KwaZulu-Natal exporters should be seeking opportunities to develop ancillary roads in Mozambique as the province stands to benefit from a tourism boom with the completion of the catalytic $725 million (R10bn) Maputo-Ponta do Ouro road that will more than halve driving time between Maputo and Kosi Bay.
Paul Runge, director of projects and development finance at Africa House, which undertakes research focused on the African trade, project and investment environment, said completion of the road in August next year was expected to lead to a stream of international tourists visiting the province.
The road will cut the journey from Maputo to Kosi Bay from six hours on demanding sandy roads, currently accessible only by 4x4 vehicles, to a 90-minute drive.
Runge was addressing business and diplomatic delegates from across the continent at Trade and Investment KZN’s Export Summit in Durban last week.
The new 120km road will run from Maputo over the largest suspension bridge in Africa, which will span 680m and stand 60m above sea level across the Bay of Maputo, linking the capital to Catembe and to adjoining roads to the southern border town of Ponto de Ouro.