Mozambique: Metal manhole covers replaced with cement covers

12 February 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Feb – The Maputo city council plans to spend 26 million meticais on replacing the metal manhole covers that have been stolen said the official responsible for infrastructures and communications, Mário Macaringue.

The councillor said that the covers that had been stolen, which were made from metal, were being replaced by others made of cement, which are heavier, more durable and less valuable.

However, Macaringue said, these cement covers were more expensive to buy than the metal one and therefore replacing them would have a higher cost.

Most of the stolen manhole covers were sold for their scrap value whilst others were used to produce kitchen utensils.

In Mozambique, anything made of metal is a target to be stolen and companies such as electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique and railway manager Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique as well as the army are the main victims of an activity that leads to heavy losses for the country’s economy. (macauhub)