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Zinara is depicted as a reservoir. The road fund is made up of various road user charges which are seen as small braches or rivers feeding into the main location. The components conisit of Toll Fees, Vehicle Licence Fees, Loans and Grants, Abnormal Load Fees, Road Transit Fees and Fuel Levy. The red arrows show the movement of funds into and out of the reservoir into the the variuos applications of the fund. From the main source "the reservoir", funds are channeled towards various projects being; Urban Roads (used by Urban Councils), Trunk Roads (Department of Roads), Rural Roads (Rural District Councils and District Development Fund - DDF) as well as Special Projects which can happen in either of the above mentioned areas of application.

 

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NEWS

20 roads to be repaired before X-mas

Road works

Twenty roads will be repaired throughout the country under government’s $2 million trunk road maintenance programme as part of efforts to curb road carnage during the festive season.

A public notice last week said the nationwide Pre-Christmas Road Maintenance Blitz started on December 6 and was expected to run until December 22.

The programme being implemented by the Obert Mpofu-led ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development and the Zimbabwe National Road Administration is focusing on “pothole patching, mending of edge breaks and road markings”.

In Matabeleland North, roads to be repaired are Hwange-Victoria Falls and two of the worst roads in the province, Bulawayo-Tsholotsho and Bulawayo-Nkayi.

The programme involves the maintenance of the Bulawayo-Kezi, Bulawayo-Beitbridge and Bubi-Beitbridge roads in Matabeleland South. Masvingo-Bubi, Chivi-Mupandawana and Chivhu-Gutu-Chatsworth roads in Masvingo will also be repaired under the exercise. In the Midlands province, the Kadoma-Empress Mine and Mberengwa-West Nicholson roads are the ones which will be repaired under the programme.

In the Mashonaland region six roads will be repaired with Harare-Chivhu and Chivhu-Nyazura roads being maintained in Mashonaland East while those which will be repaired in Mashonaland West are Harare-Chirundu and Mhangura roads. Bindura-Matepatepa and Harare-Bindura- Mount Darwin roads in Mashonaland Central complete the list from the Mashonaland region.

Three roads will be repaired in Manicaland, consisting of the Rusape-Nyanga, Birchenough-Murabinda and Chipinge-Mount Selinda roads.

“Motorists are, therefore, advised to drive with due care and attention during this (road maintenance) period,” reads the public notice.

“Please bear with us as we endeavour to maintain our roads and curb carnage during this festive season.”

Although the country’s road network –considered one of the key enablers in the successful implementation of the country’s economic revival blue-print, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation – is poor, government has vowed to improve it, including exploring financing models such as the Built-Operate and Transfer methods.

The Zimbabwe Mail

Govt extends moratorium for unregistered cars

MUNESUSHE MUNODAWAFA

THE Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has extended the deadline to de-register all unlicensed vehicles to the end of this month. ZINARA recently announced that it would de-register more than 200 000 vehicles if their owners failed to heed their call to obtain licences by November 30.

However, in an interview yesterday, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development permanent secretary Mr Munesushe Munodawafa said more than 50 000 motorists had paid their dues.

“We have extended the project by another month till December. There was also a lot of pressure on our staff who could not meet the November deadline,” he said.

Mr Munodawafa also said they were working on a gazetted list of the unlicensed vehicles. He said for a vehicle to be de-registered, there was need for it to be gazetted. Mr Munodawafa said what they needed was compliance from motorists to ensure that they licensed their vehicles.

Motorists that have not yet complied with the directive have been urged to do so to avoid inconveniences. Last month, about 29 000 motorists out of 208 000 unlicensed vehicles had complied with the call to obtain licences.

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development recently mandated zinara in conjunction with the Central Vehicle Registry to remind motorists that the de-registration exercise was in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act, Chapter 13:14.

The Act states that, “. . . the registrar may, if according to his records, a registered vehicle has not been licensed or exempted for a period exceeding two years, cancel the registration of the vehicle concerned — provided that the registrar shall not cancel the registration of a vehicle before lapse of 30 days after which he has published his intention to do so by notice in The Gazette and in a newspaper circulation . . .”

“Once a vehicle has been de-registered, the process would be that the vehicle must acquire roadworthiness certificate through Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) and that the re-registration process would attract number plates at a cost of US$160.00 from CVR.”

There would also be need of a police clearance and payment of all outstanding zinara vehicle licence fee arrears. zinara, through its computerised system, now holds a database of a total of 616 307 vehicles. The vehicle licensing computerised system was introduced in May 2012 and there had been a huge impact in terms of accountability and revenue collection due to improved controls and record keeping.

In October, zinara revealed that vehicles on the country’s roads had exceeded 1,2 million from 800 000 reported last year, but there was a huge mismatch between vehicles on the road and those that were licensed.

Motorists defy call

 

About 29 000 motorists out of 208 000 with unlicensed vehicles have so far complied with the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration’s call to obtain licences by the end of this month. This comes after Zinara recently announced that it would de-register more than 200 000 vehicles if their owners fail to heed the call to obtain licences. Zinara director foradminstration Mr Precious Murove on Friday said they were noticing a positive response from motorists.

“The total number of unlicensed vehicles exceeding two years was 208 000 since the publication of the de-registration notice, and to date the number has reduced to 177 000. “This shows that 29 000 vehicles have complied with the vehicle licensing. We are noticing a positive response from the motoring public, and we urge those that have not yet complied in terms of the Act to do so to avoid inconveniences once the de-registration process will be implemented through CVR,”he said.

