The construction of an additional units at Hwange 7 is now complete and will be commissioned this November, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
When operational, Hwange 7 and 8 will add 600MW onto the national grid in Zimbabwe, with each unit generating 300MW each, adding to the existing 920MW Hwange Power Station at a cost of $1,5 billion.
Officially opening the ZANU PF 7th National Peoples Conference in Harare today, President Mnangagwa said the country has recorded economic growth since the 6th Congress as the Second Republic madre bold policies which stabilized the economy, aided by sound ZANU PF policies.
“We have begun construction rural industries in provinces. Hwange 7 will be commissioned next month which will give us 300megawatts. Gwai-Shangani is almost complete under the 2nd Republic. Irrigation development will see our provinces navigate through the effects of climate change,” he said
President Mnangagwa said the ruling party was accelerating the modernization and industrialization drive.
“Our party has brought about a stable macroeconomic environment in spite of the setbacks of the illegal economic sanctions and Cyclone Idai we are realising broad-based production,” he said, adding that the policies, projects and programmes had lifted many households from poverty.
He said the focused approach had led to national food sufficiency in the country, adding that the country had enough wheat for 13 months.
“Under Zanu PF we will realise national food security since the last congress systems in the agricultural sector have been improved. The ongoing construction of dams is increasing productivity in all provinces. The GMB has been remodeled for efficiency and producer prices are now in line with market trends. I applaud all our farmers for the successes they have realised to date,” he said
The ZANU PF First Secretary said the USD 12 billion mining industry target would be realised by early next year.
“Chrome, lithium, gold diamonds, oil and gas are leaping forward in our county. We have launched the Mapinga energy hub worth $13 billion and will create over 25 000 jobs in just under 6months. We have introduced commodity reserves in gold diamonds and platinum,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said a new crop of industrialists had shown commitment to build Zimbabwe, adding that the imports strategies were having great spin-offs in the country.