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MOZAMBIQUE: Olympic Village delivered to the Government and inaugurated

1 September 2011 No Comment

The Olympic Village was inaugurated on 20th of this month for the X All-Africa Games, which take place between September 3rd and 18th, in Maputo. The consortium with Soares da Costa, headed by the Mozambican branch of Mota-Engil Engenharia, has delivered the final work to the local government, thus achieving to build this complex work with cutting edge technology in just 10 months, reducing so the initial construction deadline in three months. Several members of the Mozambican government and of Mota-Engil Group attended the formal event, with highlight for António Mota and Jorge Coelho, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee respectively, as well as Ismael Gaspar, Chairman of Mota-Engil Engenharia’s Board of Directors, and Gilberto Rodrigues, Director of the African market. The head of the Executive Committee stressed that “this work is an enormous pride for the consortium,” and noted that the participation of Portuguese companies in the construction of the first Olympic Village in Mozambique is a sign of the “credibility of Mozambique” as a target for foreign investment. Pedrito Caetano, the Mozambican Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, has confirmed the friendly cooperative relations with Portugal, “which made possible the construction of the “majestic Olympic Village,”. He also said that they always believed “in the compliance with deadlines and the quality of the work.” Totalling about 114 million euros, the village is ready to accommodate the more than six thousand five hundred athletes and members of the delegations. Located in Zimpeto, in the outskirts of the capital, the complex offers all the sporting and housing conditions needed for such an event. Within 15 hectares, 843 flats (106 buildings) were built, as well as an Olympic swimming pool and another one for training, and also a training area for athletics. The entire structure was actually erected in about eight months, a result of applying new structural technology in light steel sections (LSF – Light Steel Framing). The X All-Africa Games highlight 21 sports and start on September 3, 2011, with the opening ceremony taking place at Zimpeto National Stadium.