The government is working on a framework to establish industrial parks in all local authorities as part of the economic revival initiatives anchored on science and technology.
Government’s development agenda has moved a gear up as plans are underway to revolutionise the manufacturing sector through the setting up of industrial hubs across the country.
Addressing delegates during the graduation ceremony for Bulawayo Polytechnic, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira said the project to be funded locally is now work in progress.
“We are expecting to establish industrial parks in all local authority areas where we have polytechnics, colleges and universities. We shall fund it ourselves as we strive to achieve mission 5.0. We have a vision of developing institutional infrastructure that makes Zimbabwe competitive in the 21st century and beyond,” he said.
The Principal of Bulawayo Polytechnic Mr Gilbert Mabasa decried the job freeze by the Public Service Commission saying it has created shortages in staff establishment particularly in the engineering areas.
“Guest of honour sir distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen the staff members in post have continued to decline due to attrition and deaths. During the year in question we have lost five members through retirements, resignation and deaths. The freeze on recruitment, which we appreciate as a government strategy of containing government expenditure, is causing a strain on available lectures with some carrying heavy workloads,” Mr Mabasa said.
Among the graduands was ZBC News anchor Marylyn Ngwenya who graduated with a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering in Communication Systems and scooped a prize for being the best student in research work.