Tur­nall se­cures $1m BCC con­tract As firm launches new roof­ing prod­uct

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Busi­ness Ed­i­tor

TUR­NALL Hold­ings yes­ter­day launched a new ce­ment fi­bre prod­uct called Ecosheet, an in­no­va­tive roof­ing op­tion that is af­ford­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Dr Mike Bimha presided over the launch at the com­pany’s Bu­l­awayo branch in Bel­mont.

The min­is­ter com­mended Tur­nall for com­ing up with the new prod­uct and chal­lenged com­pa­nies in the coun­try to em­brace in­no­va­tion so as to sur­vive the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic cli­mate.

He said the Govern­ment was aware of the chal­lenges fac­ing the econ­omy and was do­ing its best to cre­ate the best in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment that would sus­tain growth of lo­cal com­pa­nies.

The min­is­ter urged the pri­vate sec­tor to ap­proach the govern­ment with so­lu­tions as op­posed to com­plain­ing over prob­lems that are al­ready known.

Tur­nall board rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mr Man­fred Ma­hari said the new prod­uct was de­vel­oped in re­sponse to con­sumer needs in re­la­tion to en­vi­ron­ment and eco­nomic re­al­i­ties.

“Eco-sheet is a value and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­uct that will be avail­able in all sizes and moulds that Tur­nall has tra­di­tion­ally sup­plied to the mar­ket. It is durable and main­te­nance free. It is sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than tra­di­tional fi­bre ce­ment prod­ucts mak­ing it ap­pro­pri­ate for low cost hous­ing,” he said.

Act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ms Rose­line Chisveto said the new prod­uct was a demon­stra­tion of the firm’s com­mit­ment to serv­ing the mar­ket and re­spond­ing to its needs.

Tur­nall has a huge pipe­line man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, which is ly­ing idle and op­er­ates on the ba­sis of or­ders, act­ing tech­ni­cal ex­ec­u­tive Mr God­frey Starch, added.

“We will be open­ing our pipe­line plant at the end of this month to early De­cem­ber be­cause of the boost from city coun­cil. Our pipe­line plant op­er­ates on project ba­sis and we park it when there are no projects,” said Mr Starch dur­ing the tour.

“The plant will be up and run­ning now be­cause of this Nya­mandlovu Ep­ping For­est Project. Coun­cil has given us an or­der to sup­ply ma­te­rial worth $1 mil­lion to cover about 4.5km of the pipe­line project. This is a sig­nif­i­cant deal for us and it will ac­tu­ally make us pro­duce.”

Bu­l­awayo needs about 135 mega litres a day, but is get­ting an av­er­age of 90 mega litres per day.

Coun­cil is im­ple­ment­ing the project in part­ner­ship with Zinwa.

Gwayi catch­ment man­ager En­gi­neer Chengeto Gozo said the Ep­ping For­est project con­trac­tor was now on site.

“This project is part of the greater Nya­mandlovu aquifer wa­ter sup­ply man­aged by Zinwa. Cur­rently, we are get­ting in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter from Rochester Farm in Nya­mandlovu for Bu­l­awayo amid the cur­rent wa­ter cri­sis,” he said.

Eng Gozo said the com­ple­tion of the project would al­le­vi­ate the wa­ter cri­sis given that the other al­ter­na­tive sources of wa­ter for Bu­l­awayo were dry­ing up.

“When plans were made to ex­pand the project from Rochester to Ep­ping For­est Farm, our chal­lenge was funding. We dis­cussed with the city of Bu­l­awayo and they agreed to fund it,” he said.

Eng Gozo said the project was di­vided into two seg­ments, Slot A, which in­volves the set­ting up of pumps and Slot B where they would drill bore­holes.

“The project is sup­posed to take six months and we ex­pect to com­plete the project in the next five months. We are get­ting into the sec­ond month of the project and when we com­plete the two phases we will then start draw­ing wa­ter from the bore­holes to a sta­tion and then to the city of Bu­l­awayo reser­voirs,” said Eng Gozo.

Last year in April, coun­cil di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices En­gi­neer Simela Dube said the Ep­ping For­est Project needed an es­ti­mated $4 mil­lion to com­plete.

“Coun­cil had passed a res­o­lu­tion and agreed to part­ner Govern­ment through Zinwa and con­trib­ute to­wards the cost of im­ple­ment­ing this project. Let­ters have been writ­ten to the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the project,” Eng Dube said.

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