He said Zinara, through its computerised system, now holds a database of a total of 616 307 vehicles.

Mr Murove said the vehicle licensing computerised system was introduced in May 2012 and that there had been a huge impact in terms of accountability and revenue collection due to improved controls and record keeping.

“However, over the course of time it has become clear that there is a large contingent of vehicles that only licensed once and never returned to renew the licence. The assumption is that the owners of these vehicles just wanted the new look licensed disc in the hope that it will prevent them from paying subsequent licence fees,” he said.

Mr Murove said the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development had mandated Zinara in conjunction with the Central Vehicle Registry, to remind motorists that the de-registration exercise was in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act, Chapter 13:14.

He said the Act states that “. . . the registrar may , if according to his records a registered vehicle has not been licensed or exempted for a period exceeding two years, cancel the registration of the vehicle concerned — provided that the registrar shall not cancel the registration of a vehicle before lapse of 30 days after which he has published his intention to do so by notice in the Gazette and in a newspaper circulation . . . ”

Mr Murove said once a vehicle was de-registered, the process would be that the vehicle must acquire a Road Worthiness Certificate through the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) and that the re-registration process would attract number plate at a cost of US$160 from CVR.

Freeman Razemba Herald

ZINARA eyes 9 toll plazas by year-end

 

Toll Plaza Construction

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration targets to complete the construction of nine toll plazas along the Plumtree –Mutare highway by year end, acting chief executive Engineer Moses Juma has said.

Five toll plazas have been completed and are already operational while the remaining four would be completed by year end.

“On the Infralink route (Mutare-Plumtree) we have completed five toll plazas so far which are already operational with the remaining four slated for the year end. “The construction of toll plazas is part of our short target to maximise revenue to be used in road maintenance projects,” said Engineer Juma in an interview.

ZINARA is anticipating to collect about $100 million this year, boosted by the introduction of technology at toll plazas. The computerisation of toll gates has seen ZINARA doubling its revenue collection.

Much of the revenue collected by ZINARA goes towards road maintenance.

Business Reporter Herald

Zinara embarks on pothole patching exercise

THIRTY-FOUR urban councils are expected to benefit from the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration’s pothole patching and drain cleaning programme. Acting zinara chief executive officer Mr Moses Juma confirmed the development in an interview with The Herald on Tuesday.

He said the patching of potholes would begin before the onset of rains. Zinara is funding the programme. It will also provide raw materials for the exercise.

“Last week, $2 million was disbursed to rural district councils for routine maintenance, funding for labour and the recruitment process while overheads have already been released.

“We are going to embark on motorised grading of 80 roads, which is about 26 800 kilometres of road gravel work,” said Mr Juma.

The road repairs are expected to be completed before the Christmas Holiday. Mr Juma said the cleaning of the drainage systems in urban areas was equally important to avoid flooding of tarred roads during the rainy season.

Diana Nherera Herald Reporter

Airport Road Project: Phase 1 almost complete

THE Zimbabwe National Road Administration will complete the first phase of the Airport Road resurfacing programme by next month, acting chief executive officer Mr Moses Juma, has said.

Zinara took over the project from Harare City Council in June. The project started six years ago and is 90 percent complete.

It is funded from vehicle licensing fees. Council had contracted Augur Investments but it lacked capacity. Mr Juma said phase one of the project would include the dual carriageway, widening of roads and the inclusion of roundabouts.

“The roads being resurfaced in phase one of the road resurfacing programme will also see the introduction of four lanes and an island at the centre of the roads, carriageway markings, the installation of road signs, reflective bases for the purpose of night driving and the improvement of street lighting,” said Mr Juma.

Mr Juma said construction of a flyover would only be included in the second phase next year.

Herald Reporter

Over 200 000 vehicles face deregistration

The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration will de-register more than 200 000 vehicles if their owners fail to heed a call by the organisation to obtain licenses by the end of this month. Zinara advised motorists in a statement yesterday to ensure that their vehicles were licensed before the deadline.

“The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, the Zimbabwe National Road Administration and the Central Vehicle Registry would like to inform the motoring public that all vehicles that have not been licensed for a period exceeding two years will be de-registered from the CVR registry,” read part of the statement.

“To avoid de-registration of your vehicles, we appeal to our valued motoring public to comply by ensuring that their affected vehicles are properly licensed during the window period running prior to or from Saturday 1 November 2014 to Sunday 30 November 2014.”

Once de-registered, zinara said that re-registration of a vehicle would attract a re-registration fee of $160, a police clearance and settlement of licence arrears.

The de-registration of the vehicles was to be carried out in terms of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Act Chapter 13:14, section 12 paragraphs (c) and (d). Part (c) states that the Registrar may cancel the registration of a vehicle that has not been licensed or exempted for two years. Part (d) states that the Registrar may also de-register a vehicle if he has reasonable grounds for believing that a registered vehicle is no longer required to be registered in terms of Section six.

Last month, zinara revealed that vehicles in the country’s roads had exceeded 1,2 million from 800 000 reported last year, but there was a huge mismatch between vehicles on the road and those that were licensed. A zinara official yesterday said the number of unregistered vehicles increased everyday. “On October 31 2014, 160 000 vehicles were unregistered and as from November 1 2014, there are 202 000 unlicensed vehicles on the road,” said the official.

