The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), an umbrella body representing the private sector, this week released a report on companies and their attitude towards the vaccination programme. According to the report, 76% of companies in the manufacturing sector are willing to vaccinate workers and their families, but 24% are only willing to cover workers and their spouses.
But Mnangagwa said those companies willing to take that route should be prepared to offer vaccines for free for their workers.
Zimbabwe’s manufacturing sector employs between 80,000 and 100,000 people and contributes 9% to 11% of exports and 12% to 14% of the country’s GDP.
Mnangagwa said the decision to relax the lockdown was because “the number of Covid-19 cases, fatalities and hospitalisation continue to steadily decrease”.
“But we must, however, remain alert and on guard to maintain this positive momentum.”
On Sunday, there were 30 new cases and no deaths reported. In total, 18,843 front-line workers had been vaccinated.