Updates by Nduduzo Tshuma and Prosper Ndlovu

12:48 – President Mnangagwa is now touring the new coke plant. He is accompanied by Industry Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza, Mines Minister Winston Chitando, Mangaliso Ndlovu (environment), Presidential spokesperson George Charamba.

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President Mnangagwa arrived in Hwange in Matabeleland North tour coal mining and power generation projects, which are being implemented in fulfillment of his promise to ensure realisation of the province’s full economic potential.

He is currently in a closed door meeting at South Mining plant with the mine officials before official commissioning of the new plant.

In the morning President Mnangagwa presided over the ground breaking ceremony of Western Coal and Energy Company Private Limited.

The devolution thrust is set to transform the province previously viewed as lagging behind in terms of development despite its vast natural resources.

The coal, coke and energy value chain alone has the potential to transform the province and create thousands of jobs. Riding under the new dispensation’s devolution drive, the coal sector, combined with other critical sectors such as tourism, timber, gold mining and agriculture, could rapidly propel the province to greater heights.