THE Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) which won the US$400 million National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recapitalisation tender says it will not focus only on the transport sector but will make Zimbabwe a provider of world class domestic infrastructure in different sectors, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.
DIDG is wholly owned and spearheaded by Zimbabweans living in the diaspora. Its membership is spread predominantly across South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.
DIDG executive director Donovan Chimhandamba this week told this paper that the company will also focus on other areas such as Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), agriculture, mining, engineering and construction as well as refurbishment of dams.
In the transport sector Chimhandamba said DIDG aims to set up a modernised and efficient transport network system in Zimbabwe that integrates with the Southern African sub-continent and serve as the capital connecting the regions cities.
DIDG is working with South Africa’s Transnet on the NRZ recapitalisation project. The consortium is expecting to deliver the first batch of wagons and locomotives on February 14.
“DIDG led by Chimhandamba will address the media on February 14 2018 at Holiday Inn Bulawayo. The press conference coincides with the first delivery of trains to NRZ by the DIDG-Transnet consortium and provides an opportunity for DIDG to speak publicly on the project for the first time,” reads the DIDG media invite
Chimhandamba said the consortium expects to deliver 10 mainline locomotives, three shunting line locomotives, 200 wagons, five passenger coaches and one powerline locomotive.
On other projects he said; “DIDG will participate in the building and enhancement of Zimbabwe’s ICT infrastructure so that Zimbabwe can be a leader in the ICT space. The company also aims to improve the quality of Zimbabwe’s water supply and management. This includes building and operating dams, water treatment and production plants.”
He said his company will also have strategic partnerships with state owned enterprises.