UPDATED: Govt commissions JMN Airport upgraded sewer system

 Engineer George Mlilo

Engineer George Mlilo

Auxilia Katongomara, Business Reporter
GOVERNMENT yesterday officially commissioned a $1,2 million upgraded sewer system at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport on the outskirts of Bulawayo.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) undertook the project through a contractor. The project is expected to serve the airport and surrounding areas.

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Engineer George Mlilo, presided over the event on behalf of the minister, Dr Joram Gumbo, who could not attend. The upgrading of the aviation infrastructure is critical to national development as facilitates trade and tourism through movement of people and goods in a more cost effective way.

In a speech read on his behalf by Eng Mlilo, Dr Gumbo said Government will continue to support the aviation industry due to its strategic importance in all facets of the economy.

“Government recognises that air transport is pivotal to the economic growth of our country as it facilitates trade, tourism and regional intergration through improving the movement of people and goods in a more cost effective way.

“It is, therefore, evident that refurbished aviation infrastructure has the greatest potential to spur economic growth in our country,” said Dr Gumbo.

“This view point is amply demonstrated by the commitment the Government has shown in undertaking vital and necessary aviation infrastructure developments throughout the country.”

The minister said the commissioning of the sewer system comes after a new trajectory by the new political dispensation, which adopted the Rapid Results Initiative to speed up project implementation under the 100-days programme.

“Notable projects include the newly upgraded and commissioned Victoria Falls International Airport. It is pleasing to note that the same airport will undergo massive deployment following the conclusion of a $150 million concessionary loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China,” said Dr Gumbo.

“The works will commence soon making RG Mugabe Airport a regional hub. It is in this spirit of development that we pledge to continue supporting the aviation industry given its strategic importance to national development.”

Dr Gumbo said following the commissioning of the JM Nkomo International Airport on 22 December 2013, the increased capacity was now straining the sewer system hence the implementation of the project to ensure the airport mantains its world class standards.  The refurbishment of the sewer system will go a long way in meeting the expectations of our citizens and visitors, he said.

Dr Gumbo told delegates that CAAZ used its own resources to finance the project and this has ensured that JM Nkomo Airport remains the smartest airport in the country. He thanked the contractor RCM Civils and the consultants, Civil Consult for a job well done.

“The contractor worked tirelessly given the tight schedule to ensure proper completion. Allow me to conclude by urging all airline executives, aviation industry players, business executives and the public at large that this asset has also been availed to you for your convenience. It is, therefore, now incumbent upon you to fully utilise this facility,” said Dr Gumbo.

Matabeleland North Environmental Management Agency provincial manager, Mrs Chipo Zuze-Mpofu, commended CAAZ for the construction of the sewer ponds saying this came as they have for the past decade been discharging raw sewer and effluent into the environment.

The event was attended by CAAZ chief executive officer, Mr David Chawota, Bulawayo City Council engineering director engineer Simela Dube and officials from EMA and members of the community. — @AuxiliaK.

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  • Kulez

    What a headline on this story!!

  • nemesis of the north

    when you have a government that commissioned road yemadhodhi aaah zvonyadzisa

  • Essexvale

    Harare and Victoria Falls airports are destined to each get $150 million upgrades, while JMN Nkomo airport must be content with this measly $1,2 million? Can it now be seen what we mean when we claim that Bulawayo and Matebeleland in general are deliberately being marginalised in terms equity in public development projects? The control tower at JMN is grossly inadequate in the equation concerning a major airport such as this. Besides that, there is need to expand the traveler reception area at the airport to cater for expected increases in future passenger volumes, with foresight to avoid similar conditions as the appalling congestion being experienced at Vic Fall Airport. In addition and also in consideration relating to capacity enhancement at the facility, there is urgent need for construction of longer runways to cater for large bodied aircraft that will be needed to cushion increased traffic.

    • Zanele Gatsheni

      What large bodied Aircraft when it’s on record that 90% of people coming into and going out of Bulawayo use road transport, Omalayitsha to be specific. Bringing us all sorts of stolen wares from down South.

      • Skhue

        Kwaaaaaaaa, kwaaaaaaaaaks
        Wena lawe so, hayi ah

      • Essexvale

        And who’s laughing with you? JMN Nkomo Airport is an international facility that currently receives 4 plane loads from South Africa each day besides the other daily local flights. With expected increased business development and tourist arrivals in the city, it follows that there will be need for these wide bodied aircraft in the future. Pardon me for spoiling your “fun”, but I think that you write sh*t!

