$14m Delta Masvingo Chibuku plant near completion
MASVINGO – Senior Delta Corporation officials including the company secretary, Alex Makamure flew to Masvingo on Friday last week where they toured the listed conglomerate’s $14 million Masvingo Super Chibuku plant whose construction is nearing completion.
Makamure said the commissioning of the plant was likely to be in early October this year.
“The commissioning of the refurbished plant will be done in October after the completion of all the civil work which is underway,” said Makamure.
Construction of the new Super Chibuku plant started in February 2016 after the company bought some land from an adjacent company at its old brewery in the industrial area for expansion purposes.
The touring management team comprised Tsungai Manyeza the company’s corporate affairs manage; manufacturing executive Brian Karemba; environment, health and safety officer from Bulawayo Sandra Ncube and Lawrence Chogumaira Masvingo manager.
Makamure said Masvingo was getting its supplies from Bulawayo during the construction period but once commissioned the new plant will be able to service the entire province, parts of Manicaland and Matebeland South.
Projects manager Alf Mupeti said after completion the plant will have the capacity to produce 8 000 by 1.25 litre bottles per hour. Super Chibuku was introduced into the market in 2014.
The traditional 2litre Scud will still be produced at the old plant which has also gone through some facelift. He also said the brewing tanks have been upgraded from a holding capacity of 15 000 litres to 75 000 litres.
“The plant has also seen the electricity substation being upgraded from 200kv to 2000kv and the water tanks to 1.5million litres from 300 000 and this was done with cooperation from the respective authorities (Zesa and City Council) who were very cooperative,” added Mupeti.
Although the water they get from the City Council is purified they further treat it at the plant.
The work at the plant which is probably the biggest private investment in the province for a long time was subcontracted to local companies.
The Super Chibuku packaging plant was procured from Germany at a cost of US$6million and its installation is being overseen by four technicians from the European country and 40 locals.
“The machine is highly automated such that it only requires one person to operate it, it does everything from blowing the bottles, labelling, sealing the bottle and packaging into six packs,” said Mupeti.
Makamure revealed that the plant will employ in excess of 85 workers after completion from 56 currently working at the plant and said the investment is a risk as the economy is not performing well.
“The investment here in Masvingo is a big risk that the company is taking hoping that things will one day improve, we used to dispatch trucks into the market every three days but now things have changed we go into the market irregularly,” said Makamure.
On the same day the team also visited the waste cage centre built by Delta for the PET Super Chibuku empties. The unit is managed by Amon Mushangwe who is assisted by four workers who operate the pad bailer machine which compresses the empty containers and stake them for transportation.
“On average we send to Petricozim in Harare between eight and twelve tonnes of material for recycling,” said Mushangwe.
The PET empties are collected from every drinking place which has waste cage installed by Delta where they are dumped by beerhall operators and the company collects the waste twice a week to its site which is located 4km from the city along Mutare road.- Masvingo Mirror