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Zimbabwe: Govt Allocates $535m for Ambitious Gwayi-Shangani Water Pipeline

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THE government has allocated $535 million towards the construction of the long awaited 245km long Gwayi-Shangani pipeline which will seek to end Bulawayo’s perennial water challenges.

The pipeline is set for completion in December next year.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Epping Forest boreholes in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North province Thursday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the mammoth project will be undertaken by various local contractors.

“Government has allocated $535 million towards the commencement of work on the 245-kilometre-long Gwayi-Shangani to Bulawayo pipeline whose completion is expected by December 2022. This marks the much awaited commencement of the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project,” he said.

“The Zambezi Water Project was identified way back in 1912 as a long term solution to the water challenges faced in Matabeleland North, South and Bulawayo provinces. This will become a reality during this government.”

Mnangagwa added the first stage of the project which is the construction of Gwayi-Shangani dam is already underway and on course with a total of $4.5 billion allocated for the project in 2021 national budget.

The dam is set to be the third largest inland water body in Zimbabwe.

“These project timelines are expected to coincide with the Gwayi-Shangani dam receiving substantial water inflow for conveyance to Bulawayo province. On completion, the pipeline will have the capacity to convey in excess of 160 000 megalitres of water to Bulawayo annually, a development that will improve the water and sanitation requirement of the city,” said the President.