By ZBC Reporter
THE GOVERNMENT says it will prioritise funding for key sectors of the economy after the relaxation of lockdown conditions.
This comes after calls were made for all sectors to expedite the implementation of priority projects to reboot the economy.
Speaking after a tour of the ZESA Enterprises transformer manufacturing plant in Harare, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Monitoring Implementation of Government programmes, Dr. Jorum Gumbo challenged the company to fully utilise funds that have been availed by the government.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled most economies in the world but as a nation, we should now work towards rebooting our economy this is why the government is challenging all key sectors to put their houses in order and implement projects,” said the minister.
ZESA Enterprises Managing Director, Mr. Burusa Mandipezano noted that most of the raw materials used in the production of transformers are imported hence the need for government assistance.
He also revealed that they have started rolling out aluminum-coated transformers to reduce theft and vandalism as thieves are after copper.
“We are already rolling out aluminum coated transformers as a measure to reduce vandalism as most thieves target copper wire,” he said.
Meanwhile, the local transformer manufacturing project seeks to increase access to electricity and reduce the backlog which currently stands at 3000 transformers countrywide.