30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Dam for Mhondoro

Zimplats is on course to complete a dam built at a cost of more than US$10 million that will serve as an irrigation and recreational facility in Silver Star resettlement area in Mhondoro. Island or Chitsuwa Dam was constructed under the infrastructural development project. It is located five kilometres from Turf Village in Mhondoro. Speaking during a media tour, Mhondoro-Ngezi rural district council chief executive Mr Andrew Mawonde said the dam would greatly assist the Mhondoro community on completion.

"The community will benefit from irrigation schemes, recreational facilities and being a tourist area, will give some people employment.

"The dam will market the district at large and a lot of activities will take place after we create stands for lodges and fisheries and boat cruises to some extent," Mr Mawonde said.

Community spokesperson Mr Davison Chimusoro said the dam construction had created employment for the local people.

"We are satisfied since our children have been employed since its construction.

"We expect to benefit through irrigation, fishing and we expect that our livestock will get water from the dam," he said.

Construction site manager Mr Tendai Mhangwa said the Island/ Chitsuwa Dam would be the biggest masonry arch dam in the country.

"The dam will be split into the North and South dams which will have 30 560 megalitres of water."

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