27 February 2019
MEDIA RELEASE BY THE ZIMBABWE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES AUTHORITY
1. Declaration of Surewin Special Economic Zone
On the 1st of February 2019 the Authority amended the Surewin Special Economic Zone through a declaration in the Government Gazette under General Notice 104 of 2019.
The investment will introduce new technologies in granite mining and setting up a manufacturing plant for granite cutting and polishing including production of tiles and related products. Mining of black granite using diamond wire technology and computerised round saw machines.
Mr Yao highlighted that the project will attract foreign direct investment to the tune of USD$20 million with an estimated revenue of USD$5 million per annum through both local and export sales of value added granite rock products. The project will see thousands of direct and indirect jobs created and a huge number of the jobs will be for the locals. 20 locals are expected to be trained on Mine construction projects during the first year of implementation.
New technology and skills
The project will contribute greatly towards introducing new technologies and skill, value addition, import substitution and creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the main projects and downstream.
Furthermore, the country and its human resource will benefit largely from the transfer of new granite cutting and polishing technologies which will make our granite products competitive on the international market thus increasing value to our natural resource.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility has become an area of interest to Surewin as they understand that their business is part of a society in Mutoko. Surewin took the core objective of taking responsibility of the concerns of the society they are operating in, other than just maximising profits. Below are some of the activities they have been involved in.
Donation of 2 Computers to Manhemba Primary School
Surewin Investment (Pvt) Ltd has undertaken the following projects to assist the local community:
• Donated fuel towards seasonal road maintenance of gravel roads of Manhemba Turn off and Mabvuta Village.
• Repairing of Nyatato River Bridge
• Donation of 2 Computers to Manhemba Primary School
• Donated 100 bags of cement and truck loads of River sand to Manhemba Primary School and Nyakabau Primary School
• Relocated two families that were displaced due to the proximity of their homesteads to the Project site. Surewin built two homesteads for the affected families.
Donation of 100 bags of Cement to Manhemba and Nyakabau Primary Schools
The organisation promises to undertake the following projects in its continued support and assistance to the local community:
• Construction of access roads
• Seasonal road maintenance
• Completion of learning blocks at Manemba Primary and Nyakabau Primary School
• Upgrading of local school facilities
• Construction of at least 20 low income houses for Surewin employees
• Provision of student loans for employees children
2. Designated Special Economic Zones
To date the Authority has declared 5 special economic zones namely Masuwe stateland in Victoria falls measuring 1200 hectares, Fernhill in Mutare measuring 87 hectares, stand 518 Beitbridge and its surrounds measuring 105 hectares, Imvumila industrial area in Bulawayo and the Belmont, Kelvin, Donnnington corridor also in Bulawayo. The Authority will also be declaring Sunway City as a special economic zone in a few weeks to come.
The development of implementation plans for the declared zones and the earmarked Sunway city zone has already reached advanced stages and these plans will include (i) Strategic Programme Planning, (ii) Project identification, (iii) Project structuring, (iv) Project transacting and (v) Project implementation.
3. Developers of Infrastructure
Given the magnitude of the work to be undertaken in the development of these zones to be fully operational the Authority is pursuing various development and funding models for the projects. It is envisaged that at the time of commissioning of the zones they should have key utility infrastructure such as water, power, sewer, roads and connectivity. Accordingly the Authority is engaging the State, utility service providers, independent developers, lenders and other development partners to map out a development and funding strategy for the zones.
In a few weeks the Authority is arranging a series of workshops with interested stakeholders including potential Chinese investors, other African Special Economic Zone operators from countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia to mention a few. These workshops will culminate into site visits to the designated zones by potential investors to appraise themselves with the zones and the investment opportunities.
Edwin Kondo (Mr)
Chief Executive Officer