By Petronella Mubaiwa
Villagers in Manhize Village in the Midlands Province have started benefitting from the establishment of the giant Dinson Iron and Steel Plant in the area, with infrastructure development projects being implemented.
Construction work on the 27 kilometre stretch that links Manhize to the Harare – Masvingo highway has commenced, with gravelling, tarring and the construction of the bridge that crosses Munyati River, which was impassable during the rainy seasons, some of the many benefits of the Manhize Steel Plant being established in the area.
The development has excited villagers, some of whom are already finding it easier to transport their fresh produce to the market.
“This project is going to assist us in accessing our markets,” a villager said.
Another noted, “The previous road was narrow and this expansion projects will greatly benefit us in travelling and transporting our produce.”
Added another, “The bridge was impassible during the rainy season and we are excited about this project.”
A new town will be established in Manhize, while a railway project is also in the pipeline to link the steel value chain upstream and downstream.
Chirumanzu District Development Coordinator, Mr Joram Chimedza said, “This plant will assist in opening up Manhize to the rest of the country and we are excited about its prospects.”
“The railway line will run from Mvuma to Rutenga, and even extending to Mozambique to transport iron and steel and the bridge will also provide the much-needed road network system,” commented Mr Wilfred Motsi, Dinson Iron and Steel Plant project manager.
The Dinson Iron and Steel Company plant is earmarked to be the biggest iron and steel mine in Africa, producing 1.2 million metric tonnes of steel per year in the first phase and subsequently six million metric tonnes when complete.
The plant is testimony to the fruition of the 2018 landmark investment agreement between Zimbabwe and China at the tune of US$1.5 billion.
Government is on a drive to facilitate an enabling environment for the mega investors which are key to attainment of Vision 2030.