Mutare’s oldest high density suburb Sakubva faces major facelift starting this July when the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project begins under the country’s devolution programme.

As part of a move towards a world class city, Manicaland Province is embarking on the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project that will change the face of Mutare’s oldest high density suburb with squalid housing structures being replaced with more spacious high rising flats.

Manicaland Minister of State Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, who was addressing members of the Zimbabwe War Collaborators Association in Mutare, revealed that the money for the first phase of the project is now available while a number of partnerships will be explored to construct world class infrastructure in areas that include roads, health, mining and education, with the upgrading of Sakubva Stadium and construction of flea markets and a bus terminus being among other key projects.

“A number of construction programmes have been lined up starting this July as government spearheads the implementation of the Sakubva urban renewal project” she said.

Minister Gwaradzimba said the project will create at least 15 500 jobs directly while up to 23 250 jobs will be created in the downstream industries.

“Devolution entails that jobs will be for the people of Manicaland. Apart from providing a major facelift, the Sakubva Urban Renewal Project will create a lot of jobs,” she added.

The provincial minister said Manicaland is set to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the devolution programme if it taps into the vast resources found in the province and in the process attract more investments, adding that construction of the gemology centre for cutting and polishing of diamonds will create 3 820 jobs.