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Government impressed by local contractors’ work ethic

Government impressed by local contractors’ work ethic

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

THE 25th Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association (ZBCA) conference has kicked off in Victoria Falls, with the government acknowledging it is impressed by te work ethic of local contractors.

The construction industry provides employment and income for between 30 and 40% of the population in Zimbabwe, hence the move to engage all stakeholders in transforming the sector.

The conference in Victoria Falls was an opportunity for the Chief Director of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer David Jana to chronicle how contractors have proved that Zimbabweans are masters of their destiny.

“It is satisfying to note that the new dispensation from 2017 implemented a policy that promotes local suppliers in undertaking national construction projects. I am glad to inform you that our local building contractors have generally managed to execute projects to expectations and standards,” he said.

Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Richard Moyo said, “Under the visionary leadership of His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Cde Dr. E.D Mnangagwa, many national construction projects have been completed by your Membership and l implore the association to continue to reinforce and prepare members for many other upcoming projects as Infrastructure Development has become a signature of the Second Republic.”

Meanwhile, ZimBuild Contracting scooped the Contractor of the Year Award at the ZBCA awards ceremony held Tuesday night in Victoria Falls.

Fossil Contracting and Tensor Systems were the runners-up.

An estimated construction and infrastructure growth of 6% is expected globally between 2023 and 2026.

This was supported by the 2022 Zimbabwe Construction and Infrastructure Market Report.

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