The government efforts to promote rural economic and social development continue to bear witness with Gokwe South becoming the latest beneficiary to adopt cost effective technologies for use in rural electrification.

Gokwe South became the first in the Midlands province to receive  the cost effective grid energy technology that uses one conductor to transmit power over long distances.

The technology will see schools in the area, clinics, households and business centres benefitting in the electrification project.

Speaking at the commissioning of Msala electrification project of the single wire earth return technology, Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge reaffirmed government’s commitment towards empowering rural communities with cheap electricity that can bring sustainable development and fulfill the vision of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation (ZIM ASSET).

Rural Electrification Fund board chairman Willard Chiwewe said it is the intention of the fund to develop and adopt suitable and cost effective technologies for use in rural electrification programmes.

Msala project will benefit four primary schools, clinics, five business centres and the project has potential to benefit adjacent communities where the power line passes through.

The project took a total of 150 days to complete at a total cost of close to US$600 000.