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Gold Star re-opens in Bulawayo


Gold Star Sugar has re-opened its Bulawayo branch which was shut down seven months ago due to a plethora of problems ranging from financial dire straits, critical shortage of water and chronic power outages among other reasons.
Production has already begun, and yesterday job seekers were milling outside the company premises. The company confirmed it had re-opened the Bulawayo branch because raw materials to produce sugar were now available.
“The Starafrica group is pleased to announce the re-opening of its Bulawayo factory after a seven month shut down. Raw sugar availability has normalised and the company also used the time the factory was closed to carry out essential maintenance in preparation for increased output and enhanced efficiencies.”
The group has assured the Bulawayo market of a constant supply of sugar. “The factory produced its first batch of refined sugar on 18 July and the results are pleasing. The group would like to assure the market that there will be sufficient Goldstar sugar to meet demand and customer quality expectations,” the firm said. Chief operations officer Tendai Masawi said the re-commissioning of the branch was a positive step, as the sugar industry was important.
“We are pleased that our Bulawayo branch has finally re-opened and we are optimistic that it will do well. The sugar industry is vital and the re-opening is a vital step for us,” he said.
Masawi said they were in the process of making arrangements with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) for a guaranteed power supply.
“We are currently engaging Zesa to make an agreement for a constant power supply as Zesa outages were one of the reasons which were making it difficult for us to work,” he said.
Masawi also said that all the employees that worked there before the shut down had all resumed their duties.
Shareholders of Star Africa Corporation, early this year gave a nod to raising $10 million through a rights offer for refurbishing and re-capitalising its refineries.

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