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    Mbiriri opens $2m Beitbridge service station




    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE - Energy and Power Development Permanent Secretary Patson Mbiriri has officially opened a $2 million state of the art Petrotrade fuel service in Beitbridge.
    The official opening of the State-owned service station happened on Thursday last week.
    Petrotrade is ranked one of the top four oil companies in the country and the Beitbridge entity will employ 30 people.
    The construction of the Beitbridge Service station which is located at Masvingo turnoff, some 5kms out of town began in June last year.
    The service station is part of a larger project which also includes a truck inn, shops and banking halls and these will be completed in phases.
    Mbiriri said the official opening of Beitbridge service station brings to 16 the number of service stations that Petrotrade owns.
    Currently Petrotrade has a distribution network of over 80 service stations, including dealer sites and coupon redemption sites across the country.
     'Petrotrade is one of the very few oil companies that have set up service stations and therefore has presence in the remote areas of the country which previously had no service stations. There are motorists in remote rural and farming areas that are forced to travel long distances to get fuel. Some are even forced to store fuel at their homes due to the absence of service stations nearby. This poses a grave danger to life and property as most of the time the fuel is stored in unauthorized containers," said Mbiriri.
    Acting Petrotrade Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Godfrey Ncube  said the journey of the project started as a result of the vision of the 2010 FIFA world cup where they envisaged a state of the art shopping complex at Beitbridge border town. 
    Beitbridge Municipality deputy Mayor, councilor for ward 3, Gift Nyoni thanked Petrotrade for their choice to invest in Beitbridge and said through the investment, jobs have been created and the economy will expand and the town will in turn realize more.
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