Southern Mozambique aims to gather funds to build road to South Africa

11 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Oct – The governments of the three most southerly provinces of Mozambique, Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane, plan to gather funding of US$74 million to build a road linking Mapinham, in Inhambane, to Pafuri, next to the border with South Africa, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícais reported.

The US$74 million figure was presented during a meeting of the three governors held in Namaacha, a town on the border with Swaziland, in which the governor of Inhambane, Lázaro Vicente, said that a feasibility study that had already been carried out showed that the amortization rate of the new road would be 19.2 percent per year.

The road, which will cut through the interior of the provinces of Inhambane and Gaza, would greatly reduce the distance between South Africa and the tourist resorts on the coast of Inhambane.

Vicente said that the road would make it possible to encourage South African tourism in Mozambique and help to develop the Limpopo National Park which, since 2004, has been part of the Great Limpopo Cross-Border Park, which also includes Krueger National Park in South Africa and Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe. (macauhub)