4,000 Workers In Midlands Lose Jobs

4,000 Workers In Midlands Lose Jobs
Published: 2016 June 06 06:48:55 (2366 Views)
A TOTAL of 13 major and three temporary company closures have been recorded in the Midlands province since 2009 rendering 4,185 employees jobless, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Midlands Chamber president, Matthias Ruziwa has said. Ruziwa said last week that companies in the Midlands were grappling with economic woes, which include the prevailing cash shortage, lack of raw materials and funding, antiquated machinery and stiff competition from imports.

“According to 2016, statistics from the regional office of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber faced 13 major and three temporary company closures since 2009. Among these is Ziscosteel, Lancashire Steel, Zimcast, Zimglass, Dyno Nobel, Zimasco, David Whitehead and Mike Appel,” he said.

“Consequently a total of 4,185 employees lost their jobs. Another major company ZimAlloys is under judicial management while Sable Chemicals is under care and maintenance.”

Ruziwa, however, said despite these challenges, there are efforts by other companies such as Sino–Zimbabwe Cement Company, Bata Shoe Company, Zimchem Refiners, Steelmakers Zimbabwe, Dendairy, and BOC Gases to remain viable.

He said the companies have contributed to employment creation and empowerment to families and the community at large. “Despite economic challenges caused by sanctions, the province is still considered an attractive investment centre as witnessed by the coming in of Lessafre Zimbabwe at Anchor Yeast and Portnex Private Limited, which entered into a lease agreement to operate furnaces at Zimasco Kwekwe Division.

“We appreciate the support given by relevant line government ministries towards support and protection of the local industries and in particular the Ministry of Industry and Commerce,” said Ruziwa.

He said in line with CZI`s vision to be a worldclass leader in building a legacy of prosperity through the development of sustainable business and social programmes, there was a need for revival of companies that closed shop. “As CZI we say it shouldn’t be a duty of the government alone, but let it be a duty for all of us who love our country to get Midlands back to business again.

“In that regard, CZI is continually developing national and regional strategic plans to foster, encourage, promote and advance the sustainable growth and development of the manufacturing industry and business in the interest of Zimbabwe`s economic prosperity,” said Ruziwa.



- Chronicle
Tags: Midlands, jobs, workers, ,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit

There are no comments.

Big Reads

Pictures show fuel tankers offloading fuel in the bush

by Moses Zhou | 2019 August 13 07:53:37

Schoolgirl drops out after continuous 'sexual abuse' by teacher

by Staff Reporter | 2019 August 13 07:42:33

Bulawayo prostitutes dollarise

by Staff Reporter | 2018 December 01 00:43:29

DRAMA as mourners fight over deceased loan sharks' loot

by B-Metro | 2018 November 30 23:35:19

'Tsvangirai's ex' on police wanted list

by B-Metro | 2018 October 19 12:39:23

Dumped man glasses wife's face with broken beer bottle

by Staff Writer | 2018 October 19 12:32:05

Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices

by Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices | 2018 October 18 17:13:08

Pastor shocks female congregant with new panties

by Metro Writer | 2017 March 28 10:50:44

Harare man steals 10kg mealie meal from neighbour

by Court Reporter | 2017 March 28 07:56:29

Four company directors die in Vumba Mountain plane crash

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 28 07:38:59

Man with 'deformed' body bashes parents

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 24 09:48:46

Mugabe Knows Nothing About The Zimbabwe Constitution: MP

by Staff Reporter | 2016 October 01 08:12:02

Troubled Harare Giants Dynamos Falls Into Another Deep Crisis

by Own Correspondent | 2016 October 01 07:49:17

Shock As Local Bank Denies 'Rich' Mugabe's Son Heifty Credit

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 30 19:14:54

Mugabe "Home Coming" And "Thank You" Rally On Cards

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 23 06:48:24

Prof Moyo Was Dumped By Western Embassies, Claims Mutsvangwa

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 22 10:08:07

Prof Jonathan Moyo In Fresh Beef With War Vets

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:48:10

You Are Too Old To Lead, Aging Zim President Mugabe Told

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:19:25

Younger Lover Beats Up Sugar Mama For Cheating

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:21:43

Anti-Corruption Commission Loses Property In Failed Probe

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:18:19

Mutsvangwa's Son Caught Up In Rape Case

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:24:00

REMAINING PSL FIXTURES: ONLY 7 WEEKS LEFT

by Sports Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:21:33

Victims Involved In Horror Crash Named

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:16:09

Man Kills Uncle For Taking Him To Prophet

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:11:08

Mphoko Threatens Zimra Over Irregular Taxes

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:07:44

China Pours $46m On New Parliament Construction

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:05:11

SHOCKING:14 Year Old HIV-Positive Boy Rapes 7 Pupils

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 00:04:55

Tajamuka Slams Zimpapers, Fumes Over

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 11:56:42

Mthwakazi Activists Torment Mujuru

by News Editor | 2016 September 19 10:52:58

We Did Not Fire Live Bullets: Police

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:09:20

Ruling On 58 Protesters Expected Today 



by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:10:40

6 Zanu PF Youths Nabbed For Assaulting Cops

by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:11:50

Mutare Con-artist Cracks Zanu PF

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 08:13:32

MSU Student Caught Peddling Drugs Tor Tuition Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:29:18

ZIMRA Dishes Out Rewards To Faithful Tax Payers

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:24:19

Headmaster ‘Steals’ $17 000 From School's Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:21:24

Mujuru Party Fails To Pay $15 000 For Printed T-shirts

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:14:37