<p><strong>The Maputo-Katembe Bridge, Mozambique, would help improve people’s livelihood and boost the economy of the southeast African country.</strong></p> <p>The bridge now the longest suspension bridge in Africa,, which hovers across the Maputo Bay with a main span of 680 meters, was officially opened to traffic last November.</p> <p>The three-kilometer-long bridge connects the capital, Maputo on the northern bank with its disjunct suburb of Katembe on the southern bank.</p> <p>Gila local resident living in Maputo says Before the bridge was constructed, it took him about 2-3 hours by ferry. But now it takes only several minutes.</p> <p>“I’m buying the food from South Africa. I’m going to Maputo. Before it took maybe four to five hours to reach the border. There was a long queue and then the road was bad. But now if you need to go to Boane borough, it’s easy,” said Seigo, Maputo resident.</p> <p>The Bridge and Link Roads project will serve as the arterial highway that directly links capital city Maputo southward to the border with South Africa. </p> <p>It includes the North Link Road, the North Approach Bridge, the Main Bridge, the South Approach Bridge and the South Link Road, with a total length of 187 km. </p> <p>The Construction of the 785.8 million U.S. dollars project started in June 2014.With 95 percent of the funding provided by China through preferential and buyers’ loans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bilateral Relations: Chinese-Built Maputo Bridge Helps Boost Mozambique’s Economy <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlusTvAfrica?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PlusTvAfrica</a> – <a href="https://t.co/fW7dDVFtsC">https://t.co/fW7dDVFtsC</a> <a href="https://t.co/SjgWRjv2Vf">pic.twitter.com/SjgWRjv2Vf</a></p>— Plus TV Africa (@PlusTVAfrica) <a href="https://twitter.com/PlusTVAfrica/status/1114794177173147648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 7, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>According to the contractor, the project has generated to date 3,788 jobs for the locals and provided skills training opportunities for thousands of local employees.</p>
I'm buying the food from South Africa. I'm going to Maputo. Before it took maybe four to five hours to reach the border.