Lurdes Matola Foundation plans to build luxury hotel in Maputo

14 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 14 March – The Lurdes Matola Foundation in Mozambique has bought the former Soviet Union Embassy building in Maputo in order to transform it into a luxury hotel, independent bulletin Mediafax reported Tuesday.

The building, which is in a very poor state of repair, after the Russian Federation set up its embassy at another location 15 years ago, is being examined by a team of consultants, which will present a report on the work needed to turn it into a luxury hotel.

A preliminary assessment showed that an investment of US$1.8 million was needed added to the US$600,000 paid by the Foundation to the Mozambican state for the building.

Bruno Macamo, executive director of the Foundation, told Mediafax that the Lurdes Matola Foundation would establish partnerships with Mozambican and foreign entities in order to make the project viable, and this could be done by launching a public tender.

Macamo said that all efforts were being made to finish the evaluation process as soon as possible in order to move on to the next stage, which was to design the project.

The Lurdes Matola Foundation, which supports the most underprivileged people in Mozambique, was set up by Mozambique’s best-known athlete, Maria de Lurdes Matola, a former 800-meter world champion. (macauhub)