Kaguvi shoe pro­duc­tion shoots up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

KAGUVI Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre (KVCT) is now pro­duc­ing about 2 000 pairs of shoes ev­ery month af­ter en­ter­ing into a part­ner­ship with Bata Shoe Com­pany.

The coun­try’s big­gest shoe man­u­fac­turer en­tered into a part­ner­ship with the vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tre in Gweru as part of mea­sures to em­power en­tre­pre­neur­ial in­sti­tu­tions.

KVTC, which is si­t­u­ated about 40km from Gweru along the Gweru – Harare road, is now part of the shoe man­u­fac­turer’s As­so­ci­ated Busi­ness Unit (ABUs).

Speak­ing at the In­sti­tu­tion’s 14th grad­u­a­tion and prize giv­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day, Youth, Indi­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Zhuwao said he was im­pressed with the re­sults of the part­ner­ship be­tween KVCT and Bata Shoe Com­pany.

“I am im­pressed by the tremen­dous ef­forts made fol­low­ing the part­ner­ship be­tween Kaguvi VCT and Bata Shoe Com­pany.

“The pro­vi­sion of in­dus­trial sew­ing ma­chines by the afore­men­tioned has greatly im­proved pro­duc­tion at the cen­tre and I am in­formed that 1 000 sandals are pro­duced ev­ery two weeks at this in­sti­tu­tion through a sub-con­tract­ing ar­range­ment,” he said.

Bata has also set up shoe man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment at Mup­fure Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre near Chegutu and at Dan­hiko School in Harare as part of the ABUs.

Bata in­tro­duced ABUs as part of mea­sures to em­power mem­bers of the com­mu­nity as well as com­ply­ing with the coun­try’s indi­geni­sa­tion laws where it has sub­con­tracted lo­cal en­ter­prises to make shoes on its be­half.

To ce­ment the part­ner­ship, the com­pany handed over five shoe stitch­ing ma­chines to the KVTC which will be used for the mak­ing of shoes at the in­sti­tu­tion. Un­der the part­ner­ship ar­range­ment, Bata has trained lec­tur­ers and stu­dents from KVTC at its Gweru fac­tory as part of its qual­ity con­trol mech­a­nisms.

Min­is­ter Zhuwao en­cour­aged the grad­u­ates to use the knowl­edge that they have ac­quired and their hands so that they can help in chang­ing the econ­omy.

“The youth have their hands, power and knowl­edge and they must be able to use these as tools, learn more about the mar­ket and how to pro­duce qual­ity prod­ucts.

“All we need to do as a min­istry is to pro­vide a mar­ket base and en­cour­age the young­sters to help change the econ­omy,” said Zhuwao.

KVCT Prin­ci­pal, Mr Vil­lie Manyoka, said the part­ner­ship was a wel­come de­vel­op­ment which had re­sulted in the col­lege earn­ing ex­tra in­come. “We have been man­u­fac­tur­ing sandals on be­half of Bata Shoe Com­pany at a cost and we are hop­ing to pro­duce more prod­ucts other than sandals. The com­pany is sup­ply­ing us with raw ma­te­ri­als for the en­tire prod­uct and we give them fin­ished goods.

“This ar­range­ment has ben­e­fited us in three dif­fer­ent ways which in­clude the train­ing of stu­dents, ca­pac­i­tat­ing our staff and we have also man­aged to get in­come though it’s not very sig­nif­i­cant but it helps in the de­vel­op­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion,” said Mr Manyoka. — @wyn­nezane

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