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Masvingo Province is set to have its first ever smart city located at Chivi turnoff under the recently approved Tugwi Mukosi Master Plan.

Addressing journalists and community stakeholders at a Press Club discussion hosted by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) recently, Chivi Rural District Council, Chief Executive Officer, Tariro Matavire said the area around Chivi turn off is ideal as it is a junction that connects with many cities in the country.

“Chivi turn off which serves as junction for traffic leading to Masvingo City, Beitbridge, Mhandamabwe, Zvishavane and Gweru was gazetted by government as a smart city due to its good road network and suitability for housing and other purposes” said Matavire.

He added that the masterplan is a national vision not a political vision and the media as a crucial stakeholder should not be left behind in development.

“We are working towards the realisation of productivity at the smart city located at Chivi turn off and Chivi RDC is proactive. This project has opened a lot of investment opportunities with residential stands; commercial and industrial stands being pegged around the area” added Matavire.

The smart city is also expected to boost electricity generation as land has been reserved for a solar power project.

Locals and business around the area will be the major beneficiaries of the solar project which will also feed into the national grid.

Matavire reiterated that good road networks are being set up in Chivi and Chivi RDC is open to proposals on other developments from investors.

Speaking at the same quill speak, Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira,  highlighted the developmental projects earmarked for Tugwi Mukosi under the combination of 2 local authorities,  Masvingo Rural District Council and Chivi Rural District Council. “Tugwi Mukosi has opened a lot of business opportunities and we are looking forward to boost our tourism sector by building new lodges and five star hotels, boat cruises and other activities” said Chadzamira