By Anotida Shamiso Kwami
Government has invited tenders for the construction of the 260KM Gwayi-Shangani Dam pipe line project. Construction of the Gwayi-Shangaani dam marks the commencement of the Second Phase of the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (NMZWP) and fulfils the objective of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) which is to address Water and Sanitation challenges .
In a statement, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement said it is opening up the tender for the construction of the pipeline to local companies.
“The Government of Zimbabwe is implementing the National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project which has three phases. Phase One is the ongoing construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam and Phase Two is the construction of a 260km pipeline and pumping stations linking the Gwayi-Shangani Dam to Bulawayo,” reads the statement.
According to the Ministry it will be compulsory for prospective bidders to visit the site between May 13 and June 16, 2021.
Prospective bidders will be expected to meet on the stated dates at Nkulumane Complex along Masiyephambili Drive in Bulawayo where they will be led to Cowdray Park where the pipeline ends and proceed to Nyamandlovu up to Gwayi Shangani Dam site.
According to the statement the Zimbabwe National Water Authority(ZINWA) as the engineer for the project, is inviting suitable companies to construct the pipeline.
“Following the groundbreaking ceremony officiated by His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa on 25 February 2021 to mark the commencement of Phase Two of the project, Zinwa, the engineer of the project, is inviting tenders from established and experienced contractors who registered with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) in line with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDPA) Act and Disposal of Public Assets (General) Regulations (Statutory Instrument No. 5 of 2018), for the construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam-Bulawayo pipeline,” read the statement.
Speaking to Skyz Metro FM ZINWA Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager Marjorie Munyonga said the authority was now tendering to get a contractor .
“We now need to get a contractor to start the work at the moment we are getting people to work on the project. When the contractor comes they should give us a work schedule of when they will start the work.”
Government has allocated $4,5 billion towards the project, which is expected to ease the perennial water challenges in Bulawayo and should be completed before the end of the year.