Masvingo-Beitbridge highway road works on course

By ZBC Reporter
ROAD works along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway are expected to go on uninterrupted, with the ministry of transport and infrastructural development saying measures have been put in place to ensure continuous funding for the project.
Two contractors are now on-site in Masvingo as government pushes for the construction of the Beitbridge – Masvingo Highway.
This Thursday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Honourable Joel Biggie Matiza assessed work being done by one of the contractors at the 20 km peg before Masvingo.
“We have come to see how these contractors are doing as the year begins. As you can see almost 8 km of the detour have been done already to pave way for work to begin,” he said.
Minister Matiza says government has given his ministry support in terms of securing payments to ensure there are no stoppages due to lack of resources.
“The good thing is that we got support from the government in terms of securing payments and also that ZINARA will chip in where it’s necessary so this then guarantees at any given time that the contractors are there,” he said.
Another contractor is also working on a stretch in Chivi with the two contractors expected to complete 20 kilometres each by the end of the year.
According to Minister Matiza, expectations are that the road rehabilitation will be completed by 2023 at a cost of 600 million United States dollars.
The Harare – Beitbridge Highway is critical to the country and the region’s economic activities hence its rehabilitation was long overdue.