MAPUTO, (Xinhua) --
The southern African nation Mozambique is set to
launch in June the Chinese-built Maputo Bridge and Link Roads, a
project that will become the nation’s key international
passageway linking southward to South Africa.
The following are
some key facts about the landmark project:
• The project of
Maputo Bridge and Link Roads is built by the China Road and
Bridge Corporation and designed and implemented with Chinese
• It serves as the
arterial highway that will directly link capital city Maputo to
the border of South Africa. It includes north link road, north
approach bridge, main bridge, south approach bridge and south
link road, with a total length of 187 km.
• The main span of the
twin-tower suspension bridge extends 680 meters over the Maputo
Bay of the Indian Ocean and links to the outlying district of
• The elevation of the tower top is 141.2 meters and the
navigation clearance is 60 meters.
• The bridge is
bi-directional and has four lanes.
• The design speed is 80km/h,
and the bridge is only for vehicles’ passing.
• Construction of the
project, with a contract period of four years, started on June
• The project is scheduled to be launched on June 25,
Mozambique’s Independence Day.
The contract amount
is 785.8 million U.S. dollars, with 95 percent of the funding
provided by China through preferential and buyers’ loans.
The project has
created over 20,000 jobs, both full-time and part-time, for the
locals since the project commenced. Currently, the project still
hires 3,788 local people compared to a Chinese staff team of
• CRBC also trained
over 5,000 locals for various job posts required for the
project, including welding, steel bending, and machinery
The bridge is
expected to significantly ease passenger and cargo transport
between Mozambique and South Africa, boosting trade and tourism
It will also drive the economic development of
various sectors in the underdeveloped Katembe district,
including land development, commercial services, logistics, and
Mozambique anticipates landmark
suspension bridge set for launch in June
By Xinhua writers Zhu Shaobin and Nie
Zuguo MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- A
twin-tower suspension bridge with a main span of 680 meters
hanging over Maputo Bay is decorating the skyline of southern
African nation Mozambique’s capital city Maputo, becoming a new
landmark project that will ease the city’s cross-sea traffic.
The project, costing
785.8 million U.S. dollars with 95 percent of the funding from
China, is being built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)
and set for official launch on June 25, Mozambique’s
As the sun sets to
one side of the bay and colors the bridge with a golden hue,
20-year-old Mozambican crew-driver worker Fernando was wrapping
up his day’s work at the bridge, and sent a hello greeting “ni
hao” in Chinese upon seeing us.
Due to his family’s
financial burden, the youth said he’s working at the bridge to
make some savings so that he can apply for a public university.
“I am working at the bridge to build my future,” he said.
“My biggest dream is
to travel to London and study in Oxford University.
is also important. There are many Chinese people working in
"So next year, I will also learn the Chinese language
so that I will be able to better work around the Chinese,” he
said while getting excited about the imminent launch of the
“It’s a wonderful
and fantastic bridge! People now depend on the boats and ferry
to get across the water to the Katembe district at the other
side. The boat takes a long time and is dangerous,” he said.
Project manager at
CRBC Cao Changwei has been in charge of the project since
construction commenced in 2014.
He said the bridge will cut
travel time between Maputo and the under-developed Katembe urban
district to about ten minutes compared to up to three hours by
ferry or driving around the bay by circumventing.
According to him,
the whole bridge project also involves the construction of link
roads totaling 187 km that will link southward to the border
area with South Africa.
“It will greatly
shorten the travel time between Mozambique and South Africa and
become a major international passageway that will boosts
Mozambique’s passenger and cargo transport, tourism as well as
economic growth along the project,” Cao said.
“Many people now buy
land in Katembe to make business because of this bridge.
economy in Katembe will develop very much,” Fernando said.
According to the
CRBC, the local government is planning to develop the Katembe
district through various ways, including land development,
tourism, commercial services, logistics and modern industries.
Cao revealed that
the project so far has created over 20,000 jobs, both full time
and part time, for the locals.
Currently, the project hires
3,788 local people compared to a Chinese staff team of 467.
Meanwhile, CRBC also
trained over 5,000 locals for various job posts required for the
project, including welding, steel bending and machinery
operation, Cao said.
“My new house is
almost ready for use. I will get some new furniture once I get
my salary this month,” said 40-year-old Morgado, who is a driver
working at the project.
Growing up in a
family with four siblings in Katembe, Morgado had a difficult
childhood as his parents barely made ends meet by selling
cassava starch. He also went through much toil-and-moil by
working odd jobs.
“I worked in South
Africa for five years but my life was still difficult.
I worked in CRBC, my life changed, he said, without hiding his
joy that he and his wife Percilia now can even make savings in
told Xinhua that even though his father wanted him to study
engineering, he has decided to pursue language studies.
learn more English and Chinese to enhance my chances,” he
ties showing fruitful results
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
The pragmatic cooperation between China and the
southern African nation Mozambique is yielding tangible results,
which will help consolidate bilateral relations and showcase
itself as an exemplary model for China-Africa cooperation,
Chinese ambassador to Mozambique Su Jian has said.
In an interview with
Xinhua earlier this week, Su said that bilateral cooperation has
gained huge momentum in areas including infrastructure,
agriculture and cultural exchanges in recent years.
For instance, the
state-of-the-art twin-tower suspension bridge over Maputo Bay is
being constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).
The bridge, with a main span of 680 meters and loan support from
China, is due to open next month and greatly ease traffic from
the capital city Maputo to the outlying urban district of
Katembe on the other side of the sea.
“The bridge project
also includes the construction of link roads of more than 180 km
in length. It will southwardly directly connect to the border
with South Africa, with the potential to boost development of
trade and tourism,” Su said.
As for agriculture,
Su said that a major rice farm project in south Mozambique’s
Gaza province is contributing to the country’s food security.
Mozambique has a rice shortfall of between 400,000 and 600,000
tonnes. If the project achieves its set targets, it could
potentially help Mozambique tackle the shortfall,” Su said.
Mozambique rice farm, invested by the China-Africa Development
Fund, is the largest of its kind undertaken by China in Africa.
The project, a comprehensive business that incorporates
plantation, storage, processing and sales, aims to develop
20,000 hectares of farmland, and will lead farmers in
surrounding areas to grow crops over another 80,000 hectares.
requires long-term investment which means you get returns for
your investment after long periods. However, the rice farm
project undertaken by China demonstrates Chinese companies’
efforts in giving back to Africa. The project is also in
response to the actual development needs of Mozambique,” Su
Data from the
Chinese Embassy in Mozambique shows that nearly 100 Chinese
companies have accumulatively invested nearly seven billion U.S.
dollars in Mozambique as of May 2017, in areas including energy
and resources development, agriculture, fishery, construction,
telecommunications, and process manufacturing.
According to Su,
China has become Mozambique’s largest foreign investor and one
of its biggest infrastructure builders since the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation summit was held in Johannesburg in
and people-to-people exchanges, the ambassador said that more
Mozambicans are learning to speak the Chinese language through
the Confucius Institute, an organization promoting the Chinese
language and culture. Meanwhile, China is set to begin
construction of a cultural center in the campus of Eduardo
Mondlane University, which located in the capital of Maputo,
dedicated to showcasing the cultural ties between the two
The ambassador made
the remarks as China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu is paying an
official friendly visit to Ethiopia, Mozambique and Namibia from
May 9 to 18.
Su said the visit by
Li is set to elevate bilateral pragmatic cooperation in Africa.