Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge-Harare highway will be upgraded by five local contractors.

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructural Development Biggie Matiza inspected the site and confirmed the presence of the contractors who are currently working on the first two phases of the project. The entire project will be divided into five segment.

The first phase of the project will expand the road to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) standard while in the second phase the road will be dualisation.

“What we are seeing here is the fulfillment of our Government’s pre-election promises, you will note that initially we had engaged foreign contractors, but we realized it could be more expensive and cumbersome to implement the project.

So we have identified local contractors who are already on the ground. Each contractor will in the next seven months work on upgrading their 20 kilometer segments, after which, we will re-look the terms and give them another portion. The idea is to work on the road project in stages.

Our target is to complete the upgrading and widening of the highway from its current state to 12,5 meters. For the Beitbridge section we are having Bitumen World who have already started on civil works.” said Minister Matiza.

Mr Bigboy Sibindi from Bitumen World confirmed that equipment are on site currently and they are devoted to complete the Beitbridge-Harare highway according to the scheduled time.

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