Susan Nyabunze Herald Reporter

Zinara projects on course

ZIMBABWE has surpassed maintenance and rehabilitation targets of rural roads set in the Zim-Asset and is on course to widen major highways linking cities and towns, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu, has said.

At least 24 105 km of gravel road networks countrywide have been graded against a Zim-Asset target of 4 000 kilometres under the Infrastructure and Utilities Cluster. This follows Government’s decision through the Zimbabwe National Road Administration to buy 80 motorised graders which were commissioned by President Mugabe in 2013.

In a speech read on his behalf by permanent secretary Mr Munesuishe Munodawafa at the commissioning of the Kadoma Six-Way toll plaza that is fully solar powered recently, Dr Mpofu said the plaza, the first of its kind in the country, would help speed up the movement of vehicles.

“I am glad to advise that these graders have graded over 24 105km of gravel road countrywide, representing 34 percent of the total gravel road network,” he said.

“This is commendable given that it already surpasses the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) target of 4 000 km for rural roads.”

Zimbabwe has 61 000 km of gravel road networks out of a combined 88 000 km road networks. Dr Mpofu said work was in progress to widen part of the 18 460 km of state highways with some earmarked for dualisation.

At least 95 percent of the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare Road network has been completed with commissioning expected before the end of the year. At least five of the nine toll plazas along that route have been completed. Dr Mpofu said the Rusape and Mutare toll plazas were expected to be completed by mid-November while the Goromonzi and Gweru North plazas were expected to be completed by end of December. He, however, bemoaned vandalism of infrastructure on some of the completed sections of the project where people were removing studs on the carriageway and delineators from culverts.

The representative of Group Five, Mr David Blain, whose company is working on the $206 million project, said the project created 2 500 jobs for locals, while downstream suppliers benefited. Zinara board chairman Mr Albert Mugabe, said targeted utilisation of funds had yielded success in widening the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare Road network.

“What we are collecting in terms of toll fees and other fees like vehicle licences falls way short of what we need to maintain and rehabilitate our roads, so we have targeted our resources and partnered with private players to carry out the task,” he said.

Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau

Mpofu hails new Zinara board

 

Minister of transport and infrastructural Development, Obert Mpofu yesterday hailed the newly appointed Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) board for working hard to meet its target. Speaking during a tour of Chivake Bridge, currently under construction following its extensive damage after 40-tonne granite block fell off from a moving truck that was travelling from Mutoko to Harare, Mpofu said the new board had done a great job in repairing the damaged bridge.

“The new Zinara board is working very hard and I am glad to say that we as a ministry have implemented more than 40% of our ZimAsset requirements and this has been achieved because of the new team that comprises young people. They are always on the ground, which is good”. “Zinara is the funding operational this bridge and I am happy that soon motorists will be using this road again. We have more other road projects happening in Mashonaland East Province and other provinces around the country that are currently underway.” Said Mpofu. The bridge is expected be complete in the next 28 days.

Mpofu told stakeholders gathered at the site that his ministry was working on the dualisation of Harare-Nyamapanda road and that Cabinet is set approve the proposal. He also said that his ministry was seeking to increase tolling plazas in the country.

“We intend to increase toll gates. Government does not fund roads, they fund themselves and there is need for road users to be part of the development. When we increased toll fees we generated money and today we are witnessing the result of the adjustments we made. Present during the tour was the ministry’s permanent secretary Munesu Munodawafa and minister of State for Mashonaland Esat Province Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, among others.

The Zimbabwe Mail -Jairos Saunyama

Official Opening of the Six Lane Kadoma Toll Plaza

ZINARA Board and Executive hosted the official opening of a Six Lane Kadoma Toll Plaza on the 24th of October 2014. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Mr Munesu Munodawafa was the Guest of Honour on behalf of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Obert M. Mpofu. The occasion was attended by Government officials from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Heads of Parastals from Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), Air Zimbabwe, National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED). In addition, Group Five International of South Africa graced this event and made a remarkable Corporate Social Responsibility which involved the painting of the classroom blocks at Ngezi Primary school which is suited near the Kadoma Toll Plaza.

Tollgate fees a drop in the ocean, says Zinara

 

Money being collected from tollgates is inadequate to rehabilitate the country’s roads, the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) said yesterday. Zinara officials said this when they appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development.

“As Zinara, we do not have adequate resources for the job at hand. Our roads infrastructure has deteriorated so extensively that what we are collecting is a drop in the ocean to what is required to bring our roads to world-class standard,” Zinara board chairman Mr Albert Mugabe said.

Toll fees were increased by 100 percent in July for light motor vehicles and varying percentages for other classes of vehicles, with Government planning to increase the number of tollgates by at least 30.

Mr Mugabe said for the year ending August 31, Zinara had collected US$15 million in toll  fees. He told the committee that a legal wrangle between Government and a local company, Zim Highways, that was once awarded the tender for Beitbridge-Harare road works was stalling rehabilitation.

“I have reason to believe that Masvingo Road presently has a court case that is pending. You may have noticed that among the tenders put up by the Ministry of Transport (and Infrastructure Development) Masvingo Road was conspicuous by its absence.

“I believe the reason being that there is this case pending and to include it among projects to be done could have been problematic in the event Government was to lose that court case after having awarded it to someone would have certainly created challenges,” he said.

Chegutu West representative Cde Dexter Nduna, however, asked him why they were not using funds collected from tollgates on the road to rehabilitate it.

