By Lisa Masuku
After several false starts over the years, Bulawayo’s biggest beef processing company Boustead Beef Cold Storage Company (CSC) finally re-opened this Thursday with stakeholders in the beef farming industry describing the move as a game-changer.
With Bulawayo being on a drive to regain its status as the nation’s industrial hub, the revitalisation of the massive beef processing plant by the Second Republic follows its 2019 joint venture farming concession with the United Kingdom-based investor.
CSC British Investor, Mr Nick Havercroft of Boustead Beef said, “To revive something that has not been working for over 20years it’s a big task, but we are happy it is up and running. We have a long-term vision. We have made it a point to employ locals, because we want to locals to fully reap the benefits of this project.”
For former CSC workers, the revival of the massive beef processing plant will play a key role in alleviating their plight.
“This is a big day for us as former CSC workers because we are hopeful that they are going to take us back and we will be able to fend for our families,” a former worker said.
Said another, “It’s not just the business community that is rejoicing today. As ordinary workers, we are over the moon because they also invited us to be a part of this great day meaning they have not forgotten about us.”
Young people also applauded the government for prioritising their welfare, through creating more employment opportunities.
“As young people, we are very grateful for the great projects that are being rolled out by the government,” a youth commented.
Stakeholders in various downstream agricultural industries said CSC’s revival will also boost the country’s beef export market.
The Second Republic is determined to live no stone unturned as it revitalises industries hence CSC has been identified as an important cog in that drive.