As our country heads to the May elections, it’s become crystal clear that President Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s game-changer – and once the elections are done and dusted – we will all find ourselves on a ‘renewed’ path of growth, prosperity and unity.
But, what about our neighbours Mozambique?
Spare a thought…………
Recently struck by two devastating cyclones, they are having a real tough time in 2019 trying to get things back on path after years of challenge.
Have they got a game – changer which can also put their country on an accelerated path of growth, prosperity and unity?
In April, I was privileged to spend time in Mozambique on a travel & fishing adventure ….. to see and to listen.
The Maputo-Katembe Suspension Bridge (as pictured) and the brand new 120 km road from Maputo to the South African border is a opportune welcome relief.
It’s their game- changer.
The three kilometre long bridge, which was the vision of former President Samora Machel way back in 1979, signals a significant investment in transport infrastructure – removing what has proved to be a ‘bottleneck constraint‘ for investment, trade, employment and tourism in Mozambique.
The times they are a changin………
The travel time from Maputo to the South African Ponta do Oura / Kozi Bay border has been cut from six hours to just 90 minutes.
While some South Africans bemoan the loss of ‘ the old Ponta do Oura playground ‘ – only accessible before by 4×4 – others see opportunities like exploring further north in Mozambique to experience the true beauty of the ‘Magical Mozambique’ tropical coastline.
Mozambique is open for tourism.
It’s only once you cross the Limpopo River that one begins to experience the splendour of the palm tree laden landscape – with crystal blue warm waters – and warm welcome.
It’s become far easier for tourists to go where they want to go – and the country is starting to realise the obvious benefits of embracing a ‘warm tourism culture’ – whilst expanding employment opportunities.
All bodes well for Brand Mozambique and Brand South Africa.
Both are on the upward path and closer together after so many years of challenge.
All bodes well for Africa………
Watch video on Africa’s longest suspension bridge.
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