Zimbabwe’s road rehabilitation scratching the surface, literally

February 7, 2022

Zimbabwe has a 98 000km road network, of which 89%–that is 78 200km- is unsurfaced gravel and earth roads while sealed roads which are mostly in urban areas constitute 18% or 17 846 km.

According to Zimfact’s fact sheet on Zimbabwe’s road network target, 139,8 billion in local currency was allocated to infrastructure investment programmes which include roads, dams, housing, and public buildings.

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration on January 28 this year said it would disburse 16 billion to the country’s four road authorities for road maintenance works.

In June 2021 government reported that 7 515 km out of the targeted 13 313 km of roads had been pothole-patched.

In the video below Grazers News interviewed citizens who said they were grateful for the work done by the government to rehabilitate the road network. But they expressed concern over how some of the works are not up to standard.

The video also shows how bad the roads are on the other side of town.

There is a flurry of activity to upgrade Zimbabwe’s national road network, but government is still scratching the surface

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