Govt recruits for Plumtree highway fence

Richard Muponde, Plumtree Correspondent
GOVERNMENT is set to start recruiting workers to erect a perimeter fence along the Bulawayo –Plumtree highway.

The $320 000 Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ)’s fencing project was supposed to have been completed at the end of last month but work delayed due to price hikes.

The price hikes madness prompted Government to give the parastatal the green light to import the required materials directly from South Africa.

The TSCZ embarked on the highway fencing project last year as part of measures to reduce accidents on the country’s highways caused by stray animals.

The highway fencing programme started with the erection of the Bulawayo-Gweru Highway perimeter fence.

The TSCZ’s managing director, Mr Obio Chinyere yesterday confirmed that they were working on the Bulawayo-Plumtree highway fencing project.

“There was a meeting on Monday in Bulawayo. Everything has been put in place. People are busy making final touches to assemble all the necessary materials for the project. Recruitment of labour for the project will start tomorrow (today) in Bulawayo,” said Mr Chinyere.

A number of people have died on the country’s highways in accidents caused by stray animals.

In 2013, National Railways of Zimbabwe general manager and freedom fighter Air Commodore Mike Tichafa Karakadzai (Retired) died after the car he was driving hit a stray cow at the 79km peg along the Gweru-Bulawayo road just after the Shangani Mine turn-off flyover.

Concerns have also been raised over the neglect of the Bulawayo –Plumtree Highway due to the absence of road markings and road signs in some parts.


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  • Gen Gowon

    Recruitment should start from the border town and in consultation with traditional leaders in those areas.People who should benefit are the rural peasants from this kind of project.

    • Fairer

      Its logical that manual labour should be sourced from the surrounding communities.The habit of busing people from afar for jobs that need no special skills should be discouraged.

      • Galveston

        I totally agree!

  • QB

    This fence will work for a while there after people will steal it just wait and see. Victoria Falls road had telephone wires and where are they today?

  • mthokhe

    they should also confiscate stray animals. Abaikazi benkomo lezo ngamatshapha. Inkinga nje yikuthi inkomo zakhona zizadliwa kumaRally weZANU.

  • Guest

    Why not contacting the recruitment in Plumtree? Why Bulawayo?

  • James

    Like lifake amshona lizabona…….siyantshontsha ifence yakhona ukuze liqalise futhi

  • Galveston

    The recruitment must benefit people from Matebeleland South; so why is this exercise being conducted in Bulawayo, when in actual fact it should be done in the province, particularly along the concerned route?

  • zibulo

    Mina ngifuna kuyiwe e Plumtree Government offices , bakhiphe okungamaShona konke okwenza ama manula/ menial jobs , okwabizwa from home khonale , yet i Plumtree has i youth unemployed, even inside border post ufica amashona cleaning amatoilet, badle ngaphi abantwana be Plumtree? When they get paid , Plumtree doesnt develop coz they repatriate monies back home. Wayaphi u maANDEVU olishona owayesePlumtree ebulala abantu causing havoc , nge gugurahundi, oqhulayo , wayeyisilima enyaweni. will never forget his ruthlessness. am sure he even got land somewhere there yet he was an outsiders but got land before locals. TRIBALISM YEZANU IYANUKA. BAYANUKA

    • Essexvale

      Sad but true! Yet we won’t get any joy through simply exposing these injustices. There’s need for all concerned persons to join credible and exerted efforts in getting the legislation on devolution, as entailed in the nation’s constitution, properly aligned. Then there is the secessionist move. It might seem extreme, but it is also the better option if the call for devolution falls on deaf ears!

      • zibulo

        i believe we should push Govt, therough all Constitutitional and Statutory means to implement devolution . Seccession is not that good , but Devolution is the way to go . If only there was a party agigtating for devolution in tall the provinces anm sure all would vote for it

        • Essexvale

          All provinces except for Harare, Mashonaland West, East and Central approved the concept of devolution during the COPAC constitution building exercise. That translates to a majority amounting to 6 out of 10. The concept was consequently adopted as legislation when the constitution was signed into law in 2013. So all that’s needed now is for activists to use legal and constitutional channels in which to have the legislation enacted. Failing that; it will become necessary to resort to more unorthodox but effective means.

  • makhurane

    so how much will it be given i mean salary or allowance and kuqhatshelwa ngaphi