MASVINGO - The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries Masvingo Chapter says it is ready and equipped to take up contract jobs in the dualisation of the 700km long Harare-Beitbridge Highway.
Stanley Kondongwe, chairman of the industrial lobby body for Masvingo told The Mirror that there are many areas where businessmen from the Southern Region can be subcontracted including brick-moulding, quarry supply, pit sand, fuel and haulage trucks.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo told The Mirror two weeks ago that dualisation of Zimbabwe's biggest trade route will begin this month as scheduled. He said President Mugabe is going to commission the $900m project at the end of this month.
"We are more than ready to be part of the construction of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway. We have big companies in CZI that have been in the construction industry for a very long time and they have the capacity to carry out any project. There are also others which are into quarry production and brick moulding especially the interlocking bricks which are mainly used in road construction at intersections," said Kondongwe.
The $900 million will be provided by the main contractors, Austrian Construction Company Gieger International Pvt Ltd and China Harbour Engineering according to Gumbo.
Kondongwe added that small to medium companies from the province have the requisite experience in the transport industry and are ready to play their role if afforded the opportunity.
"Some of the companies have already procured state of the art equipment in preparation for the dualisation of the highway which goes to show how serious the companies from the province are," said Kondongwe.
The project will be carried out on Built Operate and Transfer basis and locals will have 40% of the work subcontracted to them as part of the agreement signed by Government and the main contractors.
The agreement for the construction of the highway was signed last year.
"The project is on course and the President as per schedule will conduct the ground breaking ceremony end of March. Nothing has changed and we are on course to start dualisation of the highway," said Gumbo.business news