Maputo, Mozambique, 2 June – Geological surveys began this week to identify conditions in the area where the 3,000-metre bridge to link the city of Maputo to the Catembe municipal area is due to be built, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The surveys, which are being carried out by Portuguese construction company Mota-Engil, are intended to assess the ground conditions along the area where the bridge will be built in order to prevent natural disasters, such as erosion, landslides, soil expansion and cave-ins and earthquakes.
During a working visit to Catembe, the mayor of Maputo, David Simango, said that everything pointed to construction of the bridge starting in January, 2012.
In 2010, Empresa de Desenvolvimento de Maputo Sul (South Maputo Development Company) was set up and will manage construction of the new bridge as well as of the roads between Catembe and the Ponta do Ouro tourist resort, on the border with the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal, and between the towns of Boane and Bela-Vista.
Construction of the bridge to Catembe and the new roads, which is expected to cost US$500 million, will be funded by Banco Nacional de Investimentos, a bank in which the Mozambican state and Portuguese state financial group Caixa Geral de Depósitos have equal stakes of 49.5 percent and Banco Comercial de Investimentos has 1 percent. (macauhub)