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Modi Funds Sidojiwe Flats Refurbishment.

Article by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 |

Tinomuda Chakanyuka, Senior Reporter



PROMINENT Bulawayo businessman and Zanu-PF National Assembly candidate for Bulawayo South constituency Cde Raj Modi has committed over $40 000 towards the refurbishment of the derelict Sidojiwe Hostels in Belmont.

The hostels, owned by Bulawayo City Council, are in a dilapidated state as most of the basic amenities are broken down, leaving the 500 occupants staying under squalid conditions.

The refurbishment work covers installation of new flash toilets, showers, renovation of laundry rooms, and replacement of broken window panes and repairing of the lighting system at the three blocks.

Residents at Sidojiwe use the bucket system in their toilets while over 1 000 window panes are broken and need replacement.

A ceremony to unveil the refurbishment package was held at Sidojiwe Hostels on Friday where the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo Cde Angeline Masuku was the guest of honour.

Speaking at the ceremony Cde Masuku commended Cde Modi for the gesture which she said was exemplary.

“I’m excited to witness such development in our community. This refurbishment project will go a long way in protecting residents against health hazards.

The Revolving Fund is owned by the Modi Trust. Both the Trust and the Fund have been established in and under the laws of Zimbabwe. The board of Trustees was selected on the basis of their knowledge and expertise, relevant to the purpose and objectives of the Trust, but they do not represent the interests of Bulawayo South Constituency.

Cde Modi donates ambulance.

Article by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 |

Peter Matika, Senior Reporter



PROMINENT Bulawayo businessman and Zanu-PF aspiring Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South, Cde Raj Modi yesterday donated a state-of-the-art ambulance to the communities of Sizinda and Tshabalala.

Addressing party supporters yesterday at Sizinda Sports Ground, Cde Modi said he was delighted to have been accepted by the people and would tirelessly work towards bettering their lives.

“Nothing is impossible, when I came to Zimbabwe in 1981 I had very little but I worked hard and managed to develop into a successful businessman. Someone asked me how I would get my money back by building and refurbishing some buildings. I said I was not worried about that, all I want to do is to better the lives of the people. I am here because of the people and I will fulfil the will of the people,” said Cde Modi.

He urged people to vote for Zanu-PF, as it was a visionary party that had worked towards creating and developing business lines within and outside the country.

“Vote for our President, vote for me, as well as our aspiring councillor. Let us make this constituency great. I am not a man of many words, I am for action and results oriented,” he said.

Speaking at the donation, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa commended Cde Modi for his gesture, saying the country deserved and needed humble businessman like Cde Modi.

“Vote for Zanu-PF for effective and efficient service delivery. This is all made possible through the new dispensation. The country is on a straight and definite recovery path. As we go out in our numbers to cast our votes, we say no to violence during and after the elections. Zimbabwe has and is able to hold free, fair, non-violent credible elections,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

“Cde Modi is a hard worker and is very trustworthy. We are saying vote for a legislator who will be for the people. Some just want to be voted in and thereafter disappear. A lot has changed since President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into power and this is evidenced through what we strive to deliver as a party. There is hope all will be restored, this city will once again be called the country’s industrial hub,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

Modi complex to employ 300 people.

Article by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jul 8, 2018 |

Stanford Chiwanga, Business Reporter



PROMINENT businessman Raj Modi’s Cowdray Park shopping complex, which is under construction will employ over 300 people once its completed before year end.

In an interview on Wednesday, the seasoned entrepreneur who is also set to open a solar equipment manufacturing company and a smartphone and laptop assembling plant before year end, said the shopping mall, which will combine wholesale and retail, will be 4 000 square metres, making it one of the biggest shopping centres in Zimbabwe.

“It will be one of the biggest supermarkets in Zimbabwe, it will be 4 000 square metres, we don’t have any supermarket which is 4 000 square metres in Zimbabwe. It will be that big because it will combine wholesale and retail, we will have everything.

It will be a one-stop shop complex like OK Mart, that is the concept we have,” Modi said.

