12 villas almost complete

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12 villas almost complete

Debra Matabvu

TWELVE villas to accommodate high-level delegates during the 44th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit are almost complete, with materials to construct the remaining six expected in the country by Thursday this week.

The 12 single-storey villas are expected to be complete by the end of this month. The remaining six double-storey villas and a conference centre, also under development, will be completed before the summit begins.

Materials to construct the 18 villas and conference centre in Mt Hampden were sourced from Abu Dhabi, with the last shipment expected in Beira, Mozambique, this week.

As preparations for the summit

move a gear up, it has also emerged that out of the more than 50 sections of roads that were earmarked for reconstruction and widening, over half have been completed. The remaining are set for completion in a fortnight.

In addition, renovations at major hotels to accommodate some of the delegates are also at advanced stages.

Overall, preparations for the summit, including the development of road infrastructure, accommodation, onsite and offsite infrastructure at the summit venue, as well as construction of a VVIP pavilion at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) International Airport, are 99 percent complete.

A team from the SADC Secretariat is expected in the country next week for final inspection.

Briefing The Sunday Mail on preparations for the regional indaba, the Deputy Chief Secretary and National Coordinator for Flagship Programmes and Projects in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Engineer Amos Marawa, said most of the infrastructure was ready for final inspection.

“We are confident that the technical assessment team from SADC, which is visiting around July 17, will give us a thumbs up,” he said.

“They are coming to confirm that everything that we have given them as a plan is in place.

“The 12 single-storey villas are substantially complete in terms of erecting the external and the internal walls.

“As you recall, all the materials that we are talking about for the villas came by ship from the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

“Last night (Thursday), we received a fleet of 22 trucks transporting some of the external and internal walls.

“The remainder, which is 46 trucks, are expected in the next two days.

“Then we will be complete in terms of the materials that were on the first ship for the 12 villas.

“We believe the second ship is arriving on July 10 or 11 with the rest of the materials for the other villas.

“We are then going to start work on the other villas, which are two-storey villas.”

Engineer Marawa said the reconstruction of road infrastructure has been subdivided into three lots.

“Most of the sections of the road that we are redeveloping have been completed in terms of surfacing.

“We still have very short sections where we are still doing some work, but again, as I said, they are substantially complete, because we are at the last base level, which we call G1.”

He said the “G1” stage involves laying cement-stabilised aggregate as the final step before asphalt laying.

“So, for most of the roads, we are now at G1 stage, and we think within the next one-and-a-half weeks, we should have completed most of the work on the trafficable surface itself.

He said the first lot of 11 roads is nearly complete, with the roads requiring only minor work like painting, signage and repairs to lighting and traffic signals.

Fifteen roads under the second lot are halfway complete and currently under construction.

For the third lot of 22 roads, procurement of materials for the work is underway. The roads are expected to be completed by July 20.

“The second lot commenced two weeks ago and work is going on smoothly.

“Currently, we have 15 roads that are ongoing; . . . 11 are almost substantially complete.

“Four roads are almost halfway.

“The third lot is still under procurement, and we are at the very last stages.”

Turning to work at the RGM International Airport, Eng Marawa said the new pavilion is nearly complete.

“We are now doing the internal finishes and putting in furniture and the necessary ICT (information and communication technology) facilities around the building and parking apron for the aircraft, as well as the fencing and the gate access.

“So, we can safely say we are 99,9 percent ready to host SADC with the facilities I have mentioned.”

Renovations for hotels in Harare, Eng Marawa added, were at an advanced stage, with most set to be ready before the beginning of the SADC Industrialisation Week.

“Up to about 19 VVIPs can be accommodated in our hotels.

“We are talking of seven or eight at Hyatt Regency and then 11 at Rainbow Towers and one at Monomotapa Hotel.

“Monomotapa is also providing two executive suites, which are also maybe suitable for some of our VVIPs.

“You will be aware that the Industrialisation Week is starting on August 28 and is being hosted at Rainbow Towers.

“They are replacing all the seats at the HICC and in terms of stripping, they have already completed that.

“They are already now fitting the new chairs.

“In total, there will be 3 600 seats and I think they are already at the halfway mark.”

The summit will run from August 8 to 18.