African Sun appoints new chairman

HARARE – Hospitality group, African Sun Limited, has appointed Mr Alex Makamure as the new board chairman with effect from June 29, 2018. Mr Makumure takes over the reign of the board from Herbert Nkala, who stepped down on June 28. Prior his ascendency to board chair, Mr Makamure served as the finance and audit committee chair.

“Mr Makamure has been a member of the African Sun Board for the past six years having joined on 17 October 2012.
“The board and management of African Sun congratulates Mr Makamure on his appointment and wish him success in this new role,” said African Sun.

The outgoing chairman, Mr Nkala was appointed to the board on November 24, 2018 before becoming chairman in March 2015.

Mr Nkala leaves the hospitality group at a time it was beginning to turnaround its fortunes.
During his time, African Sun paid its first dividend in nearly a decade as operations improved buoyed by hotel refurbishments.

African Sun recently reported a 30 percent revenue increase to $20 million for the five months to May 2018 compared to same period last year on the back of improvements in hotel occupancy, which was at 53 percent.

Domestic revenue increased 28 percent to $11 million. At $9,3 million, foreign revenue was 32 percent above prior year as foreign arrivals increased by 24 percent. It is anticipated the hospitality industry will have a good year on the back of anticipated increase in arrivals ahead and during election period with observers from all over the world flocking to Zimbabwe while others are coming to scout for investment opportunities.–

Govt surpasses target for road grading

The year 2017 saw Government focus on grading the country’s national road network with gravel/earth roads to ensure that they are trafficable. A total of $126,2 million was disbursed to Road Authorities under the Government of Zimbabwe Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) in 2017 as Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development upped the ante in its quest to ensure funds are availed for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the country’s road network.

The Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP) is a Government of Zimbabwe programme that was initiated to rehabilitate the country’s road network that had been extensively damaged during the last rain season.

It is the new political dispensation’s thrust for Zimbabwe to have a well-developed, trafficable and safe trunk, rural and urban road network.

The general condition of most roads in the country has deteriorated due to inadequate funding for routine and periodic maintenance.

Under the Programme, Rural District Councils got a disbursement of $17 million, achieving 61 percent of their planned road works’ programmes for the year.

Rural District Councils graded 14 353 kilometres of gravel roads against a planned target of 23 390 kilometres.
80 percent of Zimbabwe’s total road network is gravel/earth roads, which makes grading a very important activity in road maintenance to ensure safe and trafficable roads.

Most of these gravel/earth roads in the rural areas. The aim of grading is always to restore or maintain “road geometry,” or the necessary cross-section for a functioning gravel/earth road.

Gravel roads are usually maintained by routine blading and adding gravel where necessary, but sometimes major grading and reshaping is necessary due to prolonged wet weather or unusually heavy traffic.

Significant rutting, loss of crown, and deep ditches are all circumstances that necessitate more substantial repair work.
Given the maintenance backlog that has bedevilled the country’s national road network, the commencement of the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme has given a new lease of life to the country’s roads. Under the Program 3 711km of Gravel roads were regravelled.

The District Development Fund (DDF) surpassed its planned target by grading 21 231 kilometres against its planed target of 21 175 kilometres.

The DDF received total disbursements of $22,9 million for 2017. The DDF which falls under the Office of the President and Cabinet is the only Road Authority to achieve a 100 percent mark for grading, under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

This achievement was enhanced by the funding for the purchase of 80 motorised graders by ZINARA and disbursed to Road Authorities. DDF also achieved 100 percent mark for reconstruction and reseal were the planned 40km was attained
The Department of Roads, which falls under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development received a total of $39,4 million under the Programme. A total of 5 396 kilometres of gravel/earth roads were graded against a target of 8 160 kilometres.

Urban Councils got a disbursement of $38,8 million which resulted in them covering 89 percent of their planned works’ under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.

However, with a specific focus on grading, Urban Councils graded 846 kilometres against a set target of 947 kilometres.
The Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme’s implementation is being co-ordinated through a Project Steering Committee (PSC), which provides policy guidance.

The Project Steering Committee is chaired by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and is constituted of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development; Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing and the District Development Fund (DDF).–

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