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The opening of the new road between Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal has boosted trade, investment and tourism so much that local businesses are calling for the extension of the Kosi Bay border’s working hours from nine to 24 hours a day.
The road, built with the Chinese loans, was officially opened by Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi in November 2018. It includes the Maputo-Catembe Bridge, Africa’s longest suspension bridge.
The road cuts travel time between Kosi Bay and Maputo from six hours to 90 minutes, making it popular with both tourism industry and the business community alike.
Kosi Bay businesses and residents say the have seen an unprecedented increase in traffic volumes between Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal during the festive season.
Thabani Shale, the CEO of the Zululand Chamber of Commerce confirmed trade has increased since the opening of the new road.
“The biggest improvement has been the logistics because we don’t have to go through Swaziland to get to Maput...
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