Chinese miner rehabilitates roads – the Standard
BY ARNOLD FANDISO
A recently rehabilitated gold mine in the communal area of Simona, on the border between Mazowe and Bindura, is changing the lives of at least 9,000 villagers after sponsoring road rehabilitation.
Chinese investors, under the banner of Ming Chang Sino-Africa Investments Limited (Ming Chang), have already spent more than US $ 100,000 for the first phase of the rehabilitation of a 6 km section of the main road connecting the mine and its surroundings.
Most of the first phase involved the part of the road leading directly to the mine and the resurfacing of an abandoned gravel road.
The other 4 kilometers lead to a shopping center and a clinic nearby.
Commodity trader Isah Mazwi said rehabilitating the road has helped his business improve.
“We had to rent small trucks or use animal-drawn carts to transport corn and cotton to the asphalt road,” Mazwi said.
“We also struggled to get inputs and contract farmers avoided this area because of bad roads. “
Ming Chang told our press team during a roadworks visit to Bindura last week that work on the remaining stretch was due to start soon.
The company has a number of corporate social responsibility projects to its credit in the regions where it operates.
Ming Chang Sino-Africa recently rehabilitated a 14 km gravel road in Bindura and painted schools and provided computers and learning materials to rural communities.
In addition to the Simona road, the company has built roads at various locations, including Kwekwe, Masvingo and Shamva.
Ming Chang’s Chinese-African spokesperson at the Simona site, Link Yang, said the roads had improved access to facilities such as hospitals.
“There is a popular Chinese saying that goes, if you want to get rich, build a road first. It’s okay because people can get in and out easily and your community has access to health facilities, ”Link said.
“They can sell their agricultural products and attract tourists to areas where there are attractions,” he added during a roadworks visit on Monday.
The gold digger uses its own staff and equipment on the projects while the local authority provides concrete pipes for the drainage systems.