Mozambique: Maputo government launches tender to repair bridge over Zambezi River in Tete province

24 April 2008

Tete, Mozambique, 24 April – The Mozambican National Roads Administration (ANE) has launched a tender to choose a contractor for the repair of the Samora Machel Bridge over the Zambezi River, in Tete province, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Thursday.

Proposals for the tender, which is open to both Mozambican and foreign companies, must be handed in by 2 June.

ANE aims to repair the bridge, which is 762 metres long and was built 40 years ago, over a period of 18 months but gave no details of the value of the project which will be funded by the Mozambican government.

The Samora Machel Bridge is crossed by around 500 vehicles a day transporting goods, mostly between the port of Beira to hinterland countries, such as Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.

Statistics also show that a further 700 light passenger vehicles cross the bridge every day.

In the last few months several of the cables supporting the bridge have fallen.

Last February, the Mozambican minister for Public Works and Housing, Felício Zacarias announced that the Mozambican government planned to ensure funding for construction of a second bridge over the Zambezi in the city of Tete. (macauhub)