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Special tar-making plant to spur road rehabilitation

Story by Tafara Chikumira

A Gweru-based construction firm has set up an Asphalt-making plant in a major milestone set to propel the government’s road rehabilitation drive.

The US$500 000 plant is set to produce an average of 100 tonnes of asphalt per day and is the latest technology in surfacing roads which is fast replacing tarmac due to its durability.

The firm expressed readiness to supply the Southern part of the country with the commodity in fulfilment of the Second Republic’s ‘Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo/ Ilizwe Lakhiwa Ngabanikazi Balo’ mantra.

Drawlink Construction Company director, Mr Lazarus Chikadaya said, “We are very excited to be coming up with such a milestone. The President is clear on what is expected of us and as such, we are grateful that we are indeed getting the President’s maximum support. This product is the future in the rehabilitation of our roads. Our goal is to ensure that we leave a mark in whatever we are doing. Once we optimise our operations, we are set to directly employ 40 workers who will be running this plant alone and thus have a positive impact on the country’s employment gaps.”

The government says it will continue to support local businesses which are contributing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Indeed, the Second Republic has shown confidence in local players including the diaspora in the national development matrix supported by foreign direct investment. We have witnessed exceptional world-class workmanship on several flagship projects among them the Harare- Beitbridge Highway and Mbudzi roundabout interchange project. I am glad Drawlink among other local entities has seized the opportunity and is contributing immensely to job creation, technology transfer and skills development,” said Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Owen Ncube.

Meanwhile, some top government officials have toured Jinan Enterprise which is also based in Gweru where they witnessed various strides being made in expanding ferrochrome production at the firm.

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