Significant strides recorded in key national projects says govt

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

THE Government says the country has recorded significant strides in key national projects within the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

In a post cabinet media briefing this Tuesday, Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Jenfan Muswere gave an update on projects that augment power supply in the country.

“The Hwange seven and eight expansion project which will add an additional 600 megawatts to the national grid is 90% complete and on course to meet deadlines. The Kanyemba project which targets the construction of the 30.5 km of a high voltage line and 3.1 km of a medium voltage line and installation of 3.1 km of a medium voltage line and installation of 12 substations to power 21 institutions is now 98 % complete,” he said.

In the past week, the nation has been experiencing subdued power supplies and the Minister of Energy and Power Development Honourable Zhemu Soda attributed this to, among other issues, the collapse of one unit at Kariba Power Station which produces 125 megawatts.

“The fault that was requested required that the thrust bearing be taken to SA and it was done and it will be brought back on August 12, Hwange power station we expect that the first unit will be done in November later in the year,” he said.

The mining sector is key to the country’s economy and among the projects underway is the lithium processing plant at Sabi Mine.

“The lithium processing plant at Sabi Star Mine in Buhera is now 45% complete with the project on schedule for completion in January 2023. Construction of copper processing plant at Alaska in Mashonaland west province has been completed as scheduled.”

Mines and Mining Development Minister Honourable Winston Chitando elaborated on some of the key mining projects.

Cabinet deliberations also revealed that preparations for the upcoming Heroes and Defence Forces Day commemorations have commenced.