Monday, April 02, 2007

...and implosions

Finally, someone has decided what to with the 20 storey concrete skeleton of the 4 Seasons Hotel, which had loomed over Maputo's north-east corner for more than a generation.

They blew it up. Very neatly and properly, with the public watching from a safe distance, and cleanup teams standing by to wipe up the enormous pile of dust release. A charming change from the Paiol (arms dump - see below). One of my Mozambican colleagues (a young, black, switched-on professional) said beforehand "don't worry - nothing will go wrong - they got the americans in to do it." Don't know if this is actually true, but his comment says a lot.

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