President Emmerson Mnangagwa will on Monday commission a US$10 million brick and tile manufacturing plant at Sino Zimbabwe Cement Company (SZCC), located on the outskirts of Gweru.
Larry Mavima, who is the Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister confirmed the planned event to State media on Sunday night. He said:
President Emmerson Mnangagwa will tomorrow (today) commission a brick manufacturing plant at Sino Zimbabwe Cement Company on the outskirts of Gweru.
The commissioning of a new brick moulding plant is basically a welcome move in that we now have another player in the country.
What it means is that it will provide additional bricks and competition, which in turn will have an effect on pricing.
Mavima added that the brick manufacturing process will be environmentally-friendly as it will use by-products of the cement manufacturing plant.
The project will also open up employment opportunities for local people, Mavima claimed.
SZCC managing director Mr Wang Yong had this to say:
We will be producing bricks that include face bricks that are (currently) being imported.
Initially, we will be producing 60 million bricks per annum but when the entire project is complete, capacity will increase to 100 million bricks.