UZ meets surging demand for vehicle number plates

Nyasha Mutena

University of Zimbabwe is progressing swiftly with the production of vehicle number plates to keep up with the demand in line with the Heritage-based Education 5.0 Model.

The plant, which is a consortium of eight tertiary institutions under the operational entity, National Transtech Solutions has filled in the void and is already eradicating imports of the once scarce product.

President Mnangagwa commissioned the plant end of last year, to ensure the fruition of his vision to spur industrialisation through innovation hubs and industrial parks at institutions of higher learning.

Around 60 000 plates of various configurations have been distributed to the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) with the plant having the capacity to feed the whole Southern African region.

Speaking to the media, Coordinator at National Transtech Solutions, Professor Hodson Makurira said, “We do the regular plates, public service motorcycles, personalised plates, we have quite a large range, potentially we can do 2 000 plates per day as we have a technical team to operate”.

The facility is proof of the successful implementation of the Heritage-Based Education 5.0 Model in driving the industrialisation agenda.
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation Science and Technology Development, Professor Fanuel Tagwira said;

“The capacity of the plant is more than what the country requires, we are producing at around 40 percent of the capacity to fill our needs so we can support two to three more regional countries.

This has allowed our people to learn how to set up factories and at the same time learn and serve the needs of the people”.

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