Mvuma gets town status as US$1 billion Chinese project beckons

SYDNEY MUBAIWA CHIVHU BUREAU
CHIRUMHANZU – The small gold mining centre of Mvuma is now a town, making it Midlands Province’s fourth after getting the status last month.
The town status comes ahead of a US$1 billion iron ore mining project that is being put in place by Tsingshan Holdings in Manize near Mvuma.
Chirumhanzu Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer Lovemore Chatikobo confirmed the development in an exclusive interview with The Mirror on Tuesday.
“We received a letter from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing informing us that we have been accorded a town board. The letter came last month on July 13,” said Chatikobo.
He said that the main objective of seeking town status is to attract investment.
The granting of the town status followed an application made by the local authority a few years back to get the growth point upgraded into a town. A Commission was then set up by Government last and it found the application in order.
Chatikobo told The Mirror that the population and size of Mvuma warranted a town status.

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