US$70M cable plant to strengthen Zim’s power sector

Staff Reporter

ZENT Enterprises, a subsidiary of national power utility ZESA Holdings in collaboration with UAE’s Sheik, is set to bolster ZESA Holdings’ capacity with the establishment of a US$70 million cable manufacturing plant.

According to a source privy to the information, the state-of-the-art project is expected to be completed in nine months.

The facility will be located at ZENT’s premises in Willowvale, Harare.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, ZETDC Public Relations Officer Prisca Majoni Utete, said that the plant will offer several advantages that will significantly enhance the country’s electricity distribution network.

“The establishment of this cable manufacturing plant marks a pivotal moment for our energy sector. Firstly, it will drastically reduce our reliance on imported cables. Currently, a significant portion of our power infrastructure components are imported, which not only incurs high costs but also results in long lead times. By producing cables locally, we can ensure a more reliable supply chain and reduce operational costs,” Utete added

Utete also highlighted the economic benefits of the new plant stating, “The investment will create numerous job opportunities, both directly and indirectly. This will not only boost the local economy but also enhance the skill set of our workforce as they gain experience in high-tech manufacturing processes.”

Utete further disclosed that the plant will foster technological advancement and innovation within the country.

“With this facility, we will have the capability to produce high-quality cables that meet international standards. This will not only improve the reliability of our power supply but also position Zimbabwe as a competitive player in the regional energy market,” Utete explained

Meanwhile, the partnership between ZENT and the UAE Sheik underscores the growing international confidence in Zimbabwe’s potential for industrial growth and development.

In addition, the project is expected to attract further investments and partnerships, driving a positive cycle of economic development and infrastructure improvement.