The well known philanthropist who has a passion for developing Bulawayo and a desire to empower its residents through employment said the majority of the shopping mall’s employees will be drawn from Cowdray Park and surrounding areas.

“We will employ more than 300 people because we will have two shifts. It will be open for more than 12 hours a day. While the supermarket will be for all residents of Bulawayo I think that it is only fair that it employs a good number of people from Cowdray Park since it is located in Cowdray Park.

“That does not mean we will shut out people who do not reside in Cowdray Park, we will also employ people from other areas.

Of course a certain percentage of those people will be from Bulawayo South. It is my constituency and I have to empower the people who supported me when I opened my first shop (Bellevue Spar).”

The shopping centre, he added, will be opened before Christmas.

“I want to open before Christmas. The first phase of the complex is the supermarket which will be ready, I believe, by October.

Once it’s ready I will open it. The second phase, which includes line shops, is likely to be complete before December. So by December I will have opened the whole supermarket,” said Modi.

Meanwhile, Modi who has already partnered an India-based firm, Kanti Council Services (KCS), to set up a $7 million solar equipment manufacturing factory in Bulawayo, which will employ 200 people, is currently in Japan where he is meeting the owners of an unnamed smartphone and laptop assembling company to sign an investment deal that will see him set up an electronic device assembling plant in Bulawayo.

“I am going to Japan today (Wednesday) to see some investors that are interested in investing in Zimbabwe. They asked me to come. The purpose of the trip is to discuss the setting up of a company here in Bulawayo that will assemble smartphones, laptops and tablets.

“I don’t yet know how much it will cost to set up the company here. I will have a clearer picture of how much I will put into that venture when I get there. But I am excited, it is definitely happening. When we have everything in place, experts from the Japanese company will come and train workers who will be tasked with assembling the gadgets. The training will last four to six months. Actually it is not very difficult to assemble the components. So, it will not be rocket science to the workers,” he said.

The company will employ 500 people.

“The company will definitely be in Bulawayo and it will employ up to 500 people. The area where it will be set up is already there in Belmont. At first, the target will be to cater for the local market, then later we will look into exporting the gadgets,” Modi said.

Modi is also the Zanu-PF National Assembly candidate for Bulawayo constituency.

Japanese investors for Zim.

Article by Chronicle | July 18, 2018 |

Andile Tshuma, Business Reporter



BULAWAYO businessman Mr Raj Modi has revealed that Japanese investors to partner him in setting up a cell phone and laptop assembly plant in the city are set to visit the country in August.

Mr Modi, who has been in Japan for a week, said the smart phone and laptop assembly firm was expected to be operational within the next six months.

In an interview, Mr Modi said the proposed multimillion dollar investment is expected to employ about 500 people. Mr Modi is a seasoned entrepreneur who runs Wholesale Liquor Hub and has diverse business interests.

“I am back from Japan and the trip was a tremendous success. I got investors on board whom I am expecting in a couple of weeks time. They will be here sometime in August so that we finalise the deal and they tour the premises I have secured for the proposed assembly plant,” he said.

Mr Modi said a team of experts would come and train locals in the cellphone assembly trade.

“Experts from the Japanese company will come and train workers who will be tasked with assembling the gadgets. The training will last four to six months. Actually it is not very difficult to assemble the components. So, it will not be rocket science to the workers.”

Mr Modi decried the coverage of Zimbabwe by the international media, saying it had created a negative perception about the country.

“I allayed the fears from the Japanese investors about the country being unfavourable to investors. Those are malicious creations of the international media and I made them aware that Zimbabwe is the safest country for investment and is a very peaceful country.”

He said the Japanese he met had hope that Zimbabwe’s fortune would change under the new dispensation.

Mr Modi, a known philanthropist, said his passion for the development of Bulawayo’s economy had driven him to create more job opportunities in the city throughout his numerous investments.

He said his desire was to have the proposed assembly plant located in Belmont Industrial Area where it will employ many people, with a certain percentage being reserved for people from Bulawayo South.