“The revenue collected from tollgates in particular is principally directed at and disbursed to the Department of Roads. It is their responsibility to see how best to allocate those monies to the various highways in terms of maintenance and rehabilitation. So inasmuch as we are collecting we are handing it over to the Department of Roads who then in turn use that money to fix those highways.

“So the question why in particular perhaps Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge will be better answered by the Department of Roads,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zinara acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma said they would soon embark on maintenance of the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway ahead of the rainy season.

“Our board about two weeks ago made a strategic decision to allow my team in collaboration with the Department of Roads to move in on the ground in terms of routine maintenance.

“As already alluded to by us, we are all concerned the road is littered with potholes, edge breaks, shoulders unmaintained carriage markings, so those routine requirements are the ones I am saying with immediate effect we are going to fund,” Eng Juma said.

Farirai Machivenyike Senior Reporter

Vehicle population tops 1,2m: Zinara

 

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration says the country’s vehicle population now stands at 1,2 million, up from about 800 000. In a statement on its website yesterday, Zinara said there has been a mismatch on the number of vehicles on the country’s roads and those paying licence fees. “This, therefore meant that there was little going into the road fund thereby making it difficult to increase allocations to road authorities. According to the Central Vehicle Registry, Zimbabwe’s vehicle population stands at an estimated 1,2 million.

“However, there has always been a mismatch between the country’s vehicle population and those that were actually paying for their vehicle fees through the formal system.

“Licensing of vehicles for the first time for most motorists as Zinara migrated from the manual system to the computerised system took a bit of time as licensing officers had to capture all data relating to vehicles into the system,” read the statement. Zinara says data capturing was meant to assist in building the number of vehicles per class. “By tax class we are referring to light motor vehicles with a net mass ranging from 1kg to 2 300kg or heavy vehicles with a net mass ranging from a minimum of 2 301kg and above.

“By vehicle population we are referring to light passenger vehicles individually and privately owned, light passenger vehicles owned by Government institutions, parastatals, corporates heavy vehicles , motor-cycles trailers (heavy and light),tractors etc. “The purpose of building a database is to guide Zinara in planning in relation to allocation of funds to road authorities. While some motorists complied with the new licensing system, sadly some have not done so,” read the statement.

However, former Zinara chief executive Mr Frank Chitukutuku recently said the number of unregistered vehicles in the institution’s database were 170 000. He said owners of unlicensed vehicles had the tendency of driving around in the mornings and evenings. Mr Chitukutuku said some vehicle owners took licences once and never came back for several years

Farai Kuvirimirwa Herald Reporter

 

ZINARA rolls out fuel scheme for road rehab

 

THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) will avail 2,000 litres of fuel to each local authority countrywide for powering graders it bought for councils for use in rehabilitation of roads. Zinara acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma told delegates at a Chronicle business breakfast meeting in Bulawayo yesterday that his organisation, working with local authorities, was rolling out a massive road rehabilitation programme.

“Zinara gave 80 graders to councils in the country to undertake road rehabilitation and maintenance projects. “Beginning September we’re doing a grading blitz and we’re giving 2,000 litres of fuel to each grader,” he said. “Our target is to rehabilitate 10,000km of road network by December.  We expect to complete 40 percent of the gravel road by year end.”

He said Zinara has successfully taken over collection of toll and road access fees from Zimra and reported that the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare Road upgrading was 93 percent complete with 767km of the road widened. Eng Juma said Zinara expected the project to be complete by the end of the year. He said five of the nine toll plazas along the highway have been completed and hoped the remaining ones would also be complete by December.

Eng Juma said the designs for the Hwange toll plaza had been done adding a tender for its erection would be advertised soon. At present Zinara workers in Hwange are operating in the open and there were reports they desert the tollgate site at night for fear of attack by wild animals. The new state-of-the-art toll plazas are 100 percent solar powered, which Eng Juma said consumed only 40 percent of the energy generated. Sixty percent of the energy could be offered to communities situated close to the toll plazas, he said.

Zinara took over collection of road access fees from Zimra last week from 14 border posts. The body is responsible also for the allocation and disbursement to road authorities of road funds.

Charity Ruzvidzo Business Chronicle


Zinara takes over road fees collection

BEITBRIDGE BORDER POST

 

THE Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) will avail 2,000 litres of fuel to each local authority countrywide for powering graders it bought for councils for use in rehabilitation of roads.Zinara acting chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma told delegates at a Chronicle business breakfast meeting in Bulawayo yesterday that his organisation, working with local authorities, was rolling out a massive road rehabilitation programme.

“Zinara gave 80 graders to councils in the country to undertake road rehabilitation and maintenance projects. “Beginning September we’re doing a grading blitz and we’re giving 2,000 litres of fuel to each grader,” he said. “Our target is to rehabilitate 10,000km of road network by December.  We expect to complete 40 percent of the gravel road by year end.”

He said Zinara has successfully taken over collection of toll and road access fees from Zimra and reported that the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare Road upgrading was 93 percent complete with 767km of the road widened. Eng Juma said Zinara expected the project to be complete by the end of the year. He said five of the nine toll plazas along the highway have been completed and hoped the remaining ones would also be complete by December.

