By Sharon Hammond
Mbombela - Travellers to Maputo, Mozambique, have been urged to exercise caution following street protests this week against a surge in basic living costs.
In a statement on Friday, CEO of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) Brenda Horne said she had been in discussions with both government and business officials who assured her that the unrest was restricted to certain pockets in the capital city and nearby Matola.
"MCLI was pleased to hear that ... business is continuing as usual in parts of Maputo and the rest of the country," said Horne.
She expressed sympathy for the poor who were feeling the brunt of drastic increases in certain basic food prices, some as high as 25 percent. The cost of fuel, electricity and water is also rising.
"This has to be seen in the larger picture of economic development and what is happening also on a regular basis elsewhere in the world.