BULAWAYO, Tuesday, October 15, 1991 — The imposition of heavy import duty on clinker, a major component in the manufacture of cement, has led to an increase in the price of the product and may aggravate the current shortage of cement, sources in the industry said yesterday.
The managing director of Unicem, manufacturers of cement, Mr Jimmy Stobbs, said the company had increased the price of cement in response to imposition of import duty on clinker.
Although he could not say exactly how much would be charged for a 50kg pocket of cement, he said its price would go up by more than $17 from the present $11. Two weeks ago the Government raised the duty on cementrelated products from 70 cents a tonne to $200 a tonne.
This means that duty on 50kg of cement is now $10. The Government imposed the new charges in an effort to reduce the importation of cement under the open general import licence. Several cement supplies said the new duty would make the current shortage of cement worse.