Liberty Dube Business Correspondent
LION Match Zimbabwe, a company known for its production of matches has set its eyes on investing in Nyanga, a development Nyanga South Member of National Assembly and cabinet minister Supa Mandiwanzira, said will see the creation of jobs in the district.
Mandiwanzira, who is also the Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, recently met potential investors from Malawi led by Mr Rafiq Osman at Nyanga Rural District Council offices in a meeting which was meant to facilitate the investment deal in unison with stakeholders from the district.
Minister Mandiwanzira brought together the potential investors and stakeholders in Nyanga who included the local authority, Allied Timbers and Government departments who all said the move was key and strategic.
“We have Mr Osman, a Malawian businessman who has invested into Lion Match Zimbabwe. The company has not been operating because there were legal battles and over the last three years, they have been buying the assets of Lion Match Zimbabwe.
“This investment will create employment for more than 100 people, among them women and youths in jobs such as processing of matches. This is a huge development. They need to put up structures soon. Once it happens, it will be the biggest investment to come and I am sure other companies will follow suit. We should develop our home as no-one will do it for us,” said the minister.
Mr Osman said his family had interests in construction, manufacturing and furniture among others. He said he was determined to make the best out of resources in Nyanga.
“We want to invest in an industry that has been idle since 2009. The best is to set up a factory here,” said Mr Osman.
The meeting was also attended by the Nyanga Rural District Council chief executive, Mr Zefania Jaravaza and Allied Timbers chief executive, Dr Daniel Sithole.
Dr Sithole said the deal was an exciting opportunity for them as a company and the community. “It is an exciting opportunity to bring investment to Nyanga. This will see residents and villagers in Nyanga benefiting. We always see trucks coming here and they don’t even repair our roads. They just come to take our timber without even giving back to the local community,” he said.