    • ThinkPositive

      Read carefully, 1,2 million is for the upgrade of the sewer system ONLY! for 2017, 4,9 Mill total will go into other things at this aiport. Remember JM airport was upgraded last in 2015 (shoddy job I think), and at JM airport 10 planes can land at any given time compared to only 1 plane at a time at Harare International. Yet Harare is clearly the busier of the 2 airports. So the difference in budget allocation reflects the different scale/ scope of work needed at either airports at this point. Logic would therefore dictate you pay more to get more planes landing at Harare as its busier.

      its not always necessarily Matebeland vs Harare? Is Vic Falls not Matabeleland yet it got 150 ? as a country Zim has had to make do with scant resources on everything, and what of neglected airports in Masvingo, Mutare if you want to go that oooh its not fair route? As a country we have had hard times for years and hopefully now this become a little better. I am from Harare, I want to see Bulawayo realise its full potential as much as I want any other City in Zimbabwe to. We move around this country, its ours together, I am sure we all want Zimbabwe to just be better as we know it can.

    • ThinkPositive

      Read carefully, 1,2 million is for the upgrade of the sewer system ONLY! for 2017, 4,9 Mill total will go into other things at this aiport. Remember JM airport was upgraded last in 2015 (shoddy job I think), and at JM airport 10 planes can land at any given time compared to only 1 plane at a time at Harare International. Yet Harare is clearly the busier of the 2 airports. So the difference in budget allocation reflects the different scale/ scope of work needed at either airports at this point. Logic would therefore dictate you pay more to get more planes landing at Harare as its busier.

      its not always necessarily Matebeland vs Harare? Is Vic Falls not Matabeleland yet it got 150 ? as a country Zim has had to make do with scant resources on everything, and what of neglected airports in Masvingo, Mutare if you want to go that oooh its not fair route? As a country we have had hard times for years and hopefully now this become a little better. I am from Harare, I want to see Bulawayo realise its full potential as much as I want any other City in Zimbabwe to. We move around this country, its ours together, I am sure we all want Zimbabwe to just be better as we know it can.

      • Essexvale

        Allow me to commend your positive outlook concerning this issue? Yet when people in Matebeleland speak about marginalisation, they do so with seriousness. To us who are the victims, it is a very real phenomenon. In Harare however, you are cushioned from such hardship because great attention is given to the capital and its hinterland. May I suggest that in order for you to fully understand that which I say, you make time to travel to Bulawayo and Matebeleland with the view to spending sufficient days as a means to experiencing our daily horrors for yourself?

        • ThinkPositive

          I would never doubt people from Bulawayo are serious. I was in Bulawayo 1st as primary kid and last in 2016 October. I remembered a big City and was dissapointed. It looked smaller than i remember and run down indeed. My point is also appreciate Zimbabwe has been badly managed for over 2 decades now. Even Harare itself hasnt really changed. Pot holes and delapitated buldings everywhere. This sadly is the state of the whole country. Harare as a capital will recieve more of the less, thats true, but thats where most economic activity is taking place in such hard times so its in a way natural more attention i agree. But i doubt its about because you are Ndebeles. I pray its not, in.my heart i think not. Our guys are just bad at governing thjs country, thesr old madala!!!! I can imagine Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo get less of the already shrinking resources as a result of corruption and mismanagement whjch is regretable. But Bulawayo is now a designated Special Economic Zone. So giving credit where its due, seems our leaders have also realised they need to change approach and let Blues be the Industrial hub it was! ZIM lost 20 years, our technology, our industry, our lives, everything, they stole 20 years of our lives and we can only hope things shall change now.

          • ThinkPositive

            These guys are consistent in destruction and hence i say its not a plan to marginalise Bulawayo…. they ran down ZiSco steel, NRZ, Airzim, CSC, Whitehead, Lion Matches and many more. Once thriving industries… some have buildings overrun with weeds. Everseen photos of ZiSco Steel? Its so sad … you dont know to cry or laugh the pain away. They destroyed, but i dont think it was a thought out plan to say lets target Blues etc. And Harare, i can imagine would be slightly better..but slightly. Its also dirty and run down with fellow country men vending and sleeping in the streets. Sad state of affairs. But we have some hope now … more to do but some renewed hope change is coming

          • Essexvale

            Very encouraging yet idealistic sentiments, given the circumstances. You seem, on the other hand to have missed a point concerning the SEZ issue. Bulawayo was granted the responsibility to operate SEZ industries in the leather & textile disciplines. Truth is that these are industries that are very dead and almost impossible to resuscitate in terms of recapitalisation. The City straddles a vast expanse of land which is resource rich. It therefore stands to reason that more SEZ disciplines should have been awarded to it. As regard the Ndebele issue that you allude to; I stand firmly by my opinion and the evidence supporting it.

    • ThinkPositive

      you are right about need to contruct a new Control tower and the powers that be agree with you. To quote ” The budget has allocated $4,9 million for the construction of the Air Traffic Control Tower at JM Nkomo International airport, with an additional $1,2 million of Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) internal resources being channelled towards upgrading the sewer system (now completed!) at the airport” he said (Min of Fin). So its coming and this was part of budget deliberation late 2017.