The Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, Professor Mthuli Ncube, commissioned the newly built flats for ZIMRA employees in Beitbridge.

It was an important day at Beitbridge border post as the Minister, accompanied by the ZIMRA board Chairman, Mr. Anthony Mandiwanza, other Board members, the Commissioner General of ZIMRA, Ms. Regina Chinamasa, and her executive attended the commissioning ceremony. The event was particularly significant as it took place just a day before the International Customs Day, 26 January.

The Board Chairman chronicled the genesis of the project and how it has alleviated the plight of staff members and thanked government for the support, before introducing the Minister of Finance to give his remarks. The Minister acknowledged the importance of the occasion and the nation’s commitment to its development agenda. “The event is timely as it is one of the many projects that have been completed within the lifespan of the country’s radical blue print, the National Development Strategy 1”, he declared. The Minister further reiterated that the delivery of affordable, sustainable, modern functional housing and social amenities is part of the Vision 2030 as espoused by His Excellency, President Dr E.D Mnangagwa.

He emphasized the importance of preserving energy by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy and explore the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking, as the later would not only reduce the organisation’s energy bill but also alleviate the strain on the national utility ZESA. He also encouraged the leadership to demonstrate the same commitment in the other projects at Forbes Border Post, Chirundu and Maitengwe.

In his appreciation remarks, Mr Johnsai Dewah, one of the Board members expressed gratitude to the government for the support while encouraging staff members to preserve the flats for future inhabitants. “These structures represent not only a significant investment by the government but also a testament to the commitment we have towards our employees and the development of our nation. It is our duty to ensure that these flats are well-maintained and cared for throughout the years to come” he said.

Among the ZIMRA employees present, Mr Tafadzwa Magudu, an administration staff member stationed at the border, couldn’t contain his excitement as he felt the provision of accommodation was a much needed point of relief.

The provision of sustainable housing facilities will undoubtedly contribute to a more productive and motivated workforce, ultimately benefiting the whole nation.