Public tender for coastal protection work in Maputo, Mozambique, due to be launched by July

2 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 2 June – The public tender for the selection of the company to carry out coastal protection work in the city of Maputo, Mozambique, along a 13-kilometre, is expected to be launched by next July, the mayor of Maputo, David Simango said.

Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, Simango admitted that work to update the project was delayed due to recent problems in Egypt making it impossible for a staff member from the Egyptian company drawing up the project in partnership with a Mozambican company to travel to Maputo.

The mayor said that it was too early to estimate the real cost of the project to protect the coastline in Maputo, but noted that there were US$22.5 million available, of which US$10 million had been provided by the Saudi Development Fund, US$9 million by the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa, and the remainder by the Mozambican government.

“We still don’t have an overall value for the work. We think that with the launch of the tender we will be able to find out what is really needed to carry it out fully,” he said.

Over the last few years a significant part of the coastline of the city of Maputo has been affected by coastal erosion, affecting environmental conditions and putting the safety of some public and private facilities at risk. (macauhub)