Tsvangirai said this during his tour of Kwekwe city to assess the city’s business and social amenities. He was speaking during a tour of Oliken Ferro-Alloys Private Limited, an engineering and chrome –smelting company owned by an indigenous businessman, Oliver Rugube.
Tsvangirai said this was a good example of what Zimbabweans can venture into. “What is positive is that we have Zimbabweans going into this kind of operation. Most had been used to investing in bottle stores and running tuckshops but this is where the money is,” said Tsvangirai. If we are able to exploit these resources and process them, we will employ more people and get more value to the country and we would be in a much better position than we have been,” Tsvangirai added.
“There are some people exporting raw chrome to China, this is a serious disadvantage. Exporting raw chrome does not bring money, the money is on the second and third processes where we are able to refine and sell the finished products,” Tsvangirai said.
Tsvangirai said the small scale miners would be protected.
Tsvangirai who described the Midlands province as the country’s economic engine, also disclosed that the long awaited conclusion of the deal between steel manufacturer, ZISCO and Essar Holdings will be concluded next Monday. He expressed his optimism that this would mark the beginning of the revival of ZISCO, the country’s sole producer of steel.
Tsvangirai also visited Kwekwe General Hospital where he admitted more resources needed to be channelled into the health sector to improve infrastructure. He also visited Kwekwe City council and said he was satisfied with how the local authority was managing the affairs of the city.
However kwekwe residents are always at loggerheads with the council, alleging that there is corruption and that they do not take in people’s views during budget consultative meetings.