Road transport of people and parcels by the Mozambican Post Office will begin in March 2014, says Valdemar Jessen, the financial director of that public company.
Jessen told the Maputo-based daily Notícias that in the first phase the service would be provided by seven luxury Marcopolo buses with 70 seats each, acquired in neighbouring South Africa. The so-called Post Bus project is budgeted at 63.5 million meticais.
He added that the aim is to place two buses each on the Maputo/Beira/Maputo, Beira/Chimoia/Tete/Chimoia/Beira and Quelimane/Nampula/Pemba/Nampula routes and one on the Beira/Quelimane/Beira route.
The project is meant to cover an existing market gap. The Post Office’s management basically wants to provide services with better quality and security given the demand for mixed passenger and cargo transport, currently centred in the informal market.
The seven buses will be acquired on a leasing basis through the Millennium Bim bank, with reimbursement in five years’ time. (macauhub)