MANICALAND: Odzi – Marange road expected to be complete by September

By ZBC Reporter
THE surfacing of the Odzi – Marange road that started in September last year is expected to be completed by September, with the acquisition of a reclaimer machine from Germany set to improve the pace and quality of the road works.
Villagers of Mafararikwa and other surrounding areas in Marange have for many years faced transport challenges due to the poor state of the road, with accessibility to St Noah, the headquarters of the Johanne Marange Apostolic church being a toll order.
The Church authorities took advantage of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to the Apostolic church shrine last year and presented their request which the President has attended to. The road surfacing is now work in progress.
Manicaland Provincial Road Engineer, Atherton Zindoga told ZBC News this Friday that the project will be concluded in September this year.
“The project that is being done by Masimba Holdings is expected to be completed in September this year. We are happy with the progress. The initial cost of the project was 10.1 million and the money is being reviewed in line with the inflation levels,” he said
The contractor says the acquisition of one of the latest road surfacing equipment from Germany will certainly improve the quality of work by his organisation.
“We have introduced one of the latest road construction equipment, the reclaimer which is the first of its kind in the country. It was acquired from Germany and has added incredible capability to the company in its operations. The Reclaimer will be deployed to Chimanimani after finishing works in Marange. It enables us to mechanically dig out the base layers and mix them with cement and gravel for the purpose of achieving a much more stabilised surface,” said Canada Malunga, Masimba Holdings Chief Executive Officer
The development comes at a time when the government is encouraging local construction and engineering companies to increase investments on equipment in order to increase the pace and quality of work.