Item 1: Measures to Combat Road Traffic Disasters
Cabinet received a Report by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management, focusing on the factors behind the high incidents of road traffic accidents and recommendations on the way forward. Cabinet noted with concern the ever increasing road traffic accidents on the country’s road, and agreed on a raft of preventive measures to be taken at the policy, regulatory, infrastructural and social security levels. The various measures to be introduced in this regard will be publicised to the nation after the ongoing consultations on the roadmap for their implementation have been concluded.
Item 2: Zimbabwe National Diamond policy
Cabinet approved the long-awaited Zimbabwe National Diamond Policy, which covers all the stages of the diamond value chain, namely: exploration, mining, processing, valuation, marketing, beneficiation, value addition, as well as the issues of capacity building, security and law enforcement.
The key features of the policy are as follows: that only the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), Murowa Diamonds, and two other companies to be approved by Government will be allowed to undertake diamond exploration and mining title shall approach any one of the four approved companies for joint venture agreements; that Government through ZCDC shall be the 46 percent and the local Community Trust, the 5 percent indigenous partners of any foreign investor who intends to undertake diamond mining activities in Zimbabwe; that Government may waiver that local ownership threshold subject to submission of satisfactory submissions and due diligence; that all rough diamonds produced from all diamond mining operations shall be submitted to the Diamond Value Management Centre, to be established by the ZCDC for cleaning, sorting and valuation, save for Murowa Diamonds; that private players shall participate in value addition after cleaning and sorting upon obtaining the necessary approvals and that 10 percent of diamonds shall be reserved for local value addition.
- New City Designs and Urban Regeneration Projects
Cabinet was briefed on the New City Designs and Urban Regeneration Projects by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing covering the following;
The New Parliament Building and the New City in the Mt Hampden area and
Urban Renewal Project for Mbare (Harare), Sakubva (Mutare) and Makokoba (Bulawayo).
The New City will be developed in partnership between Government and private sector players based on the concept of the modern and self-contained smart city. The launch of the projects will be undertaken soon.
- The 100-day priority projects approved by Cabinet for immediate implementation
Cabinet approved the following priority projects from Ministries for implementation under the 100-day Programme:
Ministry of Information Communication Technology and
Deployment of the Makuti-Chirundu Optic Fibre Backbone Link
Deployment of 10 base stations in rural areas
Fabrication and deployment of 24 containerised village information centre (CVICs)
Provision of Wireless Solution to the Home and Building WTTx Network to Replace the Existing Costly Wired Technologies
Information Centres (CICs)
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Value chain linkage programme in various sectors
Consumer Education (Awareness) Campaigns
Technical Support to the Beef and Leather Value Chain Building Project
- Progress Report on the Implementation of the Harare-Beitbridge Road
Cabinet received a progress report from the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development on the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Road using local resources and our own construction companies as approved by Cabinet on 30 October, 2018. Notable progress so far registered on the project is as follows;
Segmentation of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway Road into nine sections namely: Skyline-Beatrice; Beatrice-Chivhu; Chivhu Town: Chivhu-Fairfield; Fairfield-Masvingo; Masvingo Town; Masvingo-Ngundu; Ngundu-Bubi; and Bubi-Beitbridge.
Commencement of works on selected portions of the Highway, namely: Skyline-Beatrice and Beatrice-Chivhu: and construction of the detour along the Skyline-Beatrice Section as well as the Beatrice-Chivhu Section already underway.