1230: This brings to an end our live updates here in Msasa. Thank you for joining us.
1226: The Police Band is now on stage providing some entertainment.
1224: He has thanked the government of Zimbabwe for their continued support towards the construction of this plant here in Msasa.
1223: The PPC managing director Mr Kelibone Masiyane is now on the podium giving his vote of thanks.
12:22 The President Cde Robert Mugabe has finished his speech and declares the plant officially commissioned.
1221: “Allow me to express my gratitude to PPC for their diligence in constructing this plant and the positive contribution towards the growth and development of the country’s economy,” President Mugabe said.
1220: Cde Mugabe has also commended PPC for supporting the broad base of indigenisation through paying dividends to its shareholders.
1219: The President also said that PPC has contributed US$3 million to the community share ownership trust and was shared between Umguza and Gwanda communities.
1218: He says PPC has contributed 10% equity to the community share ownership trust to the Gwanda and Umguza communities, 9.7% to the employee share ownership trust, a consortium of 4.9% has been given to the indigenous Zimbabweans and the national indigenisation and economic empowerment fund has a shareholding of 9.7%.
1217: The President has commended PPC for constructing this cement making plant as it is one of the largest in the country and uses exceptional technology.
1216: PPC remains one of the major manufacturing companies in Zimbabwe and has stood the test of time.
1214: “I am aware that the company has also another plant in Bulawayo and operates countrywide. It is pleasing to note that PPC maintains its primary mandate of providing top quality cement for construction which in turn will help in building infrastructure in Zimbabwe,” says President Mugabe.
1212: “Let me commend the PPC Cement company for a job well done as they were no deaths and injuries recorded during the construction of this state of the art plant here in Msasa,”
1211: He says PPC has remained in line with the Zimbabwe’s economic blueprint the ZIM ASSET through the building of this plant.
1209: President Mugabe is now giving his speech.
1208: Minister Bimha has concluded his speech and has called upon the President Cde Mugabe to give his address.
1204: In 2014 President Mugabe assumed the chairmanship of the SADC and spearheaded the industrialisation and roadmap of SADC.
1201: PPC’s project is one of the best example which shows that Zimbabwe is over welcome to other investors who would like to do business in this country.
1200: Cde Bimha said the growth of industries has resulted in large scale production of goods which are available to the consumer at much cheaper rates.
“Government will continue to support such projects like these for the development of the country and ensure the economy continues to recover,” said Cde Bimha.
1159: Minister Bimha says government is committed to promote the socio-economic development of the country.
1157: “This project spearheads the growth and development of the economy and PPC has become the largest cement manufacturing company in Zimbabwe with over 100 years of existence in the industry,” says Cde Bimha.
1156: He says this marks a milestone in achieving the growth and development of the country’s economy.
1154: Minister of Industry and Commerce Cde Mike Bimha is now giving his speech.
1153: Albert Nyathi is back on the podium providing entertainment.
1142: PPC Group chairperson Mr Peter Nelson is now on the podium giving his remarks.
1132: Mr Moyo says the plant has a milling capacity of 700 000 tonnes per annum and adds to the company’s portfolio already in existence in the country’s second largest city Bulawayo producing a combined total of 1.8 million tonnes of cement.
1130: PPC Board chairman Mr Todd Moyo is on the podium giving his opening remarks.
1109: Cde Mugabe is now going on to unveil the plaque.
1108: The President is now proceeding to cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the new PPC Cement plant.
1057: Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Ministers Joseph Made, Kembo Mohadi, Patrick Zhuwawo, Walter Chidhakwa, Saviour Kasukuwere, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Dr Samuel Undenge and Deputy Minister Edgar Mbwembwe as well as Cde Misheck Sibanda, Justin Mpamhanga and Katsande are also in attendence.
1053: Proceedings have begun with a tour of the plant with several government ministers and members of the Office of the President and Cabinet in tour.
1051: The President Cde Robert Mugabe is commissioning a new US$82 million PPC Cement manufacturing plant in Msasa, Harare.