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Lake Kivu becomes major transport hub | Africanews - 9 months ago, 12 July 23:09

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Workers at this shipyard in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo are putting the finishing touches to a newly constructed boat that will sail one of Africa’s Great Lakes – Lake Kivu.

The 58 meter-long boat is the 13th from a series of locally assembled boats named Emmanuel, by its makers.

They have become a significant mode of transport from the lake side city of Goma to Bukavu, as an alternative to a journey that could take up to five days by road.

We have no roads in Congo, the authorities do not care. The roads are in a bad state. For example, driving from Goma to Bukavu takes at least five days by road but only a day by boat

The Emmanuel boats were a brainchild of a Congolese engineer called Emmanuel Semmanyenzi.

The vessels are assembled in Goma by a group of local engineers and support staff, most of whom are self taught ...
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