Pres­i­dent to open Mutare cook­ing oil plant:

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Lib­erty Dube Post Cor­re­spon­dent

PRES­I­DENT Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa is today (Fri­day) ex­pected to of­fi­cially open cook­ing oil and soap pro­duc­tion plant Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe sit­u­ated in Mutare’s Nyakamete in­dus­trial area.

The com­pany which opened shop in 2016 is the sec­ond project in the Man­i­ca­land to­gether with Green­fuel in Chisum­banje to be ac­corded the Na­tional Project Sta­tus be­cause of the im­mense con­tri­bu­tion it would give in im­prov­ing the coun­try’s econ­omy.

Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe Pri­vate Lim­ited is a sub­sidiary of South Africa-based Wil­low­ton Group.

The group man­u­fac­tures a wide range of prod­ucts which in­clude dib­ble oils, mar­garines and spreads, toi­letries, laun­dry and bathing soaps, can­dles, choco­lates, bak­ing and in­dus­trial fats.

Wil­low­ton ac­quired for­mer Karina Tex­tiles premises to house its oil plant that is ex­pected to pro­duce close to half a mil­lion litres of ed­i­ble oils per day.

Be­sides cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment for hun­dreds of lo­cals, the plant has also brought count­less busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to the city of Mutare since it

started op­er­at­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The cook­ing oil plant breathed life into Mutare’s dy­ing in­dus­try fol­low­ing the clo­sure of many compa- nies due to harsh eco­nomic chal­lenges.

Notable com­pa­nies that closed shop in­clude Mutare Board and Pa­per Mills and Karina Tex­tiles while sev­eral fac- tories sized down op­er­a­tions re­sult­ing in mas­sive job cuts that re­sulted in thou­sands of work­ers be­ing thrown onto the streets.

— File Pic­ture

The Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Com­merce Dr Mike Bimha (right) in­spects the soap pro­duc­tion line at Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe in Mutare last year.

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