Vic Falls seeks twin­ning re­la­tion­ship with Fran­cis­town

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

VIC­TO­RIA Falls town is seek­ing to es­tab­lish a twin­ning re­la­tion­ship with Fran­cis­town of Botswana in a de­vel­op­ment that will see the re­sort town di­rectly ben­e­fit­ing from Botswana’s se­cond largest city.

The twin­ning ar­range­ment will af­ford the re­sort town to mar­ket it­self as a prime tourism des­ti­na­tion as well as in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try.

Botswana cel­e­brates its in­de­pen­dence day bet­ter known as “Botswana Day” on 30 Septem­ber in Fran­cis­town and that city’s lo­cal author­ity has in­vited Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor Coun­cil­lor Si­fiso Mpofu to be a guest. Last year Vic­to­ria Falls mu­nic­i­pal­ity also in­vited the Botswana Em­bassy to its cul­tural-tourism event as the re­sort town weighs its op­tions to­wards twin­ning re­la­tions. Vic­to­ria Falls’ out­go­ing Town Clerk Mr Christo­pher Dube told a full coun­cil meet­ing re­cently that the town of Fran­cis­town had sent an in­vite for Cllr Mpofu to be their guest.“Botswana cel­e­brates its 50th an­niver­sary in Fran­cis­town and the city has in­vited the Mayor to at­tend. The Botswana Em­bassy has al­ways been reck­on­ing and last year we had a good func­tion with them here,” said Mr Dube.The in­vi­ta­tion let­ter from Fran­cis­town stated: “Our friend­ship is ben­e­fi­cial to both cities and we will be happy if your twin­ning of­fice will be part of these cel­e­bra­tions.”Cllr Mpofu told Chron­i­cle Busi­ness later that the en­gage­ments would cul­mi­nate in twin­ning ar­range­ments.“This oc­ca­sion means a lot to us as a town and comes as an op­por­tu­nity to mar­ket our­selves as much as pos­si­ble as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.“This will def­i­nitely cul­mi­nate in such ar­range­ments and we hope our go­ing there will re­sult in that (twin­ning),” said Cllr Mpofu. He said Vic­to­ria Falls town was ready and will­ing to twin with Fran­cis­town and tap from Botswana’s se­cond largest city’s ex­per­tise and op­por­tu­ni­ties the brother­hood would bring. The re­sort town in 2013 suc­cess­fully co-hosted the United Na­tions World Tourism Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNWTO) with Liv­ing­stone of Zam­bia in an ar­range­ment that has brought ben­e­fits to the two towns through legacy projects as well the Kaza-Uni Visa.—@ncubeleon

Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor Coun­cil­lor Si­fi­fiso Mpofu

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