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Brava gets Cape Verde’s first cable car 20 Julho 2015

Construction of the country’s first cable car has been concluded, with the infrastructure set to be officially unveiled before the end of the month, connecting Ferreiros port and the village of Lomba Tantum, on the island of Brava. The good news has been met with enthusiasm by all Brava residents, who year after year have watched fish vendors brave a difficult, hours-long walk to transport fresh fish between the two districts.

Brava gets Cape Verde’s first cable car

The cable car was the solution found to shorten the path and make transporting cargo between the small port of Ferreiros and the village of Lomba Tantum. The government decided to build the transportation system, which is more than two kilometers long and which takes seven minutes to transport up to 100 kilograms of cargo. In its initial phase, the cable car is being used to transport fishing and boat equipment.

The local Rural Development Ministry delegate, Lenine Carvalho, is pleased with the conclusion of this new means of transportation, which he believes will add considerable value to the fishing sector in the two communities connected. He also predicts that “the cable car can also serve as a solution for tourism on the island of Brava. This is a challenge I would like to make to national authorities. By building two more cable cars, the island can enhance its vocation for tourism, transporting tourists to the more hard-to-reach places,” affirms Carvalho.

Brava mayor Orlando Balla is of the same opinion. In his view, the conclusion of the important public work “represents relief for the dozens of fish vendors who every day have to make their way along a difficult path in search of sustenance for their families.” Despite his satisfaction, Balla says his island deserves more cable cars, particularly between Mato Grande and Baleia. “It would be a major benefit in the transportation of cargo and people, and could be a solution to remove these two villages from isolation, as well as to attract tourists,” he believes.

“Dignity and desire to work”

The fish sellers who have for years carried more than 40 kilograms of fish from the port to Lomba Tantum along a steep mountain path – a trip that usually takes upwards of an hour – consider the cable car a positive development that will, if well maintained, add value to their activity and to the island’s economy. “The operation of this infrastructure has restored our dignity and desire to work,” says Idalina Monteiro.

Monteiro has been carrying fish from the port to the village on her head for 23 years along a winding, difficult path, but the cable car has come as a relief to her and her fellow fish mongers, as well as the fishermen of Ferreiros, Palhal and Lomba Tantum.

Fishermen Marcelino da Lomba is anxiously awaiting the beginning of operations. “This will bring new life not only to the fish vendors, but also to fishermen, making it easier to transport our equipment,” he says.

Although construction of the cable car has been completed, the workers who built it have yet to be paid for their labor.

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