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Zimbabwe's Yesteryear Biggest Fabric Producer David Whitehead Textiles Commissioned

Zimbabwe's Yesteryear Biggest Fabric Producer David Whitehead Textiles Commissioned

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Wednesday commissioned David Whitehead Textiles, the country’s yesteryear biggest fabric producer, David Whitehead Textiles in Chegutu, The Herald reported.

ETG Parrogate Group subsidiary, Agri Value Chain (AVC), is set to inject US$20 million into the textile company for its turnaround strategy.

The president was represented by Industry and Commerce Minister, Dr Sekai Nzenza, who commended the company for spearheading investment and employment creation towards attaining Vision 2030.

David Whitehead Textiles was a major source of employment for most people in the town and its closure over a decade ago affected most families in the town.

In his address, President Mnangagwa said:

Let me commend your genuine efforts towards resuscitating David Whitehead Textiles (DWT). You underscored the fact once you fully revive David Whitehead Textiles, it will be churning 10 million metres of fabric annually. It will also be the sole manufacturer of fabric used in the production of military fatigues and school uniforms in Zimbabwe.

He said the government was ready to render its support to the company to bring David Whitehead Textiles to its former glory.

He also launched AVC’s multi-million-dollar plant that comprises a cotton ginning factory and a state-of-the-art oil extraction plant with the capacity and capability to crush cotton, soybean, sunflower and canola seeds.

Parrogate group chairman, Mr Pradeep Ganediwal said new machinery is expected to be installed by year-end with commercial production earmarked for May next year while an 8.3-megawatt solar plant to power David Whitehead Textile is also under pipeline.

Ganediwal told NewsDay that 95% of the fabric requirements in the country were being imported. 

This David Whitehead project will be for import substitution and value-addition to revive the entire textile industry value chain. The major focus is to be a supplier of raw materials to the local clothing companies and create jobs.

Most countries are not producing textiles and so we have a market.

The first phase of the turnaround plan is expected to see a US$20 million investment with the expected output being 10 million metres of fabric per year.

Since the removal of the company from judicial management, the focus has been on turning the plant into a profitable operation.

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16 Comments

Steven Chidhumo 1 month ago

CSC was commissioned a few months ago, fast forward it's all stories nothing on the ground, now do you think the gvt was not misled too? It sounds too good to be true


Doug 1 month ago

Why buy new machines when they can only service the machines that were in use for decades? Textile machinery that was there produced the military fatigues, school uniform material and many many other types of cloth material. There is no need to replace or buy any new machines.


Doug 1 month ago

@ C Pizza. There is no need. Textile machines are like the car petrol engine, the real engine which moves the car has not changed for decades, same as machines for textiles. Check with the developed parts of the world and you will see that the same type of machines used decades back at David Whitehead's are still on use.

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Doug, the machines they used back then are now outdated, they are slower and more expensive to operate than modern machines

Prof Zulu 1 month ago

Another politicking gimmick


Zimyouth 1 month ago

Pindula, what about publishing UEFA soccer results & group standings. We would be very grateful.


vegita 1 month ago

kkkk politicians, sweet words but bitter test


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mxxxxxxm 1 month ago

Campaigning times
what happened to Kamativi tin mine when you talked of resuscitating it back 2018?

Munangagwa murimbwa chaire


Crocodile 1 month ago

@Chamakuvangu ndozvamakaita futi muchinyepa kuti you have commissioned CSC kutaura izvezvi hapana kana chiriko takukuzivai tambisai nguva muchinyepa kudaro naED wako tosangana pamberi apo campaigning Gimmicks dzenhema dzenyu idzo


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

Ungade urumende yakasvonaka kupfura apa ungaiwanepi
#BelievED
#TrustED
Yours sincerely
William Sonboy Chinembiri
[THE BUSH LAWYER].


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

It is true that His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa must be careful with some of the companies he commissions. In the past he has been used to commission nothing or falsehoods.

On David Whitehead Textiles, there is no longer old machinery to talk about. The company was striped of it's machinery when it was under [Judiciary Management].

Before and soon after Independance, David Whitehead Textiles was the largest cloths manufacturing company in this country. It had cloths selling outlets in most cities and towns in ZImbabwe.

If David Whitehead Textiles is resuscitated, it is going to create a lot of employment at its factory and downstream.

[ LET US HOPE THAT HIS EXCELLENCY ADVOCATE PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA DID NOT COMMISSION NOTHING ].

[ MAY CITIZENS VOTE OUT ZANU PF AND VOTE IN CCC POLITICAL PARTY FOR REAL CHANGE AT THE HARMONISED ELECTIONS IN 2023 ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Sponono 1 month ago

Shona speaking people are hard learners

it took them 40 years to realize that Zanu pf mashu ri chayiye


@sponono 1 month ago

Chimbokotama sponono ndiipinze yese uinzwe yemushona kuti inonaka sei

madhuve 1 month ago

nhai mkwasha



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