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It is possible to consolidate two to three basic lots. In such case the above rules should also apply to this enlarged lot.

Number of units per lot:

Only one residential unit should be allowed per lot. application has to be made to increase this number.


Subdivision of lots: Fencing:

Lots should not be subdivided.

Fences can be erected around each lot. Transparent fences are recommended such as a low hedge. The neighbours should agree on the type of the fence separating their lots.

Green space:

Areas of the lot with a slope steeper than 1:4 should be retained in its natural state.


Landscaping on the site should mostly consist of indigenous plants.

Architectural Considerations

The majority of the development in Xai-Xai Praia took place in the colonial period in the sixties. There is ample evidence of the influence of the modern architectural style of that period, particularly on public buildings. It is evident that the work of Le Corbusier and other leading architects of modern style inspired the architecture of these solid concrete structures. The architectural style of the Church, the Belvedere, the Gasoline station and the Post Office is defined with a bold use of concrete elements such as staggered and inclined roof shells, inclined pillars or orthogonally structured openings. The less prestigious public buildings and majority of the residential houses are built in the same style but with dominant simple prismatic volumes, sometimes fractured but well composed and provided with relatively large and irregularly placed openings. The predominantly white faces of the buildings contribute to the pleasant image of these structures in the evergreen landscape of Xai-Xai Beach.

The architectural styles to be implemented in the Praia Velha area are not prescribed in this Detailed Plan. Due to the architectural heritage of Xai-Xai Praia, it is recommended though that future architecture follow the above-identified values of the Praia Velha architectural heritage. It is not the intention to suggest the repetition of the modern style, but to reach the same quality values. In order to give some basic guidelines the following is recommended to be applied in future residential housing design:

  • the main structure is preferred to be built of solid material (concrete and concrete blocks);

  • the dominant colour of house facades should be white;

  • the roofs could be flat, shallow inclined (gentle sloping) or combined with preferred neutral colours;

  • massive single volumes should be avoided;

  • light structures resembling local rural architecture could be applied in some auxiliary structures, basically detached from the main house, such as porches, shades, etc.;

  • windows should be defined by a protruding frame; and

  • fences fronting on the street could be developed as semi-transparent structures with a solid low concrete base wall and steel bars in the upper part or as low hedges.

7.1.7 Demonstration Project Implementation

As envisaged within the framework of the EAF/5 – Second Phase project for Xai-Xai Beach, Mozambique, besides elaboration of the Detailed Plan the implementation activities are essential in demonstrating the integrated management of coastal resources. The Detailed Plan for implementation activities segment that is supported within this Demonstration project, includes the following:


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