MAPUTO, May 14 — The Maputo Municipal Council has imported a further 50 buses from South Africa to reduce the chronic public transport deficit in the Mozambican capital.
The buses, operated by the municipal public transport company EMTPM, cost 300 million meticais (about 8.7 million US dollars). Each bus can carry up to 88 passengers, 50 of them seated.
Maputo Mayor David Simango symbolically presented ten of the new buses to the media here Tuesday. So far, 22 of the buses have arrived in the country and the other 28 are on their way.
“The government ordered these 50 buses to improve the quality of the public transport services offered to municipal citizens. We want to bring sustainable and intelligent solutions, in order to eradicate the current transport deficit in our municipality,” said Simango.
“The municipality, in co-ordination with its partners, will continue to do everything possible to guarantee comfort to citizens. We appeal to the users of these vehicles to remain vigilant and to conserve the buses so that they last for a long time.”
Simango said that ideally, EMTPM needs 300 buses, but currently it is operating with just more than 100.
EMTPM administrator Lourenco Albino said: “Fortunately this consignment comes with spare parts. These are Volkswagen buses which were assembled in South Africa. So maintenance of the vehicles is guaranteed.”
The buses would cover the maximum possible number of routes, and would particularly connect Maputo to the neighbouring city of Matola.