Eng Juma said the designs for the Hwange toll plaza had been done adding a tender for its erection would be advertised soon. At present Zinara workers in Hwange are operating in the open and there were reports they desert the tollgate site at night for fear of attack by wild animals. The new state-of-the-art toll plazas are 100 percent solar powered, which Eng Juma said consumed only 40 percent of the energy generated. Sixty percent of the energy could be offered to communities situated close to the toll plazas, he said.

Zinara took over collection of road access fees from Zimra last week from 14 border posts. The body is responsible also for the allocation and disbursement to road authorities of road funds.

Charity Ruzvidzo Business Chronicle

Minister Mpofu appoints a new ZINARA board

 

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu appointed a new Zimbabwe National Roads Authority board to be headed by Mr Albert Mugabe in an acting capacity.The other board members are Victoria Falls mayor Mr Sifiso Mpofu, Coach and Bus Operators Association representative Mr Farium Alex Kautsiro, Mr Jeffrey Nkomo, Mr David Norupiri, Engineer Norman Muzvidzwa, Mr Peter Hlohla, Engineer Martha Ndoro, Mrs Natsai Jaiwa and Chief Khulumani Mathema.

Minister Mpofu said two more board members would be appointed soon.The new board replaces the one led by Mr Abdullah Kassim that was dissolved in February, with Minister Mpofu saying then that the dissolution was in pursuant to the objectives and goals of Zim-Asset, whose implementation was underpinned and guided by a results-based management system. The appointment comes as ZINARA chief executive officer Mr Frank Chitukutuku, has left the organisation three months before the lapse of his contract. In May, Mr Chitukutuku cut short his contract which was supposed to end in March 2015 to December before taking a leave for the remaining three months.

Dr Mpofu said Eng Moses Juma will take over as acting CEO of ZINARA. “As you are aware, the current CEO of ZINARA resigned on his own condition, I don’t want you the media to continue with that speculation because we are regretting his departure and we have appointed Eng Moses Juma to act while the board is looking for a substantive CEO,” he said.

On appointing the new board, Minister Mpofu called for transparency in toll fees management and instructed the board to ensure that road user charges were collected and accounted for and that road authority disbursements were audited in accordance with the Act.

“The ZINARA funds are meant to be utilised for the maintenance, rehabilitation and development of the national road network, which amounts to some 85 208 kilometres," he said. Minister Mpofu said Cabinet had asked his Ministry to speed up projects of road rehabilitation. Herald Reporter

Zinara wins international award for business excellence

 

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration won an international award for business excellence and high quality performance as well as best customer satisfaction. The award, given in Rome on June 24, was bestowed on Zinara by the Association Otherways Management and Consulting based in Paris, France. Zinara won the 2013 Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige trophy and a certificate for Total Quality Customer Satisfaction Aptitude Seal for High Quality Performance and Best Customer Satisfaction.

The administration’s chief executive, Mr Frank Chitukutuku, received the award at a colourful ceremony in Rome, Italy, attended by business executives from all over the world.

“The award we won recognises companies that show exceptional performance all over the world. They have a mechanism which they follow to select the companies such as exhibitions and shows to come up with a decision to award companies. So we were conferred with an award for exceptional performance,” he said. Mr Chitukutuku said the award was evidence of the hard work being done by Zinara such as acquiring the 40 state-of-the-art graders distributed to rural councils for road maintenance.

He said Zinara was also honoured by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce for being the first runner-up for the most visible organisation for 2013. “So this international recognition has given us a challenge that we must continue to work even harder. It’s difficult to be a champion but we have to strive and maintain our standards of satisfying our customers as the road authority,” he said. Mr Chitukutuku said the authority would fulfil its pledge to fully equip local authorities with road maintenance equipment.
According to Association Otherways Management and Consulting, the criteria for the awards is based on reports carried out periodically by the association’s marketing team based in Europe.

US$16m road equipment commissioned

President Mugabe chats to Zinara board chairperson Abdullah Kassim after commissioning of the road equipment in Harare.

PRESIDENT Mugabe commissioned 40 motorised graders worth millions of dollars that the Zimbabwe National Road Administration bought from China under the Road Authorities Recapitalisation Programme. This brings relief to people living in rural areas where roads had become impassable owing to neglect by Treasury. The 40 graders arepart of 80 such equipment worth US$16 million imported from China and the remainder is expected in the country in September. The graders were immediately allocated to various provinces by Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Commissioning the graders, President Mugabe said the recapitalisation programme had come against a decade-long road maintenance backlog that led to the deterioration of the national roads network, hampering economic development. “Following our land reform programme in 2000, which saw the historically disadvantaged indigenous Zimbabweans resettled on productive and arable land, our country was put under illegal sanctions by the West. “As history will record, this led to untold suffering of our people, deterioration of service provision in health, water, and sanitation and, of course road development. “Road authorities such as the District Development Fund, Rural District Councils, the Department of Roads and Urban Councils were effectively unable to fulfil their mandates due to the shortage of funding,” President Mugabe said.

The country’s national road network is 90 000 kilometres in total, 70 percent of which comprises gravel roads. “The majority of our people, including the newly-resettled farmers, rely on these gravel roads for connectivity to markets, health centres, educational institutions and other service centres. Sadly, these roads were worst affected, rendering some of them impassable, thus leaving some areas virtually isolated. Such has been the cruel effect of the illegal sanctions on our people and country,” he said. President Mugabe said the poor state of roads was worsened by Treasury. “The situation was exacerbated by the fact that, throughout the life of the inclusive Government, Treasury dismally failed to accord road maintenance due attention, while donor funds seem to have clearly been diverted towards party politics rather than national developmental activities. I make specific reference here to the politics pursuant to the regime change agenda, unabatedly pursued by our detractors,” he said. President Mugabe said determined to overcome the hurdles, Government in 2002 took a policy decision to institutionalise a road fund, giving birth to Zinara.

