Lithium mining company injects US$1.5million towards roads rehab

By Archford Chirimudombo

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MARONDERA-A total of US$1.5 million has been injected by Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe towards
the rehabilitation of roads in Goromonzi as part of its social responsibility that will help spur
economic and social activities in the district.
Apart from the rehabilitation of gravel roads that lead to Arcadia Lithium Mine from the main
business centre, a 12km stretch of tarred road which links Majuru business centre and the Harare-
Mutare highway through Ruwa will also benefit from the funding.
Arcadia Lithium Mine is undergoing development worth US$300 million after Chinese giant, Huayou
Cobalt bought it from Australian investors for US$422 million.
Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe’s deputy general manager, Trevor Barnard recently told this publication
that the company embarked on the project after realising challenges that are being faced by locals,
particularly during rainy seasons.
He said: “We are constructing one bridge while rehabilitating several crossings. The community has
been facing challenges during the rainy season as the roads are steep while bridges are subjected to
flooding. Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe is therefore rehabilitating the bridges and upgrading the water
pipes for easy drainage.
“The road is being repaired and upgraded to comply with Ministry of Transport’s specifications. It is
a gravel road with a wearing course to allow for increased traffic to the mine. We have three parts
with the first part being repaired by us which is 7km from Arcadia mine. The second part is also
gravel which is 6.4 km to Goromonzi.
“The third stretch is the repairing the 12km tar road from Goromonzi to Ruwa, the project includes
1.5km widening of each shoulder of both sides, smoothing the road, laying gravel not less than 20
cm, clearing and widening culverts, repairing both sides of the road drainage ditch to ensure that
rainwater does not enter the road.”
The works are a boon for local contractors and job seekers.
“Local contractors have been contracted to do the job and close to US$1,5million has been injected
into this project," Barnard added.
He said the local communities have welcomed the project and are excited about it, which is also
contributing to national infrastructural development.
“The local community has welcomed the development and is very excited as they have been facing
road access challenges during rainy season especially when crossing the bridge at Kubatsirana clinic. 
All users of the road will benefit from the rehabilitation of the road including surrounding farmers to
bring their products to markets, residents to travel for improved access.

“As Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe we are happy to contribute to the Government of Zimbabwe’s
National Development Strategy (NDS 1 )pillar on Infrastructure and Utilities where road
infrastructure delivery is a key in the realization of national priorities and overall socio-economic
development,” he said.
The company is currently building school blocks and state-of-the-art staff quarters at the nearby
Vhuta Primary while it will soon hand over desks and books to several schools in the district.

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