Zimbabwe opens solar toll plaza

2013-04-11 09:32
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Johannesburg - Zimbabwe has opened its first solar power-driven toll plaza outside Bulawayo, according to a report on Thursday.

According to Beeld, the Ntabazinduna toll plaza is the first of at least eight being built in a project between the South African construction company Group Five and the Zimbabwean national road authority (Zinara) to upgrade the main road between Mutare and Plumtree.

The road is the main thoroughfare from east to west through the country and connects Zimbabwe to Mozambique and Botswana.

About 320km of the total route of 820km has been completed and the entire project is expected to be completed over 18 months.

Zimbabwe transport minister Nicholas Goche said the project could be seen as a model for other infrastructure projects.

"The [Zimbabwean] government has realised that road building can no longer be financed from the fiscus, because then it competes with other social needs."

Zinara formed a joint venture, Infralink, with Group Five in which it had an interest of 70% and Group Five 30%.

Infralink received funding of R1.8bn from the Southern African Development Bank.

Group Five will do rehabilitation work on the road and its affiliate Intertoll Africa has the contract to manage and the road for 10 years, but the contract could be extended for an additional decade.
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