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Rosalina Express opens new route and connects Lobito to Catumbela by bus

From this Wednesday those who want to travel to the municipality of Catumbela can already do so. The transport company Rosalina Express has inaugurated, in Lobito, Benguela, a new route that starts from the terminal located in the "Africano" area to Catumbela.

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Edgar Oséias, the company's administrator, revealed that for this new route eight minibuses with 12 to 14 seats have been made available, which will circulate during normal hours. For peak hours, the fleet will be reinforced with two to three more buses.

The responsible, cited by Angop, said that the price of the trip will be 100 kwanzas and that the trips will be made every 15 minutes.

This new route will help to improve mobility in the area, he considered, explaining that after the squares of Tchapanguele and Compão were dismantled, Rosalina Express made a study and concluded that the closure of those squares forced the population, especially marketers, to move to Catumbela to buy their products.

"Many families who were selling in the square of the Compão began to sell in Africano and from then on they began to have mobility problems, since they make this journey every day," she said.

According to Edgar Oséias, when taxi drivers realized this problem they started to charge more for the trips. Each trip cost between 150 and 200 kwanzas, when previously the value was fixed at 100 kwanzas.

Edgar Oséias said that passengers were very pleased with this news and could therefore "save a few coins".

Lobito's administrator, Carlos Vasconcelos, welcomed the measure and encouraged businessmen to come forward with similar initiatives.

Fernando Belo, Catumbela's administrator, applauded the company's vision that "even in a time of crisis" considered it "possible to grow, develop and contribute to the growth of our localities".