The engineering companies in Bulawayo have called for the immediate resumption of operations at ZISCO which is the main supplier of iron and steel, the major raw material for their operations.

ZISCO steel is the spine of the national economy as it is the only institution in the country with the capacity to supply iron and steel products to feed the engineering, metal fabrication and foundry sectors.

The continued closure of ZISCO is gobbling thousands of dollars in foreign currency as engineering companies import steel from South Africa at a time when the economy is bleeding.

Ideally the company should be sustaining local production with its needs and exporting to other regional countries.

In an interview with the ZBC News, Mr Walter Chigwada, the managing director for Mealie Brand said delays in opening ZISCO is a huge cost to the national economy and corrective measures must be taken.

His sentiments were echoed by Mr Shepherd Sebata the general manager of C.T Bolts who said their operations have been adversely affected by imports of steel products as they are forced to slow down operations while waiting for foreign currency allocations.

The revival of ZISCO is also set to help provide business to the National Railways of Zimbabwe as it rails steel to different parts of the country especially Bulawayo, the hub of engineering.