you’re on busi­ness some­where, do you want or need any of those?

What you do get is light­ning-fast Wi-fi and ex­tremely com­fort­able beds in clean but com­pact rooms that have lovely views of the sea — and black­out cur­tains when you need them. There are also un­der­rated es­sen­tials,

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