“Today we experience the fruits of the paradigm shift from the first generation funding which had funds from the fiscus through the Public Sector Investment Programme, to the second generation funding, which applies the “user pays” principle, a Road Authorities Recapitalisation Programme that is fully funded by Zinara,” he said. Before the establishment of the programme, a huge proportion of money that Zinara was disbursing to road authorities was spent on hiring equipment from private players who were charging exorbitant prices. “In addition, road authorities experienced challenges of acquitting these disbursements for one reason or another, thereby delaying the road maintenance programme. “I therefore want to complement the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development for instituting the innovative Road Authorities Recapitalisation Programme.

“Instead of disbursing all the funds to road authorities, we are now capacitating them with road construction equipment. To this end, I am pleased to note that at the end of the roll-out of this Road Capitalisation Programme, each road authority will be equipped, at the minimum, with road maintenance equipment comprising a motorised grader, a front end loader, two tippers, a roller and dumper,” President Mugabe said. He applauded Zinara for coming up with a home grown solution to externally induced challenges faced by road authorities. The Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces urged other sectors of the economy, especially those in the public sector, to be innovative and contribute towards the revival of the economy despite challenges brought by sanctions. President Mugabe acknowledged the work being done on the 820 kilometre Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare highway which he said was on schedule. He also noted the construction of the state-of-the-art toll plazas and computerisation of vehicle licensing which has improved revenue collection.

He urged beneficiaries of the graders to use the equipment carefully and ensure that it received regular maintenance. Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister Nicholas Goche, said the graders were the single largest investment in road construction since independence. Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Minister Chombo, said the importation of the road construction equipment would ensure an efficient public transport system and transportation of agricultural produce.

Zimbabwe’s first toll plaza set to rake in US$1,7m annually

 

The commissioning of Zimbabwe’s first toll plaza at Ntabazinduna, a few kilometers outside Bulawayois a major step towards boosting revenue collection and enhancing inter-regional trade between Zimbabwe and other Sadc countries. The toll plaza, which is one of the eight to be built along the Plumtree- Mutare highway is said to have the capacity to rake in US$140 000 a month and roughly US$1,7 million a year. This will help assure the nation of good user friendly roads through some guaranteed funds for rehabilitation.

Inadequate funding from treasury over the years had hampered efforts by the government to rehabilitate all the country’s major road networks. Zimbabwe, which has road network of 87 654km comprising of 8 194km of urban roads, 61 000km rural and 18 460km of state highways, needs about US$2 billion to rehabilitate the entire road network and bring it to international standards. But the introduction of toll gates in the past few years as a strategic way of generating funds to maintain the country’s roads has brought a glimmer of hope to motorists and the haulage transport industry.

Road construction and engineering experts say funding of  road development through toll plazas and Public Private Sector partnerships has provided the country with an effective solution for the rehabilitation of roads. Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister Nicholas Goche said good roads promote national trade and efficient transit traffic flow between Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries. The Plumtree-Mutare Highway, which links Zimbabwe with Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to the west and Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania on the eastern side is expected to be complete by March 2014. The road which is being rehabilitated using a US$206 miilion-dollar facility secured from the African Development Bank will also help link Zimbabwe with the interior — Uganda, Tanzania and other countries in the Great Lakes region.

A 2009 World Bank report says if all African countries were to catch up with the best infrastructure, per capita growth rate could increase by 2.2 percent. The report dubbed “Infrastructure in Africa” indicates that poor infrastructure services are a huge handicap to inter-Africa trade, reduce businesses productivity by 40 percent and holds back the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Good road infrastructure can bring numerous benefits that include employment, boosting tourism, reducing vehicle maintenance costs and other social and economic issues. Improved roads also support and strengthen regional integration right from sub-regional trade blocs to continental trade groupings.

Group Five chairperson Mrs Philisiwe Mthetwa says her company is promoting the use of sustainable energy practices through the installation of toll gates that use green energy. “All measures have been taken to ensure a substantially reduced carbon footprint. “We can confidently say that what we have here is one of the most energy efficient designs for a toll plaza in the world,” she said. “Furthermore, the road protocols have been largely aligned to the rest of the Sadc region, thereby providing consistency of interpretation for cross border travellers and encouraging safer driving habits.” Last year, Sadc adopted the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan Vision 2027, a 15-year blueprint that will guide the implementation of cross-border infrastructure projects from 2013 to 2027.

The plan will serve as a key strategic framework to guide the implementation of efficient, seamless and cost-effective transboundary infrastructure networks in an integrated and co-ordinated manner in six sectors, namely energy, transport, tourism, ICT and postal, meteorology and water.

The master plan will be implemented in three five-year phases — short term (2012-2017), medium term (2017-2022) and long term (2022-2027). With a good road infrastructure, Zimbabwe can enhance its business opportunities by tapping into the huge Sadc market of 234 million people which generates a GDP of US$760 billion per year.

Additionally, it can also enhance its access into the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, a free trade area with 20 member states stretching from Zimbabwe to Libya.

