Multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­plex for Vic Falls

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Reporter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with a South African and a lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany to build a multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­plex in the re­sort town. The lo­cal author­ity has en­gaged Man­yara and As­so­ciates, a lo­cal con­trac­tor as well as Mud Hut of South Africa for the am­bi­tious project: a civic cen­tre, a five-star ho­tel, a shop­ping mall, con­ven­tion cen­tre and a hos­pi­tal fa­cil­ity among other struc­tures. F iner details about the project are still sketchy as Town Clerk Mr Christo­pher Dube said the deal was still un­der dis­cus­sion with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“We have a MoU but we can’t talk about it now be­cause we need to re­port to Govern­ment first and then up­date a full coun­cil meet­ing,” he said.

He said full details on the whole project will be availed at a full coun­cil meet­ing at the end of this month.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est coun­cil re­port, the MoU has since been signed be­tween coun­cil and Mud Hut af­ter coun­cil­lors okayed the multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­plex deal.

“Man­age­ment sought ap­proval from coun­cil to sign the MoU which was granted as the lo­cal author­ity agreed to en­gage Mud Hut and Ben­bally as fun­ders while Man­yara and As­so­ciates is the project pro­po­nents and CBZ Bank the project ad­vi­sor,” reads part of the coun­cil re­port.

A ten­der to do a fea­si­bil­ity study was awarded to Hos­pi­tal­ity and Tourism In­dus­try (HTI) con­sul­tants of South Africa and the cost was put at $46 000.

The Govern­ment is also plan­ning a con­fer­ence cen­tre be­tween Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port and town cen­tre which will house state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties such as ho­tels, of­fices, con­fer­ence rooms as it seeks to make Vic­to­ria Falls the coun­try’s

con­fer­ence cap­i­tal. — @ncubeleon

Mr Christo­pher Dube

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