An estimate of the cost of such a mammoth construction in 1912 was Z$6,000. Estimates rose to Z$8 billion in 1996 and now, 94 years later, costs will be in the trillions, but the dam has never been built.
And “The dam will be financed at a cost of US$600 million by the government of
The proposed lasting solution to the city water problems was, in the first instance, the building of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam in Matabeleland North province. The next step was to pipe water from the mighty
The dam was supposed to take four years to complete. A contract for the building of the dam on a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement was awarded to a Chinese company and there is ample evidence of Chinese participation in the project where all the signs are in both written in English as well as Chinese and there is a preponderance of the immaculate construction crews in surrounding areas like Hwange Safari Lodge and the
But now, two years into construction, there is not much to see at the site which is 300 kilometres to the North of Bulawayo, on the main
The gorge is spectacular. A recent trip showed the river flowing swiftly due to the recent heavy rains – but no sign of any dam wall.
I managed to find a tiny piece of news in a remote publication which stated on February 2, 2006 “Construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam, one of the dams set to provide water to the drought-prone Matabeleland region, has been stopped following floods that swept away the dam wall and access roads at the construction site.”Post published in: Opinions