HARARE — Shurugwi has delayed the commencement of a $2,5 million town mall project to next month as the major contractor is involved in the construction of a medical centre in the mining town, an official said on Monday.
The mall, a major infrastructural project in the mineral-rich Midlands town, is expected to complement the economic activity brought about by world number one platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) which operates the nearby Unki Mine.
Amplats is expected to commit $80 million in social spending on housing, power, water and health facilities as part of $400 million Unki expansion programme.
Chinese-owned ferrochrome producer Zimasco has chrome assets in the Shurugwi area.
“We are looking forward to begin construction of the mall in November.
“The company which is responsible for the construction works wanted to finish the clinic in town first before starting building the mall,” town secretary Solomon Siziba told The Source.
Shurugwi Town Council signed a public-private investment deal early this year with a local company, Inducto-Serve Construction Company, for the construction of the three-storey shopping mall.
The mall, which was supposed to be completed by the end of this year, will be completed next year in November.
“It will take us a year to complete building the mall, and in the meantime the building material is available to begin the construction work,” Siziba said.
— The Source