Zinara to acquire road construction and maintenance equipment

 

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration says it will this year place stronger emphasis on securing road construction and maintenance equipment after a realisation that several local authorities were spending funds allocated to them on hiring equipment. The road agency’s human resources and administration manager Mr Precious Murove said that the move was aimed at strengthening the capacity of local authorities to maintain the country’s roads.
“Instead of disbursing funds this year, our major focus is on disbursing equipment,” he said. “The annual disbursements alone to councils are not enough and whatever revenue we disburse to councils is not translating into anything significant and meaningful on the ground.”

He said a huge chunk of funds distributed to councils was spent on hiring of equipment leaving road authorities with little or nothing to purchase other materials for road maintenance. “Zinara wants to re-capacitate road authorities by acquiring road construction and maintenance of equipment.” Zinara disbursed a total of US$27 million last year. The authority has acquired 40 state-of-the-art graders to be distributed to rural councils for maintenance of gravel roads ahead of the harmonised elections. The first batch of 40 graders was expected to be delivered to Zinara at the end of this month, Mr Murove said.

“All councils will benefit from disbursement of graders. I may not be able to tell the distribution matrix or which council will receive first, but I can confirm that every road authority will benefit,” he said.
Zinara uses the levies it collects from road users to buy the equipment. These include fuel levy, transit fees, vehicle licence fees and overload fees. Mr Murove said tremendous progress had been made to rehabilitate the 820km Plumtree-Mutare highway. “The project is at 69 percent completion and we have so far resealed about 200km,” he said.

The US$207 million project is being implemented by a joint venture company – Infralink, run by Zinara and Group 5 of South Africa. Zinara commissioned the first state-of-the-art toll plaza at Ntabazinduna near Bulawayo last month. Mr Murove said construction of nine other toll plazas was at different stages along the Pumtree-Mutare highway.

 

ZIMBABWE’S first toll plaza was commissioned

ZIMBABWE’S first toll plaza was commissioned on the 10th of April 2013, about 16 kilometres from Bulawayo. Transport Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister Nicholas Goche drove through the plaza from both ends of the road, paying his toll fees to signal its official opening. Until the commissioning, motorists had been driving through the plaza without paying as test runs were being conducted. The fees, to be paid at the toll plaza, built under a joint venture between the Zimbabwe National Road Administration and Group Five of South Africa, would be the same for all vehicle categories with those at other tollgates. Minister Goche urged investors to take up the development of Zimbabwe’s other highways such as the Beitbridge-Chirundu Road, airports and railway lines.
He said traditionally, Government funded road infrastructure development, but now had competing interests which had resulted in the sector suffering.

“This has become unsustainable given the high cost of road construction,” said Minister Goche. “Instead of using the traditional Government funds termed first generation money, there has been a move towards second generation money which comes from user charges in line with user-pay principle.” Minister Goche said the user-pay principle showed that Zimbabwe was moving with the times where road infrastructure was run as a business. “This approach reduces the burden of road maintenance on Treasury to other needy critical sectors of the economy, while society pays for the rehabilitation of the roads depending on use,” he said. Minister Goche said road infrastructure investment played a vital role in unlocking the economic potential of areas hard to access. He said a well-maintained road network had economic advantages, while road maintenance created jobs for local communities. “Good roads improve road safety and fewer lives are lost on such roads,” said Minister Goche.

“On a macro level, a good road network creates accessibility to centres of economic importance from rural to urban areas and vice versa.” In addition, good roads promote national trade and efficient transit traffic flow between Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries, said Minister Goche. He said the percentage of women employed under the plaza project should be increased to 40 percent. Minister Goche was responding to protests by Group Five chairperson Mrs Philisiwe Mthethwa who felt the 30 percent applauded by Zinara chief executive Mr Frank Chitukutuku was too small.

Mr Chitukutuku said his organisation would be taking over collecting revenue at all tollgates from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority with effect from July. He said over 1 800 jobs had been created at tollgates on the highways, with 30 percent of the workforce being women. More than 220 local companies have been contracted as suppliers of different goods and services for the tollgates. “About US$80 million has so far benefited our local contractors, suppliers and people employed under this project,” said Mr Chitukutuku.

Research has shown that on average US$140 000 can be collected every month at the new toll plaza. At least eight more plazas are planned on the Plumtree-Mutare highway with three already under construction at Figtree, Rusape and Norton at a cost of nearly US$1 million each. The new toll plazas would run solely on solar power and bring modernity on Zimbabwe’s highways. The toll plaza at Ntabazinduna is equipped with computers that read vehicle classes and automatically determine the toll charge. The system allows for a vehicle count in terms of classes. The new toll plazas replace the ones that were recently condemned by the Government as below standard.

Article from The Herald story by Michael Chideme.

Heavy duty pothole patching vehicles

The Zimbabwe National Roads Administrator (Zinara) has started purchasing heavy duty pothole patching vehicles in a move that is set to improve the state of the country’s roads.


The first of the vehicles, dubbed the Jetpatcher, was handed over to the Harare City Council last week while other road authorities are also set to receive machines during the course of the year.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Highfield on Thursday, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development Cde Nicholas Goche said the Jetpatcher machines would help bring efficiency in road maintenance and minimise the misuse of funds by road authorities.

