BY IRENE MOYO
CONSTRUCTION of Mambale bridge in Matabeleland South province is set to resume next month following an allocation of $85 million by government.
The bridge, whose construction stalled two years ago due to COVID-19 lockdowns, links Matobo and Mangwe districts.
DDF Matabeleland South provincial co-ordinator Moment Malandu told Southern Eye that work on the bridge started in 2019 but was delayed by COVID-19.
“The project started in 2019 and for the past two years it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, we are waiting for the water levels to decrease in the river with the hope that by next month, construction will begin,” Malandu said.
In 2020, 107 bags of cement were reportedly stolen at the construction site.
Malandu said shortages of labour and foreign currency to procure raw materials were some of the challenges they faced in the past.
“We are unable to tell when the project will be completed,” Malandu said.
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