A South African company has engaged the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing seeking to partner local authorities to establish a $327 million waste management project.

The project is expected to create over 21 000 jobs while addressing the current challenges being faced by local authorities in waste management which have tragically resulted in outbreaks of cholera and typhoid.

The $327million carrot dangled by South African company Mashana Business Enterprises excited the Zimbabwean technical team led by Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Jennifer Mhlanga, coming as it does at a time government is seeking partners to complement its efforts to decisively deal with the sporadic cholera and typhoid outbreaks that always stalk the country.

Perhaps the $30 million demo project, thrown in as a sweetener, was the reason why the team described the project as one that is too good to be true.

Deputy Minister Mhlanga advised representatives from local authorities at the meeting to assess the deal on its merits and not view it as a threat to their revenue generation streams such as collection of rubbish, which is paid for by ratepayers.

Mashana Zimbabwe chairperson Takalani Swanepoel said her company seeks a mutually beneficial funding model for the project.

Some of the products of the plant will include diesel, petrol, charcoal, organic fertilisers and animal stock-feed, inter alia.