Zuma’s son to open ho­tel

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

THE son of Ja­cob Zuma, the Pres­i­dent of South Africa, Selby Sithabiso, will of­fi­cially open the new look Golden Mile Ho­tel in Kwekwe this af­ter­noon.

The of­fi­cial re-launch of the ho­tel after mas­sive ren­o­va­tions to the tune of $7 mil­lion comes at a time when Kwekwe room ca­pac­ity from lodges, guest houses and ho­tels has risen to 300 rooms.

Also grac­ing the event is the Act­ing Pres­i­dent Cde Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa as well as about 40 del­e­gates from South Africa.

In an interview with The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day, Mr Solomon Matsa, Golden Mile Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager said good times were rolling for Kwekwe town and the Mid­lands Prov­ince as a whole.

He said the new look ho­tel now has a 1 500-seater con­fer­ence cen­tre as well as re­fur­bished rooms, swim­ming pool and café.

“I’m happy to note that we are re-launch­ing a new look ho­tel to­mor­row (to­day) to be graced by Mr Selby Zuma, the son of South Africa Pres­i­dent Cde Ja­cob Zuma. Also grac­ing the event will be the Act­ing Pres­i­dent Cde Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa as well as the Tourism and Hospi­tal­ity Min­is­ter Cde Wal­ter Mzembi,” he said.

Mr Matsa, who has in­ter­ests in trans­port and lo­gis­tics, said he had de­cided to in­vest in tourism — an in­dus­try he said had the po­ten­tial of grow­ing and con­trib­ute to the GDP of the coun­try.

He said he has about 200 em­ploy­ees work­ing in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties at the ho­tel dur­ing the re­fur­bish­ment process, which he said was on­go­ing.

“We have done 50 rooms, the foyer, re­cep­tion and a 1 500-seater con­fer­ence room among other ma­jor ren­o­va­tions which add up to over $7 mil­lion. We have also bought a piece of land, which was next to the ho­tel be­cause we plan to ex­tend it in due course.

“The new Golden Mile Ho­tel will also have Solomon’s Café and Mama She events cen­tre,” said Mr Matsa. — @pchi­tumba1

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