Gwanda ac­com­mo­da­tion fully booked ahead of gospel show

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya

HO­TELS and lodges in Gwanda are fully booked this week­end as the min­ing town hosts the sec­ond edi­tion of the Gwanda Gospel Festival.

The free en­try festival, a brain­child of Big­time Strate­gic Group, will fea­ture a host of South African acts in­clud­ing Rebecca Ma­lope, Andile kaMa­jola and Lusanda Spir­i­tual Group as well as lo­cals — Zim­praise, Knowl­edge Nki­wane, Tho­lakele and Ju­dith Moyo.

South Africa-based show or­gan­iser, Jus­tice Maphosa, said they were con­sid­er­ing build­ing camp­sites for the event in order to ac­com­mo­date the hun­dreds ex­pected to at­tend.

“The show is surely grow­ing in leaps and bounds. Gwanda ho­tel is al­ready fully booked, so to al­le­vi­ate the ac­com­mo­da­tion cri­sis, we’re build­ing camp­sites.

“We want to en­sure every­one ac­com­mo­dated,” said Maphosa.

Those who will fail to se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion in Gwanda may opt to drive to Bulawayo which is about 130km from the show’s venue.

Maphosa said they had upped their game and would be dou­bling the equip­ment used last year. An in­ter­na­tional sound sys­tem and stage will once again be used for the gospel show at Pe­land­aba Sta­dium as the ex­trav­a­ganza has been deemed a na­tional event by the Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity (ZTA).

“We’ve brought more equip­ment for the stage and sound sys­tem, al­most is dou­ble what we used last year. We’ll be us­ing about 90 tonnes of equip­ment,” said Maphosa. He said the South Africa artistes’ ad­vance teams were ex­pected to ar­rive to­day with the artistes ex­pected to­mor­row for the event which kicks off at 4PM on Fri­day. “The show starts at 4PM as we want the work­ing class to have time to travel to Gwanda.” The Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity, which has been roped in for this year’s event, will be mak­ing sure that vis­it­ing artistes are given the best treat­ment. Last year, a num­ber of South African artistes were turned away, some­thing ZTA wants to im­prove on. “Jus­tice Maphosa faced a lot of prob­lems last year some of which were not nec­es­sary. Even equip­ment was re­turned last year, so this time around, we’re try­ing to make sure that ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to the script,” said ZTA head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions – Su­gar Chagonda.

Rebecca Ma­lope Andile kaMa­jola Knowl­edge Nki­wane

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