Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Cde Joel Biggie Matiza has hailed the positive relations that exist between Zimbabwe and South Africa, after visiting Kopa Growth Point where the Defence Forces of  the two countries are constructing two bridges that were destroyed by Cyclone Idai  five months ago.

While inspecting the ongoing construction works on various roads and bridges destroyed by cyclone Idai in Chimanimani recently, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Cde Joel Biggie Matiza and Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba hailed the  South African Defence Forces for their assistance in the re-construction of two bridges at Kopa Growth Point.

Matiza said “This is one of the many generous donations that we have received from our brothers from South Africa especially now at a point when we are racing against time to have all the destroyed infrastructure ready before the rains…”

“As minister of state I am humbled by such a gesture from our neighbour. This shows that we are indeed true and genuine friends and further solidify the good relationship we have shared since the war of liberation… ” said Dr Gwaradzimba

Meanwhile, the second batch of construction equipment that was expected in the country from South Africa arrived at Kopa this weekend. According to authorities the arrival of the consignment will speed up the construction efforts.  The target is to finish all construction work before the next rain season begins.