The Maputo Municipal Assembly (AMM) wants the bridge linking the two banks of the city’s bay to be named “Maputo – Ka Tembe,” and the proposal was presented at a meeting held on Wednesday by members of the Municipal Council of Maputo City (CMCM), according to Mozambican newspaper A Verdade.
“Following several public consultations, the name Maputo – Ka Tembe prevailed,” said the councilor for Urban Planning and the Environment, Luís Nhaca.
After approval by the Municipal Assembly, the new name must be submitted to the Council of Ministers for consideration.
Construction of the Maputo-Catembe Bridge, with an initial cost estimated at US$315 million has already exceeded US$756 million, which was granted in the form of loans by the Export-Import Bank of China until the end of 2017.
The bridge, which will be the longest of its kind in Africa, was due to be inaugurated in late 2017 by President Filipe Nyusi, postponed to 25 June by director of the Maputo Sul company, then until the end of June by the mayor of Maputo and the current date set for its opening is now 31 July.
The construction of the bridge was awarded to the China Road and Bridge Corporation group, which is also the contractor of the Maputo Circular Road, and the works started in September 2012.