“The company will definitely be in Bulawayo and it will employ up to 500 people. The area where it will be set up is already there in Belmont. At first, the target will be to cater for the local market, and then later we will look into exporting the gadgets,” said the businessman.

Mr Modi believes that the proposed company could lead to a reduction in the price of mobile phones and laptops in Zimbabwe by a significant level.

He said he has already partnered an India-based firm, Kanti Council Services (KCS), to set up a $7 million solar equipment manufacturing factory in Bulawayo, which will be opened in August.

He revealed that he was expanding his business empire in order to be ahead of the pack when Bulawayo is declared a Special Economic Zone.

“Bulawayo was once the industrial hub of the country and it will regain that status when it is declared a Special Economic Zone. I am setting up all these ventures so that I am ahead in the race. Big things are going to happen in this city and in Zimbabwe.

“I hope to be the early bird that catches the worm,” said Mr Modi who will be participating in this year’s harmonised election as Zanu-PF House of Assembly candidate for Bulawayo South constituency.

Cde Raj Modi the philanthropist.

Article by Chronicle | July 28, 2018 |

Stanford Chiwanga



APART from his business acumen, Cde Raj Modi is known for his philanthropic work. His strong social responsibility programmes, through sponsorships and incredible donations to needy causes of the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, have made him a household name in this country.

Cde Modi has committed over $40 000 towards the refurbishment of the derelict Sidojiwe Hostels in Belmont. The hostels are in a dilapidated state as most of the basic amenities are broken down, leaving the 500 occupants living under squalid conditions.

The refurbishment work covers installation of new flash toilets, showers, renovation of laundry rooms, and replacement of broken window panes and repairing of the lighting system at the three blocks. Residents at Sidojiwe use the bucket system in their toilets while over 1 000 window panes are broken and need replacement.

Over the years, Sai Enterprises, a business owned by Cde Modi, has generated about 1 500 jobs. He is set to create more jobs as he has partnered an India-based firm, Kanti Council Services (KCS) to set up a $7 million solar equipment manufacturing factory in Belmont. And he has promised that the majority of the people he will employ will be from Bulawayo South constituency. The company is expected to employ close to 200 people. He is also setting up a smartphone and laptop assembling plant which will create 500 jobs.

He is big on health issues and has provided free medical care to thousands of people in Matabeleland. He has held two health expos in Bulawayo South – the first one was at Tshabalala Clinic and the second one in Bellevue. On each occasion, four doctors and four nurses attended to the sick. He has also sponsored mobile eye clinics in Matobo, Nkayi and Tsholotsho, and in Maphisa organised a multi-specialty health clinic.

In 2012 Cde Modi donated an ambulance, blankets and groceries worth thousands of dollars to Mpilo Central Hospital. He refurbished the Mater Dei Intensive Care Unit and generously contributed after a fire at the hospital some time ago.

He recently also donated five hectares of land and cooler boxes to vendors in Bulawayo South. In 2015, he donated groceries worth $12 000 to Bulawayo Prison.

Cde Modi donated 600 bags of cement for the construction of the Landa John Nkomo Clinic in Tsholotsho in 2015. In 2016 he gave $5 000 worth of groceries to St Francis Home in Famona. St Francis is a government-run institution that caters for mentally and physically challenged children.

He is in the process of setting up a $100 000-revolving fund to assist small businesses in Bulawayo South. 50 vendors who will be some of the beneficiaries of the fund have already had a business ethics training workshop at his Bellevue Business Complex.

Cde Modi also has contributed greatly to Bulawayo and Zimbabwe sport. Several touring cricket teams have been hosted by him. In 2014 he sponsored a welcome party for the Zimbabwe Africa Union Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games. He has over the years sponsored the Bulawayo Youth Games teams.

Cde Modi has been the main benefactor of the Heath Streak Foundation which is benefitting hundreds of schools and children in Matabeleland.

It is hoped that Bulawayo South constituency is aware that the heavens have sent them a candidate, who is contesting, not for political gain, but for a platform that will empower him to be more efficient in his philanthropic work.

Zanu-PF hails Modi victory.

