Mozambique: Government wants to introduce toll fees on the main north-south highway

6 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – The Mozambican government wants to introduce toll fees on some stretches of the main north-south highway in the near future, said the Minister for Public Works, Felício Zacarias, quoted on Tuesday by independent newspaper Mediafax.

This year, added the minister, a tender would be launched to choose a company to operate the toll system on the section between Maputo and Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province.

Zacarias also said that the government had already identified “potential partners” interested in the toll system concession.

For now, the government will not go beyond Xai-Xai in this project, since to the north there are stretches needing repair work.

The minister said that the introduction of tolls would, in addition to generating income for the State as well as for the private operator, prevent the circulation of lorries carrying excessive weight, one of the reasons for the rapid deterioration of the roads in Mozambique.

Currently, the only toll in Mozambique is on the Maputo-South Africa road, operated by South African company Trans-Africa Concessions (Trac). (macauhub)