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Implementation of the country’s economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation, is progressing well with several projects already at various stages of progression as Government revives the sanctions-battered economy, Zanu-PF’s Politburo heard in Harare yesterday.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa briefed the ruling party’s Politburo on progress in the implementation of Zim-Asset, saying projects worth hundreds of millions of United States dollars were already underway.

Zanu-PF information and publicity secretary Cde Rugare Gumbo said: “We had Cde Chinamasa updating us on the Zim-Asset implementation. His views are that things seem to be moving well.

“(New) ZimSteel in Kwekwe (formerly Ziscosteel) has come back and they are now in the process of resuscitating the company. He also talked about the housing programme he is carrying out, that he commissioned a housing programme or laid the ground work for a housing programme to the south of Harare.

“There is also a cement factory which is being done here in Harare as well as in Rushinga. So, all he said is (that) it demonstrates that Zim-Asset is working and there is progress taking place.”

Government and Essar Holdings recently agreed on resumption of operations at New ZimSteel after the Mauritian investor pledged US$650 million for the first phase of the project.

Further, Minister Chinamasa commissioned a US$160 million Fidelity Life Assurance housing scheme last week, which will see construction of at least 6 000 houses in Harare’s Southview Park.

Pretoria Portland Cement has finalised plans to set up a US$200 million cement plant in Rushinga, while Lafarge Cement is expected to invest US$20 million to boost production at its Harare plant.

Over and above this, several ministries are working on projects related to fruition of Zim-Asset.

Small to medium enterprises are being assisted with funds, with those in mining last week benefiting from a US$700 000 gold facility.

A Cabinet committee on Water and Sanitation last week publicised a raft of measures to minimise pollution of water bodies.

Zim-Asset lists water management and sanitation as a core Government objective, and within this scope the State will oversee construction of related infrastructure – including dams and conveyance systems.

Zanu-PF’s Politburo resolved that conservancies, especially in Masvingo province, be indigenised although people that got land under the A2 land reform scheme would not benefit from this.

This was adopted after the Politburo received a report from Environment, Water and Climate Change Minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

“The Politburo took the position that there shouldn’t be double-dipping,” said Cde Gumbo. “People who got A2 farms cannot get conservancies, so the Minister of Environment will be working on the mechanics and modalities of that.”

Save Valley Conservancy has been rocked by ownership wrangles pitting new farmers, local communities and white owners – some of whom have been accused of resisting incorporation of indigenous Zimbabweans in the lucrative sector – in the past three years.

The Politburo discussed the plight of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam (Masvingo province) flood victims, and directed Minister Chinamasa to source funds to compensate affected families.

“There is quite (some) resistance from the people affected in terms of going to areas they have been allocated, only 357 so far have accepted going to those areas out of about 2 640,” said Cde Gumbo in reference to families that should be relocated.

“One of the reasons why the people are unwilling to go is because others were compensated. The decision of the Politburo was that Minister Chinamasa should find the money to compensate those people so that they are moved as quickly as people from that area.”

Cde Gumbo could not divulge the amount of money needed to compensate the families.

Source : The Herald