Construction of 120km Bulawayo-Old Gwanda Road Commences in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe government has sanctioned the construction of 120km Bulawayo-Old Gwanda Road which will cost US$150 million. The road was awarded to a private contractor with work anticipated to inaugurate tomorrow in a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model. Additionally, the project is targeted to be completed before the end of the year.

Eng Mbambo, CEO of Zwane Enterprises which is tasked with the project said it was all systems go for the project.  Moreover, a feasibility study will begin tomorrow as reported by the engineer. Additionally, the feasibility study will be complete in four weeks followed by the signing of a contract for the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) license. After that process, the project will roll in the yellow equipment within three weeks.

Additionally, a big bridge will be constructed at the Mtshabezi River near Gwanda as well as the building of supporting infrastructure.

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Expectations of the Bulawayo-Old Gwanda Road

Once completed, Bulawayo-Old Gwanda Road will benefit the communities through numerous infrastructure developments like businesses and network boosters. Additionally, the development is expected to set Matebelel and South Province abuzz with activity regarding employment opportunities for the youths. Numerous businesses will mushroom along the highway.

There are more projects that will come past the road construction that include service stations, food courts and lodges, among others. Additionally, Bulawayo-Old Gwanda Road will promote low-hanging fruits in tourism in the country.

Chief Mathe, said he was elated by the development as the project would empower their communities. “We are so happy that this project is being implemented in our area. We are seeing the impact of this project beyond connectivity, but our people will be empowered through employment as well as business opportunities,” he said.

Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Solomon Mguni similarly contemplated in saying accessibility affected Bulawayo City, the epicentre of the surrounding provinces. “We are really happy to witness this project. As you are aware, we are the epicentre and accessibility affects us as a district.