Article by Chronicle | August 2, 2018 |

Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter



PROMINENT businessman Cde Raj Modi is the first in 18 years to win a parliamentary seat in Bulawayo in an election involving the opposition MDC.

The city has been an MDC stronghold and the opposition party has been claming all the 12 seats since 2000. Cde Modi won the Bulawayo South seat in the just ended harmonised elections.

In 2015, Zanu-PF won six constituencies following by elections boycotted by the MDC.

Cde Modi could not hide his joy when The Chronicle caught up with him while having a braai with his campaign team made up of mostly youths from Bulawayo South.

“I am so happy, I am excited. This shows that we are in a new dispensation ready to change the order of things. We are going to make Bulawayo great again. The industrial giant will rise,” said Cde Modi.

He said he had a five-year development plan and he has already done the groundwork for the projects he intends to implement during his term.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have been pouring in from Zanu-PF bigwigs across the country since the announcement of his win.

The Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Angeline Masuku in her congratulatory message said Cde Modi’s win was testimony that Zanu-PF under the new dispensation was destined for success.

“This is very good news to the people of Bulawayo and we as Bulawayo congratulate Cde Modi on his victory. It is a victory for us all. We are very happy that he has committed himself to work with the people and with the party to change the lives of the disadvantaged and to improve the general livelihood of the people that he will represent,” said Cde Masuku.

She said his victory also showed that the ruling party was for everyone because it does not discriminate based on race, colour, creed, tribe or religion.

“This is testimony that Zanu-PF does not discriminate because in the party we are all equal. Cde Modi has shown that it is possible for all races to work together to build the country,” said Cde Masuku.

Cde Modi said he had received congratulatory messages from party officials across the country.

“I have been a party member since 2002 but I have never contested for any seat. It is only this year that I decided to contest for Member of Parliament,” said Cde Modi.

He said his relationship with the Bulawayo South community made his campaign task easy.

“The people know me as I work closely with them. I have been a member of this community for the past 37 years,” he said.

Byo beverages firm to introduce 4 new products.

Article by Chronicle | August 7, 2018 |

Dumisani Nsingo, Senior Business Reporter



BULAWAYO alcoholic beverages firm, Hitlinic Investments, is set to introduce four new products into the market before the end of this year.

Company director Mr Raj Modi said they have completed works on new product formulas for rum, whiskey, ginger ale and lemonade products.

The company, which started operations two years ago, produces mineral water, soda and cane spirit marketed under its Everest brand as well as Modivine brandy and Divine vodka.

“Everything is ready for us to introduce rum and whisky into the market. We have come up with the concentrates, solutions and formula for the two new products. We are just working on ensuring that the products are of good quality,” said Mr Modi.

“We will definitely introduce them into the market before the end of this year. We also intend to start production of ginger ale and lemonade as well. “We are not going to invest much in coming up with these new products.

“It’s a matter of adding extra lines in our product.”

The company invested over $500 000 in setting-up a state-of-the-art automated water purification plant and an additional $300 000 to install a beverages manufacturing machinery.

Mr Modi said the high demand for beverages on the market prompted the company to consider introducing additional products.

“We are doing extremely well than we had anticipated when we started this business. Our performance on the market has been impressive with 80 percent of our products being sold through our retail outlet, Liquor Hub here in Bulawayo and we have a distribution point in Harare,” he said.

Mr Modi, however, said the company’s capacity utilisation was being constrained by lack of foreign currency to import adequate integral raw materials.

“At the moment we are producing 30 000 litres of alcohol a month but we have the capacity of producing 300 000 litres but we are constrained by the shortage of foreign currency, which has affected our production to the extent of halting our operations at times.

“We are being forced to import most of the ingredients from Swaziland because the local ones are on the expensive side and the quality isn’t that good,” he said.

Hitlink Investments employs over 40 workers both at its mineral water and beverages operations.

Modi works to start revolving fund.

Article by Chronicle |August 6, 2018 |

Kudzai Chikiwa, Chronicle Reporter



NEWLY elected Zanu-PF Bulawayo South MP Cde Rajesh Modi has said a revolving fund which he launched last month will start processing applications in the next three weeks to fulfil his election promise.

