MAPUTO (Xinhua) --
Mayor of Mozambican capital city
Maputo said on Tuesday the city plans to build 5,000 new
apartments aiming to tackle the housing problem in the city.
The project, to be undertaken by a Turkish construction firm, is
expected to be concluded in 5 years, according to David Simango,
the city mayor.
"The target is to build 5,000 houses but in between, there is
an intermediate target which is to build 2,500 apartments. When
we reach that number, this means the project is viable," said
However, the challenge the authorities are facing is to make
the apartments affordable, particularly for individuals from
middle class, which means the apartments should not cost more
than 100,000 U.S. dollars.
"The houses are for Maputo city dwellers from private and
public sectors as long as they submit their applications and
meet the conditions and requirements.
"What we have agreed is that houses should be affordable to
people of middle and high classes," said the mayor.
Housing is one of the major challenges the Mozambicans has
been struggling with, particularly for the young generation who
find it hard to own houses due to high prices of construction
This is the second major housing project in Maputo city after
a Chinese construction group, the Henan Gouji Industry and
Development had built 5,000 houses in 2011, from an original
plan to build 10,000 apartments, with 5,000 of them built in
other provinces of the country.
Cases of cholera drop in
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambican health authorities announced on
Monday in Maputo that cases of cholera reported in the country
are dropping with around 200 cases registered last week against
360 from the week before.
Benigna Matsinhe, Deputy Public Health Director of
Mozambique, said in a press conference that the new cases of
cholera registered in the country are isolated and this is a
reason of satisfaction noticing the reduction of cases.
"At the moment, we can affirm that the disease is not in the
phase of dissemination which means, the focuses of the disease
are reducing," said Matshine.
The current cholera outbreak in Mozambique has claimed two
lives out of more than 1,200 confirmed cases.