By Abigirl Tembo
THE Government has pledged to continue supporting the research and development work being done at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre in Hatcliffe as it has the potential to provide technical solutions to the nation and contribute towards the attainment of Vision 2030.
With a mandate to carry out strategic research and development for the benefit of the manufacturing, service, agricultural and mining sectors of Zimbabwe as well as to commercialise research and development outputs, the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) has over the years managed to transform into a power house.
This Friday, Vice President General Rtd Dr Constantino Chiwenga embarked on a familiarisation tour of the centre and had an opportunity to tour all the 12 research institutes which include the Geo Information and Remote Sensing Institute, the National Metrology Institute, the Foundry, as well as the Aeroponics facility, among others.
“Zimbabwe if it has to grow to the heights we are all waiting to see. If we are to achieve our vision 2030 or the continental vision 2060 certain things have to be done and radically done and that is the direction we will be taking. No more silos we want collaboration we want singleness of purpose l. We want that whole government support in every area. We need to develop scientifically and technologically we need to alleviate poverty we need to industrialise, we have the resources,” said Vice President Chiwenga.
SIRDC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Robson Mafoti commended government for its continued support.
“We would like to commend the government for its continued support through the Standard development levy which has helped us equip our met laboratory,” said Professor Mafoti.
Since it’s establishment in 1993, SIRDC has managed to commercialise research and development outputs and is now a supplier of high quality foundry spares ranging from stamp mills, ball mills, impellers, cast iron hubs for the local mining industry as well as agricultural equipment.