Chinese firm, Ming Chang Sino-Africa Mining Investments, has embarked on a road infrastructure development project in Mashonaland Central Province that will link the community to agriculture produce markets and key social amenities.

The gold mining company, which has six gold mining projects in Masvingo and Midlands provinces, is also refurbishing the local clinic that has been closed for some time.

The initiatives are part of the firm’s social corporate responsibility programmes in the Mazowe District, where the gold producer is carrying out an expansion project with a new mine set to be operationalized in the area.

The projects include rehabilitation of a 14 km stretch that connects the villages to their provincial capital -Bindura. For 20 years, the residents of Simona struggled to access medical facilities and markets for their farm produce in nearby Bindura due to the bad state of the roads.

This resulted in massive post harvest losses for the villagers who also rely on agricultural production as their main source of income. A reliable transport infrastructure is an economic enabler which facilitates trade through movement of goods and services from one point to the other.

But in just two months since Chang Sino-Africa Mining Investments acquired a sizable gold deposit mining in the area, a 6km stretch has already been rehabilitated with works on another four kilometres expected to commence soon.