Lovemore Zigara Business Correspondent
SHURUGWI Town Council has entered into partnership with platinum miner, Unki Mine to install 100 solar-powered streetlights in the mining town. Work on the project which is expected to cost $120,000, will start soon. Council chairman, Tsungai Makore confirmed the developments saying the project is expected to cover the central business district as well as some suburbs.
“We’ve engaged Unki Mine which is going to assist us to install 100 solar-powered streetlights in our town and this includes most of our high density suburbs and the central business district,” he said.
“The mine will assist financially and we expect to roll out the programme soon. Ideally, we should be able to see council installing 100 streetlights at a cost of $1,200 per streetlight,” he said.
Makore said council had whittled down the cost of the project from $1,800 to the current cost since they will be using the current electricity poles in some areas where streetlights were no longer functioning.
Already Unki has installed solar-powered streetlights at its housing project located at Impali Source Farm where about 1,000 housing units were being constructed. The project will run concurrently with the installation of prepaid water meters in Shurugwi.