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Local communities should devise affordable ways of road construction, Matiza

Kay Kaseke

A total of 7.2km of the Harare- Beitbrige highway has been fully rehabilitated by the department of roads the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Hon. Biggie Matiza stated at the official opening of the completed Chivu road section today while encouraging local contractors to be innovative and come up with improved cheaper ways of road construction.

The minister in support of the local communities said the ministry was considering awarding small projects such as installation of road signage to youth and women with skill at provincial level.

“ the Ministry is also considering awarding small projects such as installation of road signage dust and tarred roads, grass cutting , pothole patching and periodic grading of gravel roads among others to youth and women with skill at provincial level.”

He said it was high time for local contractors to define a new chapter of innovativeness and spread wings to regional and international markets as construction giants in the Muslim term.

Minister Matiza said potholes should be a thing of the past as a good road network is a key economic enabler and hence a giant step towards achieving the vision promulgated by His Excellency, vision 2030.
He said road construction projects country wide that were stalled due to the pandemic had started to show a hive of activity late last month.
“Whenever there is a national disaster resources are channelled by government towards it in order to save people’s lives. We would like to thank His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, for efforts being made to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic and also prioritising road construction among other complementing national deeds.”

He commended the quality of work on the Beatrice section which has already proved the test of time stating that without team work it would not have been possible to do projects of such magnitude.

He expressed gratitude to the Chivu community for housing the staff and the police for recovering stolen drums of bitumen.

In he’s last remarks he called upon motorists to continue exercising caution through construction sites and detours as road construction and rehabilitation work is currently ongoing in all provinces.

The minister of State for provincial Affairs and Devolution in Mashonaland East Hon Apollonia Munzverengwi said the development was welcome as it will reduce the number of accidents and increase the volume of economic activity as it is now accessible.

She said the province is a gateway to south Africa and the African region.

“This will go a long in assisting our community transporting their foods to Harare especially or cotton horticultural farmers and tobacco farmers.”

Tendai Guvamombe