Zuma’s son to open hotel
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