“The problem that we have been having with road authorities is that they misuse the funds which they are allocated to by Zinara.
“As a result we have not been seeing any improvements in the state of the country’s roads but now that we have these machines a lot of progress is going to be made and, very soon, potholes could be a thing of the past,” he said.
He said motorists can now expect to get value for their money, as the money that they use to pay toll fees and for vehicle licensing will be channelled directly to the purchase of the machines.

Minister Goche said the machines are highly efficient as they will do away with the manual system that has been used to repair the country’s roads.
“All along we have been using the manual system but it consumes time and money and this is why our roads have remained deplorable.
“The purchase of these machines means that we are moving with technology and we will be able to reduce potholes in a very short space of time,” he said.

Speaking at the same occasion, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the Jetpatcher machines ensure that the roads remain smooth even after they are patched.
“This marks the beginning of the end for bumpy potholes. When potholes are repaired using the old system they remain bumpy but with this machine, the roads will remain smooth,” he said.

Dr Chombo said the Jetpatcher machines would also help local authorities to cut costs of hiring expensive machines for road maintenance.
“Local authorities have been spending large amounts of money to hire equipment for road maintenance. The monies that they are charged are extortionate to say the least and if you look at how much money they spend hiring such equipment, it is the same as buying the Jetpatcher,” he said.
Dr Chombo said his Ministry will monitor local authorities to ensure that the machines are used effectively.

Article from The Sunday Mail

 

 

Keeping in touch with our stakeholders-issue 1 of 2013

Update Zimbabwe Roads Rehabilitation Program: Phase 1

 

Group Five International is the main contractor responsible for the rehabilitation and improvement of the road structure along the Plumtree, Bulawayo, Harare and Mutare Toll Route, while its local subsidiary company Intertoll  Zimbabwe has been contracted  by Infralink to build and operate new and modernised toll  plazas for a period of 10 years. Infralink is a consortium company formed between ZINARA (the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority) and Group Five International. Infralink has secured a loan of 210 million USD from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for the rehabilitation and improvement of the route. We are pleased to be part of this historic infrastructure program in  Zimbabwe – a program that will deliver a much needed high quality road infrastructure on the east west corridor from Botswana border to Mozambique border; a distance of 822km.
The road rehabilitation comprises three interventions:

  • Re-seal only
  • Shoulder re- construction and seal
  • Rehabilitation of base layer and seal

 

The nine (9) modern toll plazas approved for construction are:

  • Figfree Toll Plaza
  • Bulawayo Toll Plaza
  • Tree Tops Toll Plaza
  • Norton Toll Plaza
  • Ruwa Toll Plaza
  • Rusape Toll Plaza
  • Mutare Toll Plaza
  • Forbes Border Toll Plaza
Good progress has been made since the commencement of this project, with most of the surfacing between Plumtree  and Shangani now completed. The teams have now been mobilised to Gweru to continue with surfacing works on the section Gweru to Kwekwe. Work in Marondera and Rusape has also commenced. Skilled Zimbabwean personnel have been recruited and trained in the use of new technology equipment that is being installed in the toll plazas; and a continuous training programme for operators and supervisors is also underway.

Download full pdf document Update Zimbabwe Roads Rehabilitation Program: Phase 1

 

Zimbabwe adopts world class technology for vehicle licencing.

Zinara recently embarked on a joint operation with Zimbabwe republic police (ZRP) to enforce vehicle licencing countrywide. Vehicle licence fees are part of the road user charges managed by Zinara. Vehicle licence fees are not unique to Zimbabwe alone but every other country in the world with vehicles and roads that have to be maintained. The revenue collected from vehicle licencing is channelled towards periodic and routine maintenance carried out by road authorities.

The disbursement of funds to these authorities is based on submission of program of works submission of acquittals of previous allocations and the type and size of the road network in relation to vehicle population of that particular area. In May, 2012 Zinara introduced the computerised vehicle licence system. Although the system had teething problems, like any new system, Zinara is grateful to you our valued stakeholders who endured long queues to licence your vehicles. The system saw Zinara do away with the manual vehicle licencing system which came with its own weakness.

You may be aware that you as road users were being short-changed by bogus people who were selling both third party insurance and fake licence discs from the streets. In 2011 Zinara lost an estimated us$20million to syndicates selling vehicle licence discs. Instead of the revenue from vehicle licencing going into the road fund, it’s found its way into the pockets of these well-organised syndicates selling fake licence discs.

Zimbabwe’s vehicle population stands at an estimated 1, 2 million

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This, therefore, meant that there was little that there was little that was going into the road fund thereby making it difficult to increase allocations to road authorities. According to the central vehicle registry (CVR), Zimbabwe’s vehicle population stands at an estimated 1, 2 million. However there has always been a mismatch between the country’s vehicle population and those that were actually paying for their vehicle fees through the formal system. Licencing of vehicles for the first time for most motorists as Zinara migrated from the manual system to the computerised system took a bit of time as licensing officers had to capture all data relating to your vehicles into the system. This was to assist us build a number of vehicles per tax class. By tax class we are referring to light motor vehicles with a net mass ranging from 1 to 2300kgs or heavy vehicles with a net mass ranging from a minimum of 2301kg and above. By vehicle population we are referring to light passenger vehicles individually and privately owned, light passenger vehicles owned by government institutions, parastatals, corporates heavy vehicles , motor-cycles trailers (heavy and light),tractors etc. The purpose of building a database is a guide Zinara in planning in relation to allocation of funds to road authorities. While some motorists complied with the new licensing system, sadly some have not done so.

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