President Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned timber forests invaders to move out immediately, and directed the Minister of Industry and Commerce to issue a statutory instrument to stop the export of raw granite.
Cde Mnangagwa today toured Allied Timbers in Msasa, Harare and Chitungwiza based-Southern Granites, a company that is value adding to the granite stone which is mined in Mutoko, Mashonaland East Province.
“I am extremely impressed by what I saw at the Boards and Doors Production Plant and Southern Granites Company. We must as a nation take bold steps to innovate and seek home grown solutions. Recovery requires reform, responsibility and restructuring. Government will do all in its power to live the phrase servant leadership, improve ease of doing business and facilitate much needed investment. As we journey towards Vision 2030, let us innovate sustainably to create a brighter future for all,” he said after touring the two firms.
President Mnangagwa warned those settling in timber forests to vacate, saying authorities should make sure that they are moved out immediately.
The President, who commissioned new machinery at Allied Timbers factory in Msasa, said the new dispensation wants sanity in the industry and urged other companies to emulate the way Allied Timbers is doing it business.
“Other parastatals must follow the route of Allied Timbers, which is generating its own foreign currency through exports and does not have to go to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) for forex allocation,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
Speaking about the granite company, Cde Mnangagwa said value addition is the way to go, calling for a ban in the export of raw granite.
“A 10000m3 of this stone is sold at US$4,5 million when raw, but if we value-add it, it will fetch up to US$12,9 million,” the President said.
The granite stone is used in the construction industry and Cde Mnangagwa confirmed that the stone will be used at the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden.