By Tapiwa Machemedze
More than 20 thousand residents of Siyalima in Guruve Mashonaland Central are set to benefit from a newly commissioned base station, as government pursues inclusivity in the technology drive.
Residents of Siyalima in Guruve have welcomed the switching on of Siyalima base station, in a development set to increase connectivity in the once digitally marginalised area.
“We want to thank President Mnangagwa because when he came here in 2018, he said we should have a base station and now he has stayed true to his word and it has happened,” a resident said.
“We used to search far and wide and climb anthills in search of network but all that is now a thing of the past. We want to thank government for the new base stations,” another said.
“Provision of the Siyalima Base Station will enhance communication. This also speaks to the e-government strategy that we have started working on to ensure that we bring the government and the citizens closure,” said the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere.
The base station will connect more than five schools, nickel mine, chrome mine, Eureka gold mine, over five schools and Siyalima irrigation scheme, with government expressing optimism no one will be left behind.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Mashonaland Central Province, Senator Monica Mavhunga said: “Commissioning of this base station is a concrete fulfilment and demonstration of the Second Republic’s’ thrust to uplift the standards of living of all people without leaving anyone behind.”
Government recently launched the mobile broadband phase three project which will see the creation of 345 new base stations across the country.