Clip: WATER, ENGINEERING, PEOPLE AND PROGRESS – INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGING LIVES
In the early 1970’s Mota-Engil began construction of the Calueque Dam on the Cunene River in Angola’s southern Cunene Province. Civil war forced them and many residents to abandon the area as Angola’s MPLA and Namibia’s SWAPO forces battled the South African army aligned to Jonas Savimbi’s UNITA Movement. More than 40 years later the telltale signs of war are clearly visible as our crew visited the area to explore Mota-Engil’s return to the Calueque Dam project. Bullet ridden houses and burned out military vehicles are easily seen. Yet, since peace was declared people have returned to Calueque, as has Mota-Engil with a $200 million dollar contract awarded to it in 2011 to provide water infrastructure, jobs and hope to the people of the region and beyond.