By Gay Matambo
THE refurbishment of the Buffalo Range international airport runway is now complete in yet another confirmation that the second republic is walking the talk in infrastructure development across the country.
The newly refurbished Buffalo Range International airport runway was constructed under the District Development Fund’s Emergency road rehabilitation programme.
The airport is a critical gateway for tourists visiting the Lowveld, which is home to resort areas such as Gonarezhou National park and Malilangwe Conservation Trust.
“Being the main gateway into the Eastern, and South Eastern Lowveld this airport is of critical importance to the tourism industry, the business community because it covers the whole area of Masvingo Province including part of Matabeleland South. All the traffic into those areas, this is their main entrance,” said Mr Stanely Chigwada, the Buffalo Range International Airport Manager.
Masvingo DDF Provincial Co-ordinator, Mr Masara Gutukunhuwa confirmed that government disbursed close to US$2 million for the project.
“We did the shoulders and completed, we did the cracks finished as DDF and we brought in Bitumen World to do the paving, which is complete. What is remaining are markings, which we are sure that in two days they will be through,” he said.
The development comes at a time when close to 1 000 km of roads in rural areas have been rehabilitated in Masvingo province.
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