In his constituency update, Cde Modi urged Bulawayo South residents to take advantage of the fund and embrace entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Cde Modi launched the fund before the just ended harmonised polls to assist small businesses in his constituency and political affiliation will not be considered when selecting beneficiaries.

“People of Bulawayo South need to prepare their business plans and proposals. Make sure your plans are well laid and they point to a sustainable business,’’ he tweeted.

Cde Modi said the fund will help those intending to start projects as well as those who already have established ventures that are struggling.

“If you already have a business, get your papers ready and let us boost your business,’’ he said

“Lets create the Bulawayo South we want.’’

Cde Modi said he will deliver on his election promises.

“Now that people have trusted me, l have to deliver what l promised. I prefer acting than merely promising,’’ the MP said.

He said people in Bulawayo need jobs and he has faith that the Government will deliver.

“Our people need jobs, affordable and quality healthcare. In a nutshell we need good standards of living. I have no doubt that the new government will remove Zimbabwe from the quagmire,’’ he tweeted.

Though the fund is specifically for the Bulawayo South residents, Cde Modi said projects that will be established will benefit many communities around Bulawayo.

“I can assure you that it’s not only the people of Bulawayo South who will benefit from the empowerment projects. Many people from around will see the great benefit of entrepreneurship,’’ he said.

Modi to set up $7m geysers factory.

Article by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Jun 10, 2018 |

Tinomuda Chakanyuka, Senior Reporter



PROMINENT Bulawayo businessman and Zanu-PF National Assembly candidate for Bulawayo South constituency Cde Raj Modi has partnered an India-based firm, Kanti Council Services (KCS) to set up a $7 million solar equipment manufacturing factory in Belmont, Bulawayo.

In an interview, Cde Modi said the solar equipment manufacturing plant, set to be opened in August this year, will create close to 200 jobs.

Cde Modi said the plant would manufacture solar geysers and solar panels to help reduce importation of solar products into the country.

He said local manufacturing of solar equipment will ensure that the products are available at affordable prices and help reduce demand of electricity from the national grid.

“Our target is for every home to have a solar geyser and those that want, to have solar panels. This will reduce demand for electricity from the national grid.

“We have set aside $7 million for the plant which we are setting up on a 3 000 square metre piece of land in Belmont.

“Representatives from KCS were here in Bulawayo during the ZITF period where we sealed the deal which is expected to see about 200 jobs being created in Bulawayo,” he said.

Cde Modi said the firm will initially import components of solar equipment for assembling locally before moving to full scale local manufacturing after a year of operation.

He said the first consignment of the components was expected in the country in August when operations are also expected to start.

“We are expecting the first consignment to arrive in August for us to start operations. We will be assembling here initially for a couple of months but we expect to move into local manufacturing after a year or even less.

“As a country we should be moving towards embracing solar energy. It’s affordable and friendly to the environment among a host of other advantages,” he said.

Cde Modi, through his Sai Enterprises, is also constructing a $12 million shopping complex on a 9 000 square metre piece of land in Cowdray Park, Bulawayo.

He said construction work which begun in June last year was progressing well and on track to be complete by end of this year.

“As you know, I’m also constructing a shopping complex in Cowdray Park. We are halfway through with the project and we are on track to finish the work on schedule.

“These projects will go a long way in creating employment in Bulawayo.

I have committed myself to do whatever I can to contribute towards the development of Bulawayo and employment creation,” he said.

The multi-million dollar shopping complex is expected to comprise a main supermarket, over 40 shops, a bank, a medical service centre, fast food outlets and parking bays.

Last week Cde Modi committed $40 000 towards the refurbishment of the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) owned Sidojiwe hostels in Belmont.

The refurbishment work will cover installation of flush toilets, showers, repairing of the lighting system, replacement of window panes as well as refurbishment of laundry rooms.

Cde Modi is also constructing eight toilets at Greenfield Primary School following requests from the school authorities.