The board mandated to turn around the fortunes of Harare Quarry held its inaugural meeting today and appointed Eng Phillip Pfukwa to run the affairs of the city’s strategic business unit for the next six months while the hunt for a substantive general manager and key personnel takes place.
The former City of Harare Director of works who sits on the board has been instructed to put systems in place ahead of the management appointments.
Acting town clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube who also sits on the board said a loan amounting to US$4.5 million was secured from a local bank for the re-capacitation of the quarry.
The board which is chaired by prominent banker Mr Ben Gasurira reports directly to the town clerk and is expected to immediately turn the entity into a profit making unit that not only produces materials for the city’s road construction and rehabilitation but also sells to the public.
Other body members include city of Harare councillors Charity Bango and Moffat Alisen, lawyer Debwe, Mr Evans Kurangwa a marketer and Eng Gumbie.
Studies have shown that the Quarry Station still has a lifespan of over 60 years when mining is done at maximum capacity.
Mrs Ncube said with the funding projections were to sell some of the quarry products to companies engaged to reconstruct the Beitbridge - Chirundu highway.
She assured employees that their employment was secure adding that the workers at the Quarry should be settled as there were no plans to lay off any employees.
Mayor Cllr Bernard Manyenyeni welcomed the new board at its first meeting and urged speedy implementation of board resolutions to turn around the SBU’s fortunes.