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Local news this week in Mauritius (6-14 April) – what you need to know

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SBM: you can now shop online with your debit cards

Want to shop online but don’t have a credit card or prepaid card? SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd has recently added eCommerce functionality to all its debit cards. Thus, the bank’s customers can now pay for their online purchases on various ‘eCommerce’ sites simply by using their SBM debit cards. To enable this feature, just use one of the methods below: Log in to the SBM Internet Banking service or the SBM Mobile Banking application, and choose the ‘Service request’/’Services’ tab Call SBM Bank on 202 1256 (available 24/7) Call your private banker/relationship manager Go to an SBM branch


Mopri: an application for greater visibility of the prices of the most consumed products

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection will launch Mopri, a mobile application for its inspectorates and users, which will provide consumers with greater visibility of the prices of FMCG products. It will assist the officers of the Consumer Protection Unit in carrying out their duties. This decision was endorsed by the Council of Ministers which met on Friday. The purpose of the mobile application will be: Provide information to the public on the prices of the most consumed products in the main points of sale. To be an inspection mobile application for officers of the Consumer Protection Unit. Be an informative process. Provide back-end facilities for handling complaints and managing user interaction. Generate analytical reports that will be used for evidence-based policy formulation.


Metro Express: the urban terminal of Quatre-Bornes on 18,172 m²

The Metro Express project has created opportunities for the redevelopment of a strategic downtown area. The urban terminal of Quatre-Bornes will occupy five portions of land and will cover, among other things, the site where the Quatre-Bornes fair is located and the one along the town hall of the city of flowers where the metro passes. A call for proposals has been launched. Construction companies have until July 6 to participate in the exercise.


Port traffic to Camp Yoloff will switch to the Quai D interchange this afternoon

Traffic from the port to Camp Yoloff, and vice versa, on the B30, will switch to the Quai D interchange from this afternoon. This is indicated by the Minister of National Infrastructure, Bobby Hurreeram, on his Facebook page this Friday, April 14.


Social housing: Obeegadoo announces the start of works for Tuesday, June 6

The Deputy Prime Minister and Housing Minister, Steven Obeegadoo, revealed on Friday that Rs 503,071,257 has been spent by the government for the acquisition of 91.05 acres of land in different parts of the island. At the same time, he published the list of 14 contractors who have been qualified for the construction of 8,000 housing units. He indicated that the start of the works “should be given on June 6 and that the delivery of the projects is normally scheduled for 18 months”, without venturing to say whether this stage will be completed before the next general elections.
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