Environmental - Featured - Local - February 26, 2021

Gwayi-Shangani-Bulawayo Pipeline to spur economic growth

Government of Zimbabwe has allocated ZWL 535 million towards the commencement of the work on the 245 kilometer long Gwayi-Shangani to Bulawayo Pipeline, whose completion is expected by December 2022.

The first stage of the project, which is the construction of the Gwayi-Shangani, is already underway and on-course, with a total of ZWL4.5 billion allocated for the project in the 2021 National Budget. The dam will be completed by December 2021.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of Gwayi-Shangani to Bulawayo Pipeline President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the completion of these projects will ultimately spur economic production, productivity and growth as well as permanently resolving water challenges often experienced in the region.

“On completion, the pipeline will have the capacity to convey an excess of 160 000 mega litres of water to Bulawayo annually, a development that will improve the water and sanitation requirements of the City.

“The project will be undertaken by various local contractors for the different sections of the pipeline, this will not only speed up completion of the civil works, but equally provide employment and empowerment for contractors and communities along the construction route,” President Mnangagwa said.

Since agriculture is the backbone of the economy, the large volume of water from the project will propel irrigation activities along the pipeline route of Lupane, Tsholotsho and Umguza Districts therefore, this ensure greater production, productivity and profitability in the agricultural sector.

“Matebeleland North Province will therefore become food secure, and an exporter of surplus agriculture producer as well as play host to viable rural systems,” he said.

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