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Outstanding Zimbabwe Infrastructure Development Projects Receive Awards

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9 November 2013 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Four macro projects deemed outstanding were recently conferred with various categories of excellence awards by the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe (PMIZ). Guest of Honor Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Hon. MP Dr Obert Mpofu and the Chairman of the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe Mr Felix Gwandekwande conferred Project Management Excellence awards to Zinara, Group Five, Sesani Projects and Green Fuel at a breakfast meeting that was held at a local hotel on 7 November 2013 to mark the annual International Project Management Day.

131123-pmwj17-zimbabwe-IMAGEOver 150 delegates from various project management fraternities witnessed the presentation of the awards which were extended to one national programme and three mega projects. According to the Chief Executive of the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe (PMIZ), Mr. Peter Banda, the awarded projects were short-listed from the top 100 Mega projects of Africa as released and published in September 2013 by Africa Investor, one of the continent’s leading investment authorities. To qualify for the awards, the projects were supposed to be at implementation, have a budget of over US$1 million, take more than five years to implement, affect the lives of more than a million people, and have a wider macro-economic impact that is totally transformational.

‘The purpose of the awards which will be an annual showcase are to publicly recognize the most Outstanding Projects in Zimbabwe that have a global recognition and unquestionable value addition to the standards of living of the country’s population,’ said Mr. Banda.

The country’s national roads authority Zinara scooped the Project Management Excellence Award for the Most Outstanding national road administration programme for their US$300 million sponsorship of the  Rehabilitation of the 820km Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare Road, a project currently underway. The Zinara road programme was cited as a perfect example of a Public Private Partnership that has created over 2000 jobs and elevated the country’s busiest national road stretch into a world class highway.

Zinara partners in the rehabilitation of the Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare road, Group Five and Sesani Projects walked away with the Project Management Excellence award for their outstanding work effort in the same road project. Sesani Projects were recognized for their construction of the US$25million nine state of the art toll plazas, currently underway. So far 3 out the 9 new Toll Plazas have been completed and commissioned and are now operational and collecting revenue.

For their delivery of the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Project, Green Fuel (Pvt) Ltd received the Project Management Excellence award for the most Outstanding Infrastructure Development project in Zimbabwe during the last 5 years.  The Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant project successfully completed over 2 years ago but the recognition of the Project was overshadowed by the national controversy that followed the project when it went into operational mode. Many stakeholders misunderstood this project, a project that has received global accolade, a project that has been listed as one of the top 100 Mega Projects in Africa by Africa Investor. Over US$600 million was invested into this project in a BOT partnership with the key stakeholders. The project was completed within planned schedule and budget, a rare achievement for most Infrastructure Development Projects in Africa. Many project management scholars and scientists globally have drawn a number of passionate lessons from this project, which is the second largest in Africa. The plant construction project received the recognition not the operations!  The plant is currently processing 5 000 tons of sugar cane daily producing 150 000liters of ethanol. When fully functional the plant will be able to produce 750 000liters of ethanol daily. A total 4 500 people are employed directly and indirectly through ethanol production with 278 working in the plant.

The PMIZ annual Project Management Awards will be expanded in 2014 to include the major sectors of the national economy as well as a Project Manager of the Year category as the norm by major Associations of Project Managers globally.  PMIZ is the country’s largest Association of Project Managers with a membership of over 1000 professionals. Website link www.pmiz.org.zw

Peter Banda is the Secretary General & Chief Executive of the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe (PMIZ). Send your views & comments via email; [email protected]

Source:  Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe