By ZBC Reporter
THE dualisation of the Harare-Bulawayo highway has resumed following the release of funds by government as part of the 18 billion Zimbabwe dollar Covid-19 stimulus package.
Covid-19 has negatively affected development plans for many countries across the world including Zimbabwe but for the government the release of funds for the resumption of road works on the dualisation of the Harare-Bulawayo highway proves the Second Republic’s determination to improve the country’s transport network.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Honourable Joel Biggie Matiza says the development shows that reliance on foreign contractors to develop the country’s infrastructure is unnecessary.
“These roadwork are being done by the local manpower in the Department of Roads which shows that there is extra capacity to do these roadworks. Local contractors are doing the Harare Beitbridge highway so this shows you that both Government and the private companies are capable of working together to develop the entire road network,” he said.
Project Overseer Engineer Martha Ndoro outlined their set targets before the onset of the rainfall season.
“Our goal is to ensure that we complete at least 8 kilometres of this highway before rains start,”she said.
Minister Matiza’s tour follows another one along the Harare-Beitbridge highway whose rehabilitation works are being undertaken by five local companies.
Various roadworks are ongoing countrywide by both the private and public sector despite the Covid-19 pandemic in another manifestation of the internal capacity of Zimbabwe to develop her own infrastructure.
By ZBC Reporter