The Chivhu transmitter site tower that was previously condemned by a foreign company following an assessment of all transmitter site towers in the country has been successfully repaired as part of efforts to ensure the digitalisation programme is a success.
11 transmitter sight towers were condemned following an assessment by an international company, a development that meant government was supposed to fork out at least US$350 000 for one site with the re-construction of all condemned sites running into several millions of dollars.
Following a second assessment on the transmitter site towers, a local company was engaged to repair the condemned towers, resulting in government serving at least US$300 000 on the Chivhu transmitter site tower alone.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba held a pre-ministerial team tour of the site and expressed happiness on the ingenuity shown by local engineers to repair the transmitter towers that could have costed a lot of money if the route of re-construction was taken.
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Obert Muganyura says the successful repairing of the Chivhu site will be followed by the repairing work of Gwanda transmitter site tower as part of efforts to ensure that some of the previously condemned sites are utilised for the good of the country.
Transmedia Corporation (Pvt) Ltd acting chief operations officer Rufaro Zaranyika says the repairing exercise require a high degree of expertise and is part of a local solution to engineering challenges facing the digitalisation programme.
He also explained the work done to repair the transmitter site tower.
The re-construction of the tower that is 150 metres high might have not only required a lot of money but was going to retard the digitalisation process.
The successful repairing of the old transmitter site towers will ensure the country’s digitalisation programme remains on course as the project is not retarded by the need to construct more new transmitter towers.