By Sifiso Tshaka
Traditional leaders in Gwanda have praised government following the take-off of the long awaited Thuli–Manyange Dam project.
Chief Nhlamba and Chief Mathe who were in the company of village heads in their respective areas, have taken time to appreciate work being done on the massive Thuli –Manyange Dam project.
Touted as the long term solution to the district’s perennial water challenges, the take-off of the project, which has been in the pipeline since the colonial era, has brought a sense of relief to the traditional leadership.
“Seeing this project that has been talked about way before independence is a dream come true. We are very grateful to the government for investing in the dam.” said Chief Nhlamba.
“According to the project plan, there is supposed to be a sugar cane plantation because this areas has soils that favour production of the sugar cane. Besides, we will also be able to develop other schemes and boost food production,” said Mr Sam Mathe.
Mr Khomotso Makhurane said: “As you know water is a perennial challenge in this part of the country. So, we are relieved that our animals will have a permanent source of water.”
The civil works that began in October last year are progressing well, according to the Zimbabwe National water Authority tasked with overseeing the massive project.
“We are doing the foundation for the saddle dams on either the Thuli River. We are also doing the coffer dams which is almost 80 percent complete. So everything is going on very well,” said Engineer Maxwell Zulu.
“As the district development office we also very happy that the project has continued to gain momentum and are optimistic that the fortunes of Gwanda district are set to change in the not-so-distant future,” said Mr Thulani Moyo.
Last year, Matabeleland South identified the Thuli – Manyange Dam as one of the high impact projects that should be included in the National Development Strategy 2021-2025.