AMBITIOUS Zifa Southern Region Division One side Talen Vision are now leasing business premises in Esigodini with a view of buying them to accommodate their construction, engineering and milling operations.
In July, the club ventured into construction and engineering services to mitigate against the lockdown-induced financial meltdown.
They said their milling project would be taking off soon, with the preliminary stage done.
“We have done the entire groundwork; we are now leasing some big business premises in Esigodini and we have a view of purchasing them. At the premises, we will have our milling, construction and engineering departments. Our newly acquired milling machines are still being installed at the premises and work is still in progress with regards to taking our construction and engineering departments to Esigodini,” said Talen Vision general manager Juma Phiri.
The Talen Vision construction and engineering departments, which are operating from Filabusi, are into brick moulding and steel fabrication, and they produce standard bricks, blocks, wheelbarrows, window frames and scaffolds among other things.
Their main target market is the Matabeleland South mining community and the club already has a food court operating in Filabusi.
Four months ago, the team’s construction department was contracted by Trukumb Mining to build 14 townhouses for the mine’s workers in Filabusi.
The idea, Juma said, was to ensure that they diversify their income streams to become self-sustaining as a club without over dependence on their main sponsors Trukumb Mining, whose operations are in Filabusi.
While other clubs find themselves financially hamstrung due to the Covid-19 enforced inactivity, Talen Vision are vigorously pursuing this new financial revenue stream which is helping them to pay player wages.
Many Premier Soccer League clubs risk bankruptcy because of the short-term prospect of playing games in empty stadiums coupled with the long term struggle to find and retain sponsorship.