First batch of pipes for the Gwayi-Shangani Pipeline project on the way

From Tendai Munengwa in South Africa

Construction of the multimillion dollar Gwayi Shangani Pipeline is set to commence soon, with the South African company contracted to supply the pipes ready to deliver the first batch next week.

When government awarded tenders to 11 companies to kick-start construction of Lake Gwayi-Shangani Project, South African Company Flowtite signed a US$50 million contract with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority to supply pipes for the long awaited multimillion dollar project.

ZBC News tracked the company to South Africa to find out if it has the capacity to manufacture pipes for the 245 kilometer pipeline.

In an interview on the sidelines of a tour of the factory by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) delegation in South Africa this Thursday, the company’s Managing Director Bantu Mselana revealed that the first batch of pipes will be delivered next week.

“We have done project of this magnitude in Kenya, Swaziland, here in SA I can say in SADC successfully – we have agreed on certain terms after this visit that delivery of the first batch of pipes for Gwayi Shangani will start next week.”

In terms of standard and lifespan of the pipes, the firm’s Chief Production Officer Hansie Germishuys described the Glossy Reinforced Polyester Pipes (GPL) as the most suitable for the Gwayi Shangani Project.

“The process is very long, but as you can see the testing of the strength of the pipes has passed all SA Standard Operating Procedures,” he explained.

After the groundbreaking ceremony by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, construction of the Gwayi – Shangani Lake is now halfway through, with eight contractors already on the ground to install the pipeline.

The completion of Lake Gwayi – Shangani will create irrigation Greenbelts in Matebeleland, trigger rural industrialisation and above all end the water challenges in Bulawayo.