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    Bata to open new $0,5m gumboots factory in Gweru


    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU - Bata Shoe Company will this April open a gumboots manufacturing entity in Gweru put together at a total cost of $500 000.
    The company will produce 300 000 gumboots and safety shoes a year and will save Zimbabwe a lot of foreign currency as the country has been importing the products from Zambia and South Africa.
    The developments were revealed by Bata managing director, Ehsan Zaman during a tour of the company by the Minister of State for Midlands, Owen Ncube on Tuesday. He said his company imported gumboots from South Africa or Zambia but apart from spending foreign currency on the shoes they faced the problems of storage space.
    "One of the exciting new products that we have is the gumboot which we are going to manufacture. We invested half a million dollars into this new project, the investment has been approved we have got the allocation and we expect to start manufacturing by end of April.
    "This new project will help us produce safety and industrial shoes locally making the products a bit cheaper," said Zaman
    Zaman however, said the new project will employ just 15 people because the manufacturing process is automated.
    Ncube said that Bata was of strategic importance to the country and the company will get support from Government in terms of foreign currency.
    Bata is currently employing 1 200 workers and is supporting Associate Business Units (ABU) which are owned by former employees or SMEs and the small companies produce shoes for Bata.
    Bata Shoe Company produced a total of 3,5 million pairs of shoes in 2017 for both local and export market.business news
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