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    10 November, 2014
Urbanising outer suburbs key challenge
 
Maputo, 10 Nov (AIM) – The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, said on 10 Novembner that the main challenge facing the city in the coming years is the urbanization of its outlying neighbourhoods.

He was speaking to reporters during ceremonies marking the 127th anniversary of the elevation of Maputo to the status of a city.

First, urbanization plans are required, he said, and work was going ahead on these in several of the city’s municipal districts.

“We have made many advances”, said Simango. “I can say that in the KaMavota municipal district, five urbanisaton plans have been ratified and approved, and are ready to be implemented”.

The Portuguese colonialists left independent Mozambique a capital city that was part urbanised and part not. The challenge, Simango said, “is to merge these two zones, making them all urbanized, providing them with sanitation infrastructures, and access roads, and thus improving the living conditions of many people”.

The Mayor said he was aware that this would take time, but pointed out that the city has already undergone profound transformations. “People who visited us five years, when they come back today notice positive changes”, he claimed.

“I hope these transformations continue”, added Simango, “and that all municipal citizens will live in decent conditions”.

He stressed there have been great improvements in access to clean drinking water and to electricity. “Not everybody has water in their houses”, he said, “but they are no longer obliged to walk long distances to fetch water”.

As for electricity, he said this now reaches 97 per cent of the capital.

But Maputo still grapples with formidable problems in its garbage collection, and a woefully inadequate drainage system. Although there are plans for a bus rapid transit system, and even for an overground metro, the current reality is that there are nowhere near enough publicly owned buses, leaving the Maputo public at the mercy of private operators of minibuses, or even pick-up trucks where people are crammed together as if they were cattle.
(AIM)
 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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