President commends local firms in road construction

By ZBC Reporter

THE President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa says young Zimbabweans are doing the country proud as they execute a job initially earmarked for a foreign company.

He said this after touring the Beitbridge/Harare highway soon after Chivhu.

The Harare \Beitbridge Highway is under construction by five local contractors and that portion is being done by Fossil Contracting a company run by young Zimbabweans.

Fossil has completed five kilometres of the road which was commissioned by the President and next week another five kilometres will be opened to the travelling public.

Speaking to ZBC News Fossil Contracting Engineer Munyaradzi Meki said they are up to the task and are confident that they will finish the roadworks in time to meet the set deadline.

“I am a product for the UZ and I am fortunate enough to have done this kind of work before. As a company we are very well resourced as we have set up or own quarry to crush the stone so we can confidently say we have enough capacity to do the work and enough expertise to execute it according to SADC standards, “he said.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Engineer Joel Biggie Matiza who was also part of the entourage expressed satisfaction and confidence that Fossil Construction Company will execute the task at hand highlighting that they have a pool of expertise.

“They are due to complete the 20km stretch on the 31st of August. Every Contractor has picked up now, the two Fossil and Bitumen are ahead, the other three have escalated now despite having had challenges of surveys engineering designs.

Guest of honour at the event, His Excellency The President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa emphasised the need to meet regional roads standards.

“By 2022, the entire road from Harare to Beitbridge will be complete with certain sections dualized ‘when we finish the second stretch we want the entire road dualized. It is imperative to have infrastructure re so as to be able to match regional road standards, so I can confidently say we are on course now, “noted the President.